Friday, May 1, 2009

Happy May Day

I've just returned from Pennsylvania, yes, sadly I had to leave the Doves & the Robin I posted about yesterday:( I'm very tired and have a pretty full day tomorrow. As much as I would LOVE to celebrate May Day with you, I'm afraid it will have to wait until next year.

A Poem for May
'Tis merry May the birds are gay,
The orchards are in bloom,
The bees alight on blossoms bright
Are burdened with perfume,
Bright golden sunbeams kiss the sands
By azure lake and sea,
And where the rock-ribbed mountain stands
May wakes her melody.

Oh fragrant May, oh flowery May,
Bright queen of all the year,
To you I bring my offering,
To me you are most dear.
~A. R. Annable~
American Cookery May 1920

Some of my regular visitors will remember me mentioning my AOL website I had way back in 1999. I was delighted to find a recipe I posted back then for May Day from American Cookery Magazine; May 1920. I had the recipe on this computer and thought I would include it for today.

May Queen Cake May Day Cake Recipe
1/2 Cup butter
1 Cup sugar
6 egg whites
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Cup sour cream
2 Cup pastry flour
1/2 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/2 c finely shaved citron
1. Cream butter and sugar.
2. Add 3 beaten egg whites.
3. Dissolve baking soda in a little water and add to sour cream.
4. Add sifted pastry flour, nutmeg, and citron. Last add the remainder of egg whites.
5. Bake at 350 degrees in a pretty shaped tin until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean (around 30 minutes) and frost with any white icing.
Directions for Maypole: Use a striped candy (candy cane) to which narrow ribbons have been attached at top. Drape the ribbons into small Maybaskets arranged around the cake. Candy baskets would be more appropriate. Baskets of straw or paper, filled with fruit nuts or candy will give great pleasures to the May Queen and her maids.

Thankfully, I posted the May Food Celebrations last year @ my other blog where you will also find a dishful of surprises including a recipe for Brioche of Strawberry a la Hedgehog. If you scroll down to the post below where I have the May Food Celebrations second page, it's all about salads and dressings. There's also a salad recipe poem from 1867! Oh, you did you know, May is National Salad Month!!!

May was a busy month for me last year. At Tasteful Inventions (my other, other blog:) I celebrated the "birth" of CheeriOats. (Cheerios)
I'm hoping to be back to regular posting on Saturday which happens to be Dandelion Day and Comic Book Day. Oh, I may as well mention the Comic Book Day Recipes I also posted last year. Don't forget to drop by May 4th for the FREE cookbook give-away details!

Wishing you baskets full of happiness this May Day, Louise


  1. What a great cake idea! Thanks Louise!

  2. Happiness is wished for you too, our dear Louise :)

  3. Happy May Day! You're so sweet to post even when you're tired from your trip!

  4. That is one impressive cake! I was the king of the May Day festival in 4th Grade.

  5. I *know* I've seen a recipe for this cake before...I think either in a vintage cookbook, or one of my Waldorf parenting books. It's such a great idea and so pretty.

    Happy May Day to you too!

  6. You are more than welcome, Kasha, thanks for visiting:)

    Thanks Maryann, I'm still giggling over those cookies of yours, Uh oh there I go again...

    I'm popping right over to Penelope's Pie Shop. I hope I didn't miss anything.

    I wish I could say I baked it myself, but I'm sure you know better than that "king" T.W.

    Thanks Dulce, it sure is festive. I shared it on AOL back in 1998, I think.

  7. awww. i hope you're feeling much better now, louise! :D

    great cake!

  8. i am feeling wonderful now that i got some sleep acey, thanks:)

  9. What a cool cake idea. Next year!

  10. I'm going to give it a try next year too, Glamah. I can just imagine the beauty you will create!


Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise