Wordsworth was appointed poet laureate of England in 1843 at the age of 73.
He was always a fan of long hikes, and in 1790 he took a break from college at Cambridge to embark on a walking tour of Europe. While hiking through the Alps, he found inspiration in nature, and later said, "Perhaps scarce a day of my life will pass by in which I shall not derive some happiness from those images."
I Wandered As Lonely As A Cloud is considered his most famous poem.
Cook's notes: Lemon Tea Cakes with Blackberry Buttercream Frosting is a spring treat worthy of a birthday celebration.
Recipe makes 14 cupcakes and was adapted from Lunds and Byerlys Magazine
Lemon Tea Cakes
- 1-1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 stick of softened butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-3 tsp. lemon zest
- 2 large eggs
- 1-2 TB. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Sift flour, baking powder and salt
- In a large bowl beat butter, sugar and lemon zest about 2 minutes. Add in eggs one at a time beating 1 minute after each addition
- Add lemon juice and vanilla, beat 1 minute
- With mixer on low speed, mix in half of the flour, milk and then remaining flour mixture, mixing just to incorporate each addition
- Fill each cupcake liner 3/4 full
- Bake 18 minutes
Blackberry Buttercream Ingredients:
recipe from allrecipes.com
- 2-1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 5 TB. softened butter
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 cup seedless pure blackberry preserves
- milk as needed
Blackberry Buttercream Directions:
- Mix all ingredients until smooth, adding milk by the tablespoons to get the correct consistency
- Garnish each cupcake with a fresh blackberry
"To juice a lemon, microwave it for 10 seconds, as this will break down the cells and allow the juice to flow a lot faster. This is a nice trick when trying to make the most out of a lemon when making vinaigrette."