Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, May 10, 2010

A Violet Tea

It's Spring . . . and in spring the violets bloom -- inside Linderhof as well as outside! A beautiful tea set of Haviland hand-painted with violets and gilded with gold. Each one is a bit different than the others. Initialed and dated by the painter -- 1892!
To go on a violet tea plate, violet cupcakes, of course!!!! But not violet flavored -- no, they're lavender flavored and that's lavender sprinkled on top!
Sometimes it's nice to just be nice to yourself and so an afternoon nosh is taken not in the blue and white everyday Johnson Brothers or the blue and white Wedgwood Asiatic Pheasant but rather in these sweet tea cups.
It's Spring -- it's violet time and who minds washing one very pretty tea cup, saucer, and tea plate? Not I! Nor do I mind laundering one very small tea napkin.

It's Tuesday which means that it seems it's time for tabletops or tea! Join me at:

Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tea Time Tuesday at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor
Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen

And the violet topped lavender cupcakes? They're the fairy cakes of Nigella Lawson with lavender sugar used instead of regular sugar and the Royal Icing tinted a violet. They're easy to do for they're all made in the food processor and they make 12 perfect cupcakes. The original recipe is here. Just remember to substitute lavender sugar. And if you have some garden lavender buds, they're great sprinkled on top!


The Charm of Home said...

These cup cakes look wonderful! I love how you decorated them. The china is perfect with it. So pretty.:)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your violet china is beautiful and the cupcake looks so beautiful adorning the plates! And they sound delicious!!


Needles Everywhere said...

Oh my word that china is exquisite. It looks so beautiful and those little cupcakes -- precious.

From the Kitchen said...

Martha, the tea setting and cupcake are truly my "cup of tea". Lovely! I love your sense of self and style and the fact that you treat yourself well.


bj said...

Ummm those cup cakes look delicious and so pretty and the china is breathtaking.

xo bj

Allie and Pattie said...

The tea set is stunning Martha. And fairy cakes are always perfect! :)
xoxo Pattie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Beautiful china and I love the lavender fairy cake! A perfect tea indulgence.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your beautiful cup and saucer and the yummy looking cupcake. You always make tea time so pretty. I love that. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Terri said...

Your china is so gorgeous! I am sure it is very delicate as well. You must feel like a queen using it.
Your cupcakes look so delicious as well.
Thank you for joining in Tea Cup Tuesday.

Martha's Favorites said...

Did I tell you that Limoges Haviland is my favorite china in the whole world? I have never met a piece I did not love. Yours included. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful piece of art! Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Gorgeous china! I love purple!
The violet cupcakes are so delicious looking and what a great color!

Pondside said...

That cup - just lovely.
Now I want a lavender cupcake too!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your tea cup and setting is lovely. And those fairy cakes are so pretty. A blender cupcake makes me want to make them right away!
What a sweet treat!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

beautiful teacup! purple/violet/lilac.. they are just lovely colours.. perfect for tea time!

Charity said...

OH my, that cupcake looks wonderful! Such a pretty tea set too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is absolutely gorgeous china!

Beautiful cupscake.

Unknown said...

Beautiful china! Love the purple cupcakes.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

I adore violets and your teacup is so sweet . . . . as is that yummy cupcake!!
And Oliver is super cute too :-)))

Bernideen said...

Lovely Violets - how can we not be charmed by their irresistable color!

Johanna Gehrlein said...

What a gorgeous set, this marvellous china and the cup cakes. Really impressive post. I love this china.
Greetings, Johanna

Johanna Gehrlein said...

What a gorgeous set, this marvellous china and the cup cakes. Really impressive post. I love this china.
Greetings, Johanna

Theresa said...

Lovely, sweet china!! Thanks for sharing the link to the recipe, I will try it! I grow lavender in the garden and love it! I will have to look around your blog and visit your foodie Friday posts. Glad to meet you~All my best, Theresa
MsartistSewCrafty having tea at my blog drop by if you can~

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Your voilet china is spectacular and those cupcakes look absolutely luscious!!

kimberly said...

What a gorgeous violet teacup, obviously hand painted, and your cupcake looks so yummy.

Jocelyn said...

Lovely china. Everything looks beautiful. I too had a tea for one :-)


Lara Harris said...

SO pretty! :)