Thursday 19 March 2009

Crystallised violets

There are three birthdays coming up
in the next three weeks

and this cake

from A Year at Ballymaloe Cookery School by Darina Allen
has to be made at least once.

Here's one I made earlier.
Unfortunately my violets look more like crystallised mayflies.
I think I was a little heavy-handed with the egg white.


  1. I think your "mayflies" are quite lovely next to all those colors:)

    Enjoy that yummy cake!!

  2. That's right! Those are the violets I was writing about! :o)

    Thanks for showing us your lovely cake and those instructions... makes me wanna try it myself sometime.

    They are just so heavenly scented, aren't they.

  3. Oh, what a sweet and pretty cake! I've heard good things about the Ballymoe cookbook (and have seen the author featured a time or two in magazine articles). How do you like the book?


  4. I like the book more for sentimental reasons than practical ones because I have been lucky enough to stay at Ballymaloe House. The photography is lovely and I often read the seasonally arranged recipes and accompanying text, but I don't honestly cook very many of them!