I decided to whip up a little something in honor of the upcoming Imbolc/Candlemas holiday.
In the past, I generally neglected Imbolc. Maybe because by February, I was over-holidayed, or maybe because unlike Mabon, Samhain, Yule and Ostara, there aren’t really any corresponding mainstream holidays.
But now, Imbolc is one of my favorites. I love that while every else considers the winter holidays to be over, we have one more to look forward to, and it’s the coziest of the year.
I chose a poppy seed cupcake for this Sabbat. The key ingredients represent some of the classic, deep-winter symbols of Candlemas.
For reference, I used this recipe.
Because of Imbolc’s strong association with seed blessing, I wanted something that features seeds. Poppy seeds in particular symbolize deep meditative states and spiritual insight.
In this context, powdered ingredients like sugar and flour represent the lightly falling snow of the season.
Known sometimes as the “Festival of Lights,” Candlemas celebrates the return of the sun and the waxing of the light after the Winter Solstice. Lemon symbolizes solar energy and light.
Imbolc celebrates animal husbandry and dairy farming in particular. For this reason, I am adding a cream cheese frosting in addition to the light lemon glaze in the recipe.
The inclusion of butter also compliments this theme.
I kind of imagine the time in the oven as “when the magic happens” in baking. So for a ritual meal, I like to say a blessing before it goes in.
And like magic, out they come!