Autumn Apple Pie with Pie Dough Roses & Leaves

 

This autumn apple pie has a floral twist that is sure to add a bit of elegance to your harvest party or Thanksgiving dessert table this fall!  Some pretty pie dough leaves and roses give it a lovely floral makeover!

 

 

Hello everyone! I know it’s been a long time since I posted, but I am still alive and I do still care about my little corner of the internet here at Down Floral Lane! Basically, life happened and even though a lot of you super amazing moms seem to be able to blog every week, work full time, and juggle more than one child, I am barely keeping up with my toddler and a part time job! All this to say that sometimes my blog goes on the bottom of my to do list. But, I finally have something beautiful to share with you all! It’s a fool proof apple pie recipe (easy as pie, excuse the pun), perfect for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebrations!

 

 

This Apple Pie recipe is my Mother’s own recipe! She has been making it every single Thanksgiving and Christmas for as long as I can remember. It’s the pie dough recipe I always use because it doesn’t require any fuss or prep. I gave this delicious pie my own floral twist by taking the time to make a lovely lattice crust, and some pie dough leaves and roses to decorate it.

 

 


Don’t let it deceive you! The leaves and roses actually aren’t that complicated to make! They just take a little bit of time! When I first saw this pie and this pie on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try something like it for my own autumn apple pie! I thought it was going to be a whole lot harder than it was, but really, if you follow the tutorial, you will soon have your very own gorgeous pie dough roses and leaves to decorate your harvest pie with!

 




 

Aren’t they just lovely?! I think I may have to add roses to all my pies in the future! I’m hooked! They turn any pie into an elegance that’s perfect for any occasion!  Who says apple pie is boring?!

 

How to Make an Apple Pie

To make your pie dough for the apple pie, lattice crust, leaves and roses, you can either make homemade pie dough or use store bought. If you are using store bought dough you will need three circles of it. (Usually there are two circles per box.) I encourage you to try and make your own dough if you have time though, because it really tastes so much better!

Here’s my Mother’s pie dough recipe that is my go-to dough recipe:

For the Pie Dough:

3 cups of flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup of butter (2 sticks)

About 1/2 cup of water

For the Pie Filling:

4 or 5 medium apples, peeled and diced into small pieces.

1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon

1/2 cup of sugar

1 tablespoon of flour

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease an 8 inch pie pan.

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour and salt. Cut the butter in pieces and add to the flour.  It doesn’t necessarily have to be cold butter like some pie dough recipes call for, but it shouldn’t be very warm either. Mix until the butter has incorporated into the flour and there are no lumps left (the mixture will be like breadcrumbs).

With the mixer on slow speed, add the water one tablespoon at a time until the dough forms a soft ball. Immediately stop the mixer, you don’t want to over mix the dough. If the dough is still crumbly, add more water. If it is sticky, add a bit more flour. The final result should be a pie dough that is soft like playdough.

Separate the dough into three balls. The first ball, you will roll into the bottom pie crust. The second ball you will either roll into the top pie crust or use to cut strips for a lattice crust. The third ball, you will use to make the pie dough roses and leaves. It isn’t necessary to refrigerate this dough first. However, if you do refrigerate it beforehand, take it out and let it soften before rolling it out.

Peel and dice the apples. You will need four or five for an 8 inch pie pan. If you are using a deep dish pie pan you will need more.

Take the first ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Roll a circle that is big enough to cover the pie pan. Place it over your greased pie pan. Try not to stretch it as you place it on the pan. Trim any access dough but it’s okay for it to go over the edge a little bit.

 

Next, fill it with the apple pieces.

 

 

Sprinkle the sugar on top.

 

 

Next, sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

 

 

Then sprinkle the flour on top. The flour makes the juice from the apples thicken slightly so it’s not as runny.

 



 

Now you are ready to make the top of the pie! I chose to make a lattice pie crust for my pie. However, you can make any top you want!

