12 Floral Ice Cream Recipes for National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream day is coming up! Any excuse to eat ice cream is fine with me! I’m going to be digging out my ice cream maker and picking one of these exciting flavors to try! Here are 12 of my favorite floral ice cream recipes. Many of them use edible flowers or flower extracts and the results just couldn’t be any prettier! Or more delicious!

 

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1. Rose Water Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Salt and Lavender

 

2. Lavender and Rose Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Sugar Hero

 

3. Strawberry Rose & Hibiscus Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at The Kitchen McCabe

 

4. Blueberry Hyssop Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Crumb blog

 

5. Elderflower and Honey Ice Cream Recipe

Recipe can be found here at The Spruce

 



6. Violet Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Every Cake You Bake

 

7. Chamomile and Honey Ice Cream

Recipe an be found here at the 10th Kitchen

 

8. Honeysuckle Ice Cream

Recipe found here at The View From Great Island

 

9. Lavender Dark Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at A Spicy Perspective

 

10. Strawberry Rose Ice Cream

Recipe found here at Sugar Spun Run

 

11. Orange Blossom Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at worldmarket.com

 

12. Thyme Flower Ice Cream

Recipe can be found here at Chez Pim

 

Which one do you want to try? I think they all look scrumptious! Let me know if you try any and tag Your pictures with #downflorallane so I can see them! Happy National Ice Cream Day to you all! 🙂



 

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Strawberries and Cream Rose Garden Tiered Layer Cake

This two tiered layer cake is bursting with fresh strawberries and cream! It’s decorated with delicious strawberry buttercream and fresh pink roses. Learn how to put it all together with step-by-step instructions! 

 

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Strawberries and Cream Rose Garden Cake

Every time I make a new cake, I want to say that it’s my favorite cake I ever made! But for this gorgeous strawberry rose garden cake, it really has to be true! I just love the ringlets of roses on the layers, and I think it looks just like a lovely summer rose garden!



Have you ever wondered how to make a two tiered layer cake? It’s not as difficult as it looks and doesn’t require any special baking tools, besides the cake pans! In this blog post I’m going to be showing you how to put it all together. A gorgeous cake like this is sure to make any party special! Keep reading to see my step-by-step instructions on how to put together this stunning tiered layer cake!

 

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When I set out to make a special pink birthday cake, I knew I wanted it to be Strawberry. A lot of recipes out there call for strawberry Jell-O to give the cake a strawberry flavor but this one is just fresh strawberries, to give it an all natural flavor!

Between the layers of cake, there is strawberry whipped cream because in my mind, strawberries and cream go together like, well, strawberries and cream! 🙂

I frosted the cake all over in fresh strawberry buttercream which has to be one of my favorite frostings ever! It’s incredibly delicious! The pink colors you see on this cake are completely natural! No food coloring is needed! The cake is decorated with circlets of beautiful roses, reminiscent of a lovely summer rose garden in full bloom!

 

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What You Need

Supplies:

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pound of hulled fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups chopped strawberries, lightly packed)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

For the Strawberry Whipped Cream:

  • 1 envelope of Unflavored Gelatin
  • 2 cups of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of whipping cream

For the Strawberry Buttercream:

  • 4 oz hulled fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped (about 2/3 cup chopped strawberries, lightly packed)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2  lbs powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • 3-5 teaspoons milk

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How to Make a Tiered Layer Cake

There are four parts to making this cake. It sounds like a lot but take one step at a time and you’ll do great! Parts 1 and 2 can even be made a few days ahead of time!

  • Part 1: Make Four Cake Layers
  • Part 2: Make the Strawberry Whipped Cream
  • Part 3: Make the Strawberry Buttercream
  • Part 4: Assemble and Decorate the Cake

In this blog post, I’m really just going to focus on Step 4, showing you how to assemble the layers to make a tiered cake. If you follow the recipe at the end of this blog post for making the cake layers, whipped cream, and buttercream frosting, you will do just fine! However, if you have questions, feel free to ask me! You can contact me on any of my social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook), on my contact page, or by leaving a comment on the bottom of the blog post. 🙂

 

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Part 1: Recipe for Strawberry Cake

To make this two tiered cake, you will need four cake layers. Two of them should be 8 inch layers and two of them should be 6 inch layers. You will need two 8 inch cake pans and two 6 inch cake pans.

Follow the recipe at the end of this blog post to make the fresh strawberry cake. I adapted it from this recipe here from An Edible Mosaic, but doubled the recipe to make enough batter to fill all the cake pans.  It uses fresh strawberries to flavor the cake and tastes wonderful!

This step can be done a few days in advance. After the cake has been cooled, wrap the layers separately in seran wrap, and store them in the refrigerator. I have even done this step a month in advance, by storing the cake layers in the freezer. When you are ready to assemble the cake, take them out of the freezer and let them thaw before beginning to decorate them. Here is a great article on how to freeze cake layers in case you want to learn more about it!

