Pot O’ Gold cake tutorial

Last year I shared my Pot O’ Gold cake, but I shared it the DAY of St. Patrick’s day so I figured there was no reason to share the tutorial. But THIS year there is still time so here it is!!!  I hope you enjoy it and give it a try.

an easy tutorial to make your own pot o gold cake for St Patricks day

Even a year later I’m still THRILLED with how this cake came together! This and my pumpkin are easily the best holiday cakes EVER (if I do say so myself) still trying to come up with the PERFECT Christmas cake….

a full tutorial for this pot of gold cake

Anyway… Start with 2 half’s of a ball pan baked (use a DENSE cake, fondant is heavy and you don’t want your cake to collape) and an 6 inch cheesecake (I use 1/4 of this cheesecake recipe).  The ball pans are always a little short of creating a full circle, SO I like to use a 6 inch cake, or in this case a 6 inch cheesecake, to give it the height I need to get that perfect circle. Carve the top of all three so they are perfectly flat.

Flip one over and cut a 4 inch circle off the bottom so you’ll have a flat bottom to work with. use ganache to stick it to a 4 inch cake board.  Now frost that half with some ganache.

start out with chocolate cake and a 6 inch cheesecake and a batch of ganache

Flip it over, and frost the top, and stick the cheesecake to it.  Frost the cheesecake and add the last half ball.   Finally you need to flatten the top as well, cut the top down to a 5 inch circle.  now you have your pot shape!

Frost the whole thing and flip it over.  Roll out some black fondant about 1/4 of an inch thick. When it’s that thick it’s easier to get smooth on a cake.  Too thin and you’ll get ripples…

layer everything together with ganache, trim the top and roll out the fondant

Cover your cake with fondant.  I choose to do it upside down because I wanted it to look more pot like.  I left the top open for the pot shape, for now.  Stack three 5 1/2 inch cake boards together and cover those with black fondant.

Put the pot on to pot on top of the cake boards, cover it with ganache and stick the chocolate gold coins on.  Then using dabs of the ganache add more coins, stacking until your happy with it.  Roll out a long “snake” of fondant, and add it around the top of the pot.  I use vodka, but you can also use clear vanilla when attaching fondant to fondant.

Cover the base and the cake with black fondant and use ganache to stick the gold coins on

And your done!  It’s the perfect centerpiece for a St Patricks day party, or just to serve to your family for fun!  At the party I made this for everyone thought it was just decoration… Until my sister cut it! I love that moment!  And the addition of the cheesecake layer makes this pretty and delicious!

everyone loves the moment when they cut into a carved cake

So any other holiday’s you’d like me to come up with a fun and easy cake design for?  Would you prefer video tutorials? or do you like the picture tutorials (or both?)?

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Ashlee has been cake decorating for 9 year, and blogging for 7+. She has 5 children ages 3-13 that she enjoys throwing parties for. She loves to bake, cook, crochet, knit, do home improvement, graphic design, photography and writing.
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    • says

      it is TOTALLY amazing! It’s hard not to do it for every cake now, but my husband isn’t a cheesecake fan *gasp* so it’s not as often as i’d like!

    • says

      that’s so weird, I’ve had a few comments lately about poeple not seeing posts. Try it again and if it still doesn’t work let me know what your viewing it on (pc, tablet, phone) and what browswer your using? That way I can work on the problem. thanks for letting me know.

    • says

      thank you so much!!! I’m so in love with how it ended up! It’s always fun when people don’t believe it’s a cake until I cut into it! totally tickles me!

    • says

      Thank you so much! this is still one of my favorite cakes ever! hard to top, i need to come up with a fun design for every holiday, been trying to think of a 4th of July for years now, just not 100% in love with any idea yet.

  1. Emily says

    Great cake! Quick question though: What size ball cake pan did you use? I can only find 6″ diameter pans. It seems like this one must be a bigger diameter.

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