Lots of these growing like weeds in my garden + a beautiful photo in the weekend newspaper meant I just had to make the cake.
The delightful directions for making the crystallised flowers states that all you need is "a quiet hour and a bit of patience". I remember years ago Shirley Conran ('Superwoman')announced that life was too short to stuff a mushroom. So I did wonder if devoting one's time to painting the tiny petals of a wild violet with beaten egg white was a sensible use of a real person's time.
Particularly one who was actually meant to be painting the bathroom walls.
Yeah ...... of course it is!
And, do you know, crystallised violets taste of, well, violets.