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Brilliant Bakes: Green Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake has cornered the market in coloured cakes. It’s delicious, but why should Red Velvet have all the fun? This week I’ve been playing around with a recipe for Green Velvet Cake – just like Red Velvet, but green and just the thing for St Patrick’s Day.

Green cake might not be the first thing you think of if you’re baking for a celebration, but it’s certainly eye-catching and it’s absolutely a talking point. It tastes just like red velvet cake, but it’s green. It looks like it should be mint flavoured, if you want to add a few drops of peppermint flavouring then you could do.

Brilliant Bakes: Green Velvet Cake

I made some chocolate shamrocks and decorated my green velvet cake with them. It’s a very simple but effective way to decorate a cake and I’d recommend even novice bakers give it a try.

Green Velvet Cake

Ingredients:

2 eggs
235mls vegetable oil
235mls buttermilk
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Green food colouring
320g self-raising flour
260g caster sugar
2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder

For the frosting:
250g cream cheese
250g icing sugar, sifted
110g unsalted butter

How to make Green Velvet Cake:

Pre-heat your oven to 180° and grease and line 3 8 inch cake tins.

Pour the eggs, oil, buttermilk, vinegar and vanilla into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add a few drops of food colouring ad then sift the flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl, mix well. Check you’re happy with the colour, if not, add a few more drops of colouring. Remember the shade will darken as it cooks, so don’t make the green too dark.

Pour the green cake batter into the three prepared cake tins. I usually weigh them to make sure they are more or less the same size.

Put the cakes in the oven for 18-20 minutes, until they’re cooked through. Once they’re baked, remove from the oven and leave to cool on a baking rack.

While they’re cooling you can make the frosting. Beat the cream cheese and butter together until light and fluffy, carefully sift in the icing sugar and combine well. Put the frosting in the fridge to firm up a little before using.

Brilliant Bakes: Green Velvet Cake

To put the green velvet cake together, level out the top of each cake by trimming off the top with a serrated knife, this is so they stack neater. Put a smear of icing on the bottom of your cake stand and put your first cake layer on, dollop on some frosting onto the top, spread it evenly over the layer and put the next cake on top of that. Frost the top of that layer, then turn the final cake upside down, so the top of the cake is absolutely flat. Cover the whole cake and sides with the remainder of the frosting and smooth it all over.

Decorate it however you like. I was making my green velvet cake for St Patrick’s Day, so I made chocolate shamrocks using a Cake Decor Milk Chocolate Writer tube which I’d found in Morrisons. It was really simple to use, I just made the shapes on baking paper, left them to set, peeled them off and put them on the cake. So simple and it looks pretty good too.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like my Turkish Delight Cake.

Brilliant Bakes: Green Velvet Cake

FREE Printable: St Patrick’s Day Colouring Sheet

St Patrick’s Day is on the 17th March each year. In Ireland they have the Monday off as a Bank Holiday celebration. St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and his saints day is one of the most celebrated in the world.

The story goes that St Patrick came to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Patrick’s efforts against the druids were eventually turned into an allegory in which he drove “snakes” out of Ireland. Ireland never really had any snakes but he’s well known for “driving the snakes out of Ireland” and is often pictured doing so.

St Patrick’s Day usually falls within the Lent period, which is known for fasting and abstinence. Traditionally, St Patrick’s Day was a day off from the Lenten fasting and is known for its boozy celebrations and general excess. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated all over the world and is perhaps the most celebrated Saints Day of all.

St Patrick’s Day is a day of celebration of all things Irish; with parades and festivals all across Ireland and beyond. For me, it’s a great excuse to bake some nice Irish style treats and to do some crafts with my boy. I’ve made this St Patrick’s Day colouring sheet for children to do. It’s free to download, so what are you waiting for?
FREE Printable: St Patrick's Day Colouring Sheet

Download your FREE St Patrick’s Day Colouring Sheet Here!

According to legend, St Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to Irish pagans; which is why the shamrock is one of the most well known symbols of Ireland. The St Patrick’s Day custom of “drowning the shamrock” or “wetting the shamrock” was popular many years ago. At the end of the days celebrations, a shamrock is put into the bottom of a cup, which is then filled with whiskey, beer, or cider. A toast is then drunk to St Patrick, Ireland, or those present.

Sásta Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

If you enjoyed this, you might also like to make this paper shamrock craft.

FREE Printable: St Patrick's Day Colouring Sheet

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

These Paper Shamrocks are so easy and really fun to make. We spent Saturday afternoon making all kinds of crafts and these were our favourite. They’re pretty quick to make, especially if you use a stapler and it wouldn’t take any time at all to rustle up enough to really decorate a room for St Patrick’s Day.

The idea is very similar to the paper heart wreath I made for Valentine’s Day. The 3D hearts are very simple to make with a strip of paper and look really effective when put together into a wreath or shamrock.

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

HOW TO MAKE A PAPER Shamrock

You will need
Green paper or card, A4 size
Scissors
A ruler and pencil
Stapler with staples
A length of ribbon if you’re hanging your shamrock

How to make your Paper Shamrock

Using a ruler measure the long side of your piece of paper and divide that length by five. Measure out five equal widths of paper and carefully cut into strips using a pair of scissors. If you’re doing this with children then you may want to be in charge of this bit.

Fold four of the strips in half, make sure you’ve got a neat, crisp fold here, this will be the pointy bottom of your heart shape. Bend the edges together to create the heart shape and staple the ends together. Do this with all four strips of paper to make hearts.

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks

With the fifth strip (see the picture) you want to fold it into a very tall triangle shape with a flat bottom. Staple the ends together.

Lay the heart shapes out with the pointy triangle in the middle. It’s easier to visualise how to put the paper shamrock together. I found it easier to line up the bottom two hearts with the top of the triangle stem and staple them together. Before you staple the other hearts to the top of the paper shamrock shape, make a loop with your ribbon and staple it in place, then staple the other hearts together and your paper shamrock is done.

Hang up your Paper Shamrocks wherever you like and celebrate St Patrick’s Day with pride!

St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to make Paper Shamrocks