St. Patrick's Day birthdays call for a special celebration to give your loved one the luck of the Irish for a year. Cheeky St. Patrick's Day cakes are not difficult to make or to decorate, especially if you plan to purchase fondant for decoration. Roll and cut fondant into any shape with cookie cutters and dye it with food colouring. Add sparkle to any of these cakes with sanding sugar, gold dragees or small candies.
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For an easy and festive St. Patrick's Day birthday cupcake idea, use green frosting to cover the top of half of your cupcakes and white frosting for the other half. Stick chocolate money into the tops of the green cupcakes and draw a four-leaf clover on the top of the white-frosted cupcakes.
Purchase gummy candies in the shape of coke bottles, since the dark brown colour is similar to Guinness. Frost a dark-coloured cupcake like chocolate, carrot cake or gingerbread with a cream cheese icing. For an adult's birthday cake, you can use a recipe for chocolate Guinness cake to bring an extra-special touch to the birthday cake. Ice the cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, then top each decorated cupcake with one of the gummy soda bottle candies.
You can create a leprechaun hat out of a layer cake by baking two 8-inch round cakes and one 10-inch round (or two 6-inch and one 8-inch). Simply bake and cool the cakes--and use white cake batter dyed green for a surprise--then stack the large circle on the bottom and the two smaller circles on top to form a hat with a brim. Frost the cake with green icing, then decorate it with clover cut-outs made from fondant. You can incorporate gold coins or use coloured candies to form a rainbow across the top of the cake.
Create a rainbow-shaped cake with a pot of gold at the end made from miniature cupcakes frosted and rolled in gold dragees. To make a rainbow cake, bake two 8-inch round cakes, then cut the cakes in half down the centre when they've cooled. Cover a piece of cardboard with aluminium foil. Line up the four half-circles on the aluminium cake board so they arch in the air, sticking them together with frosting. Cover the outside of the rainbow you just made in stripes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple frosting. Cover the front and back faces of the cake in pale blue or white frosting to resemble clouds or sky. Write a "Happy Birthday" wish on the front face. Pile the pot of gold cupcakes against one end of the rainbow. Incorporate gold coins and other candies.
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