Shamrock Cake (surprise inside)

shamrockcake3_sayitwithcakeWell, hello there everyone! The cake that I am sharing with you today is special to me because I finally figured out how to make a peekaboo cake in a regular cake pan instead of a loaf pan with pound cake!   Keep reading, I will show you how.shamrockcake_sayitwithcake


I have seen many peekaboo cakes on Pinterest with shamrocks made with pound cake, Live Love and Sugar was my inspiration  here and i am baker  here.  I really wanted to make one with my small 6 inch cake pan.  First I wanted to try with a round cake pan, but couldn’t get it right.  These peekaboo cakes are a little tricky because you don’t really know what the cut outs are going to do inside.  For example,they can rise to the top or move around inside the batter while the second cake is cooking.  I first made a sheet cake with a white cake mix and colored it green.  I followed the instructions on the box and added one extra egg and a small box of cheesecake pudding mix to make it more dense.  After the cake came out and cooled, I cut the cake in half with a cake leveler and  used a one inch shamrock cookie cutter to  cut out shamrocks.  I put them in the refrigerator for 2 hours.


Next, after greasing and flouring the pan, I placed them in the square pan in a row of about 9 shamrock cut outs like the picture below



Next, I mixed up a white cake mix and poured it over the shamrocks to completely cover them.



I put the shamrocks right up to the edge of the pan so it will show a little after it cooks and you can see which side is the front in order to cut it on the right side.



After both cakes have cooled, I put one cup of buttercream frosting as a filling, and frosted the cake.  I cut out more shamrocks with green fondant.  You can find the recipe for buttercream HERE and for fondant HERE.

So there you have it!  Make sure you mark the front of the cake when you are frosting it, because you are going to want to cut the cake in the front to be able to see the shamrocks inside! What I did was put a spoonful on frosting on front of my turntable while frosting it so I would know where the front was.  Then after frosting, I put the shamrock on top facing forward so I would know where the front was and where to cut.






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28 thoughts on “Shamrock Cake (surprise inside)

  1. I’ve pinned this pretty and yummy looking cake to my “Good to Be Irish” board. It really turned out well. In March I’m doing all Irish/green themed recipes. Quite a few are traditional Irish recipes and others will be fun stuff. Seeing this cake gives me smiles. I just love shamrocks!

  2. Hi,
    I am sharing your wonderful post tomorrow in my “100 Something Green St. Patricks Day RoundUp” with a link back to your original post plus pinned to my St. Patricks Day Board! Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy from

  3. You always have the cutest cake idea, Shamene! Love this – and it’s perfect for St Patrick’s Day! Thanks so much or joining us at Freedom Fridays 🙂 We’ll be featuring this tonight! Stop by and grab a button if you would like one! The new party starts at 8:30 pm EST – we hope you’ll join us!

    • Thank you Jamie, I am so excited to be featured! I grabbed a button and put it on my blog, thank you for featuring my cake!

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