Part 2: Recipe for Strawberry Whipped Cream

To make the strawberry whipped cream, follow the directions in the recipe included at the end of this blog post. I used the one found in this recipe here. In that particular recipe they call it strawberry mousse but to me it’s really more of a stabilized whipped cream.

Make sure you are doing this step well in advance so that the whipped cream has time to thicken and hold it’s shape before you use it to fill the cake layers. You can make it a day or two ahead of time if you want, but make sure it stays in the refrigerator at least an hour two before using it.

Part 3: Recipe for Strawberry Buttercream

To make the Strawberry Buttercream, follow the instructions in the recipe I’ve included at the end of the blog post. It is adapted from the one found here from An Edible Mosaic.

 

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Part 4: Assembling the Cake Layers

Once you have made your four cake layers, strawberry whipped cream, and strawberry buttercream, according to the recipes I’ve included at the end of this blog post, you’re ready to assemble the cake! When you start this step, be sure the cake layers have been in the refrigerator for about an hour. This will help them to be more firm when you are frosting the cake.

 

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Slice off the top of the cake layers, so they will be nice and flat. You can see how I did this to another layer cake here. Now you are ready to assemble the cake!

Step 1: First, take one of the two 8 inch cake layers. Place it on the serving plate or cake stand you are going to be using.

Step 2: Cover just the top of the cake layer with strawberry whipped cream.

Step 3: Place the second 8 inch cake layer on top of the first layer.

Step 4: Cover the tops and sides of the cake with strawberry buttercream.

 

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Step 5: Take one of the 6 inch cake layers and place it on top of the frosted cake. Make sure it is right in the middle.

Step 6: Spread some strawberry whipped cream over the top (but not the sides) of this cake layer.

Step 7: Place the final 6 inch cake layer on to the very top of the cake.

Step 8: Frost the second tier of the cake all over with Strawberry Buttercream! Make sure the icing is nice and smooth all over but don’t worry about it being perfect. This is just the first coating of icing.

 

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Step 9: Place the cake in the refrigerator for about half and hour to an hour or until the frosting is firm.

Step 10: Frost the whole cake with another layer of strawberry frosting, covering any bare spots and imperfections.

Step 11: Decorate the cake with roses! Make sure you wash the flowers first and use pesticide free roses. I placed the roses one by one in a circle on the bottom of each tier of cake. Then, I added the rose leaves to fill in the empty spots.



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Now you’re ready to serve the delicious cake! It’s perfect for any summer party and I love how many fresh strawberries are used to make it!

 

Strawberries and Cream Rose Garden Tiered Layer Cake

Strawberries and Cream Rose Garden Tiered Layer Cake

This two tiered layer cake is bursting with fresh strawberries and cream! It’s decorated with delicious strawberry buttercream and fresh pink roses.

Ingredients

    For the Strawberry Cake:
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pound of hulled fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped (about 4 cups chopped strawberries, lightly packed)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    For the Strawberry Whipped Cream:
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
    For the Strawberry Buttercream:
  • 4 oz hulled fresh strawberries, coarsely chopped (about 2/3 cup chopped strawberries, lightly packed)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 lbs powdered confectioner’s sugar
  • 3-6 teaspoons milk

Instructions

    For the Strawberry Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8 inch cake pans and two 6 inch cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor (you will get about 2 1/2 cups of strawberry liquid); Set aside.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar, then cream in the eggs. Mix in the milk, vanilla extract and pureed strawberries.
  4. Use a wooden spoon to stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients all at once, stirring just enough to combine and being careful not to over-mix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pans. Divide the batter evenly between the four pans.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted inside comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before wrapping layers individually in seran wrap. Place in refrigerator for at least an hour before frosting.
    For the Strawberry Whipped Cream:
  1. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Puree 2 cups of sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.
  3. Transfer strawberry mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add gelatin to strawberry mixture, stirring constantly until gelatin dissolves. Cover and chill until consistency of unbeaten egg whites, stirring occasionally (about 30 minutes).
  4. Beat cream at low speed until foamy. Increase speed to medium-high, and beat until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until well blended. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or until mixture is thick enough to hold its shape. It shouldn't be runny.
    For the Strawberry Buttercream:
  1. Puree the strawberries in a blender or food processor (you will get about 12 tablespoons of strawberry liquid).
  2. Use an electric mixer to beat together the strawberry puree, butter and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in the sugar until it’s all incorporated, adding 1 teaspoon of milk at a time as necessary (you may not need all the milk).
  3. Tip: The frosting should be spreadable. If the frosting is still too runny, add a little bit more powdered sugar. If it is too firm, add a little bit more milk.
    To Assemble the Cake
  1. Step 1: First, take one of the two 8 inch cake layers. Place it on the serving plate or cake stand you are going to be using.
  2. Step 2: Cover just the top of the cake layer with strawberry whipped cream.
  3. Step 3: Place the second 8 inch cake layer on top of the first layer.
  4. Step 4: Cover the tops and sides of the cake with strawberry buttercream.
  5. Step 5: Take one of the 6 inch cake layers and place it on top of the frosted cake. Make sure it is right in the middle.
  6. Step 6: Spread some strawberry whipped cream over the top (but not the sides) of this cake layer.
  7. Step 7: Place the final 6 inch cake layer on to the very top of the cake.
  8. Step 8: Frost the second tier of the cake all over with Strawberry Buttercream! Make sure the icing is nice and smooth all over but don’t worry about it being perfect. This is just the first coating of icing.
  9. Step 9: Place the cake in the refrigerator for about half and hour to an hour or until the frosting is firm.
  10. Step 10: Frost the whole cake with another layer of strawberry frosting, covering any bare spots and imperfections.
  11. Step 11: Decorate the cake with roses! <3 Make sure you wash the flowers first and use pesticide free roses.
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Lilac Blossom Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream

