McCormick Green Ombre Cake with White Chocolate Mint Buttercream

A green ombre cake for St. Patrick’s Day inspired by fashion’s fade craze and the Pantone color of the year, emerald. Perfectly fitting and festive for celebrating the Irish holiday.

By using McCormick green food color I was able to make two contrasting cake layers and because that wasn’t enough I covered them in even more green with the frosting.

The frosting is tinted minty green, the top layer neon green and the bottom is that gorgeous color of the year – emerald.

The minty green color ties in with the flavor of the frosting. Mint white chocolate buttercream. Heavenly.

Melted white chocolate goes into the frosting along with McCormick peppermint and vanilla extracts for flavor and confectioners sugar for thickening.

It’s quite sweet with the perfect balance of mint flavor so as not to be overwhelming.

The cake itself is a white cake, a blank canvas for food color. The cake bakes up soft, tender and fluffy. The food color doesn’t affect the flavor at all, in case you were wondering.

It doesn’t rise very high and bakes up fairly level so you don’t have to worry about cutting off the top of the cake to make it flat for even stacking.

For my first time baking an ombre cake to say I’m completely hooked is an understatement. Obsessed would be a better word. While it looks pretty in pictures – in person it’s stunning.

McCormick made it easy for me to produce this beautiful ombre cake and frosting with their “Seven Shades of Green Chart” that shows the colors with the exact number of McCormick food drops needed to produce each one.  I’m already dreaming up my next cake.

Not only will it be ombre on the inside but the outside too. Ombre frosting. Here I come.

Green Ombre Cake

Rating: 51

Green Ombre Cake


2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon into cup and level)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 + 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons McCormick vanilla extract
6 large egg whites, at room temperature
3/4 cup milk, at room temperature
McCormick Green Food Color
1 cup butter, at room temperature
12 ounces white chocolate (chips or bars)
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon McCormick vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon McCormick peppermint extract
McCormick Green Food Color
green candies, for decorating, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 8 or 9-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl on medium speed for 4 - 5 minutes. Beat in vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together the egg whites and milk until just combined.
  5. On low speed beat in one-quarter of the flour mixture, then one-third of the milk mixture. Scrap down sides of bowl. Beat in another quarter of the flour, then another third of the milk mixture. Scrape again. Repeat with another quarter of the flour and the remaining milk mixture. Scrape again. Beat in the remaining flour mixture just until combined.
  6. Remove 2 + 1/2 cups of the batter into a separate bowl. Mix half the batter with 15 drops of McCormick green food coloring and the remaining half with 1 - 2 teaspoons (start with 1 and add more as needed to reach emerald) of green food coloring. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the tops.
  7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick in center out clean. Cool the pans on wire racks 5 minutes then turn out onto racks to finish cooling right side up.
  8. Make the frosting:
  9. Beat the butter until light and fluffy 3 - 4 minutes on medium speed.
  10. Melt the white chocolate chips using the chocolate setting on your microwave until smooth and creamy. Allow to cool off until just slightly warm but still gooey.
  11. Add the white chocolate to the butter and beat 3 more minutes.
  12. Add the sugar, vanilla, peppermint and 30 drops of green food color. Start mixer on low to incorporate all the ingredients then beat on medium until fluffy and creamy 5 - 7 more minutes. Frost cake immediately.
  13. * I followed this method for frosting the cake.


White Cake adapted from Epicurious

Green Ombre concept adapted from McCormick

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Disclosure: This is a paid post sponsored by McCormick. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. says

    it’s so pretty! i love st patty’s day because it lets me get the mint i didn’t get enough of at christmas time! this sounds so delicious!

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