I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to Saint Patrick’s Day. I love wearing green, eating corned beef and cabbage, and drinking a pint of green beer. I love to show my support for my Irish friends! Another fun way that I like to celebrate is to serve up special St. Patrick’s Day desserts and share them with everyone I know. Here are some of my favorite ideas that will help you take your favorite dessert recipes and turn them into something extra special for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Irish Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is a classic Irish dessert and I find that it tastes extra yummy after eating corned beef and cabbage, the traditional Irish meal that we eat on Saint Patty’s Day. I like to follow my favorite bread pudding recipe and then sprinkle it with a few tablespoons of Irish whisky before transferring it to the baking dish. For an extra-Irish twist, mix caramel sauce with a little Irish whisky and serve it warm with the pudding when it’s time for dessert. If you’re feeling extra creative, you can add some green food coloring to the bread pudding, too, before adding it to the baking dish.
Green Velvet Cake
I’m a huge fan of red velvet cake but I discovered something fun – I can take any red velvet cake recipe and mix green food coloring into the batter rather than red and get a dessert that is absolutely wonderful for St. Patrick’s Day! You can follow any recipe from scratch that you want. This recipe tastes great with a nice cream cheese icing but I’ve also used boxed vanilla icing from the store. For an extra fun cake, I like to decorate it with green candy sprinkles. But decorating the cake is optional – you can choose to decorate the cake however you wish!
Saint Patty’s Day Cake Pops
Cake pops are all the rage and you can decorate them any way you wish, as long as you follow the basic recipe. Simply take one prepared cake, crumble it, and mix it with one recipe of icing. Form into balls, poke a stick through the center, and decorate as usual. I like to dip my cake pops in green candy melt (which you can buy from craft stores) and cover them in green candy sprinkles. You can also get creative and use candy pieces to help you create cake pop leprechauns.
Make a Festive Trifle
The fun thing about trifles is that anything goes and they’re also simple to put together. The basic idea is that you layer things like cake, whipped cream, pudding, and chocolate pieces in single rows until you reach the top. Ideas include adding green food coloring to boxed vanilla cake mix to turn it green, using mint chocolate pieces, and adding a few drops of green food coloring to whipped cream. I like to alternate layers of green velvet cake with vanilla pudding, crumbled mint chocolate cookies, and chopped green candy melt until I reach the top. This is a definite crowd pleaser!