Trumpets sound! The crowd cheers! Enter KING LINGONBERRY! A royal centerpiece constructed by one mom, decorated by one 8-year-old, and motived by one pre-schooler who needs to learn his alphabet by fall for kindergarten. King Lingonberry is a regal coffee cake, – an edible centerpiece, – a noble regent ready to reside over a grand table.
Tell us, Your Majesty, King Lingonberry, how did you ascend to your place of honor on the table?
“Mine were humble beginnings,” explained the king. “I come from a box of Bisquick and a jar of Lingonberries. But the twinkle in the proverbial eye belonged to a five-year old who’s dear mother fretted that he didn’t know his letters ‘K’ and ‘L’. Yes, the noble woman and her kind daughter play a weekly alphabet game to teach their pre-schooler the alphabet.
It was the mother who rummaged through her recipe file and recovered my ancestral record, -a generations-old, Scandinavian recipe, once archived in Open House Imports, – that wonderful, wee shop in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin.
In accord with the recipe’s instructions, the mother hardly toiled mixing bananas, berries, and Bisquick.” (The Open House Imports recipe is posted on the page: Cookies ‘n Cakes – Festive ‘n Fun! Click on ‘continue reading… for instructions on how to ‘build a king’.)
As she cooked, the children gathered toys beginning with the letters ‘K’ and ‘L’ and placed them into their celebrated alphabet box. The girl’s name happens to be Lucky Lauren, and so is pictured here beside the box.
To make an edible centerpiece fit to display a king’s countenance, the mother increased the proportions by 1/2 and used an entire 14 ounce jar of Lingonberry jam. She split the batter between a 9-inch round cake pan and a 8 x 8-inch square pan. (Alas, the frazzled mum neglected to photograph my youth.)
When the cake was done and cooled, she put the round cake on a platter and sliced off one rounded edge of it. For the crown, she cut 1/3 off of the square cake and fitted the larger, (2/3rds) piece next to the once-round cake. Then she cut wedges out of the top of the rectangular piece, to form the peaks of the crown. Once assembled, I, King Lingonberry, was frosted with butter cream, whipped frosting.
Simultaneously, the children searched through their Halloween treat bags which additionally hold Valentine’s Day, Easter, and birthday-party leftover candies. They retrieved all candies beginning with the letters, ‘K’ and ‘L’. They found:
- Kit Kats – which were crumbled into my beard
- Lollipops – which became my eyes, ears, and some of my crown’s jewels
- Lemon drops – which studded my crown and my face as a nose
- Sponge Bob Krabby Patties – which bejeweled my crown
- Mini Hershey Kisses for my hair
And to form the royal mouth, their mother, – the ever-tidy homemaker, seized the opportunity to clean her cupboard. She retrieved a red licorice twist from the Halloween left-overs bag of 2006. Her bright daughter cautiously queried, “We don’t have to eat the mouth do we?”
Thus completed, we processed to the table. Now I, his Majesty King Lingonberry, – the most noble of edible centerpieces, – stand ready to reign over the grandest of fun feasts!
As a benevolent regent, I would welcome sharing my table with these other Scandinavian royals:
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