 

A delightful floral sponge cake decorated with fragrant lilac blossoms and filled with fresh blackberry jam and lilac flavored whipped cream!

 

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I love Lilacs! They smell absolutely heavenly and the little purple blossoms are so beautiful! They are definitely one of my favorite parts about spring! If your Lilacs are still blooming, give this soft and simple cake a try. It’s perfect for an afternoon tea!

And don’t worry, if you don’t have Lilacs you can substitute them for any edible flower that you like! That’s right! Lilac Blossoms are edible! Read more about Lilacs as edible flowers here, if you’re interested in learning more!

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This cake was adapted slightly from a Victoria Sponge cake recipe found here.  Using a sponge cake was a must because they are soft and simple, paring well with lilacs and cream. I chose to cover the whole cake in whipped cream though, not just the top like a typical Victoria Sponge. This made a lovely white canvas to decorate with the purple Lilac blossoms.

I wanted to incorporate Lilac into the cake in a way that wasn’t too drastic, so I thought Lilac Whipped Cream would be perfect. To flavor the cream I used a few teaspoons of Lilac Sugar Syrup (like this one here). I’ll be sharing my own recipe for that soon! You can also substitute granulated sugar for Lilac sugar (like this one here) to flavor the whipped cream even more!

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What You Need to Make a Lilac Cake

Supplies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 8 fl oz or 2 cups of Heavy Cream
  • 3 teaspoons of Lilac Sugar Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1-2 cups of Blackberry Jam (or jam flavor of your choice). I used Bonne Maman!
  • 2 or 3 branches of Lilacs

 

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How to Make a Lilac Sponge Cake

To make the cake, preheat oven to 350F and grease two 8-inch cake pans. I like to line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper so that the cake doesn’t stick to the pan.

In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together for a few minutes until they become fluffy and white. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula a few times during the mixing process to make sure everything is incorporated into the batter evenly. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a seperate bowl.

Alternating between the eggs and the flour, add them to the butter mixture on low speed. Then add the milk and be sure to scrape the bowl as needed. When the ingredients are fully combined, divide the batter between the two baking pans.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. If the surface springs back when you gently press it with your fingertip, then it is done. Let the cake cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

After the cake has cooled, you can fill it with the jam and whipped cream. Just be sure the cake is absolutely cooled, otherwise the whipped cream will melt.

How to Make Lilac Whipped Cream

In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, combine the heavy cream and sugar and begin to beat on high. Add the Lilac sugar syrup 1 teaspoon at a time till you get the flavor you want. Continue mixing till the cream thickens and turns into whipped cream.

The Lilac syrup is optional so if you don’t have any (or you’d prefer not to use it) you can use 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract instead.

Lilac syrups are often vary in taste so I suggest adding the Lilac flavor one teaspoon at a time, during the mixing process, stopping to taste the cream to see if it suits your taste. I used 3 teaspoons of Lilac sugar syrup, and the cream only had a subtle hint of floral flavor. Some Lilacs are more fragrant than others and make a more flavorful syrup.

How to Fill and Decorate the Cake

Take the first layer of cake and place it on your serving plate or cake stand. Spread the jam all over the top of the cake layer. Next, spread generous amounts of the whipped cream on top of the jam.

 

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Then, take the second cake layer and place on top of the first. Cover the top and sides with whipped cream, using as much or as little as you want. I chose to cover the entire cake in whipped cream, but you can definitely go the traditional way and just put whipped cream on the top. If you aren’t going to be serving this cake right away, keep it refrigerated so the whipped cream doesn’t become runny.

