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Decorating your cake with the garden harvest

aprilbbrinkmanaprilbbrinkman Posts: 141 ✭✭✭

This is the cake I made for my man on his birthday, and he loved it. It is sourdough batter and sour cream icing. The typical sugary decorations are not really my style. Therefore, I have to say that using organic raspberries and dried rose petals from the garden harvest to decorate the cake turned out terrific. Less filling and tastes great! Someone should use that as an advertising slogan. LOL What have you used to decorate your cakes with? What can you imagine using?


  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 467 admin

    Well done you@aprilbbrinkman nice job. Flowers and leaves I've used in the past are, calendula, primula, sweet peas, basil, rosemary, rose petals, pineapple salvia and nasturtium.

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 2,143 admin

    Oh, and borage flowers are beautiful!

    There is a lady in California who bakes sweets & savory foods using flowers. I follow her on Instagram because the herbalist, Rosalee does.

    I am not sure that all of the flowers she uses are safely edible (lilac was one choice), but the cakes, rolls (like a cinnamon roll idea), and biscuits are beautiful! She often uses dried flowers, but also uses fresh.

  • toreytorey Posts: 1,353 admin

    Lovely cake @aprilbbrinkman. No doubt your hubby was pleased!

    Fireweed is so abundant right now. Such lovely flowers to decorate with. Almost like mini fushias.

    Candied violets.

    This is a link to 6 spicy edible flower suggestions by Kami McBride. https://kamimcbride.com/decorate-food-six-spicy-edible-flowers/

  • frogvalleyfrogvalley Posts: 124 ✭✭✭

    @aprilbbrinkman Nice cake.

    @LaurieLovesLearning Yes, lilacs are edible and borage are my favorite edible flower. Hibiscus are also very pretty on a cake.

  • FergFerg Currently United States, Appalachia. Previously Great Lakes, GNYMA, Germany.Posts: 127 ✭✭✭

    I love the taste of pea blossoms! They are so pretty, and come in varous colors.

    Your cake is beautiful, @aprilbbrinkman

  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 467 admin


    @torey fireweed in Nth America must be very different to the one we have in Australia.

  • toreytorey Posts: 1,353 admin

    @jodienancarrow Oh, yes. Very different. Epilobium species. Also called willowherb. It grows prolifically following forest fires or in logging cuts. Sometimes a whole mountain side will be covered with it. These are all pics of Fireweed. The last one was taken 3 weeks after the 2017 fires went through this area. It wasn't very tall (not quite 2 feet when it usually get to 4-6 feet before flowering) but it was determined to grow, flower and set seed before the end of the season to perpetuate its species.

    The flowers have refrigerant properties to it is nice to use in sunbutn lotions or lip balms. The leaves make a nice "green" tea.

  • jodienancarrowjodienancarrow Mid North Coast AustraliaPosts: 467 admin

    @torey it is a real shame that ours isn’t handy for something. Some people have a real set on it, pull it out, spray it etc. Some don’t care, so it makes it hard if your neighbours have the latter attitude.

  • silvertipgrizzsilvertipgrizz Posts: 1,509 ✭✭✭✭✭

    nasturtium and borage...but my fav way to use borage is to freeze them in icecubes and then use them in either a glass of water, or lemonade....a liquid that is not so dark it hides the beauty of the awesomely beautiful borage blooms...

    nice cake...where our piece?



    I have used lilac to decorate brownies!

  • annbeck62annbeck62 Posts: 71 ✭✭✭

    Two thumbs up :)

  • aprilbbrinkmanaprilbbrinkman Posts: 141 ✭✭✭

    Thank you for all the great tips on pastry decorating with flowers! I am taking note and trying all of them. Also the cake did taste pretty good...

  • LaurieLovesLearningLaurieLovesLearning Moderator Manitoba, Canada 🍁 zone 3, PrairiesPosts: 2,143 admin

    @blevinandwomba Could you possibly repost your post above? I am not sure if the content is visible to anyone. I know that I am not able to see it.

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 467 ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 8

    I have decorated with berries, sliced fruits, homemade candied peel, roses, nuts, chocolate curls, etc. I tried to post a picture of a cake I did a couple years ago, but I got an error message. I'm going to try again.

    edit: just notice "decorating ... with garden harvest." I just had "natural" decorations in my head. No, I haven't harvested chocolate or nuts, but I do grow my own berries, roses, and citrus(calamondin).

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 467 ✭✭✭✭

    The orange swirls are candied peel; I think it was calamondin peel. The roses are an heirloom miniature, Mevrouw Nathalie Nypels. I think the pink stuff is ground almonds with a little beet juice.

  • aprilbbrinkmanaprilbbrinkman Posts: 141 ✭✭✭

    @blevinandwomba what a gorgeous cake!!! I love the idea of decorating with candied peels and flowers. Delightful look with the fresh flowers. I love it. How delicious was it?!?

  • blevinandwombablevinandwomba Central PaPosts: 467 ✭✭✭✭

    Thanks @aprilbbrinkman . It was pretty good; it's Mary Ann Esposito's chocolate fantasy cake. The texture is dense/moist but the flavor is actually very mild of chocolate- the citrus/almond flavor almost predominates. I liked it, but my mom didn't. It makes a great base for a chocolate fruit cake. https://www.ciaoitalia.com/seasons/5/507/chocolate-fantasy-cake

    What's in your sour cream icing, by the way?

  • aprilbbrinkmanaprilbbrinkman Posts: 141 ✭✭✭
    • @blevinandwomba my sour cream icing is very simple:
    • 4 tablespoons butter, softened 
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

    Please note I use less sugar than recipes typically call for. You may even be able to use less sugar than what I list, above. Great sharing recipes with you. I love chocolate / citrus combinations. Have a great day.

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