Lucky Day Cake
This shamrock really stands out! The Lucky Day Cake features echoing borders of shamrocks in shades of green on a field of white stars.
12 cake servings.
Make 4 3/4 cups buttercream icing. Tint 3 cups light green (thin 1 1/4 cups with 1 tablespoon + 3/4 teaspoon light corn syrup). Tint 3/4 cup dark green. Reserve 1 cup white.
Bake and cool cake and place on foil-wrapped cake board, cut to fit. Ice sides and background areas smooth with thinned light green icing.
Edge top shamrock area with tip 21 stars in dark green.
Decorate inner shamrock design with tip 21 stars in light green.
Fill in remainder of top shamrock area with tip 16 stars in white.
Decorate bottom border with tip 21 shells in light green.
The Shell is the most popular icing technique of all. It's the basis for many borders, fleurs de lis and more. Lift the tip only slightly when piping to avoid a bumpy look.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.