Hidden Clover Cake – Naturally Colored With Sunflower Seeds

Hidden Clover Cake - Naturally Colored With Sunflower Seeds

This hidden clover cake is naturally colored with sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds contain chlorogenic acid which turns dark green in an alkaline environment.

k's Day Hidden Clover Cake
Shamrocks naturally colored with sunflower seeds (dark green) and green peas (light green)


Naturally Green Shamrocks
Sponge Cake
  • 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

St. Patrick's Day Hidden Shamrock Cake

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.

St. Patrick's Day Hidden Clover Cake With Natural Food Coloring

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.

k's Day Hidden Clover Cake

More hidden cakes with natural food coloring:

The naturally colored hidden shamrock cake was day 5 of my Easter Countdown 2018.

48 thoughts on “Hidden Clover Cake – Naturally Colored With Sunflower Seeds

  1. Wow, this is such a clever idea, something I’ve never attempted before! definitely going to have to attempt it. Lovely find (of your blog) and followed 🙂 Popping by via #MMBC Have a lovely day!

  2. So cool! I shared on my Facebook page and I’m going to share it to my new group as well, The Seasonal Life. I love what you bring to the Friday Frenzy!

  3. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing at the To Grandma’s House We Go DIY, Crafts, Recipes and More Wednesday Link Party! Have a great week and join us again!

  4. Hey Lina!! I am one of the co-hosts for Fiesta Friday and I’m just dropping by to say that this cake is such a cool idea!! I love the “hidden” shamrocks! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing and being apart of Fiesta Friday!

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