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St. Paddy's Green Velvet Cake

St. Paddy’s Green Velvet Cake

St. Paddy's Green Velvet Cake
St. Paddy’s Green Velvet Cake
St. Paddy's Green Velvet Cake
 
St. Paddy's Green Velvet Cake
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Ingredients
  • CAKE:
  • 2 ½ c. flour
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 ¼ c. buttermilk, well shaken
  • 1 T. green liquid food coloring
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • FROSTING:
  • ½ c. flour
  • 1 ½ c. milk
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • 4 t. vanilla
  • Pinch salt
  • Green liquid or gel food coloring, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 375. Butter 3 (8”-round) cake pans, line with parchment paper and butter the paper, also. Set aside.
  2. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Whisk buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla in a spouted measuring cup. Set aside.
  4. Beat granulated sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium until very light in color and fluffy, scraping sides as needed.
  5. With mixer running, slowly add eggs and beat until full incorporated. Reduce speed to lowest, with it running, add ⅓ of the flour mixture, then ½ of buttermilk mixture, then ½ of remaining flour mixture, the remaining buttermilk mixture and then remaining flour mixture. Scrape sides and beat until well mixed.
  6. Divide batter evenly among the 3 pans. Bake until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in center, 20-25 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes in pan and turn out of pan to cool completely.
  7. For the frosting: Put flour in small saucepan. Vigorously whisk in about ½ c. milk, until you have a smooth, thick paste (make sure you get the sides.)
  8. Slowly whisk in remaining milk until fully incorporated and mixture is smooth.
  9. Cook over medium heat, whisking continuously, until mixture is very thick, about 5 minutes. The mixture will become a thick paste; it may seem to be forming lumps, but whisk vigorously and lumps will disappear.
  10. Scrape the frosting into a bowl, press plastic wrap onto the surface and refrigerate until cool.
  11. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  12. Add the cooled flour mixture a tablespoon at a time and beat until smooth.
  13. Add the vanilla, salt and 3-5 drops of food coloring and whip until very light and fluffy, like a thick whipped cream.
  14. To assemble: Place one layer on a cake plate, spread frosting on top and repeat with 2 more layers. Frost the sides and decorate with candies and sanding sugar if using.
 

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