Leprechaun Hat Shamrock Surprise Cake

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

This St. Patrick's Day, surprise and delight your friends with a Leprechaun Hat shaped cake with green shamrocks hiding inside. MORE+ LESS-

Updated March 8, 2017



boxes (16.25 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix White
Water, egg whites, and oil needed to make cake mixes
Betty Crocker™ green gel food color


cans (12 oz each) Betty Crocker™ Rich & Creamy Frosting Creamy White

Fondant Decorations

oz green fondant
oz black fondant
oz white or yellow fondant
Gold food coloring spray (optional)


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  • 1
    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a jelly roll pan with non-stick tin foil or parchment paper sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • 2
    Prepare one cake mix according to instructions. Stir in green food coloring. Spread green cake mix into jelly roll pan. Bake cake for 18-22 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then freeze for one hour.
  • 3
    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.
  • 4
    Prepare remaining white cake mix. Spread 1 cup batter in each of the round pans.
  • 5
    Remove green cake from freezer and cut 40 shamrocks using a 1-inch cutter. (You will have extra cake.) 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.
  • 6
    Pour 1 cup of batter over shamrocks, completely covering them. Equally divide remaining batter and pour it into the center of each cake pan. Bake at 325°F for 30-34 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake center comes out clean. Allow cakes to cool completely.
  • 7
    Level cakes using a serrated knife.
  • 8
    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.
  • 9
    Frost top and sides of cake, using a crumb coat first, then a final thick layer of frosting. Smooth frosting well.
  • 10
    Cover cake with green fondant.
  • 11
    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.
  • 12
    Set cake in the center of the fondant hat brim. 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.
  • 13
    Roll out and cut out a white or yellow fondant buckle. If using, spray buckle with gold food coloring spray. After the buckle dries, brush the back with some water and attach it to the black hat band.
  • 14
    Cut cake into wedges when ready to serve, revealing the shamrocks hidden inside.

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More About This Recipe

  • Find a bit o' extra luck inside this leprechaun hat reveal cake for St. Patrick's Day. Secret shamrocks are a special surprise inside this adorable 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 elusive 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. When the cake is whole, no one will know of the surprise hiding inside! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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