Team Tablespoon was super excited to find Beth's amazing creations on her blog, Hungryhappenings.com. So, as you can imagine, we are geeked out to have her as a guest blogger. Check out these awesome noms that she made just for us!
By now, you've probably seen or eaten a cake or cupcake with a sweet surprise shape inside.
I've taken that technique one step further for St. Patrick's Day by baking my cakes in a shamrock shaped silicone mold, so each individual serving of cake looks like a shamrock inside a shamrock. These Mini Shamrock Reveal Pound Cakes
look really impressive, but are quite simple to make, especially because they are made using Betty Crocker Pound Cake Mix.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix the ingredients for the Betty Crocker Pound Cake together according to the instructions on the package.
Pour 1 cup of the cake batter in a small bowl. Add green food coloring. Stir until the coloring is well incorporated. Add more coloring until you get the desired shade of shamrock green.
Line an 8" x 8" baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper. Pour green batter into pan. Smooth out surface.
Bake for 10 minutes. This cake will be just a bit under baked, and that is what you want. Remove the cake from the pan using the foil as handles. Set on a wire cooling rack. Allow cake to cool for 15 minutes, then place in freezer for 15 minutes.
Peel the foil off the cake and set it on a cutting board. Cut 12 pieces using a small, 1 1/2 inch, shamrock cookie cutter. Fill a disposable pastry bag or a large zip top bag with the white pound cake batter. Snip the tip off the bag using scissors. Pipe a thin layer of batter into the cavities in a shamrock shaped silicone mold.
Set one shamrock in the center of each cavity. Press it down into the cake batter gently. Pipe white cake batter around and over the top of each shamrock. Cover the tops of the shamrocks with cake batter.
Bake shamrock cakes for 15 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. Allow shamrock cakes to cool completely, about an hour. Remove from mold by turning the mold upside down, pushing on the back of the mold, and allowing the cake to fall out.
To serve, cut cakes in half showing the shamrock inside. Or if you prefer, you can serve them whole for a sweet surprise.
These pound cakes taste great all on their own, but could be served with whipped cream or ice cream.