St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There isn’t a dessert I love more than a delightful Rainbow Cake with fluffy, homemade Butter Cream Frosting! Don’t shy away from creating charismatic cake, it’s not as hard to make as you may think it is. If I can make it, you definitely can!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow CakeTo Create Your St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake, You Need:

  • Six 9-inch cake pans
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites (no yolks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring

To Make the Buttercream Frosting, You Need:

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 bag (2lb) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk

How to Make A Rainbow Cake:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Coat each cake pan with shortening and then line the bottom of each with parchment paper. Brush again with shortening and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, slowly mix the sugar and butter together using a handheld electric mixer. A great tip on slow mixing would be to add small increments of each at a time, then combine and repeat.
  4. Next, slowly incorporate the egg whites until well combined and then mix in the vanilla.
  5. Now combine your flour mixture in small increments with the milk by beginning with the flour and ending with the milk until everything is well mixed.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into six bowls. Add yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, and green food coloring to each their prospective bowls and mix until combined. Pour each color into a separate cake pan and bake for 15-15 minutes.St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 1
  7. To make the Buttercream Frosting, mix the shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Then, add in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.
  8. Once the cakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
  9. After they’ve cooled, remove them from the pans.
  10. Place the first layer (violet) on your desired serving dish and frost the top and sides with a spatula.
  11. Repeat the stacking and frosting of each layer until you’ve reached the top. St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 2
  12. Smooth the top and outer layers of frosting with a spatula one final time.

Cut a piece of cake and serve!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 3Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

All Things Green

Design by Sara Polacek of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite green Land of Nod pieces. No need to be a leprechaun to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow CupcakesThere is no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a batch of colorful Rainbow Cupcakes! These cupcakes will be the hit of any St. Pattie’s Day party and impress all the kids, and Mom’s too, in your child’s classroom.

To create these fun St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes, you will need:

  • Gluten free yellow cake mix (regular will work too)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Rolo’s
  • Airhead Xtremes

How to make them:

  1. Start by cutting ¼ off of the Airhead Xtreme and continuing to do so with however many rainbows you will need. Take the larger pieces that remain and position them over a glass bowl, then pop them in the freezer. This will create the rainbow shape!
  2. Then, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, and butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Next, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line the cupcake tin with liners and spoon in the cake mix so they are ¾ of the way full. You don’t want them to overflow! St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 1
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes, or until the cake springs at your touch.
  6. While the cupcakes are baking, mix the vanilla frosting with green food coloring until they are well combined.St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 2
  7. To check if your cupcakes are done, insert a toothpick into the center of a single cake and see if it comes out clean. If your toothpick is clean, remove the cupcakes from the oven and set them aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Once they are cool, frost your cupcakes and use a knife to create two small slits on opposite sides of the top of the cupcake.
  9. Remove the Airdhead Xtreme rainbows from the freezer and insert each end in the slits on the cupcake. Place a Rolo at each end of the rainbow (each one is a pot of gold!)

These colorful and delicious Rainbow Cupcakes are ready to be eaten!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 3Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Shamrock Shortbread Cookies

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm

St Patrick's Day Shamrock Shortbread Recipe

Seriously, why did I make these?  I think I have single handedly eat ALL of these Shamrock Shortbread. They’re buttery, tender cookies, dotted with milk and mint chocolate chips.

St Patrick's Day Shamrock Shortbread Recipe 2

Shamrock Shortbread Recipe
1 cup butter (room temp)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 egg yolks
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used a milk/mint chocolate mix)
Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer.  Add the salt, vanilla and egg yolks and beat until smooth.  Add the flour and mix till dough comes together.  Add the choc chips. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to 1/4″ thick and cut out your shamrocks.  Bake at 325 F for about 12-15 mins or just until the edges of the cookie start to turn golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.
St Patrick's Day Shamrock Shortbread Recipe 3
Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm