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Green Ombre 5-Layer Shamrock Cake Recipe

This beautiful cake is easy to make and tastes like a Shamrock Shake with a little chocolate touch.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Time to Cool and Assemble 1 hr 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 43 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 8 people


  • 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!).
Keyword 5-layer, cake, chocolate mint cake, easy, green tea, layer cake, ombre, peppermint, shamrock shake, st. patrick's day, vanilla mint