This hidden clover cake is naturally colored with sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds contain chlorogenic acid which turns dark green in an alkaline environment.
Naturally Green Shamrocks
- 4 eggs
- 150g (3/4 cup) sugar
- 150g (1 1/4 cup) flour
- 100g (3/4 cup) cornstarch
- 3 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp homemade vanilla extract
Powdered Sugar Glaze
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tbsp hot water
Cake: Preheat the oven to 160°C/ 325°F. Grease a loaf pan.
Cut the green cake into slices and cut shamrocks out of each slice with a shamrock cookie cutter.
Then make the sponge cake: Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract until thick and creamy. Now fold in the egg whites and the flour-starch-baking powder mixture.
Pour the batter into the pan, add the shamrocks and pour the remaining batter over the shamrocks. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
For the glaze, stir powdered sugar together with just enough hot water to make a thick glaze. Brush the glaze onto the cake. Cut leftover shamrocks into thin slices with a serrated knife. And press the shamrocks onto the glaze.
More hidden cakes with natural food coloring:
The naturally colored hidden shamrock cake was day 5 of my Easter Countdown 2018.