Sunday, June 13, 2010
Lavender "Fairy" Cupcakes
According to "A Midsummer Night's Dream," the fairy queen sleeps in a bed of thyme.
Give them a miniature birdbath, and a bird feeder, so their feathered friends can join them. Fairies that is.
There is a Sicilian legend that fairy babies slept in the flowers of rosemary. A place to sleep and dream.
It is said that the fairy queen treasures violets in a most sacred way. She does look pretty with the Torenia (Clown Violet).
It is said that if you eat a primrose, you may be given the gift of sight so that you may see the fairies in your garden, but I wouldn't suggest doing it :-)
Ferns are wonderful for giving fairies a secret place to hide.
Fairies love to gaze at their reflection in a gazing globe. And I believe that it mesmerizes a fairy.
You can sprinkle fairy dust with the children in the garden and along the pathways to show them the garden is fairy-friendly. Ooh, look at that pretty pink turtle that we found on the garden pathway.
Even fairies enjoy a romantic evening in the garden. The photo below was taken during Blue Hour. The bluehoursite.com web site will help you by detecting your location, and calculating the best time frame for taking blue hour pictures. Blue hour refers to the hour experienced between the hours of daylight and darkness when the sky goes into deep blue.
Hmmmm, maybe I can entice them with Homemade Fairy Cakes, sprinkled with edible fairy dust.
Jayne from A Grain of Salt sent me a book from the Cincinnati Flower Show called "Hotpots", and I was happy to find inspiration for these fancies for the fairies. Thanks Jayne!
I used one of my vintage tart pans to bake the cupcakes. DH bought it for me at an antique store, and I love it! It's a piece of art compared to what we buy today. I love the raised lettering. OK, maybe I am getting way too excited over this pan, but I do love it :-)
Susan from Savoring Time in the Kitchen shared a recipe for Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes, and then Barb from Foley's Follies gave them thumbs up.
So I took a short cut, and used a white cake mix for the mini cupcakes, and frosted them with Cooking Light's lemon frosting that Susan and Barb shared on their blogs. I topped the frosted cupcakes with lavender buds, and sprinkled with sanding sugar. They are tasty little morsels, and the lavender tasted heavenly.
Cooking Light Lemon Frosting:
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon 1% low-fat milk
1 to 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Edible flowers such as lavender
To prepare frosting, beat butter with a mixer at high speed until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups powdered sugar; beat at low speed just until blended. Add milk and lemon juice; beat until fluffy. Add more lemon juice as needed to adjust the consistency. Spread 2 tablespoons lemon frosting over each cupcake. Garnish with edible lavender.
Can you smell my sweet pea maze? It's under construction and hopefully the fairies will find their way through the fragrant maze.
I'm joining Mary at the Dear Little Red House for Mosaic Monday.
Wishing you fairy magic! I am glad you stopped by for a visit.