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.
48 thoughts on “Hidden Clover Cake – Naturally Colored With Sunflower Seeds”
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!
Thanks so much, Nikki! 🙂
Hi this such a clever an effective idea and would be perfect with a nice cuppa. Thanks for sharing #BloggerClubUK
That’s so cute! I’ve got to try this type of cake one day.
I unintentionally discovered that sunflower seeds turn green when cooked! This cake is so pretty.
Thank you, Mandy!
Your recipes are always unique and I love them!
Thanks for stopping by, Sandra!
This cake is amazing!
This is such a clever cake!!! I love it.
Thanks, Tamy! 🙂
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!
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
This is absolutely beautiful! What a creation. I totally just pinnned it. Thanks for sharing it at the #happynowlinkup
Thanks for pinning, Jen! 🙂
Such a cool idea and I love that you naturally coloured them!
Thanks so much, Kat! 🙂
What a cute idea! Thank you for bringing your yummy festive creation to Fiesta Friday!
Thanks for stopping by, Antonia!
What fun! I can imagine making this cake with my grandchildren. They’d love it! And I’d love the use of natural dyes. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg
You make it looks so easy! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!
Gorgeous I, of course, love anything with clovers and this cake is almost too pretty to eat!
Thanks so much, Colleen! 😀
I love hidden surprises. They are always so much fun.
This is such a fun idea!! Looks super tasty too!!
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!
Thanks! Have a great week too!
OMG, this is lovely. Pinning it for sure! Thanks!
Thanks for pinning!
This cake is soooo creative and I love your sunflower seed coloring. So cute! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!
Thanks so much, Amy! 🙂
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!
Thank you so much, Abbey! 🙂
What a super fun cake! I love it. As always, I love that you use natural ingredients to color things! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.
Thanks so much, Julie! 🙂
How clever! This would be perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day brunch or treat. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best.
Thanks, Rhonda! 🙂
Beautiful cake!! Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! PINNED 🙂
Thanks, Kelly! 🙂