Lucky Charms Swirled Bundt Cake

A delicious and dense cream cheese pound cake with a green swirl and Lucky Charms marshmallows swirled throughout. Topped with a cream cheese glaze and garnished with Lucky Charms Marshmallows. This cake is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert.

St. Patrick's Day lucky charms bundt cake

Can you believe it’s already March? Gosh. I feel like I was just posting Valentine’s day cookies and chocolate-covered strawberry Valentine’s tarts.

And then March snuck up and now St. Patrick’s Day will be here before too long.

So I decided I should put up the dessert you are going to want to make for all any and all St. Patrick day celebrating you do. It’s a green swirled, lucky charms topped, dense and thick bundt cake!

Lucky Charms Marshmallows

My mom goes big for holidays. She decorates the home for every single holiday and the house gets an entire make-over for the whole month of December (Christmas).

St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

When we were little, she would buy little chocolate golden coins and hide them around the house. She probably concocted some story about how leprechauns had visited and hid them, but I don’t really remember that part. I just remember 1. the intense searching and 2. chocolate.

For some reason, gold coin chocolate always tasted the best as a little kid.

St. Patrick's Day Bundt CakeAnd then we would always have a COMPLETELY green dinner.

Which, to be honest, kind of grossed me out. Just a little.  Like the grapes, green beans, and peas – they were fine. It was the dyed alfredo sauce that made me a little wary.

But it was all in the name of St. Patrick’s Day and lots of green, so I ate the green alfredo and it turns out it really didn’t taste any different.  And the dinner was always a lot of fun regardless of all the green.

St Patrick's Day Bundt Cake

And you can bet I’m totally going to copycat my mom for St. Patrick’s Day. A completely green dinner (probably the same exact one she always made) coming right up.

The one thing that will be different is I’m serving this St. Patrick’s Bundt Cake. It passes the green test – there’s a whole swirled layer of green! And it’s very festive thanks to the lucky charms covering the cake and mixed throughout the inside.

To make the two colors and the swirl is extremely easy. I separated the combined ingredients into two bowls. One bowl got poured into the (very well greased and floured) bundt cake pan and the other bowl got mixed with some green food dye. I poured some marshmallows on top of the white layer and swirled those in and then poured the green layer on top. I used a large skewer to mix and swirl the green and white. Nothing too crazy for this cake, just a couple swirls around with the skewer and the layers are all mixed.

Slice of St. Patrick's Day Bundt Cake

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Lucky Charms Swirled Bundt Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 and 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk*
  • 6 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup - 1 cup lucky charms marshmallows (to desired preference)
  • 1/4 tsp. Wilton green food dye**
Glaze
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2-3 tbsp. milk, if needed
  • Extra marshmallows for garnish
Instructions
  1. Do not preheat the oven.
  2. Well grease and then flour a 10 inch bundt cake pan. Make sure to grease and flour it well or the cake might not come out perfectly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together butter and cream cheese until completely smooth.
  4. **It is very important the butter and cream cheese are both at room temperature before starting otherwise the cream cheese will separate in the baking process and your cake will be done in some areas and not done in others.**
  5. Add in the sugar and beat for about 2-3 minutes or more or until light and fluffy.
  6. Beat in the extracts and the buttermilk. (Check notes if you don't have buttermilk on hand.)
  7. Slowly add the eggs beating after each addition.
  8. Add all of the flour and mix until combined.
  9. Separate the mixture in two. Pour the white mixture into the greased and floured bundt cake.
  10. Pour the marshmallows (amount to your desired preference) on top and swirl the marshmallows throughout with a long skewer.
  11. Dye the remaining mixture green and then pour on top of the white mixture and marshmallows.
  12. Swirl the two layers gently to desired swirl amount.
  13. Place in the oven and then start your oven preheating to 325.
  14. Start the timer as soon as you place the cake in the oven (not after it is done preheating) for 60 minutes.
  15. Check it after 60 minutes by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, remove the cake.
  16. If not, return the cake to the oven for another 10-20 minutes.
  17. My cake took 75 minutes total.
  18. Remove and let cool. Invert the cake onto a cake stand or large plate and let cool.
  19. Meanwhile, beat together the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Add milk to get to your desired consistency.
  20. Pour the glaze over the mostly cooled cake.
  21. Garnish with desired amounts of marshmallows.
Notes
*If you don't have buttermilk, mix a scant 1/4 cup milk with 1 tsp. vinegar and let sit for about 5 minutes and then add to mixture. **If you opt for food dye drops, it will probably take a lot more than 1/4 tsp.

