Spending Beltane in the kitchen this year? Make it magical with these charming little faerie cakes.
Whimsical yet elegant, candied violets make a striking addition to love spells, wishing magic and faerie rituals.
Use candied violets in faerie cakes for a spring ritual, a “dressed up” cakes and ale or to serve at any spring gathering — especially Beltane!
The best part is, they’re practically free! If you’re in the Eastern US and you haven’t put down pesticide this year on your lawn, there’s a good chance your yard or a nearby one has wild violets in abundance.
Go spend some time outdoors, bring a basket and gather those little beauties up for a Beltane with a splash of purple.
Gather a clean, washed, dry paintbrush with a fine tip, an egg white, and some sugar.
Start by gently washing the violet blooms. A spray bottle and a strainer work well for this, but be careful! Even for flowers, wild violets are delicate!
Allow them to dry on a paper towel.
Dip the paintbrush in egg whites, and paint each blossom.
Then sprinkle sugar on the violets. Most recipes call for powdered sugar, but I use granulated because it reminds me of late frost.
Finally, bake some cupcakes!
Any vanilla cupcake recipe will do, but make it from scratch. The more you put into your ritual food, the more “fragrant” the magic of it. Be connected to the process.
Bonus points for making the vanilla extract yourself. Vanilla inspires passion in kitchen spells. Here, we use it to wink and nod at Beltane’s celebration of “spring romance.”
Pipe on some cream cheese frosting and arrange violets in tiny “bouquets.”
Serve and enjoy!