Easy Chocolate Mint Green Ombre 5-Layer Cake
My youngest son’s birthday is the week before St. Patrick’s day and he loves Shamrock Shakes, so this year we incorporated all of those ideas and flavors into one amazing cake. Then we added a little chocolate to kick things up a notch. I created this green ombre 5-layer cake in an afternoon, and it was a lot easier to do than I thought it would be. Today I’m sharing the recipe, plus a few tips to make your cake turn out even better than ours did. 🙂Jump to Recipe
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Before You Make It…
The trick to getting the five stackable layers was this 5-layer cake pan set. You could try making it with regular sized cake pans, but it will require a lot more cake batter and the cake layers will be harder to handle. This is the exact set I used (under $12 for the set!).
I would also recommend baking the cake layers, letting them cool, and then putting them in the refrigerator for a few hours before assembling the cake. This way the layers will be a little more sturdy, and it will be easier to spread on the creamy filling layers. Even though these are nonstick cake pans, we sprayed them with a little oil/baking spray.
If you want it to really taste like a Shamrock Shake, you can skip the layers of chocolate fudge ice cream topping and let the vanilla-mint taste shine through. Adding some whipped cream and a maraschino cherry on top will complete the effect.
If you do add chocolate, it’s helpful to leave about a half inch margin around the edge of the chocolate. This way it doesn’t show on the sides. If you look close, you can see a little chocolate peeking out of my cake.
Green Ombre 5-Layer Shamrock Cake Recipe
- Set of 5 six-inch cake pans
- box white cake mix, prepared as directed
- green food coloring
- 1 8 oz container Cool Whip
- 1 3.4 oz box vanilla instant pudding
- 1 cup milk
- 1 jar Smucker's Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping
- 3 tsp peppermint extract 2 tsp for cake, 1 tsp for cream layers
- Preheat oven to temperature indicated on cake mix box directions.
- Prepare cake mix as indicated on directions on the box.
- Divide cake batter into 5 equal parts in small mixing bowls.
- Add different amounts of green food coloring to each bowl of batter from lightest to darkest. One bowl can either be left completely white or just a hint of green. Then each of the other four bowls should be slightly darker than the one before to create 5 layers from lightest to darkest green.
- Pour each bowl of batter into a separate cake pan.
- Bake the five 6-inch cake pans at the temperature directed on the cake mix box for 18 minutes or until toothpick inserted at the center of cake pan comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and cool completely. *It's even better if you can cool the cake layers in the refrigerator for a while so they're more solid when working with them.
- Combine vanilla pudding mix with 1 cup cold milk until blended, and then stir in 8 oz Cool Whip. Add a dash of green food coloring to slightly tint the pudding/cream mixture.
- Place the darkest cake layer on cake plate. Spread on a layer of Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Topping, followed by a thick layer of the pudding/cream mixture. Carefully add the second-darkest cake layer, topping with first the chocolate ice cream topping and then the pudding/cream mixture. Continue until all 5 layers have been added and topped with chocolate and pudding/cream mixture.
- If desired, top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry (to look even more like a Shamrock Shake!).
When serving, you can give each guest a tall 5-layer slice (we got 8 tall slices out of ours!). Or, you can also cut the cake so each guest gets a shorter (2- or 3-layer) slice. Everyone raved about the flavor and loved the tall ombre look of the cake. It was so easy to make! You definitely don’t need the luck o’ the Irish to create this delicious dessert. You could easily change flavors with different extracts or cake mix flavors, and you could swap out the chocolate spread for caramel, jam, or just about anything else. I think it would be fun to make a 5-layer rainbow colored cake, too. So many possibilities with these fun 5-layer cake pans.
If you like chocolate mint, you’ll also want to check out my Grandma Boyle’s Grasshopper Creme de Menthe Cake recipe: it tastes just like Andes mints!