St Patrick's Day Cake Recipes

You will love these easy St Patrick's Day cake recipes. The homemade pudding cake is a moist, flavorful, and very festive dessert with its shamrock GREEN coloring and its rich chocolate mint icing.

Moreover, it's an easy recipe to make. Serve a slice to each guest with a generous scoop of green pistachio ice cream, and you'll get rave reviews. But be forewarned, everyone will want second helpings!

And you'll simply have to try the Irish Whiskey Balls recipe! It makes a St Patrick's Day party treat that's rich and indulgent when flavored with chopped pecans and coffee.

These whiskey balls simply burst with flavor, and the longer you leave them the more flavorful that they become. They are the perfect dessert for a party!

Fun St Patrick's Day Cake Recipes

Adapted from Traditional Cake Recipes

Homemade Irish Whiskey BallsHomemade Irish Whiskey Balls for St Patrick's Day
(Source: ©mcgphoto/

These St Patrick's Day dessert recipes are perfect for your St Patrick's Day celebrations, and the recipes can easily be adapted for any special occasion by altering the green color.

The green pudding cake is wonderfully moist and exceptionally flavorful. And if you like to eat rum balls, you will LOVE the decadent Irish whiskey balls!

St Patrick's Irish Whiskey Balls

Grandma's Tip

You can decorate the whiskey balls for St Patrick's Day by rolling them in green sprinkles instead of the white confectioners' sugar. Or, use golden sprinkles, and you'll have a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!


3-1/2 cups vanilla wafer cookies, crushed
1 cup pecans, chopped very fine
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
1/3 cup good Irish whiskey
3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1/3 cup light corn syrup

No whiskey? Simply substitute rum or your favorite flavoring.


For this fun St Patrick's Day cake recipe, place the crushed cookies into a mixing bowl. Add the pecans and toss to combine. Pour 1 cupful of the sugar into the mixture and stir to combine well.

Place the whiskey into a mixing bowl. Add the coffee powder and stir until completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into the cookie mixture. Add the corn syrup and blend the ingredients together well.

Line a cookie sheet with either waxed paper or a sheet of parchment paper, and pour the remaining sugar into a shallow bowl.

Form the mixture into balls, roll the balls through the sugar being sure to coat them well, and place them on the waxed paper. Allow the balls to stand 15 minutes, then store in an airtight container.

These little whiskey balls become more flavorful the longer that they set. Make them ahead of time and store them for 2 to 3 days to get the full St Paddy’s Day flavor. They are sinfully delicious when served with vanilla ice cream.

Serves approximately 32, depending on how large you make each whiskey ball.

Irish Green Pudding Cake

Grandma's Tip

You could adapt this single layer St Patrick's Day cake recipe for serving on other holiday occasions simply by choosing a different food coloring and instant pudding flavor.


1 package yellow cake mix (any brand)
1 package (3-4 ounce) pistachio instant pudding or pie filling
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/4 cup canola oil or 1/3 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
8 drops of green food coloring
1 package (8 squares) semi-sweet chocolate, chopped or chunked
20 chocolate covered thin mint candies, or other green candy melts

Note: If you don't have 8 chocolate squares, you can substitute 1-1/3 cups chocolate chips.


For this St Patrick's Day cake recipe, set the oven temperature to 350°F and allow the oven to heat up while mixing the cake.

Dump the cake mix and the pistachio pudding mix together into a large mixing bowl. Break the eggs into the mix, both yolks and egg whites. Pour in the water and canola oil. Add the peppermint extract and the green food coloring.

Beat with an electric hand mixer on medium speed for 4-1/2 minutes. Fold the chopped chocolate into the cake batter.

Grease and flour a large rectangular baking pan being sure to shake out any excess flour. Spread the batter evenly into the cake pan.

Place in oven and bake 40 minutes (350°F) or until the cake begins to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Carefully place the chocolate covered mint candies on the top of the baked cake in a single layer.

Return the cake to oven to bake an additional 3 minutes or just until the candy has just begun to melt — no longer. Then remove the cake from the oven and use a rubber spatula to evenly spread the melted candy over the top of the cake like icing. Let the cake cool to room temperature.

Gently place the cooled cake on a cake plate and cut into pieces. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser on any dessert table.

If your cake mix already has pudding in it, cut your water amount down to 3/4 of a cup. You can save time on chopping the chocolate by using 1-1/2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chunks.

This festive St Patrick's Day cake recipe makes about 15 delicious servings.

More St Patrick's Day Desserts

For fun desserts, you can't beat serving green treats on March 17th, and you'll love the green Shamrock Cookies and the Green Shamrock Pie. And don't forget to make some homemade Irish potato candy.

And to wash it all down, there's always the choice of Baileys Irish Cream liqueur or a traditional Irish coffee for the adults, and a foamy St Paddy's Shamrock Punch for the kids.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Vintage St Patrick's Day Greeting CardTo Greet You on St Patrick's Day, c.1915
(Source: Don Bell)

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