Lime Poke Cake Recipe For St. Patricks Day

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to make something special, and green; like this Leprechaun lime poke cake. Made from scratch with ingredients you likely have on hand, this cake is one unforgettable way to bring the luck of the Irish to your holiday festivities!

Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake

Poke Cake Recipe Tips

I love a good poke cake recipe because they are so versatile. You can combine so many flavor combos to make a sweet treat that perfectly fits any occasion. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can use a box mix, or you can use your favorite cake recipe. With a poke cake, the mixing bowl is the limit.

This cake comes together easily; if you don’t have the buttermilk on hand, make a note to get a container before baking this, because it really adds a great flavor to the recipe. The lime gelatin can be Jello or store brand. 

Poke holes in one inch intervals all over your cake after it has cooled for a while before pouring your jello over it to create the colorful effect!

While this is called a leprechaun cake, don’t let that discourage you from saving this recipe for later use. This cake is also perfect for summer when you might want a little tropical flavour with dessert, or your family just craves something different. 

What To Serve As Main Dishes With The Lime Poke Cake

This cake goes great with a Reuben, or even corned beef cabbage. It tastes so good your family will definitely feel the luck of the Irish when dessert is served! 

Cake Recipe Ideas

While you are here, check out some of my other cake recipes. Reader favourites include: Maple Bacon Cupcakes and Salted Caramel Latte Cupcakes

ST. PATRICK’S DAY RECIPE IDEAS

If you are looking for more St. Patrick Day recipe ideas, you might like these:

  1. 13 St. Patrick’s Day Cookies
  2. St. Patrick Lime Shamrock Punch (Mocktail)
  3. Thin Mint Gooey Brownies Recipe
  4. St. Patrick’s Day Dunkaroo Dip
  5. The Ultimate Irish Apple Cake
  6. Pot O’Gold Oreo Cookies
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake

Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

Have you ever made a poke cake? I would love to hear what your favourite flavour combination is.

Ingredients for the Lime Poke Cake

  • 1 Cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, soften, + for greasing pan
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 Cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 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

Cake Topping Ingredients

  • 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

How To Make The Leprechaun Lime Poke Cake

  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 colour 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.
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake batter

Baking Pan

  1. Spread the batter evenly into your baking pan.
  2. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the centre 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.
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime cooked cake

Topping For The Lime Poke Cake

  1. Lime green jello- following the directions on the box reducing the cold water to 1/2 Cup.
  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.
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe
Leprechaun Lime Cake Recipe

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 Poke Cake‏

Lyne
St. Patrick’s Day is ideal to make something green; like this Leprechaun lime poke cake. This cake will bring the luck of the Irish!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Frosting and Decoration 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Canadian, irish
Servings 10 People
Calories 688 kcal

Equipment

  • Bakin Pan
  • Medium bowl
  • spatula
  • Hand Mixer

Ingredients
  

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
  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Baking Pan

  • Spread the batter evenly into your baking pan.
  • Bake about 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the centre 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.

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1peopleCalories: 688kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 8gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 166mgSodium: 304mgPotassium: 137mgFiber: 1gSugar: 53gVitamin A: 1388IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 96mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Leprechanu Lime Poke Cake, Lime Poke Cake, Poke cake, St. Patrick’ Day cake, St. Patrick’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day dessert
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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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