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Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake Recipe

Shamrock Cutout Pound Cake Recipe

My son Gabriel loves surprises inside cakes, like seeing a shamrock when this cake is sliced. Everyone wants to know how it’s done. — Angela Lively, Spring, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 50 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) pound cake mix
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 to 5 teaspoons 2% milk


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. Prepare remaining cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter around and over shamrock slices. Bake and cool as package directs.
  • 4. 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).

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: Remaining pound cake may be cubed and served in dessert dishes, layered with warm fudge sauce. Top with chopped mint Andes candies.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 462 calories, 23g fat (8g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 339mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 267499
Reviewed May. 30, 2017

"This is such a clever and fun cake. I had a butterfly shaped cookie cutter so used pink food coloring instead of green and strawberry extract instead of peppermint. It turned out well. Be prepared for oooh and aaaahs when you slice the cake. I will definitely make this again."

silveryk User ID: 8791956 245483
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"Question: before I try this exciting cake, can the shamrock handle being baked twice?"

cindiak User ID: 221828 222597
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2015

"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."

jazzerie User ID: 7800288 222507
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2015

"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!"

gramcayo User ID: 5095727 222417
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"why do you have to have the shamrocks "leaning"? just wondering tx"

maggiemae1903 User ID: 7895069 221663
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"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!"

oleblueyes User ID: 7862120 221541
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"I wondered how that shamrock got into the cake, that was very clever and pretty. love this site."

Jess113 User ID: 8270120 221265
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"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."

camdensnana User ID: 1199070 221258
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"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! :)"

Bonito User ID: 1630276 221020
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"I love this recipe it is so clever and I had no idea how to make the shamrocks in the cake this is just awesome."

spooky56_75 User ID: 4718542 141232
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2014

"My family and I loved this cake. The mint shamrock inside was a great idea. I made sure the cutout shamrock cake was completely cooled before inserting it in the cake pound. I found out if the shamrock was still "warm" it was more likely to break once you put the cake batter on top of it. I purchased my cookie cutter at Michael's. Great St. Patrick's Day dessert."

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 189540
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Great presentation for our annual St. Patrick's Day dinner. I love the touch of peppermint flavor ."

bekaer3 User ID: 7493567 213630
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2014

"The cake turned out great! It will be so much fun to serve. You could use any shape inside the cake."

Pays User ID: 7650670 141231
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2014

"Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! The only thing I did wrong was to use a cookie cutter which was too small. I can't wait to make it again! I carefully spooned the batter over the colored part and it came out beautiful. Next time I am going to use an angel food cake mix! Wonderful!"

dtcady User ID: 5708690 124738
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2014

"I was very disappointed in this recipe Rather than shamrocks, I made pink hearts which turned out beautifully, but when I assembled them in the second pan and poured the cake batter on top, the batter was so thick that it would not fully coat the hearts, nor go between them. I ended up crumbling up the cake and making cake truffles."

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