Growing up, my family was fonder of pies than cakes, so I never had much experience in baking them. I consider myself a pretty accomplished baker (particularly for a 24-year-old), but cakes have always been my bane. Because I hate to be beaten, especially by something so sweet, I decided to take cakes on and determined to make one on holidays throughout the year. Here is my St. Patrick's Day specimen. I think it turned out pretty nicely (if I do say so myself). It's a two-layer sour cream chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream. I made the design on top by placing a shamrock-shaped cookie cutter lightly on the frosting and decorating around it with sprinkles, then outlining the design with buttercream.
I will post more on St. Patrick's Day later this week--not just because it's such a fun holiday or because I'm part-Irish but because Patrick is one of my very favorite saints.
What are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this year?