It’s a little late in the day to be wishing you … “top of the morning”, so I’ll have to settle for, “here’s to ya’ then! Three cheers and a green cake in honour of Saint Patty, the patron saint of Ireland”.
I’m not much of a drinker as these things go. I’m more into cake … and cupcakes … and icing … and chocolate. So what better way to pay tribute to the patron saint of Ireland than with cake. And green no less.
Today is (and almost was, as I look at the clock) officially St. Patrick’s Day, and it historically marks a day of celebration of the arrival of Christianity in Ireland during the 5th century BCE.
St. Patrick’s Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world. Although only an official public holiday in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Montserrat, Newfoundland and Labrador, celebrations are held wherever there are large populations of Irish people, including Canada, the United States, Australia, Russia and Japan.
Historically St. Patrick’s Day was a day for spiritual renewal and thanksgiving, in honor of the death of Saint Patrick.
Because St. Patrick’s Day occurs during the Christian Lent period, religious families would have been prohibited from consuming meat and alcohol. However, these prohibitions were waived on St. Patty’s Day, allowing even the most pious to celebrate the day with a traditional feast of Irish bacon, cabbage and spirits.
But enough about history. Let’s talk cake.
This is a magical cake.
It’s been touched by leprechaun’s. Kissed by butterflies. Sprinkled with fairy dust. Trimmed with dragees. Blessed with sprinkles. Stenciled with love. Spun with sugar. And baked with joy.
Brimming with the luck o’ the Irish and covered in homemade white chocolate cakelets, it’s the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
St. Patrick’s Day is marked by the “wearing of the green” and what better way to wear it, than on a cake.
I’d love to hear if you wore green today?