Luck of the Irish Leprechaun Hat Cake Tutorial for Newbies

 

Searching for a inventive cake to rejoice St. Patrick’s Day? This Leprechaun Hat Cake is past excellent for this fortunate vacation! 

This Leprechaun hat cake is made with darkish chocolate cake layers, crammed with Irish Cream buttercream, and accomplished with inexperienced vanilla buttercream. The most effective half is the ending touches with fondant belt and buckle, a brim to the hat, and a four-leaf clover for additional luck! 

Even in case you’re model new to cake adorning with follow and these actionable steps, you’ll have the ability to create this St. Patty’s day cake simply at dwelling! 

The darkish chocolate cake and Irish cream buttercream is one in every of my favourite combos. The chocolate cake just isn't too candy, so the wealthy and decadent Irish cream buttercream is completely balanced. 

The fondant decorations make this cake wonderful. Beginning with the black belt with the golden buckle is every part! Then the inexperienced hat brim is matched completely to the buttercream shade. The ultimate piece is the luckiest four-leaf clover, and it completely completes the cake!  

I'm so excited to share this tutorial with you, I’ve listed some suggestions for fulfillment in addition to instruments chances are you'll want so you will get baking and adorning shortly! 

Ideas for Success: 

  • Learn by way of all of the elements and directions so you will get a greater concept of how a lot time and what it is advisable make this cake.
  • A single batch of this cake recipe makes three, 6-inch spherical cake layers or two 8-inch spherical cake layers. Double the cake recipe to make sufficient cake batter for 3, 8-inch cake layers.
  • On this cake recipe, you want 1 cup buttermilk; in case you don’t have any buttermilk readily available, you'll be able to simply use 1 cup complete milk combined with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to make your personal. 
  • I extremely suggest making the cake taller, so when you find yourself creating the tapered hat, it’s in portion to every part else. 
  • You may bake the cake layers forward of time. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze as much as one month. 
  • Meals coloring will get darker over time, so it’s greatest to progressively add the meals coloring, which is greatest for lighter colours.  
  • You can also make the buttercream a day forward and refrigerate it in a single day. Then take them out to come back again to room temperature. Be certain that the buttercream is at room temperature earlier than re-whipping.

What Instruments You’ll Must Make This Cake: 

  • 5-quart, Stand Mixer with mixing bowl & paddle attachment
  • 3, 6-inch cake pans or 2, 8-inch cake pans
  • Offset spatula 
  • 8-inch or 10-inch white cake board 
  • Serrated knife or cake leveler 
  • Turntable 
  • Cake scraper or bench scraper
  • Whisk or sifter
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray and Parchment Paper
  • Ice Cream Scooper with Set off Launch (for dividing cake batter evenly)
  • Cake Stand, elective
  • Small fondant rolling pin
  • Silicone fondant mat
  • Fondant (inexperienced, black and yellow)
  • X-Acto knife
  • Small coronary heart cutters
  • Cornstarch and Vegetable Shortening

Right here’s find out how to make this Leprechaun Hat Cake that’ll provide the luck of the Irish! 

Let’s Get Baking! 

Make Darkish Chocolate Cake Layers

  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F. Spray three 6-inch spherical cake pans or two 8-inch spherical cake pans with non-stick spray, line the underside of every pan with parchment paper and spray once more. Put aside.
  2. Within the stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, stir collectively the all-purpose flour, darkish cocoa powder, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt. Put aside. 
  3. Add the eggs and the vegetable oil on low till nicely included.
  4. Pour within the buttermilk and add brewed espresso. Combine on medium for 30 seconds. Scrape down the perimeters of the bowl. 
  5. Evenly distribute the cake batter among the many three cake pans and bake for about 35-40 minutes or till a toothpick inserted into the middle of every cake comes out clear or with only a few moist crumbs.
  6. Take away desserts from oven and let cool in pans for 10 minutes earlier than inverting onto cooling racks to chill utterly — wrap desserts in plastic wrap and place within the freezer to relax for 30 minutes. 

