How to make a Leprechaun Cake

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Making cakes for the holiday’s is something that absolutely LOVE to do! This Leprechaun cake was really fun to make and the idea for this cake came from the Unicorn cakes. I love how those designs are simplified but at the same time elegant. As for this Leprechaun Cake, I tried to go with that same style and it came out very well.

In this tutorial, I will be showing you easy and simple ways to make this Leprechaun Cake. This tutorial will also show you how to create those sharp edges with buttercream as well. Please feel free to check out my previous post on How to make Buttercream without the Excessive Sweetness and 4 Tips to get Sharp Edges with Buttercream. I will be using that same buttercream recipe and tips for how to create sharp edges with buttercream.

So let’s get to it! 

Items needed:

  • 4 layers of cake (6 inches in diameter)
  • Buttercream
  • Cake Board
  • Green Fondant
  • Flesh Tone Fondant
  • Orange Fondant
  • Black Fondant
  • Gold edible paint
  • Poster Board
  • Tylose Powder
  • Picture of the Leprechaun
  • Cake Spatula
  • Cake Scraper

The Face:

To get started, I began by making the parts of his face such as the eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. To make the parts of the Leprechaun’s face, I printed out a picture of a cartoon Leprechaun. I made the picture large enough so that each piece would fit well on to the cake.

This is something you may have to gauge yourself, at least until you find the size that is proportional to the size of your cake. For example, you will definitely know if the eyebrow is too big or too small after printing out the picture.

So it’s best to print out the picture and hold it up to the cake before getting started.  After making the parts of his face, I made the top hat to complete the look of the leprechaun.

The Top Hat:

To make the top hat, you will need green fondant and Tylose powder. Begin by kneading 2 tablespoons of Tylose powder into the green fondant and once all of it has been fully combined with the fondant, you will then use a 7 inch circle cutter to cut out a large circle for the bottom of the top hat.

Next, you will use the same green fondant to cut out the top part of the hat. To make the top part of the hat, roll out the fondant to about 1/2 inch in thickness, then cut the fondant 16 inches by 6 inches.

After cutting the fondant for the top part of the hat, use a piece of poster board to create a cylinder. Simply cut the poster board using the same dimensions as that piece of fondant, which is 16 inches by 6 inches. Now you will take the poster board and roll it until the edges meet.

Place a piece of tape onto the edges so that the edges will not open. Now you dab a little of shortening on to the fondant. This will help the fondant to stay in place as you’re rolling the fondant on to the poster board. To roll the fondant on to the poster board, lay the poster board on top of the fondant, placing it on the edge of the fondant.

Start by lifting the edge of the fondant on to the poster board and continue to roll the fondant onto the poster board until the edges of the fondant meet around the poster board.

To cover the top opening of the hat, cut out a 6 inch circle and lay it out to dry. After all of the pieces of the hat have dried, glue the hat together using water or fondant glue. Once the hat has been out together,  I made the black belt and buckle for the hat.

To make the belt for the hat, I used a strip cutter and to make the buckle I used two square cutters. First I used a large square cutter to cut out a square for the buckle and then I used a smaller square cutter to cut out a square directly in the center of the large square to make the buckle.

Next, you will use edible gold paint to paint the buckle gold. Once the buckle has completely dried, place the belt around the hat and the buckle directly in the front and center of the hat.

Covering the cake in Buttercream:

This part is pretty simple. Please feel free to look at my post How to Stack, Fill, and Crumb Coat a Cake like a Pro to see simple and easy tricks on how to build a cake and cover it in buttercream. To begin, start by carving off the top dome of each layer of the cake, so that it’s flat.

This will help the cake layers to stick together, while helping you to create those sharp edges in the end. Now you fill the inside of the cake with buttercream and crumb coat the outside of the cake.

After crumb coating the cake, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to crust over. After the cake has crusted over, now you will add the final layer of buttercream to the cake.

Once you have fully covered the cake, smooth out the edges and top of the cake using a cake scraper. Now you will place the cake in to the refrigerator once again for 30 minutes.

Putting the pieces on the cake:

To make sure that the face of the Leprechaun is proportional, start by placing the hat on top of the cake. Then you will add the ears on the left and right side of the cake up under the hat.

Now you will start on the face by adding the eyebrows on the cake under the hat.

It’s best to take a step back for a larger view to make sure that the eyebrows are evenly placed on the cake and proportional to the hat.

Then place the eyes up under the eyebrows, the nose directly in the center of the eyebrows and eyes and last placing the mouth directly in the centre under the nose.

Piping the Rosette Hair:

For the hair, I used a large star piping tip to pipe rosettes around the cake.

It’s best to start at the bottom of the cake and work your way up to the top.

You just made a Leprechaun Cake:

As you can see this tutorial was super fun and very similar to making a Unicorn cake.

I love how simple this cake was to make and you can definitely celebrate St. Patricks Day with your family by making this Leprechaun Cake. I hope that you all will try this tutorial and have LOTS of fun. Happy St. Patricks Day!


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