Wash and gently dry the Lilac Blossoms. You will need to pull the individual flowers off the branches if you want to use just the blossoms. The branches of Lilacs do have a bitter taste but can be used as decoration if you choose to do that. Decorate the cake however you like! If you make this cake, use the hashtag #downflorallane on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creations! <3

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And there you have it! A delightful Lilac Blossom cake, perfect for any spring occasion! If Lilacs are not available, you can use another kind of edible flower. I think Pansies or Rose Petals would all look lovely on this kind of cake!

 

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This recipe was adapted slightly from the recipe found here.

Lilac Blossom Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream

Ingredients

    For the Cake
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
    For the Filling
  • 8 fl oz or 2 cups of Heavy Cream
  • 3 teaspoons of Lilac Sugar Syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 1-2 cups of Blackberry Jam (or Jam of your choice)

Instructions

    Directions for the Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two 8-inch cake pans and line the bottoms with rounds of parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and sugar together for several minutes until fluffy and white (using a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment or hand mixer). Scrape sides occasionally.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  4. Add the eggs and flour to the butter mixture in alternating thirds on low. Add the milk and when fully combined, divide batter between baking pans.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until light brown and the surface springs back when pressed gently with the fingertip. Let cool completely.
    Directions for FiIlling
  1. In a mixer, combine cream, sugar, lilac syrup (if using) and beat on high till cream thickens.
  2. Place the first cake layer on a serving plate and spread jam all over the top. Next, spread a generous amount of the whipped cream. Place the second layer of cake on top of the filling.
  3. Spread more whipped cream on the top of the cake, and either leave the sides plain, or spread cream all over the cake.
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How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers

These pretty floral Shortbread Cookies decorated with real, freshly picked Violets are perfect for any special occasion or garden party!

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I have so many Pinterest pins on my “Recipes with Edible Flowers” board. Sometimes it’s hard to pick one to make because they’re just all so lovely! But when I found these shortbread Pansey cookies I knew I HAD to make them. I just love Violets and when I saw them scattered across the garden, with their pretty purple petals, I thought they would look so pretty on delicate shortbread cookies! Honestly, I’m one of those people that gets excited about baking a new recipe, so I couldn’t wait to make them and see if they would turn out as pretty as I imagined them in my head!

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I think they turned out so pretty! Not only do they look lovely but they taste delicious too! Especially with a cup of tea! I am thinking that I’m going to have to throw a garden tea party just to serve these gorgeous flower cookies.

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These floral shortbreads  are so easy to make too!  The hardest part for me was actually finding pesticide free Violets! If you can get your hands on some Violets or Pansies, Or maybe try them with these Sugared Violet Petals I would definitely recommend making these because they are just as sweet as they can be!

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Just before I went out to pick the Violets on the lawn, the owners of the house had it sprayed with pesticide! So even though, the Violets were still just as pretty, I definitely couldn’t use them on food. I see Violets all over the place but it seems like when I actually need them, they are nowhere to be found! Does that ever happen to you?  Like when I’m constantly finding hair ties all over the house but when I actually need one, I can’t find a single one! Anyway, I foraged in my Mother’s garden for the Violets, but there really weren’t enough to make very many cookies. A few hours later, while walking through a field, I came across a huge patch of Violets! I couldn’t believe it! After all that, I finally had more than I could even use!

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So I had my Violets, but that same week my camera shutter broke and every picture I took had a black line running through them. But I had already made the cookies and I didn’t know how long the Violets would last so I went ahead and took pictures anyway. For every one picture that you see here, about ten were ruined! In the end, these delicious cookies were worth it though!

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What do Violets taste like?

What do Violets taste like? They actually don’t have a very strong taste which is perfect for letting the butter cookie shine through. If you would like more information on Violets as Edible Flowers or if you need some Reasons to Eat Violets, you can check out my post here.

How to Make Violet Cookies

First of all, as I mentioned earlier, you will need pesticide free Violets to make these floral cookies. If Violets are out of season, or you’re having trouble finding them, you can also use Pansies or other edible flowers of your choice. Gently wash the Violets and pat them dry with a napkin.

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Prepare the shortbread cookie dough according to the instructions in the recipe at the end of this post. Roll out the dough to a half and inch thickness. Make sure you aren’t rolling the dough too thin or the cookies will break.

Using a Biscuit Cutter or a cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough and place them on a baking sheet.

Transfer the cookies to a Cookie Sheet and bake.

Once they are cooled, you are ready for the fun part, decorating the cookies with flowers and petals!

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How to Decorate Cookies with Flowers

You will need a bowl of egg white mixture (included in the recipe below), a small paintbrush (make sure it’s clean!), and your flowers.

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Dip the paintbrush in the egg white and brush it all over the top of the cookie. Take a flower and lay it gently on the cookie and arrange it however you like. Then brush the top of the flower with more egg white so that all the petals are covered.

You can decorate these using either the whole Violet flower, or using just some petals. I did a mixture of both. Alternatively, the leaves of the Violet flowers are also edible so you can even make a few cookies using Violet leaves to give your cookie platter some green!

