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by on March 12th, 2011

Green Velvet Cake In A Jar

Something green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Is your table going to be full of GREEN food for St. Patrick’s day. l hope you will make at least a green salad of some sort, put on a green table cloth or place mats, wear green earrings, make an Irish dish, play some Irish music, and then sit back and enjoy this Green Velvet Cake. What more could you ask for on St. Patrick’s day — other than a Chicago St. Pat’s day parade.

I may have said this before but my husband’s cousin traced back their family tree all the way back to Ireland (grandmother) and Scotland (grandfather) and when my husband tapes this paper trail up in our dining room, it goes all the way around three walls.  That was quite a job to trace ancestors back that far.  I hope some day we will make the trip to Scotland and Ireland and I think I might like doing a pub crawl (even though I don’t drink beer).

When I think of St. Pat’s I think of Ferris Bueller and that infamous movie. Loved that show. And I think of Rolla, MO where my husband when to school and they had such crazy St. Pat party weekends where the frat house would turn everything green from the beer to milk to mashed potatoes.

So when I started researching green cakes for St. Patty’s day, I can’t believe I came across several Green Velvet Cake recipes. Of course everyone has heard of red velvet cake BUT green velvet. I knew I was going to have to make this to celebrate the holiday.

I made a few extra of these in a larger, 8 ounce jar. I got a little carried away filling the jars and they should have been filled 1/2 full and I had them about 3/4 full.  Ok, so I open the oven and I gasped in horror, the larger jars looked like something from The Attack of the Green Blob. They had cooked over the sides and looked terrible (see picture below). But, by the time I scrape off the overflow and top them with a light green Whipped Cream Frosting, no one will be the wiser.

If you want a lighter batter, start with 1/2 oz. (1/2 bottle). The recipe called for 2- 1 oz. bottles and I only used one and look at the results. I ended up with a kelly green which I thought was perfect to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Hope we don’t have green tongues by the time we are through eating these. I’m using my mother’s whipped cream frosting again for this cake because I love that frosting more than even everyone’s favorite cream cheese frosting.

This recipe would have made about 24 jars this size if I had not overfilled them.

I clearly over filled these and you will see the results below. Pretty sad.

Ready to be frosted.

Big green blobs. These definitely needed a little cleanup.

Green Velvet Cake In A Jar

2 1/2 c. flour
2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. oil
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp. vinegar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 oz. green food coloring (or less)
1 recipe Whipped Cream Frosting

Preheat oven to 350°. Either make these in cupcake pans, 2-8″ cake pans or use the small jelly jars like I did.

Mix all the liquid ingredients together in one bowl and in your mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients very slowly until completely combined.

Pour into your cake pans or jars and then tap on counter a few times to release any air bubbles.

Bake about 30 minutes for cake pans about 20 minutes for jelly jars or cupcakes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.

Cool on rack and then frost.

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