Take your second ball of dough and roll it out on a floured surface. Cut out straight pieces for a lattice crust or just go ahead and cover the whole pie with the dough. For a good tutorial on how to make a lattice pie crust, see here:

 

 

How to Make Pie Dough Leaves

Now for the fun part! I decorated the edge of my pie with leaves because, after all, it’s autumn! They are an adorable addition to any pie and I love how they can hide the imperfections on the edge of my pie crusts.

 

 

 

To make the leaves, roll out your last ball of dough until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Use a leaf cookie cutter, a stencil, or a real leaf like I did, to cut leaf shapes in the dough.

 

 

After you have cut out the leaves, use a knife to cut lines on them to look like real leaves! Save the leftover dough to make pie dough roses!

 

 

Place them all along the edges of your pie (or wherever else you want them). If they don’t stick to the crust, you can wet them with a little bit of water or milk. I also set a few leaves aside to use next to the pie dough roses.

 

 

The pie would be lovely with just the leaves! It’s such a festive way to dress up an apple pie for autumn!

 

 

How to Make Pie Dough Roses

When I saw this tutorial about making pie dough roses, I knew I wanted to add them to my apple pie! There is a wonderful video tutorial there on how to make them if you want to check it out. You could also take a look at this video tutorial as well. Meanwhile, here is my own how-to version:

First, roll out the leftover dough about 1/8 inch thick. You don’t want it to be too thick or the roses won’t roll, nor too thin so that they don’t hold their shape.

 

 

Cut out circles that are about 2 inches in diameter. You will need four circles for every two roses that you make.

Take four circles and lay them in a line, overlapping one another.

 

 

Starting at one end, roll the dough circles up into a log shape so that all the circles are rolled up together.

 

 

Cut the log in half down the middle.

 

 

You will now have two pieces. One side will look flat like this:

 

 

And the other side will look rolled like this:

 

 

Squish and press the dough on the flat cut side so that it doesn’t come unsealed. Then, turn the rose over and gently pull the folds of dough out and then press them down to look like rose petals. Repeat this until you have as many dough roses as you need.

 



 

Decorate your pie with as many roses as you would like! I only used three but I’ve seen some beautiful pies that are covered all over in pie dough roses like this one! 

 

 

As a final touch, add a few extra leaves around the roses.

 

 

Baking the Apple Pie

After your pie has been decorated, brush the top, including the leaves and roses, with milk. This will give it a golden color when it has finished baking. Cover the edges of the pie in tin foil so they don’t get overdone before the filling as cooked. Bake it on the middle rack at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to 375 degrees F and bake for another 45 minutes (or until the apples are soft).

 

 

After baking, this pie can be frozen for later use. My pie is currently in the freezer because I’m planning on serving it on Thanksgiving! To freeze the pie, wait till it has completely cooled and then wrap it in plastic wrap. I do freeze pies in glass dishes sometimes but if you are going to do this, please remember to make sure the pie has COMPLETELY thawed before putting it into a hot oven to warm it up. 🙂



 

 

Tag your photos with #downflorallane on Instagram so I can see your lovely creations! <3 I really do hope you’ll give pie dough roses and leaves a try because they will take your apple pie to the next level! Aren’t they just stunning?!

 

 



 

How to make a Floral Horse Birthday Cake

Today, I’m sharing some step-by-step instructions on how to make a lovely floral horse birthday cake! It can be decorated any way you want to fit your party’s theme but the version I made is a sweet floral pony with a rose in her mane.

 

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This birthday cake was so much fun to make, and even though it looks super hard, it’s actually not! The best part about this cake design is that you can follow the steps to make the basic horse head and then decorate it any way you want, with any colors you want! I made it for my daughter’s birthday and I wanted to make it sweet and girly so of course it had to be pink and flowery. I used a cake pattern I found here for free on parenting.com to make the basic cake shape. The nose is an M&M, the eye is a pink gum drop, and the mane is pink frosting that I piped on in just a few minutes.

