05 March 2008

Spring has Sprung at The Cakery!

Un-shiver me timbers, folks! Spring is springing at The Cakery! Thank Goodness. No more "light" sweaters for the Floridians! We hate the cold!

In the spirit of great weather to come, I whipped up some cute little cuppies for a client! I am really enjoying the cupcakes these days! It is a nice break from the crazy cakes. They were vanilla cuppies with white chocolate chips, vanilla buttercream dream, and fondant decorations. Clear sanding sugar gave them a little sparkle!

Not cake related, Chesista Баба Марта or Happy Granny March to all of my Bulgarian girls out there! To all of you Americans, like yours truly, it is an interesting Bulgarian tradition I have learned from my beautiful Mother-In-Law, Hubavka.

March 1. is a day of the rich Bulgarian tradition, and wishes for health, love and a good harvest. This is the time when Bulgarians exchange amulets - the so called Bulgarian "Martenitsa" and tell each other, "Chestita Baba Marta" (Happy Granny March). The red and white woven threads are not just meaningless decoration, but symbolise the wish for a good harvest and good health. They are the heralds of the coming of spring in Bulgaria and life in general, and everybody calls them "martenitsa".

Martenitsa are given to loved ones, friends, and those people whom one feels close to. They are worn on clothing, or around the wrist or neck, until the wearer sees a stork or swallow returning from migration, or a blossoming tree, and then removes the Martenitsa and hangs it on a blossoming tree. These belong to my daughter! Yeah Spring!!

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