A Tip to Make Your Cookies Beautiful

Here’s a little tip for getting the Violet flower to look good on the cookie. I found that they didn’t lay flat very well, because when you cut too much of the stem off, they fell apart. To solve this problem, I took the petals all off the flower and rearranged them myself in the shape of a Violet flower. You can try this method if you’re having trouble getting the flowers to lay flat.

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Set on a cookie sheet and repeat the process until you have decorated all the cookies!

You can also sprinkle the cookies with sugar if you want to, for a sugary finish. I left mine plain because I wanted the flowers to really shine through but I’ve also tried it with the sugar and they are still just as pretty. Next time I want to try it with this lovely Violet Glitter Sugar! I think it would look so pretty, especially for a fairy garden party!

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Bake the cookies for 5 more minutes to set them. Let them cool on a wire Cooling Rack and then they are done! You can store them in an air-tight container for a week.

This recipe was adapted from this one from Sugar and Charm and this one from The Cafe Sucre Farine.

How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers

How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers

Ingredients

    For the Cookies
  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 cups) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    For the Egg White Wash
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of water

Instructions

    How to Make The Cookies
  1. Beat butter in a mixer until smooth. Add in sugar, vanilla and salt and continue to beat. With the mixer on low, add in the flour and mix until incorporated.
  2. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes (or longer if you need!)
  3. Roll the dough out and use a biscuit cutter to make circles.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven, 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Let them cool at room temperature.
    How to Make Egg White Wash
  1. Mix one egg white and one teaspoon of water in a small bowl. Set aside till you are ready to decorate the cookies.
    How to Decorate the Cookies
  1. While cookies are baking, gently wash Violets in cool water. Place face down on a clean kitchen towel or pat dry with a napkin.
  2. Snip off stems as close to base of flower as possible.
  3. Place cookies on a clean, dry work surface. Brush top of one cookie with egg white wash. Place a prepared flower or flower petals on cookie.
  4. Brush Violet all over with egg wash. Repeat with all the cookies.
  5. Sprinkle cookie with sugar if desired.
  6. Return cookies to sheet pan when completed and bake for another 5 minutes at 325 degrees, then transfer to cooling rack.
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Edible Flowers: 10 Health Benefits of Using Violets

Edible flowers are more than just pretty decorations for food and desserts. They have many benefits for your health and wellbeing! Today, I’m going to share with you ten health benefits of using Violets!

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I just saw my first violet of the year yesterday, and it reminded me how much I love to use them in baking and cooking. Often, they are considered weeds but I think the sweet purple flowers are the epitome of springtime! Before you ignore them, I hope you’ll consider saving them to use in some of the recipes I included at the end of this post. They have so many healing and soothing benefits!

 

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A Violet Story

I remember when I was growing up, we had an apple tree that I loved to sit and read under. There was always a carpet of Violets growing there for some reason and nothing seemed lovelier than my delightful reading spot. To this day, I have fond memories of Violets.

In fact, I love them so much that my Mother intended to use them to decorate the tables at my Wedding shower. Since the shower was supposed to be a surprise, she didn’t tell me she had special plans for the Violets growing all over the garden. One day, I decided I was going to try one of my Violet recipes. I went out and picked all the Violets and successfully made a jar of lovely purple Violet Syrup!

My Mother was not so thrilled! She came home and had to hide how upset she was I had picked all the Violets! In the end, she used another of my favorite wild flowers for the tables – Lily’s of the Valley – so it all worked out. She loves to tell the story of how she never cared what I did with Violets until that day when she had specific plans for them.

I’m not sure what the moral of the story is. Maybe it’s “Ask Before You Pick” or maybe it’s “Pick Them Before Someone Else Does.”  But in any case,the Violets growing wild in your backyard may be more in demand than you know.

 

 

Gentle Flowers

Because of their gentle properties, Violets are especially good herbal medicine for children and are considered very safe. If you’re looking to introduce edible flowers to your young children, Violets may be the perfect flower to start with. My toddler loves to pick them and always thinks it’s a special treat to see them perched on her food. (Of course, please use your own judgment when it comes to serving edible flowers to your child though!)

 

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Ten Benefits of Violets

Not convinced you want to eat them yet? Let me share with you ten benefits of using them! As always though, make sure they are pesticide free and picked from a clean dog-free area! 😉 If you have your lawn sprayed or treated, you probably aren’t going to be able to eat anything that grows there.

  • Disclaimers: For information on where I got the following information, please scroll down to the section called “Further Reading,” where I have included links to additional articles and readings on edible flowers and Violets. Please use your own judgment when it comes to eating and using edible flowers and if you are still unsure, do your own research. If you have never eaten edible flowers before, eat them in small qualities at first, a little bit at a time. Always be careful when giving a child new food. Also, please note that African Violets are not edible. Look at pictures of edible Violets first and compare it to what you have picked to make sure what you are eating is really an edible flower.

