Shamrock Petit Fours Recipe


I really enjoy those sappy-sweet Hallmark channel movies, and recently I saw one where a woman had to return to her humble New Jersey roots and work in her father’s bakery. As plots tend to go, things were a bit tough for Dad’s small bakery, but the gal comes up with a winning idea to turn it all around, and ultimately saving the bakery and finding Mr. Right at the same time. Well, the cakes she makes that save-it-all are called “Paddy Cakes,” and this is my homage to those sweet little cakes for St. Patrick’s Day, except mine are no-bake but equally delish!    
Shamrock Petit Fours

Shamrock Petit Fours


  • Shamrock cookie cutter


For Cakes:

  • pound cake Use store-bought or homemade
  • vanilla buttercream frosting Use store-bought or homemade
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • small pearl sprinkles

For Glaze:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 drops green gel food coloring


For Cakes:

  • Use a shamrock cookie cutter to cut through the pound cake.
  • Slice the piece into thirds so you can make a TRIPLE layer cake.
  • Combine vanilla frosting with the green food coloring.
  • Gently spread the green frosting on each layer and stack the pieces together.

For Glaze:

  • Combine powdered sugar, water and green gel food coloring until smooth. Add water a little at a time to the powdered sugar until you get your desired consistency. Then add food coloring.
  • To glaze the cakes, slowly pour the glaze over the cake and use a mini spatula or spoon to help glaze reach the sides of the cake.
  • Add a few small pearl sprinkles for a pretty garnish on top.
  These little desserts are perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home with the kids, and you didn’t have to cook a single thing! These took me about 10 minutes to whip up. Now that’s sweet!  


JENNIFER CARROLL is a Southern gal with a thirst for all things creative, and she wears many hats–a photographer, blogger, designer and home entertainer. From cooking to decorating, no matter what she is doing, she is committed to celebrating everyday life. Visit

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