After carefully examining my Fanny Farmer cookbook I learned what it meant to beat an egg until it was still and how to fold flour into the egg whites. I was still a little hesitant about how it would turn out when I put the cake in the oven.
As I periodically checked on the cake I would do a little dance around the kitchen because it looked like an angel food cake. When it was finished it looked like this:
Then my little helper came into the kitchen armed with her stool (which isn't used as a potty, although it is supposed to be one) and her beautiful apron from Maria's shop and began washing the dishes. The aprons were actually intended to be a present for Mae's birthday... but they were just so cute that I ended up giving them to the girls today! At least it was a feast day!
Then I set to work on the Devil's Food Cake. Midway through I realized that I don't actually own cake tins... I've always used Nani's. So we made a not-so-quick run to Walmart and returned to finish cake #2 and make the frosting:
Then I came up with a creative cake idea (with Paul's help). This is how it turned out:
Now it was time for fun. I showed the girls my Saint Michael necklace and Sadie's eyes were wide as we talked about Saint Michael defeating Satan (she followed my story with the question: "What do the other Archangels do?!?!").
We colored some coloring pages... Sadie's favorite was Saint Michael, which she spent the most time on:
She also colored Saint Raphael:
And Saint Gabriel:
Then it was time for a dinner of Deviled Eggs, Angel Hair Pasta, and Garlic Parmesan Wings (I was going to make stuffing to, but there ended up being so much food that the fact that I forgot to start the stuffing was a good thing!).
Sadie snuck into the dining room and stole a chicken wing. When I walked in she said "Mmmmmmm!" which I guess means that they were a success! I even made a traditional bouquet of carrots!
Poor Mae Bae isn't quite big enough for wings yet so she settled for Cheesy Mac...
Then it was finally time for the finished cake! But first we prayed prayers for our Catholic Home book to Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel and Saint Raphael. Sadie thought she might die of cake-deprivation before they were finished.
The cake was decorated with blackberries, which are also associated with Michaelmas:
Not bad for my first attempt at Angel's Food Cake (and Devil's Food Cake). Sadie and Mae were pretty excited about this part of the meal:
How was your Michaelmas? Are you ready for the Feast of the Guardian Angels in a few days?