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



Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

St Pat's Lemon & Ricotta Rng cake


  • 170g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 150g 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
    Chocolate Drizzle
  • Green Colouring
  • Chocolate Green and Orange Colouring
  • 1 Bar of white chocolate


  • Preheat the oven to 180c/350f
  • Grease a ring tin with melted butter or use a baking spray. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • 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. N.B. DON'T OVER-MIX or mixture will become tough
  • Separate the batter into two bowls and colour 1 bowl with some green colouring paste.
  • 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.
  • Leave to cool in tin for 10-15mins and turn upside down and release cake.. Leave to cool
  • When the cake is cold , place on serving plate, melt white chocolate, divide in three and colour with Green and Orange Candy Colouring
  • Drizzle the coloured chocolate over the Ring Cake for an “Irish Effect”


St Patrick's Day Lemon & Ricotta


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  • Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) March 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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

    • Karyn March 16, 2016 at 9:41 pm

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

  • Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry March 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm

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

    • Karyn March 16, 2016 at 9:40 pm

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

  • Amanda | Chew Town March 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    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!

    • Karyn March 16, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you Amanda 😉

  • Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious March 16, 2016 at 9:57 pm

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

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:55 pm

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

  • | Krystallia Giamouridou March 16, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    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..!

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      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

  • Wajeeha March 17, 2016 at 11:51 am

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

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      Cheers Wajeeha;)

  • Levan March 17, 2016 at 12:28 pm

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

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:57 pm

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

  • Peter @ Feed Your Soul Too March 17, 2016 at 12:31 pm

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

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:52 pm

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

  • Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens March 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    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! 🙂

    • Karyn March 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      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

  • Annie @ Annie's Noms March 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

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

    • Karyn March 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

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

  • Maura March 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm

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

    • Karyn March 19, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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

  • Amanda | Yum In Your Tum March 20, 2016 at 11:23 pm

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

    • Karyn March 22, 2016 at 6:40 pm

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


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