At some stage in their growing up years each of my children have been treated to a sweet feast of butterfly fairy cakes, and whether that be at family celebrations, in a picnic basket or at afternoon tea, these small handfuls of yumminess never failed to bring squeals of joy and wide smiles.
Last weekend when we celebrated Cully May's 2nd birthday these delicious cakes made their appearance for the next generation to enjoy, and indeed she did! I had considered baking a 'normal' sized birthday cake and decorating it in lots of pink (or maybe give a Thomas the Tank face a go), but then I thought about those precious little 2 yo hands and what they can hold all by themselves.
One entire cake, in pretty pink gingham paper wrapping, butterfly fairy wings high on top, and a sweep of white fairy dust scattered all over...yes, that's what Cully May's little fingers needed to curl themselves around.
It's a different mindset to bring your plans in line with the age, ability or needs of another, but so worth it. To see Cully devour an entire 'birfday cake' with sheer delight and total abandonment, the lip licking, laughing chomps and satisfied mmmm when the final mouthful was taken...well, it made this Nana heart glow.
I was surprised to receive a number of requests for this recipe but am very happy to share it.
I was also asked 'how' to make the butterfly fairy wings, so here are the simple steps. Bake the cakes according to the recipe I've shared and then...
1. Cut a circle from the top of the cake. Not very deep, maybe 1/2 inch...
2. Cut the circle in half to make your wings. Fill the top of the cake with lemon curd, jam or cream.
3. Place the wings on top of the cake and gently press them into the filling.
4. Sift icing sugar (powdered sugar) over the top.
I've shown how to do this with one cake but when you have baked the entire batch (my recipe will make 18 cakes) place the cakes on a wire rack and sift the icing sugar over all of them at once before placing the finished cakes on display.
For Cully May's birthday I placed a few cotton laces doilies on a large glass cake plate and displayed the lemon curd fairy cakes around two un-decorated cakes which each had a pink candle.
She was very excited and though this may seem very simple to grown ups, those little dimples and wide brown toddler eyes told me it was just perfect for her.
After I typed up this recipe last night I went back through my old patterns and found one I'd forgotten about.
The Lemon Rose Pillow...
It has a pretty line of lemon roses embroidered down one side and features a length of elegant lace on front and mother of pearl buttons for the side fastening.
This design did not feature my usual soft pinks, blues and greens - in fact you rarely see me focusing on yellow or lemon when I create, but I really loved making this pillow and the lemon just worked.
Hubby and I are just about to gather our water bottles, a few snacks, and head off to look through some open houses. We held hands as the sun rose this morning and prayed the most simple prayer from our weary house-hunting hearts -
"Father God, please be merciful and lead us to the right house today."
Never underestimate a simple prayer that is prayed from the heart.
Because it's not the words you use which matter most to God, it's the heart intent, the need, the humility, and the love for Him.
Bless you today, and tomorrow and always,