Back in one of my college classes, we were assigned to bake a dessert that was traditional to a specific country. It was enjoyable to taste the unique flavors of each dessert and it also spiked a curiosity in me that wanted to keep baking and trying desserts from other cultures. Since St. Patrick’s Day is a few weeks away, I thought it would be interesting to bake something that was native to the “Emerald Isle!” When I saw that this chocolate cake had mashed potatoes as an ingredient, I had to test it out! Instead of a traditional chocolate frosting, I whipped up an Irish cream frosting with cream cheese and butter! YUM! I modernized the cake by decorating it with a candy melt clover on the top, which instantly gave it that St. Patty’s Day look we love. This would be a great dessert to make for a St. Patrick’s Day feast with your family. Don’t forget the corned beef and cabbage!
Print out any clover online, lay it flat on the table and then add parchment paper to the top.
Melt some Candy Melts and add to a frosting bag. Cut the tip off and trace the clover. Leave it to dry for at least 30 minutes. Once it’s dry you can gently remove the clover from the paper and add it to your cake.
Traditional Irish Chocolate Cake:
3/4 cup self-rising flour (self-rising flour already has salt and baking soda mixed in)
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ounces dark chocolate
4 ounces butter
3/4 cup fine sugar
3 ounces cooked mashed potatoes
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cook your potato, mash it until smooth and set aside. Sift flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Melt chocolate in a double broiler, or a bowl placed over a sauce pan. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy, then beat in the mashed potato and melted chocolate. Gradually beat in the eggs, adding a little flour with each addition. Fold in the rest of the flour and stir in the milk. Divide the batter between two round cake tins and cook for about 15-20 minutes, until the cake is firm, but springy. This cake is not super fluffy, it’s a little dense, but still very moist!
Irish Cream Frosting:
8oz cream cheese
1 stick butter, softened
3 cups confectioners sugar
3 tablespoons Irish Cream
Beat butter, cream cheese and Irish cream together. Gradually add in the sugar and beat until creamy.