From Ireland, the Daffodil Cake is called so because of its beautiful blend of white and yellow cake batters, creating a wonderful, floral appearance to the cake when sliced.
Daffodil Cake

Daffodil Cake (Easter Dinner Cake)
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Recipe type: Baked Goods
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 12
  • 1/2 Cup sifted cake flour
  • 1/2 Cup sifted powdered sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 Cup sifted cake flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
White part:
  1. Sift 1/2 Cup cake flour and 1/2 Cup powdered sugar together three times. Beat egg whites till frothy; add cream of tartar, vanilla, and salt. Beat till soft peaks form. Gradually beat in 1/2 Cup granulated sugar. Sift a fourth of the flour mixture at a time over top; fold in.
Yellow part:
  1. Sift 3/4 Cup cake flour and baking powder together three times. Beat yolks with juice and water until thick, 5 to 7 minutes; gradually beat in 1/2 Cup granulated sugar. Sift a fourth of the flour mixture at a time over top; fold in.
  2. Alternately spoon yellow and white mixtures into an ungreased 9- or 10-inch tube pan.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 35 to 40 minutes. Invert and cool.
  4. Dust cake with powdered sugar or frost with white or yellow frosting or marshmallow frosting..
Daffodil Cakes have for many years garnered much attention from cooks who enjoy baking and cake decorating. Many of these decorate the cakes with incredible daffodil bouquets made with fondant or buttercream frosting.

From: Better Homes and Gardens GOLDEN TREASURY OF COOKING, Meredith Corp., 1973.

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