17 best cake recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, from very green to chocolate stout

When you think of St. Patrick’s Day food, a plate of corned beef and cabbage and a pint of Guinness probably come to mind. But we’re here to encourage you to make some space on your table for cakes. Is there a traditional Saint Patrick’s Day cake? Not exactly. So instead, we turned to quintessential festive flavors and ingredients like dark, malty stouts, Irish cream liqueur, whiskey, chocolate, and lots and lots of green food coloring. The cake recipes that most often say “St. Patrick’s Day” get their hue from gel food coloring or naturally green ingredients like matcha powder, mint, parsley or pistachios. And when you don’t find yourself facing a pot of gold, there is always gold leaf to decorate.

The best recipes for St. Patrick’s Day cakes

1. Chocolate fondant cake with stout

You can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without consuming a pint of dark beer one way or another. If you can’t imagine sipping a stout, bake a cake with it! Oh, and this super gooey chocolate cake just happens to be vegan.

2. Matcha Coconut Mochi Cake

On St. Patrick’s Day, I want all my food to be so green that I naturally turn into a leprechaun. This Green Tea Coconut Cake is perfect for that.

3. Roberta’s parsley cake

Five cups of herbs (four cups of parsley and one cup of mint) transform an otherwise ordinary yellow cake into an earthy green masterpiece. “It’s festive and trefoil, but also a bright spot at the end of a dense, salty meal,” our editors explain.

4. Pistachio cake with lemon, cardamom and rose water

A cup of ground pistachios team up with a cup of almond flour to make this cake gluten-free and light as air extra green for St. Patrick’s Day.

5. “Gala” grasshopper pie

Chocolate and mint are a fail-safe duo that we will die for on the Cliffs of Moher. There’s a fresh minty flavor in the chocolate cookie crumb crust, creamy mint filling, and (drum roll please) chocolate-mint whipped cream on top.

6. Mini pistachio-vanilla birthday cake

This pistachio cake is just as appropriate for a birthday party as it is a delicious dessert to end a rich St. Patrick’s Day feast.

7. The snake bite

“The lightly fizzy pear cider cream cheese frosting smashes with satisfaction onto a truly dark, rich and delicious chocolate cake. I think you’ll love it,” writes recipe developer Arielle Clementine. I think you are right.

8. Matcha Swiss Roll

Much easier to make than a traditional Yule log and even more appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day, this moist matcha-infused cake.

9. Vanilla cake in a bowl

Is there anything particularly festive or Irish about this vanilla cake recipe than this one.

ten. Robot Pistachio Cake with Raspberry Cream

We love a simple cake and this one hits the mark — you don’t even need a stand mixer to make it! The cake batter comes together entirely in a food processor, resulting in a light, fluffy texture.

11. Champagne cake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this super festive shimmery dark chocolate ganache and edible gold cake because why not?

12. Peppermint Charleston Cake

Food52’s Resident Baking BFF describes this dessert as a single devil’s food cake topped with an almost equally tall mound of seven-minute peppermint frosting. There’s nothing inherently Irish about it, except that it promises a good time.

13. Caramel Coconut Layer Cake

If you’re gathering with a large group to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, then a sheet cake is surely in the cards. It feeds more than enough party attendees, and it requires a little less labor and much less decorate to make it presentable.

14. Three Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake

Technically, this over-the-top cheesecake has four layers of chocolate – there’s a chocolate cookie crumb crust, plus three layers of dark, milk and white chocolate mousse for a St. Patrick’s Day cake no one will refuse .

15. Irish coffee cupcakes

Give the baker a big shout out to these Irish cupcakes. The coffee cupcake batter also has a generous splash of whiskey, while the frosting on top is made with Bailey’s Irish Cream.

16. Rye and rhubarb cake

Rhubarb season and St. Patrick’s Day naturally sync up, so enjoy this pretty pink vegetable for a short time with this crumb cake.

17. Gluten-free chocolate fudge cake with hazelnut icing

“Honestly, it’s just a really good chocolate cake, which just happens to be gluten-free. It’s single layer, but heavy, an absolute dream to slice,” writes recipe designer Shilpa Uskokovic. Anyone who tastes a rich, melty slice should consider themselves lucky.