St. Patrick’s Day Cake
A Wee bit about St. Patrick: You probably know that Patrick used the Shamrock to teach about the Trinity, but there’s more to his story! He was captured in his early teens and taken to Ireland as a slave (the main religions being Druidism and Paganism). After he finally escaped to Scotland at age 20, he became a priest and later returned to Ireland to bring the Gospel message. He spent 40 years converting town after town and working miracles. The legend of St. Patrick driving the snakes from Ireland likely refers to driving out various Pagan beliefs.
When the boys were still little, I began a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition to add to our usual fare of green egg sandwiches and applejuice. It’s not easy to get your kids excited about Catholic saints and the wonderful folklore surrounding them – I am, after all, competing with the likes of Batman, Bionicles, and an entire galaxy of Jedi Knights. To bring some excitement to the story of St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland, I baked a cake.
Here we have St. Patrick (played by Woody of Toy Story), complete with cottonball beard, brandishing the Twix staff of Christianity to send the gummy worms fleeing to the sea. My husband is already getting very excited about St. Patrick - it’s working!!
How to Make a ‘St. Patrick-Driving-The-Snakes-Out-of-Ireland’ Cake:
- Find a medium-sized action figure to serve as Patrick. This Woody doll was too big, but an amputation here and there fixed that right up. The next year we used one of Matt’s old G.I. Joe’s. Any figure with moveable arms and a guy face will do.
- Ice the top half of the cake green (Ireland, of course) – and the bottom half blue (the Sea!)
- Use gummi worms for the snakes, and staff-shape candy for …well, the staff. (Twix is great – because you have a good excuse to eat the other one) For detail work, you can slice up a couple leftover gummi worms (the cross emblem on his hat and staff)
- Going off a picture (Try the one up top), try to pipe green icing in the basic shape of robes. I let my kids help – which means he’s sporting a sort of floaty muu-muu. Add the hat, ocean, etc….
Here is another one of our cakes, this time G.I. Joe lends an air of intensity to the snake mission. However your cake turns out, it gives you something fun to make with the kids on St. Patty’s Day!
Now, for some of the grody-looking green foods my kids like us to make on St. Patrick’s Day:
Here we’ve got a delicious spread of: Green Macaroni & Cheese, Green Apple juice, Green Cheesy Eggs, Green Cheesy Egg Sandwiches (I know, not lots of variety here, right?) So what else can I turn green? Ideas are welcome!