Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a way to teach the Trinity. People believed that the green shamrock stood for rebirth and eternal life. So, while we are wearing green, and wishing each other to have the luck of the Irish, we are really celebrating how Christianity spread through Ireland....not much to do with luck.
In honor, I made a cake, in the colors of the Irish flag: orange, green & white. Here's how I did it.
(Yeah, I cheated a bit, but time was short.)
White box cake - mixed using egg whites instead of whole eggs. Add 1 tsp of mint extract to the cake, and divide in half. Color 1/2 the cake mix orange, and 1/2 green.
|Layered cake batter.|
Tip: Do not rush the layering. Allow the cake time to spread to cover the pan, or you'll have once nice layer, and a very thin layer like I did. It was my first time using this method, and, why not. It was a perfect day to try the bi-color cake.
Bake cake according to instructions.
Layer, and ice the cake as normal. When you cut into the cake, you get a really neat visual effect.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone! Erin Go Brach!