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!

 

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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.

 

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

 

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

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

 

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!

 

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

Lilac Sponge Cake with Lilac Whipped Cream! http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/

 

 

 

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.
http://www.downflorallane.com/lilac-blossom-sponge-cake-lilac-whipped-cream/


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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How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers from downflorallane.com http://www.downflorallane.com/make-violet-shortbread-cookies-using-real-violet-flowers/

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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How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers from downflorallane.com http://www.downflorallane.com/make-violet-shortbread-cookies-using-real-violet-flowers/

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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How to Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers from downflorallane.com http://www.downflorallane.com/make-violet-shortbread-cookies-using-real-violet-flowers/

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 Make Violet Shortbread Cookies Using Real Violet Flowers from downflorallane.com http://www.downflorallane.com/make-violet-shortbread-cookies-using-real-violet-flowers/

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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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!


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? 🙂