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Mini ombre green cake trifles

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Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Unlike many trends, I'm hoping ombre never fades away. From beautifully tinted hair to cute and cozy cardigans, there's something so uniquely beautiful about ombre. That's why I decided to skip the plain green cupcakes and create these super on-trend ombre cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day.

Because, really, what is more beautiful than these green tinted cakes? Unlike many St. Patrick's Day desserts, these aren't cheesy or horribly overplayed. The only slightly tacky thing about them are the cute little cake toppers. These fancy little trifles will make any St. Patrick's soiree a bit fancier.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Making these trifles was probably the highlight of my week. I not only got to play with my food, I really had the chance to get really creative with my shading. I felt a bit like those hair stylists you see blending colors with their perfectly manicured fingers and tattooed arms.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

You want three shades of green for these trifles. And to make them really defined in the Mason jars, you want the shades to be as boldly darker/lighter as possible. This required a bit of time to get the perfect three colors, but the end result is so worth it.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

See?! Aren't those shades just gorgeous? I'm almost tempted to paint my walls in these gorgeous ombre greens.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Then you bake! You have three perfectly different shades of green for your trifles. Now, before you start the mad science experiment (the tearing, crumbling and breaking), you want to make sure these are as cool as possible, mainly so you don't burn yourself.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Once they are cool, you can start the layering process. True ombre will go from a darker color to a lighter color, or vice versa.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

I started the trifles with the darkest green cupcake and then worked my way to the lightest, separating each layer with a hefty dollop of frosting.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

If you want some of your frosting layers to be green, start with one container of white and then separate it. I tinted one bowl green and kept the other white. You can just as easily use only green or only white, but I felt the difference was in keeping with the whole ombre experience.

Beautiful cake trifles for St. Patrick's Day

Mini ombre green cake trifles recipe

Yields 4


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 bottle green food dye
  • 1 tub white frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.
  2. Prepare the cake by mixing the cake mix, water, oil and egg whites together in a large bowl. Beat until most of the lumps are gone (it's OK if it's a little lumpy). Separate the cake into 3 bowls.
  3. Using the green food dye, carefully tint the bowls 3 different shades of green. You want 1 dark, 1 medium and 1 light. You'll probably have to play around with the coloring to get the right shades.
  4. Pour the colors into separate liners (you don't want mixing while they bake) and bake for about 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool on a wire cooling rack completely before handling.
  5. If you want, separate the frosting into 2 bowls and tint 1 bowl green.
  6. Once cooled, layer the trifles by crumbling the dark cake into the bottom of 4 small Mason jars. Top with a layer of frosting. Then top with the medium color, more frosting and then the lightest. Top with a small bit of frosting and add fun cupcake toppers.
  7. Serve immediately or chill before serving.

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