Whenever an organization that I'm affiliated with has any sort of fundraiser, a donation from me is always a Luncheon at Linderhof. It's a fun way to help the charity for I get to have new "friends" come for lunch and they'll bring other guests as well -- for luncheon is oftentimes either 4 or 6.
And I'm pleased to say that the luncheons usually do very well for the charities. Helping them raise much needed funds.
Last fall, I donated a luncheon for the Bourbon County Arts Council's annual auction and Tuesday, the guests came.
It's Spring (or it feels like it anyway) and so a flowery spring luncheon seemed appropriate.
The table, set with a white lace cloth, white damask napkins (in my silver napkin rings) and down the center . . . spring flowers!
The Wedgwood Cuckoo echoed the pink, blue and green of the centerpiece. Husband Jim's grandmother's silver and a menu . . . featuring a picture of the centerpiece.
The hyacinths gave a heady aroma and after our dreary winter, the smell of Spring was not unwelcomed!
It was a luncheon of Spring flavors as well . . .
Luncheon at Linderhof
Cream of Spring Onion Soup
White and Wild Rice
Blackberry Jam Cake
All cut and ready to be served. Lately, when I've made layer cakes, i've not been frosting the sides -- just layering frosting between layers and on top.
It's my grandmother's cake. It really is a winter cake when fresh fruit was not available but there was jam in the pantry. She often made it for Sunday dinner. She frosted it with caramel frosting, but alas, had no fresh blackberries with which to garnish! Alas, I had no blackberry jam in the pantry and had to buy mine!!!
GRANDMOTHER'S BLACKBERRY JAM CAKE
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
5 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
4 cups flour
2 t. baking soda
2 t. ground cinnamon
2 cups blackberry jam (homemade is best)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease 2 9-inch cake pans with shortening and dust with flour. Set aside.
Cream the butter with the sugar. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, and then the buttermilk. Sift together the flour, soda and cinnamon and mix in. Stir in the jam. Beat the egg whites stiff and fold in. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for about 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.
1/4 c. cream
1 T. butter
6 T. brown sugar
1/4 t. salt
2 cups powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
Mix cream, butter, brown sugar and salt over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Stir until cool.
It's Thursday and time to join Susan for Tablescape Thursday. So please go over to Between Naps on the Porch to see everyone's tables this Thursday!