ST PATRICK’S DAY LEMON & RICOTTA RING CAKE

St Pat's Lemon & Ricotta Rng cake

Gosh it’s hard to believe St Patrick’s Day is nearly here, it only seems Christmas was last week.  Towns all over Ireland are looking greener than normal and my part of the world the lovely Co. Meath is looking particularly beautiful this week. The bunting is up, there’s a market in the square and my town is getting itself ready for its annual St Patrick’s Day Festival!.

Our St Patrick’s Day family celebration has changed over the years as the kids got older. When the kids were younger we were up early to go to Dublin for the “Big Parade”.  Such excitement , all dressed in green,  faces painted.  Flasks of soup and tea along with tons of cheese & crisp sandwiches were packed. It was a big adventure. Now that they’re older we celebrate at home.

We start off with a big Irish fry-up for breakfast, dinner it’s always my Nana’s Bacon & Cabbage. The afternoon is the best part,  we have our St Patrick’s Day movie marathon – three of the most iconic Irish films (in my humble opinion). The first one THE FLIGHT OF THE DOVES followed by Disney’s DARBY O GILL & THE LITTLE PEOPLE, finishing off with my favorite THE QUIET MAN.   Later on we’ll all head our local to toast St Patrick and the kids as usual will party on some where else  into the wee hours.

I love doing a “green” themed bake for St Paddy’s Day (as we call it).. this year it’s a Lemon & Ricotta Ring cake.

st pats lemon ricotta cut

This is a very delicious Italian style cake made with ricotta cheese which gives it a lovely texture. It’s drizzled with white chocolate which I’ve  coloured green & yellow to represent the colours of our flag and St Patrick’s Day.

lemonricotta drizzle on top

I always bake this cake in a ring tin , it gives a lovely effect and makes it easier to drizzle the chocolate and I think it looks very pretty.  Very simple to make – dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I split the batter when it’s mixed and add some green colouring to one half to give an “Irish effect”.   Use a microwave to melt the chocolate, separate the melted chocolate into three bowls and add the colourings.

 

st pat's lemonricotta ring slice

A great tip is to use an icing bag to drizzle the icing,makes it so much easier than using a spoon. Snip off the end of the bag, no nozzle required.

When colouring the white chocolate you must use candy colouring – normal food colouring will not work with chocolate

 

********RECIPE*********

A “ST PATRICK’S DAY” LEMON RICOTTA RING CAKE
170 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tub ricotta cheese
360 g caster sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 to 2 lemons
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Green Colouring
Chocolate Green and Orange Colouring
Bar of white chocolate

instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 180c. Grease with butter a ring tin or use a baking spray. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.

2. Using a mixer, cream the butter, ricotta and caster sugar until blended, with the machine running, add the eggs 1 at a time. Add the vanilla, zest and lemon juice until combined. Add the dry ingredients, a small amount at a time, until just incorporated.

3. Separate the batter into two bowls and colour 1 bowl with some green colouring paste
3. Pour the batters green and plain alternatively into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick comes out clean and the cake pulls away from the sides of the pan, 45-50MINS

4. Leave to cool in tin for 10-15mins and turn upside down and release cake.. Leave to cool

5. When the is cold , place on serving plate, melt white chocolate, divide in three and colour with Green and Orange Candy Colouring (YOU MUST USE COLOURING FOR CHOCOLATE AS NORMAL COLOURING WILL NOT WORK)

6. Drizzle the colored chocolate over the Ring Cake for an “Irish Effect”

 

 

St Patrick's Day Lemon & Ricotta

 

 

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Sona lá st Pádraig  🙂   Have a lovely St Patrick's Day whatever part of
 the world you live in

24 Comments Add yours

  1. This is beautiful! I am drawn to the colors! I love lemon too, so a double bonus!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Yep St Patrick’s Day has the best colours lol and you can never go wrong with Lemon.. Happy st Patrick’s Day Cindy

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a real treat. My kiddeos would love this.

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thanks Bintu.. It’s a great favorite with my kids too..they love anything colourful

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  3. What a delicious looking festive treat! I’m loving how bright it is on the outside… but then has that wonderful surprise of colour inside. Perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thank you Amanda 😉

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  4. I cannot keep my eyes off that drizzle/squiggle on top. FANTASTIC!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Hello Dorothy…The drizzle is so easy.. It’s coloured white chocolate just drizzled with an icing bag. Thanks for the comment

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  5. Your St. Patrick’s cake looks fantastic!!! So many colors applied…?! You made my day just by looking at it. One more thing I must mention is that the cake’s recipe sounds very easy to make and must be delicious. Happy St. Patricks day..!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Hi Krystallia 😉 yes your right, it is a very easy recipe.. the decoration make’s it look more difficult, but that is super easy too x

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  6. Wajeeha says:

    Wow, I love this! Such a festive and colorful cake 🙂

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    1. Karyn says:

      Cheers Wajeeha;)

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  7. Levan says:

    What a gorgeous color coordinated creation! Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe. Love the decoration!!!!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment.. The decorating was the best part and the eating of course 😉

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  8. What a great looking cake from the inside out or is that the outside in!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thanks Peter.. It was fun to decorate.. the kids helped with the drizzle 😉

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  9. What a fun post! I really enjoyed reading about all your traditions – the adventure of the parade, the delicious food, the movie marathon! And seriously … this gorgeous cake is about as festive as it gets! Absolutely the perfect thing to add even more delicious fun to already fun-packed celebration days! Love it!! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you! 🙂

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    1. Karyn says:

      Hi Shelley;) Thanks for those lovely comments.. I love family traditions and how they changed or morph over time.. All four of my kids watched at least one movie with me yesterday.. Hope you had a great day too

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  10. Love, love, LOVE this cake! It’s so pretty and colourful! Just perfect for St Patrick’s Day!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thankyou Annie;) Hope you had a lovely St Patrick’s Day

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  11. Maura says:

    This is amazing !!! I couldn’t eat it id have to frame it ha!

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    1. Karyn says:

      Ah Thanks Maura..:) Hope your having a good weekend.. I began I new Knitting project DALEK Fingerlesss gloves 😉

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  12. This has to be the best St Patrick’s day cake I have seen. Looks amazing! 🙂

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    1. Karyn says:

      Thanks Amanda.. appreciate that.. Hope you had a lovely day as well;)

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