1. Sore Throats

Violets can be used to relieve sore throats because they contain mucilage. Mucilage helps to to soothe and lubricate the tissues in your throat. Try chewing some of the fresh leaves for instant relief or brew a tea to drink. This will help lessen inflammation in your throat and promote healing.

2. Relaxing & Soothing

Violets have relaxing and soothing properties, making them excellent for treating anxiety, stress and even insomnia. Taking some Violet tea, will help you to relax and wind down. It also helps you to calm down and sooth restlessness. Violets have been proven effective against chronic insomnia so if you have trouble sleeping, drinking some before bed can help you to fall asleep. I love how these gentle, dainty flowers are a perfect choice for anyone who’s stressed!

3. Rich in Minerals

Violets are rich in minerals such as vitamins A & C! The Violet flowers and leaves contain very high amounts of vitamin C. Some studies show they have as much vitamin C, by weight, as Oranges do!  Because of the amount of vitamins and minerals they contain, Violets support a healthy immune system. Eating Violets is a great way to build your immune system and fight colds and flu. Eating a flower is a fun way to fight off a cold!

4. Sinus Conditions

As I mentioned before, Violets contain mucilage. This makes them excellent for relieving a dry mouth or throat. If your sinuses are prone to be dry, try chewing some of the leaves or brewing a tea. The Mucilage brings moisture to the sinuses and helps to sooth it. A Violet eyewash, can also be effective in helping dry, irritated eyes.

5. Coughs and Asthma

If you suffer from asthma, Violets are nature’s cooling relief for you!  Because of their gentle properties, Violets are especially good to help to sooth children with asthma. In studies, the use of violet syrup has helped those suffering from asthma and respiratory conditions. Violets are also an excellent cough suppression for coughs as a result of colds and flu and for chronic, dry coughs as well. Additionally, Violets help other respiratory conditions such as sinus infections and bronchitis.

6. Headaches

Violets contain a small amount of salicylic acid, which is also found in aspirin. Because of this, Violets can be used as mild pain relievers! The American Indians often used Violets for relieving pain, particularly headaches. Violets Poultices can be used to treat headaches as well as a Violet tea.

7. Cleansing

Violets are an effective detoxifier! Violets stimulate the lymphatic glands, helping the body get rid of bacteria and cleansing it of toxins and waste. Known to be blood purifiers, Violets aid the body in metabolic processes such as eliminating waste. Try a Violet Lemonade as a perfect spring cleansing drink! Throughout history, Violets have also been used as a laxative . Because they are gentle flowers, it makes them particularly ideal as a laxative for infants and children.

8. Antiseptic

Violets have antiseptic properties and can be used to treat small scrapes and cuts. This makes them an excellent flower to have around when there’s an emergency and no other antiseptic is available. The plants can be placed directly on the scrape or made into a poultice.

9. Skin Conditions

Acne, swollen glands, abscesses, and sores are just some skin irritations that Violets can help. The soothing properties in the plant help to relieve inflammation, making them a good choice for soothing pimples and acne. Applying Violet infusions regularly to your face, can help clear up acne and maintain clear skin. Violet leaf infusions can also help dry skin and itchy rashes such as dermatitis, eczema and cradle cap on babies. Some studies have shown that Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors, cancers and lumps such as cysts and mastitis.

10. Heart Health

Violets are high in Rutin, a plant pigment that strengthens capillaries and reduces cholesterol levels. Rutin also helps to lower high blood pressure. Perhaps this is why Violets are often considered “good medicine” for both physical and emotional heart problems.

 

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Further Reading

Here are some articles for further reading on edible flowers, and Violets in particular:

The Effect of Viola odorata Flower Syrup on the Cough of Children With Asthma

Efficacy of Viola odorata in Treatmentof Chronic Insomnia

Violets: By Jessica Godino of Red Moon Herbs

The Medicinal Properties and Health Benefits-of Violets

Benefits of Rutin (Found in Violets)

A Modern Herbal – Violets (www.botanical.com)

Jim Mcdonald’s Thoughts On Violet (www.herbalremediesadvice.org)

Medicinal Uses of Violet (www.theradicalreview.com)

THE VIRTUES OF VIOLETS – Health Benefits of Violets from theherbalacademy.com

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Violet Leaf

Wild Violets: 10 Ways To Put Them To Use from The Survival Mom

Immersed in Violets

Violet Herbal Remedies and Recipes

Violet and Children

 

Medicinal Violet Recipes

Here are some medicinal recipes, such as Violet tea, that will help with many of the ailments listed above:

A Violet Spring Tonic Tea and a Calming Violet Tea

Violet Infusion Recipe

Violet Infused Honey

Violet Tincture (Violet Infusion)

About Tinctures and How to Make Them

Violet Essence

Violet Leaf & Honey Cough Syrup

Violet Leaf Balm and Violet Leaf Infused Oil

Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

 

Lovely Violet Recipes

There are so many lovely and fun ways to use Violets in your food! Here are some of my favorite recipes that I have found!

