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Tall St. Patrick’s Day Ombre Cake

by Permanent Posies on March 9, 2012

I made the tallest cake ever. I mean….ridiculously tall. A piece doesn’t fit on a disposable cake plate (which it needs to do for a party). Really? How much fun is that?

Also, I tried to make one of those Ombre Cakes. Why have I never heard of these until today? Is it just me or does it sound simple to make….haha. I worked hard on it…..really I did. I just thought I would cook it in 3 pans instead of 4 or 5…..or whatever is normal.

My poor, giant, green St. Patrick’s Day cake! I accidentally put the darkest layer in the middle. Who can tell when they come out of the oven? Never occurred to me that I should take note of where I put each layer in the oven.

Clearly, I am new at Ombre cake making!

But make no mistake about it…..this was one AWESOME TASTING cake!!!! Doesn’t that count for something? Uncut, it was a thing of beauty. Cut….awkward.

Here is the delicious recipe. It was adapted from one on…..that I read over at Our Daily Obsession (whose Ombre Cake actually looks like one).


 Awesome White Cake

Tall St. Patrick’s Day Ombre Cake
  • 2 cake white cake mixes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups Coconut Milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2/3 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Green food coloring
  • CREAMY WHITE BUTTERCREAM ICING (If you make 4 layers, increase the amounts to cover the extra layer) 4 tbsp Crisco Shortening,4 tbsp butter, 12oz. powdered sugar (3/4 large package), 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp almond extract
  1. Mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Mix the eggs, oil, coconut milk and water.
  3. Mix in the flour mixture.
  4. Add sour cream and flavorings and blend.
  5. The idea is to make each layer progressively greener. Also, this mixture would be better in 4 layers.
  6. Cook at 350 degrees in 3 layers for 35 minutes. In 4 layers….a little less time.
  7. FOR ICING : Cream shortening and butter together for a couple of minutes….almost whipping it. Add powdered sugar and cream. Add seasonings and whip until perfect consistency.




{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

cassidy March 10, 2012 at 3:05 AM

I think it looks fabulous and seriously delicious! This would be a perfect party cake!

Kit March 10, 2012 at 3:30 AM

WOW! Gorgeous & I love the color! Lovely & delicious! I won’t mind having a huge piece of this awesome cake! :)

Christina at I Gotta Create! March 10, 2012 at 7:45 AM

BEAUTIFUL and perfect for St. Patty’s celebrations. Bravo! Those ingredients sound rich and yummy. Thanks so much for linking up!
“Kiss Me I’m Irish” linky party now open

momto8blog March 10, 2012 at 2:09 PM

this looks fabulous!!! really!!
I made a three layer cake only once…I couldn’t fit in in my cake dish.
happy weekend!

Lori Stokes Wright March 10, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I don’t think the cut cake is ‘awkward’ at all. I don’t think the order matters and your cake is beautiful. I’m pinning it in fact. Have a great weekend, found you at Kiss Me I’m Irish.

Didi March 11, 2012 at 6:34 AM

Gorgeous!!! I love the coconut milk in this recipe!!!

Andrea March 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

That is exactly what a cake should look like! I made a very similar cake for my son’s third birthday (nine years ago!), and it is still my favorite creation. My other son’s third birthday is in a few weeks, and you have inspired me to try another.

Chrissy @ The Outlaw Mom Blog March 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM

What a great cake! Thanks for sharing your recipe :-) Never had a cake with coconut milk (or maybe I have, but just didn’t know it!) All the flavors sound wonderful.

six sisters March 14, 2012 at 6:51 PM

This cake looks so delicious! Coconut milk is so yummy in cake! Thanks for linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back soon! -The Sisters

Kelley March 15, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Hi Susan! Thank you for linking up last week. You were one of my favorite links :) Make sure to check it out tomorrow!

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