Recipe adapted from my Cream Cheese Pound Cake and inspired by this amazing cereal bundt cake.

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Comments

  1. says

    Love this, Chelsea! Lucky Charms were a special occasion cereal in my house growing up, but I definitely think I would have been able to sway my mom to make this bundt cake for St. Patty’s. :) Love how they “pop” against the glaze in the pictures, too!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha exactly! The actual cereal part was just barriers to getting to the good part – the marshmallows!!

  2. says

    How adorable Chelsea! Hah my mother decorates just as much! However, we are not big into St. Pattys day in my house…not sure why? Love the use of Lucky charms marshmallows…reminds me of picking them out of the cereal box as a kid :D Thanks for sharing! I’ll have to make this to bring some St. Pattys day fun into my house..and maybe some green alfredo! Haha!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      That’s so fun – yay for cool moms haha! Definitely need green alfredo for St. Paddy’s Day haha thanks Kelly!

  3. says

    Wow! This is the most festive cake I have ever seen!! It is so fun and so perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! I always loved the picking the marshmallows out of lucky charms cereal when I was a kid and eating them plain :) Your mom sounds adorable! I’m so glad you are continuing her green dinner tradition! Pinning this awesome cake!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Thank you Cate! Okay I was totally the same way! The cereal part was always in the way! Thanks for the pin :)

  4. says

    Oh my gosh this is the cutest thing ever! What I great idea to use Lucky Charms Marshmallows!! I love that you put them in the cake as well, and that green swirl is so pretty! I seriously love this cake, Chelsea! :)

  5. says

    Oh yum! I really wanted to buy a box of Lucky Charms yesterday and now I wish I would have. Definitely going back so I can make this beauty!! Pinned!
    I was also a little weirded out by all the green food as a kid – green milk? I could never really get over that one, ha.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha no I was totally the same, green milk is totally weird haha! Thanks Kathi and thanks for the pin :)

  6. says

    Green alfredo sauce sounds like so much fun oh gosh. I’m so eager to see that!
    This cake looks fantastic! I love how festive and colorful it is, and the lucky charms topping is just plain pretty! xxx

  7. says

    You’re adorable-that’s so cute that you guys had a green dinner!

    What’s even more awesome is….LUCKY CHARMS IN A BUNDT CAKE!!! Ooooh the 10 year old Kayle inside is squealing and jumping up in down at the thought!!!

  8. says

    This cake is just too. darn. cute!! I love the Lucky Charms Marshmallows all over the top of it!! I also love your mom’s idea of hiding coins all over the house! Totally stealing that idea this year for my own kids!! ;)

  9. says

    This is the cutest bundt cake ever! I love the lucky charms, I never would have thought of that. My mom was really big into holidays, too. We would have green milk on our cereal and green mashed potatoes with dinner on St. Patty’s day.

  10. says

    I”m just going around and getting to know some of the other Brunch Week bloggers. I’m so happy I’ve discovered your blog. I’m an Ohio girl too! :)

    This cake looks awesome. I’ve been having a killer craving for Lucky Charms for some reason so this is calling my name.

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Oh my gosh that is so fun! Love finding other Ohio bloggers! There are a few I’ve “met” so far! Melanie from MelanieMakes and Kayle from The Cooking Actress! We all need to have an Ohio blog party haha!

  11. says

    This is such a cute and fun cake – love the pretty green swirl and Lucky Charm marshmallows :) So festive and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day :)

  12. says

    I love that your mom hid chocolate coins throughout your house! Chocolate coins don’t taste as great when you’re an adult anymore…haha! That’s a very sweet idea, nevertheless! This bundt cake looks so festive, I love it!!

    • chelseamessyapron says

      Haha totally agree! They are actually pretty nasty :) But as a kid, I was so in love with them! Thanks Lynna!

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