 

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How to Make a Horse Cake

 

First, download the horse head pattern from parenting.com. You will need to sign up first, before you can download the pattern but it’s free and only takes a few minutes! After you have downloaded the pattern, print it out and cut out the pieces according to the directions.

Use your favorite cake recipe or, if you prefer, use a box of cake mix to make the cake batter. Divide the batter evenly into one square 8 inch by 8 inch cake pan, and one round 8 inch cake pan. Bake according to the baking instructions.

After the cakes have cooled in the pans for 10 minutes, take them out of the pans and let them sit till they are completely cooled.



 

How to Create the Horse’s Head

 

Now it’s time to create the horse’s head! This may seem like a lot of steps but if you follow each one, you should have yourself a cute horse head to decorate!

Step 1:

Begin by placing the 8 inch cake on a flat surface. Arrange the two “B” pattern pieces on top of the cake.

 

Step 2:

Using a knife, cut a slice across the cake like this:

 

Step 3:

Then, cut that trimmed slice in half. (These are the two “B” shapes on the pattern.) These cake pieces will be the horse’s ears. Place Pattern A on the bigger piece of cake. Slice off the edge of the left side of the cake as shown on the pattern.

 

 

Step 4:

Place the square cake on a flat surface.

 

 

Step 5:

Arrange pattern pieces D and C on top, according to the instructions on the pattern. Make sure they are not overlapping.

 

 

Step 6:

Cut out pieces C and D. This is what the square cake should look like when you are done:

 

 

Step 7:

Take Piece C and D and set them aside. The other pieces of the cake are leftovers, but you can save them. I used some of the extra cake to place underneath the horse’s nose to make it sit more evenly next to the horse’s neck.

 

 

Step 8:

Now it’s time to put all the pieces together to make the horse’s head! It’s like making a puzzle! Arrange the cake pieces on your serving platter according to the picture below.

Use the leftover cake underneath any pieces that don’t sit evenly. For example, on my cake, Piece C needed some thin cake strips underneath it to make it sit perfectly against piece A.

 



 

Decorating the Horse

After your cake is arranged on the serving tray, you are ready to decorate it! The first thing you need to do is pick what color frosting you want and cover the whole cake in a layer of frosting to hold everything together. I wanted my pony to be white, so I found my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting recipe and made a batch of it. I really do recommend buttercream frosting because it firms up so well for a cake like this. Whichever recipe you choose, make sure the frosting recipe you use is one that will result in a firm frosting that is not runny. It needs to be thick enough to hold all those pieces together.

 

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After the cake has been covered all over in a smooth layer of frosting, put it in the refrigerator to firm for an hour or so. Then coat the whole cake in another layer of frosting to cover any bare spots and to give it a smooth finish.

 

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Now it’s time to make the horse’s mane! Fill a piping bag with frosting. I used pink strawberry buttercream to make a pretty pink mane. You can find my strawberry buttercream recipe on my blog post here. Then, I just piped lines down the horse’s neck till the mane was as thick as I wanted it to be. This doesn’t have to be perfect! If you mess up on a strand of hair, just pipe a few more lines over it.

I didn’t show it in this picture but I ended up making the mane go over the edge of the cake to cover the side as well and not just the top.

 

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Add candy for the nostril and the eye. I used an M&M for the nostril and a gum drop for the eye.

 

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Lastly, I added a rose to the pony’s mane because what horse does not look cute in flowers!

 

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I have to admit, before I settled with the rose, I tried out lots of other flowers. You could go with daises like this Daisy Pony:

 

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Or how about a Pansey Pony? Isn’t that darling?! I made a little flower crown for her pink mane. Yes, I get carried away with this! Haha! But making floral pony cakes is so much fun!

 

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In the end, I went with a sweet rose behind the pony’s ear because roses are my favorite!

 

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I would love to see your creations so tag them with #downflorallane so I can see! <3



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!

 

A delightful floral sponge cake decorated with fragrant lilac blossoms and filled with fresh blackberry jam and lilac flavored whipped cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

 

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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