Irish mythology is full of stories about leprechauns-- male faerie folk said to have inhabited the isle of Ireland even before the arrival of the Celts. Preschool and kindergarten kids often leave traps for leprechauns, hoping to catch one, and inherit a little gold in the process. Even if you've got a kid too old to believe that a leprechaun turned the toilet water green, or too jaded to follow the rainbow in search of a pot of gold, you can still stir up some Saint Patrick's Day mischief.
According to legend, leprechauns like to hide their gold in super secret locations. If fairies are real, this cake would make the perfect hideout for leprechaun treasure!
Get into the spirit of Saint Patrick's day, and give kids some measuring practice in the bargain, with our Leprechaun Treasure Cake. When it's time to eat, everyone at the table pulls a ribbon to see if there's gold on the other end!
What You Need:
- 2 1/3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 c oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- green silk ribbons
- trinkets such as rings, charms, or other "treasure" to tie on the ribbons
- 1-2 kiwi fruit
- 2 nine-inch round cake pans
- 1 pint whipping cream
- another 1/4 cup white sugar
What You Do:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Recruit your child-- measuring ingredients is a great way to practice fractions! In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt together. Add the oil, eggs, milk, and almond extract and beat on low for 1 minute, then on high for another 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the batter into the two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes-- until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the cakes from the pans and let them cool in a wire rack. In the meantime, pour the whipping cream into a large bowl and add the extra 1/4 cup of sugar. Whip with an electric mixer on high until the mixture turns into whipped cream.
- When the cakes are cool, lay the first one on a cutting board. Cut off a bit of its top so that you'll have a flat surface and then frost it with the whipped cream. (This is the bottom layer of your two layer cake.) Tie one piece of "treasure" or trinket to some, or all (if you have younger kids) of the ribbons. Then lay the ribbons on top of the cake, with the trinkets resting in the center. The trinkets should not overlap. It should look like a sun with beams radiating out of the center.
- Lay the second cake on top of the first, flat side down. Carefully frost the entire cake, avoiding the ribbons.
- Slice 6-8 round disks of kiwi to form the leaves of your clovers. (Ask your child if he'd prefer four-leaf clovers or three-leaf clovers.) Slice two "stems" for your clovers. Lay the kiwi on top.
Now all you need is a few hungry kids to partake in some St. Patrick's Day revelry. Each person at the table pulls a ribbon to see if she's lucky enough to yank out some leprechaun gold!