Violet Lollipops

Layer Cake Filled with Violet Jam and Decorated With Fresh Violets

Old Fashioned Sweet Violet Syrup

Violet Simple Syrup

Violet Sugar and Thick Crystal Violet Sugar

Violet Lemonade 

Violet Salad with Violet Vinaigrette and Baby Spinach Salad with Violets and Blue Cheese

Violet Jelly and Violet Jam

Violet Marshmallows

Violet Swirl Yeast Cake

Violet Rice Flour Pancakes (Crepes)

Violet Butter

 

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Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It’s a cake that tastes and looks like spring!

 

It’s Forsythia season! I’m usually not very much of a yellow person but when it comes to flowers, that’s a different story! I particularly love Forsythias because they bloom when everything is still bare and gray in the garden and it makes a welcome change after a long winter! Where I live, they are often the first flowers to brave the cold and burst into bloom. The pretty yellow blossoms announce that spring is here! As soon as the Forsythia bushes were covered in flowers, I had to make a cake to celebrate!

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Forsythia: An Edible Flower

Did you know Forsythia flowers are edible? Well they are! You can not only decorate your food with them but you can eat them as well! I’m always so excited when the first bushes come into bloom because they are usually the first of the edible flowers to make an appearance where I live.

What do Forsythia flowers taste like? They have a faint floral flavor but nothing strong or over powering. In fact, if you’re new to edible flowers or unsure about trying a stronger floral flavor like rose or lavender, Forsythia is one to try!

As always, please use our own good judgment when eating edible flowers and always eat in moderation and small quantities if you have never had them before. This recipe uses some Forsythia flowers in the cake batter but it’s optional and you’re welcome to leave them out. It really won’t alter the flavor much.

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Benefits of Eating Forsythia

However, take a look at the following list of benefits to eating Forsythia and you might change your mind! Forsythia is good for:

  1. Colds and flu – Because of its potent antiviral properties, Forsythia has been used to help fight colds and flu.
  2. Nausea – Forsythia sometimes helps to counteract Nausea.
  3. Earaches  – Drinking a Forsythia tea can help to alleviate the pain of an earache caused by infections
  4. Skin conditions and wrinkles – The anti-bacterial effects of Forsythia make it a wonderful skin care product. Washing your face with Forsythia flower water can effectively reduce melasma (facial pigmentation),  acne, and wrinkles over time!
  5. Inflammation – Forsythia compresses can reduce inflammation because of the flower’s anti-inflammatory properties.

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Further Reading on Forsythia

If you’d like to read more about Forsythia as an edible flower, here are some articles that I found informative.

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Forsythia Recipes to Try

Regardless of whether or not you decide to actually bake the flower petals inside your cake or not, I would definitely recommend decorating your spring cakes with them! You can even use them to garnish salads and give your greens some color! If you’d prefer, this cake recipe can also be made into cupcakes instead of a layer cake. Here are some other Forsythia recipes you can try:

Forsythia Jelly

Forsythia Syrup

Strawberry and Forsythia Tartelettes

Salmon Sandwiches with Forsythia Flowers

Green Salad with Forsythia Flowers

Forsythia Dandelion Jelly

Banana Cake decorated with Forsythia Flowers

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

Directions to Make the Cake

This recipe makes three cake layers. The cake itself is flavored with real fresh squeezed lemon juice and blueberries. It also features 1/4 cup of Forsythia flowers added to the batter as well! This part is optional though, so feel free to leave out the flowers if you’d prefer! Alternatively, you could add less than 1/4 cup. The first time I made this recipe, I used only 1/8 a cup of Forsythia flowers.

Make the cake and frosting according to the directions in the recipe at the end of the blog post. When the cake layers were cooled and ready to decorate, I filled them with lemon buttercream and covered the sides with a thin layer of frosting. Since I was going for a rustic look, I wasn’t too worried about making it perfectly smooth.

If you would like more complete directions on how to put together a layer cake, I explained the process in more detail here in my Raspberry Rose Layer Cake blog post.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

After frosting the cake, it’s time for the fun part! Gather branches of Forsythia flowers and wash them gently in water. After they have dried, you can either take the flowers off the branches or leave them on the branches depending on how you want to decorate the cake. I actually decorated the cake a few ways to see how it would look.

The first cake is circled with a wreath of Forsythia branches. I just took little branches and placed them on the cake plate, surrounding the cake. I finished it off with a few dainty flowers on top.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

For the second cake, I used just the Forsythia flowers and placed them randomly all over the cake. It’s like a Funfetti Forsythia Cake!

