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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12 Edible Flower Dessert Recipes for Spring

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking!

 

Recipes with edible flowers are beautiful any time of year, but especially to celebrate spring! Here are twelve of my favorite floral deserts to inspire your Spring and Easter baking! http://www.downflorallane.com/12-edible-flower-dessert-recipes-spring/

 

1. Pineapple and Passion Fruit Roulade

Recipe can be found on Cooked.com by Lucy Bee

This cake is the epitome of a spring recipe! I just love the bright, cheerful colors of the Pansies!

https://www.cooked.com.au/Lucy-Bee/Quadrille-Publishing/Coconut-Oil-Natures-Perfect-Ingredient/Cakes--cookies/Pineapple-and-passion-fruit-roulade-recipe?utm_source=taguchi&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=weekly&utm_content=cake

2. Pressed Flower Sugar Cookies

Recipe can be found on Elle Decor by Kelsey Kloss

These are just darling! You can’t get much more floral than cookies with real pressed flowers!

3. Pansy Petal Pancakes (Crepes)

Recipe can be found on CraftFoxes.com from the book “Cooking with Flowers” by
by Miche Bacher

How fun are these!? I feel like the effort to make them is worth the stunning result!

4. Flowerfetti Cake

Recipe can be found on Twigg Studios by Aimee Twigger

This cake is drop dead gorgeous! It would look amazing on any Easter or spring table!

5. Sugared Elderflower Bundt Cake

Recipe can be found on PheonyLim

This cake is so lovely! I love the added touch of sugaring the flowers to give it a delicate look.

6. The Prettiest Apple Pie

Recipe can be found on MonikaHibbs.com by Monika Hibbs

I can’t get over how lovely this pie is. I usually don’t think of pies for spring but I would make this any time!

7. Floral Donuts

Recipe can be found on The Merry Thought

Donuts aren’t something I would have thought to put flowers on but look how fun these are!

8. Rose Petal Lollipops

Recipe can be found on A Carrie’d Affair Blog by Carrie

These are so lovely! They are the prettiest lollipops I have ever seen!

9. Rosewater Almond Madeleines

Recipe can be found on Down Floral Lane blog

Madeleines look pretty on any occasion, especially surrounded by lots of pale pink rose petals.

10. Raspberry Rose Layer Cake

Recipe can be found on the Down Floral Lane blog

You can’t beat a layer cake for any special occasion and this one with roses is just perfect for spring.

11. Tulip Ice Cream Bowls

Recipe can be found on Delish.com from Cooking with Flowers by Miche Bacher

Eating Ice Cream out of Tulip cups makes it all the more delicious! Such a lovely idea!

12. Edible Flower Marshmallows

Recipe from The Proper Blog by Lexy Ward

I love homemade marshmallows and these floral ones are just so colorful and cheerful!

So there you have it! Twelve gorgeous recipes that use edible flowers and are perfect for Spring. I’m having a hard time deciding which one to make for Easter! They’re all so lovely! Which ones do you love? Have any more to add to the list? 🙂