- 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
- 10 drops green food coloring
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 3 to 5 teaspoons 2% milk
- Preheat oven according to package directions. Grease a 9x5-in. loaf pan. Prepare one package cake mix according to package directions, adding food coloring and extract before mixing batter. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake and cool as package directs.
- Cut cooled cake into 1-in.-thick slices. Cut slices with a 2-1/2-in. shamrock-shaped cookie cutter (save remaining cake for another use). Stand shamrock slices at an angle in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan.
- Prepare remaining cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter around and over shamrock slices. Bake and cool as package directs.
- For glaze, in a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar, extract and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Pour glaze over cake, allowing some to flow over sides. Yield: 1 loaf (16 slices).
Reviews forShamrock Cutout Pound Cake
"This worked well. I did put a little batter in the bottom of the pan to help stabilize the shamrocks as another baker recommended. I used mint flavoring instead of peppermint and colored the glazee. I then topped the glaze with shamrock sprinkles. We didn't find it particularly flavorful, but it sure looked good."
"Question: before I try this exciting cake, can the shamrock handle being baked twice?"
"So cute! I used the same recipe for Valentine's Day and used red food coloring and heart cut outs. It turned out great and everyone wanted to know how it was done."
"I haven't made this yet, but I think I'll try using lime juice and peel for flavoring and glaze, rather than the peppermint. This is a very pretty pound cake!"
"why do you have to have the shamrocks "leaning"? just wondering tx"
"Seo, upon reading the instructions I wasn't getting it either at first, but if you look at the picture of the cake, think about shamrocks (only one "leg" to stand on, lol,) you'll get that you have to place it in the pan on an angle or leaning. Hope my comment helps! Although I am a fan of mint, and it does seem to go with St. Patrick's Day, I always add almond extract to my pound cakes. Thanks for the great idea!"
"I wondered how that shamrock got into the cake, that was very clever and pretty. love this site."
"This recipe sounds like a fun treat for the family on St Patrick’s Day!Here is a trick for everyone that are asking about how the shamrock stays standing up try pouring some of the cake mix into the bottom of your loaf pan before adding the shamrock slices, this will hold them in place so you can spoon the rest of the cake mix over the top of the shamrock slices."
"Love this idea! And plan to make for the upcoming St. Patrick's Day. But I'm feeling a bit dense. I'm having a hard time understanding the "Stand shamrock slices at an angle in a greased 9x5-in. loaf pan."Are they a leaned angle? Or more like a standing straight up slight diagonal? Am just having a difficult time envisioning the set up. Advise please and thank you! :)"