This Grasshopper Ombre Cake is not only gorgeous shades of green, it has the delicious boozy boost of Crème de Menthe and creamy chocolate ganache.
When I get together with my friends for a girl's night, I'm always asked to bring a dessert. A group is gathering this weekend so I've been busy in the kitchen baking up something fun for our party. With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a trendy dessert that was green; and to really make my friends happy – boozy.
Ombre cakes are all the rage right now. To make this one boozy, I added a few splashes of Crème de Menthe to the cake batter. The liquor did double duty; it added a lovely mint flavor and a nice green color to my cake. I love mint with chocolate, so I filled my cake layers with a rich and creamy chocolate ganache.
When frosting the outside of my cake I chose to pipe on little stars using a pastry tip. It made creating the ombre effect with the green frosting super easy. I used 5 different shades of green plus some white. I think the cake would have looked a bit better with more of the darker green, but I'm pretty sure my friends will love it just as it is!
Make your cake batter, swapping out 1/4 cup Crème de Menthe for a 1/4 cup of the water.
Divide the batter into four bowls and make them various shades of green.
Spray four 8-inch baking pans with non-stick spray. Pour the batter into the pans. Tap them several times on the counter to remove air bubbles. This will keep your cakes nice and level while baking.
Bake the cakes, then set them on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
While your cakes are cooling, you can make your chocolate ganache filling.
Stack your cakes with the darkest green at the bottom and spread some chocolate ganache filling in between each layer.
Crumb coat your cake with some white frosting.
Create as many shades of green frosting as you'd like to use. I made 5 different greens and also used some white for a bit of contrast.
Fit some pastry bags with small star decorating tips and fill with frosting. Pipe rows of stars around the cake starting with the darkest green at the bottom and going up to white at the top.
Continue to pipe rows of stars around the top of the cake, starting with the lightest color on the outside and the darkest green in the center.
Place the cake on a serving platter, and pipe a nice border around the edge.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!