How to Make the Ultimate St. Patrick’s Day Dessert Out of a Box of White Cake Mix

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and you know what that means; it’s time to be green! This super easy technique allows you to dress up even the most basic cake mix cake and make it a festive holiday hit! If you are an overachiever you can divide the batter into four different colors (if doing so I recommend leaving one without dye) to create an ombre/swirl effect. Take care when swirling however not to over mix or the definition of the separate colors will be lost.

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St. Paddy’s Day Cake

1 box white cake mix, batter prepared according to the box

green food coloring

1 package whipped frosting

2-4 tablespoons milk

Non stick spray

green sprinkles (optional)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a bundt cake pan with non stick spray.
  2. Mix the box cake mix according to the package instructions in a large bowl. Divide the batter in half into two bowls. Add 15 drops of green food coloring to one bowl and 7 drops to the other. Stir well until the batters are both completely green and free of streaks of color or clumps of dry ingredients. You should have two different colors of green batters. If your greens are too similar add more green to the darker batter until you can see a difference in the colors.
  3. Pour half of the darkest green into the bundt pan. Top with half of the light green. Add the rest of the dark green and finish with the last bit of light green. Using a wooden skewer or a butter knife make a single line of swirls through the batter going around the pan one time. This will swirl together the colors and create a pattern in the finished cake.
  4. Bake according to package instructions, usually about 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan.
  5. Remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  6. Divide the frosting in half and decorate the cake with half of the uncolored frosting.
  7. Take the icing that is left and put it in a medium sized bowl. Add a couple of tablespoons of milk and 10 drops of green food coloring. Mix well. If the frosting is not a drizzable consistency add another couple tablespoons of milk. Use either a fork, piping bag, or ziploc with the corner cut off to drizzle the green frosting in a zig zag pattern over the green icing.

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