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 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.
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. Debbie, your Fairy Garden is growing beautifully!! The Fairies are so cute... I bet they enjoyed the fairy cakes also!! Your Blue Hour photo turned out very nice - such a gorgeous blue. Can't wait to see more of the garden.

  2. How beautiful!! I love the blue photo.

  3. What a beautiful mosaic...a fairy garden is magical and yours is lovely.

  4. What a sweet post...truly wonderful, magical and such whimsy kind of gal! Thanks for your kind words on my post.

  5. Mostly weeds in my garden -- no fairies in sight. lol but I loved seeing yours! :)

  6. Not yet, but I'm hopeful. Your garden is delightful!

  7. Hi, very beautiful mosaic! The Fairies are so sweet! I also am in love with your boxer. I have one to, if you'd like to see his pictures I have them up on my right hand side bar of my blog. I hope that you have a lovely new week!

  8. Your fairies are so cute. Great post!

  9. I loved your fairy/garden post! Delightful and I took notes!

  10. Beautiful and delightful!
    Happy MM Debbie.

  11. A magical charming little fairy post!I adore all the little details of this fairy-licious post!
    Thank you for posting as I believe gardens are filled with hiding fairies!

  12. Love your fairy garden, your fairy queen is just so cute. Wonderful post and photos. And the cupcakes look so delicious! Have a great week!

  13. It is lovely to think that your fairy is guarding your precious flowers in the garden.

  14. They look delicious, and I love the sparkles!

  15. What an amazing Garden. I love all your little tags and the cupcakes look heavenly!

  16. Hey Ms Debbie
    What doesnt everyone have fairies in their garden?? :)

    Of course they do... they may like to have to tend them :)

    What a delightful post.

    Thaks so much -- Be sure and join with us on Friday... LOVE love your spot in blog land.


  17. Fairy garden and fairy cakes all look amazing. Looks like you have a green thumb and are a good baker too. I really love the vintage muffin pan. So unique.

  18. oh my goodness how could I have missed this post! Your fairy garden is absolutely just plain magical and I love your narrative on them :) Your accessories are so cute and I love the little pink turtle too. The blue hour photo is gorgeous.

    The cupcake pan is a work of art - I love all the raised words.

  19. I'm in love with your fairie gardens...gotta follow you and see what you get into next...

  20. Magical, Debbie, your garden is just magical! Gorgeous pictures! Love the book from Jayne! and even nicer that it gave you inspiration!

  21. I'm sure late getting here but what a lovely surprise and darling post, Debbie! I love how your little fairy garden is coming along and the cupcakes topped with lavender and topped with fairy dust look wonderful!

    Pretty blue hour shot of the fairy garden.

  22. Debbie, this is one super post... pretty, sweet fairies and yummy looking cupcakes for them. Glad Hotpots was an inspiration. You've done a wonderful job on the fairy garden. And now I'm craving lemon frosting!

  23. Adorable and sweet tiny tiny yard. Thank your for sharing your fairies.

  24. Fantastic post Debbie :-) Its no wonder the fairies came to live with you! Such a fairy friendly beautiful garden. I have a lot of Herb Robert growing wild in and near my yard and it has a strong fairy connection too. Although its supposedly associated with a naughty fairy, Puck or Robin Goodfellow. Not sure I need a naughty fairy running amok!

  25. Hi Debbie!

    I love your blog and have been reading older post every time I visit. I don't know how you find the time to share so much and still work outside the home.

    I had a small Gnome garden around my pond when I lived in Texas. Now I am making a fairy garden/topiary. I loved seeing your fairy garden and fairy cakes.

    Btw, when the picture of that tart pan popped up I first noticed the lettering and how it was constructed and it was so clean in the cup groves (lol)... then I read that it was vintage and how you DH bought it for you. How sweet!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  26. I love these lavender fairy cupcakes. I recently got some edible lavender oil and dried flowers, but have been stumped as to what to do w them.
    Can't wait to try these. They're so pretty and must taste like the garden.


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