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Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

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Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake
  • Prep Time 2 hr 0 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 12
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Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Cut into this Leprechaun Hat shaped cake to find green shamrocks hiding inside.

Ingredients

CAKE

2
Betty Crocker SuperMoist™ white cake mix
Water, egg whites, and oil needed to make cake mixes
Betty Crocker™ green gel food color

FROSTING

2
tubs Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy white frosting

FONDANT DECORATIONS

32
ounces green fondant
4
ounces black fondant
1
ounce white or yellow fondant
Gold food coloring spray (optional)

Directions

  • 1 Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • 2 Line a jelly roll pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 3 Prepare one cake mix according to instructions. Stir in green food coloring.
  • 4 Spread green cake mix into jelly roll pan.
  • 5 Bake cake for 18-22 minutes.
  • 6 Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then freeze for one hour.
  • 7 Spray 2 extra deep (3-4 inch tall) 8-inch round cake pans with non-stick cooking spray with flour. Line bottom of pans with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper.
  • 8 Prepare remaining white cake mix.
  • 9 Spread 1 cup batter in each of the round pans.
  • 10 Remove green cake from freezer and cut 40 shamrocks using a 1-inch cutter. (You will have extra cake.)
  • 11 Arrange shamrocks upside down (stem facing up) in a circle about an inch from the edge of the round pans. You'll use 19-20 shamrocks in each pan.
  • 12 Pour 1 cup of batter over shamrocks, completely covering them.
  • 13 Equally divide remaining batter and pour it into the center of each cake pan.
  • 14 Bake at 325ºF for 30-34 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake center comes out clean.
  • 15 Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • 16 Level cakes using a serrated knife.
  • 17 Flip one cake over and set on an 8-inch cake round. Spread frosting over top, and flip second cake over and place on top.
  • 18 Frost top and sides of cake, using a crumb coat first, then a final thick layer of frosting. Smooth frosting well.
  • 19 Cover cake with green fondant. (For detailed instructions on covering a cake with fondant, see the How to Use Fondant Tutorial.)
  • 20 Knead remaining green fondant, roll it out, set it on a cake plate then cut it into a 10-11 inch circle, removing excess. This will be the hat brim.
  • 21 Set cake in the center of the fondant hat brim.
  • 22 Roll and cut a 24-inch long by 1-inch wide strip of black fondant. Wrap strip around the base of the cake, forming the hat band.
  • 23 Roll out and cut out a white or yellow fondant buckle. If using, spray buckle with gold food coloring spray.
  • 24 After the buckle dries, brush the back with some water and attach it to the black hat band.
  • 25 Cut cake into wedges when ready to serve, revealing the shamrocks hidden inside.
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Step By Step  

Find a bit o' extra luck inside this leprechaun hat reveal cake for St. Patrick's Day.

As prepared by Hungry Happenings,

Secret shamrocks are a special surprise inside this leprechaun cake. 

Leprechauns were mythical men written about in Irish folklore who were so rich, they had to hide their treasure. So if you could find what they had hidden, you would be rich! Of course, you'd have to find the end of the rainbow, and I'm pretty sure you would need faerie powers to do that. 

I don't know about you, but I don't have magical powers. So instead of chasing Leprechauns all over the countryside in search of the allusive pot of gold, I decided to make a fun surprise cake instead. It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day. The cake looks like a Leprechaun hat on the outside, and has green shamrocks hidden on the inside. When you slice into the cake, each piece reveals more shamrocks!

You'll need a small 1-inch shamrock cookie cutter and two extra deep 8-inch round pans to make this cake, along with two Betty Crocker White Cake mixes and frosting. I chose to cover my cake with green fondant to give the Leprechaun hat a shiny and smooth finish. I briefly show you below, how I covered my cake with fondant. If you don't have much experience working with fondant and need detailed instructions, see my How to Use Fondant tutorial.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Make one cake mix and color it green using Betty Crocker Gel food coloring.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Spread the batter into a jelly roll pan and bake it. After it cools for a bit, put it in the freezer for an hour.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Line two extra deep 8-inch round pans with parchment paper, then spray with non-stick baking spray with flour. I actually used two 8-inch springform pans that I lined with non-stick tin foil before spraying.

Just before the green cake is ready to come out of the freezer, make the remaining white cake mix. Pour one cup of batter into each of the round cake pans.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Remove the green cake from the freezer and use a one-inch shamrock cutter to cut out 38-40 shamrocks. You will have a little less than half of this cake left over, so enjoy a little snack!

Arrange shamrocks, upside down (with the bottom of the stem facing up) in a circle about an inch from the edge of the pans.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Pour the rest of the batter into the pans, covering the shamrocks.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

As these cakes bake, the batter will puff up in the center and the baked cakes will look pretty funky. It's all right, as you will just cut off the bumps soon and make each cake level.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Once the cakes are cooled and leveled, flip one over and put it on a cardboard cake round and spread on some frosting before flipping over the other cake and doing the same.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Frost the entire cake and make it really smooth. 


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Cover the cake with green fondant. 


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Cut out a green fondant hat brim on a cake board or cake plate. 


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Set the fondant-covered cake in the center of the green hat brim. Add a black fondant hat band and make a buckle. You can simply make the buckle out of yellow fondant, or you can spray a white or yellow buckle with gold food coloring spray. 


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

When the cake is whole, no one will know of the surprise hiding inside.


Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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