Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

Throughout history, Leprechauns have been portrayed in many different ways ranging from good-humored mischief to malicious mayhem. The Leprechaun is still popular today with many green food recipes being created in its honour. You will not regret making our Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake for St. Patrick’s Day. It is sublime!

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake

Origin of the Leprechaun

Though the origin of the leprechaun is cloudy in nature, this pot-o-gold hording character of Irish legend is thought to be connected to the Tuatha DÈ Danann, one of the first groups to settle the isle.

The first literary reference to leprechauns came in the Adventure of Fergus son of LÈti. Fergus, the king of Ulster, awakes to being dragged into the ocean by three leprechauns who had stolen his sword. Being wee-folk, the three are easily captured by Fergus and agree to grant him three wishes if he would release them.

Leprechaun Costume

Leprechauns are often depicted as child-sized elf-like beings with bright red hair and long scraggly beards. Various folk drawings may also include pointy ears. Earlier representations by songwriter Samuel Love and poet William Butler Yeats hold that leprechauns wore red, not green. The more common and recent vision of the leprechaun costume is an Irish green coat, pants and top hat with buckled shoes.

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun holding a pot of gold.

Leprechauns in Popular Culture

The way the leprechaun is used in popular culture varies as much as any historic and literary representations have in the past. There are examples of the fighter, the trickster and the demon.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The carton logo for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish shows a squat little man, fists held high with a grimace. A green and yellow hat with a shamrock sits atop his slightly balding head. He wears a green coat and pants with yellow vest and shoes. The live human mascot is usually a male of average height with green clothes.

Lucky Charms

The marshmallowy kid’s breakfast cereal started a campaign with Lucky Leprechaun in 1963. Lucky steals boxes of cereal from children. He runs away and, as the kids chase him, he repeats his famous refrain, “they’re always after me lucky charms.” The cereal combines many elements of luck and leprechauns. The marshmallow charms include rainbows, horseshoes, hearts, moons and, most appropriately to leprechauns, pots of gold and green top hats.

Leprechaun, the movie

Warwick Davis plays a sinister and murderous leprechaun killing all in his path to retrieve his stolen pot of gold after ten years locked in a basement. The 1993 movie, also starring a young Jennifer Aniston, has an average rating of 4/10. This version of the leprechaun is darkly clad with black coat, hat and pants, with a plaid vest underneath.

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake

Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

Ingredients for the Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, soften, + for greasing pan
2 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder|
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
11/4 Cup buttermilk, shake well
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
One 3- oz box of lime gelatin

Topping

  • 2 Cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Green sanding sugar,(or green sprinkles) for decoration on top of the cake
Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake
Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

Instructions for Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

-Set oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
-Preheat to 350 degrees.
-Butter the bottom and sides of your baking pan
-Whisk; flour, baking powder, baking soda,and salt in a medium bowl.
-Set bowl aside.
-Beat granulated sugar and soft butter at medium speed until very light in color and also fluffy.
-Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
-With the mixer still on medium slowly add eggs and continue to beat into mixture until fully integrated
-Reduce the speed of the mixer to it’s lowest setting.
-Now while the mixer continues to run, add 1/3 of the flour mixture.
-Now add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture.
-After adding the buttermilk mixture, add 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture.
-Next alternate by adding the rest of the buttermilk mixture and lastly the rest of the flour mixture.
-Scrape the sides and beat until well mixed.

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake batter

Baking Pan

-Spread the batter evenly into your baking pan.
-Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
-When baking turn the cake halfway at the 15 minute point.
-Allow to cool for 30 minutes with cake still in pan.
-Using a larger fork, poke holes an inch apart in the top and all the way through the cake.

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime cooked cake

Topping

-Lime green jello- following the directions on the box reducing the cold water to 1/2 C.
-Pour the jello evenly over the cooled cake
-Place in your refrigerator for 2 hrs.

Whipping cream

-Place a large bowl in your refrigerator to cool.
-Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla in the cooled bowl until fluffy.

Last step

-Spread the prepared whipping cream over the cake and sprinkle your sanding sugar (or green sprinkles) .
-Slice and serve.

I hope you enjoyed my Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake Recipe as much as my family and myself did! If you make it, please share your photos with us on Facebook or Twitter! Also, check out all of our other Recipes!

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake‏
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 C 2 sticks unsalted butter, soften, + for greasing pan
  • 2 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder|
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 11/4 C buttermilk shake well
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs lightly beaten
  • One 3- oz box of lime gelatin
Topping
  • 2 C heavy cream cold
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Green sanding sugar (or green sprinkles) for decoration on top of the cake
Instructions
  1. -Set oven rack in the lower third of the oven.
  2. -Preheat to 350 degrees.
  3. -Butter the bottom and sides of your baking pan
  4. -Whisk; flour, baking powder, baking soda,and salt in a medium bowl.
  5. -Set bowl aside.
  6. -Beat granulated sugar and soft butter at medium speed until very light in color and also fluffy.
  7. -Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  8. -With the mixer still on medium slowly add eggs and continue to beat into mixture until fully integrated
  9. -Reduce the speed of the mixer to it’s lowest setting.
  10. -Now while the mixer continues to run, add 1/3 of the flour mixture.
  11. -Now add 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture.
  12. -After adding the buttermilk mixture, add 1/2 of the remaining flour mixture.
  13. -Next alternate by adding the rest of the buttermilk mixture and lastly the rest of the flour mixture.
  14. -Scrape the sides and beat until well mixed.
Baking Pan
  1. Spread the batter evenly into your baking pan.
  2. -Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the cake.
  3. -When baking turn the cake halfway at the 15 minute point.
  4. -Allow to cool for 30 minutes with cake still in pan.
  5. -Using a larger fork, poke holes an inch apart in the top and all the way through the cake.
Topping
  1. -Lime green jello- following the directions on the box reducing the cold water to 1/2 C.
  2. -Pour the jello evenly over the cooled cake
  3. -Place in your refrigerator for 2 hrs.
Whipping cream
  1. -Place a large bowl in your refrigerator to cool.
  2. -Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla in the cooled bowl until fluffy.
Last step
  1. -Spread the prepared whipping cream over the cake and sprinkle your sanding sugar (or green sprinkles) .
  2. -Slice and serve.
Lynehttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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