As a whole, our family abstains from treats during Lent but since St. David's day fell on a Sunday this year, we decided to celebrate in a small way this patron saint of Wales. Husband's father's family is from Wales so we like to have fun with St. David even if we are many times removed from those ancestors. In the past, we have enjoyed a traditional Welsh treat called a bara brith which means "speckled bread". This year we opted for a Daffodil Cake, mentioned by Dawn in this post. You knew I would be intrigued by the phrase "daffodil cake" didn't you? Oh, Dawn, I hope your cake was sunny and bright even if your weather wasn't!
Being low on egg whites, we opted for a simpler version. I made a white cake but set aside about a cup and a half of batter, flavored it with lemon extract and mixed in some yellow food coloring. Then using a standard marbling technique, I swirled the dark yellow batter into the other batter already in the bundt pan. It is hard to see in the picture above, but the marbled affect was really striking. Simple cream cheese frosting topped it off.
If you prefer to eat your leeks instead of wear them, like we do, you can head on over to Catholic Cuisine for some of our favorite leek recipes. Or check out Wikipedia for more information on celebrating St. David's Day.