RECIPE: Oatmeal Cake & May Wine

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane #spring #dessert
Last week my boyfriend James and I celebrated Beltane for the first time. Beltane is an old pagan holiday that celebrates the midpoint between spring and summer. It’s traditionally celebrated by having a bonfire, sipping may wine, eating a traditional oatmeal cake, and of course, by constructing a May Pole. Festivities begin on April 30 and are continued through the next day, May 1st.

Although we didn’t have a May Pole, I did make a small mobile decoration out of an embroidery hoop and ribbon to hang in our living room.

For dinner we made herb & citrus baked chicken (recipe from The Comfort of Cooking) with a green herb salad with strawberries, avocado and goat cheese. Both turned out delicious!

May Day Decoration #beltane #diy

For dessert, I made the traditional Beltane treat, Oatmeal Cake. I adapted a recipe from Jenny Can Cook and it turned out delicious. It has a muffin-like texture making it the perfect dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream and fresh berries. Plus you can have a slice for breakfast with fresh berries and a drizzle of honey the next morning!

Recipe: Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane #spring #dessert


Recipe: Oatmeal Cake
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1¼ cups boiling water
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole grain pastry flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup + 1 Tablespoon oil (canola or extra light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon vanilla
  • Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened flaked coconut
  • ⅓ cup diced pecans (preferably toasted)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch round cake pan. Pour boiling water over the oats in a small bowl and let stand, uncovered, for 10 minutes.
  2. Sift flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer and a large bowl, beat oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed until thick.
  4. On lowest speed, slowly stir in warm oats, followed by the flour mixture. Bake 35 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. Next prepare the topping. In a small bowl combine the softened butter, brown sugar, flaked coconut and diced pecans using your fingers.
  6. Cover cake with topping and broil for about one minute until just browned. Be sure to watch it carefully as it will brown very quickly!

Recipe: May Wine and Oatmeal Cake #mayday #beltane


Recipe: May Wine
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A traditional drink served for Beltane and May Day.
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 6
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 1 bottle champagne
  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 small bunch of sweet woodruff (or substitute with an herb of your choice)
  • Ice
  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine and sweet woodruff and let infuse for at least 1 hour or overnight. I wasn't able to find any sweet woodruff so I substituted some pineapple sage instead. Feel free to do the same with any fresh herb of your choice.
  2. Next pour in the champagne and strawberries. Serve over ice.