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

The third cake, was a mix of the first two. A wreath of Forsythia branches around the bottom, and flowers all over the top.

 

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

A delicious Lemon and Blueberry layer cake, decorated and lightly seasoned with Forsythia flowers, covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting! It's a cake that tastes and looks like spring! http://www.downflorallane.com/lemon-blueberry-cake-with-edible-forsythia-flowers/

 

Which way do you like the best?!

Be sure to let me know how your cakes turn out if you make this recipe! I’d love to see them!

The following recipe was adapted from recipes on Mels Kitchen Cafe and Better Baking Bible.

 

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

Lemon Blueberry Cake with Edible Forsythia Flowers

A fresh lemon and blueberry layer cake with edible Forsythia flowers and covered in a layer of lemon buttercream frosting

Ingredients

    Cake:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups (13 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 4 large eggs (7 ounces), room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups (12.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (storebought or homemade)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Forsythia blossoms (washed and dried) plus more for decorating (optional)
    Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup of Butter (2 sticks)
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar (or more if needed)
  • ¼ cup of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon extract

Instructions

    Directions for Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of three 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Coat with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. (You may also use two 9-inch pans instead).
  2. In a large bowl with an electric mixer (or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment), cream together the butter, sugar and lemon extract until light and fluffy, 4-5 minutes (don't cut down the time on this step).
  3. Add the eggs and vanilla until well-combined, 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined and a few dry streaks remain.
  5. Add the buttermilk and lemon juice to the batter, and stir by hand, folding the batter until just combined.
  6. In another bowl, toss the blueberries with the 2 tablespoons flour (see note above). Add the blueberries and remnants of flour to the batter. Toss in the Forsythia blossoms if using and fold in by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon until just-combined. Overmixing may result in a tough, dry cake.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pans and bake for 35-40 minutes until just baked through. The top will spring back lightly to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center should come out with moist crumbs but not wet batter.
  8. Let the cakes cool for 5-10 minutes in the pans before turning them out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
    Directions for Frosting:
  1. In a bowl using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and fluffy.
  2. Slowly add in confectioner's sugar, milk and lemon extract. Add more confectioner's sugar if necessary.
  3. Frost the cake as desired.
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DIY Floral Easter Eggs With Mod-Podge and Paper Napkins

Easter is in one week! For those of you who are looking for a last minute Easter egg project, consider making these pretty DIY Easter eggs! They are made from paper napkins and mod podge!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

What I love best about this project is that I can get watercolor Easter eggs even though I can’t paint! They are so easy to make and you can customize them to your taste by using any paper napkin you like!

 

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Supplies Needed

  • A bottle of Mod Podge
  • Paper Napkins with a pretty design
  • Faux white eggs (I bought mine for a few dollars at WalMart!)

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 

Instructions

Step 1: Take a paper napkin and take apart the layers, making sure that you use only the top part. The napkin I used had three layers. I took them apart and set aside the floral side to use on the eggs.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 2: Cut the paper napkin into short strips about the length of your egg, or into squares. They don’t all have to be even or the same size. You can even cut out particular shapes or patterns.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 3: Put a drop or two of mod podge onto your egg and spread it around a bit.

Step 4: Place a napkin strip or shape onto the mod podge.

Step 5: Put another drop or 2 of mod podge onto of the napkin piece.

Step 6: With your finger, (or a small paint brush) spread the mod podge all over the top of the napkin, smoothing it down as you go. The whole egg should be covered in a layer of mod podge and napkins. Don’t worry if the pod modge goes on thick. It will still dry clear. The trick here, is just to get the napkin as smooth as possible so it doesn’t dry and leave wrinkles on your pattern.

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Step 6: Repeat steps 3-6, until the eggs has been completely covered in paper napkins. Alternatively, you could do one side at a time, let it dry and then do another side. This process makes the egg easier to handle, it just takes more time so I preferred to do it all at once.

Step 7: Set the egg to dry on a small stand. (I used a round scotch tape roll but I saw these egg stands on Amazon and they would probably work great too!) Turn the egg over every so often to make sure all the sides get a chance to dry.

 Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

And that’s it! When the eggs are dry, you will have some pretty Easter decorations to use however you like! Since I use the fake eggs to do this, rather than real egg shells, they are unbreakable and I can even let my toddler play with them!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

These eggs can be used in so many different ways to decorate for spring and Easter. I’ve even used them to decorate a spring Bundt Cake!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

 This was honestly such an easy project to do! I had seen this egg decorating method on Pinterest and was skeptical if I could get my eggs to look as pretty as those. But this DIY project really works! If I can do it, so can you!

Floral DIY Easter eggs made from paper napkins and mod podge! http://www.downflorallane.com/pretty-diy-easter-eggs-mod-podge-paper-napkins/

If you make these eggs, be sure to let me know how you use them! I love seeing all your ideas!