Make Decadent Irish Cream Buttercream 

  1. Within the stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter till gentle and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Flip the mixer to low and add the salt and vanilla. 
  3. Subsequent, progressively add powdered sugar, adopted by the Irish cream. Combine on medium-high velocity for about 5 minutes, till gentle and fluffy. Scrape down the perimeters of the bowl. 
  4. Earlier than utilizing flip the mixer on low and blend for two minutes to push out any air bubbles or use a rubber spatula to push out the air bubbles. (You could must repeat this step when frosting the surface of the cake). 

Make Shiny Inexperienced Vanilla Buttercream 

  1. Within the stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter till gentle and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  2. Flip the mixer to low and add the salt and vanilla. 
  3. Subsequent, progressively add powdered sugar, adopted by the cream. Combine on medium-high velocity for about 5 minutes, till gentle and fluffy. 
  4. Add just a few drops of leaf inexperienced gel meals coloring to dye the buttercream inexperienced. Scrape down the perimeters of the bowl. 
  5. Earlier than utilizing flip the mixer on low and blend for two minutes to push out any air bubbles or use a rubber spatula to push out the air bubbles. (You could must repeat this step when frosting the surface of the cake). 

Assemble the Cake 

  1. Take away the cake layers from the freezer and unwrap the cake layers. Subsequent, use a serrated knife to chop off the dome of the desserts to make the layers flat and even. 
  2. Add a small quantity of buttercream onto the middle of the cake board. Layer the chilled darkish chocolate cake, minimize aspect up onto the cake board. 
  3. Add a 2/Three cup of Irish Cream buttercream over the cake. Place one other cake layer minimize aspect down excessive then repeat the method for 2 extra layers. With the 4 stacked cake layers, crumb coat and freeze the cake for 30 minutes. 
  4. Subsequent, with a serrated knife, start to shave the underside two cake layers, rigorously minimize away the cake to create a tapered hat design. Transfer rigorously as you'll be able to’t add extra cake, however you'll be able to minimize extra off. Then crumb coat and freeze the cake for 30 minutes. 
  5. Add a thicker layer of inexperienced buttercream to the chilly cake. Use an offset spatula and cake scraper to make the perimeters as clean as potential. Then place again into the fridge to set the buttercream for 10 minutes. 

Full this Cake with Fondant Decorations

  1. On a silicone mat, roll the black fondant to 1/Eight inch thick into an extended strip about 20 inches lengthy by 2 inches large, regulate these measurements in keeping with your cake. 
  2. Connect the black strip to the underside of the chilly buttercream cake, if wanted, add a small quantity of buttercream to get fondant to stay. 
  3. Subsequent, roll out the inexperienced fondant for the brim of the hat into an extended strip about 24 inches lengthy by 2 ½ inches large. 
  4. Connect the inexperienced fondant to the cake board, if wanted, use buttercream or water to make the fondant stick.
  5. To make the four-leaf clover, roll out a small piece of inexperienced fondant and use a small coronary heart cutter to four create the leaves. Connect the leaves along with water, lay one coronary heart down first, then join every coronary heart to make a flower. Then minimize out a brief strip for the clover’s stem. 
  6. Then to make the belt buckle roll out a chunk of yellow fondant, use an x-acto knife to chop the buckle out. (You can even use two totally different measurement sq. cutters to create the buckle as nicely). 
  7. In a small bowl, combine gold luster mud and some drops of clear alcohol to create a paint consistency. With a bit paintbrush, paint the gold on the yellow belt buckle. 
  8. Serve cake at room temperature and luxuriate in! 

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Now that you know the way to make this Leprechaun Hat cake, this would be the luckiest St. Patrick’s Day ever!

I genuinely consider that every one bakers could make this cake even newbie bakers. If you're keen to attempt, you’ll succeed! 

As all the time, in case you have any questions, please be happy to e mail me at [email protected], and I stay up for seeing your Leprechaun Hat Cake creations! 

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