My new years’ resolution this year was to start having monthly family dinners with my parents and brother’s family. So far it has been one of the absolute best things about 2010. We have “rules” in place to keep it simple – bring a dish to share, houses need not be too clean, and food need not be fancy. We also celebrate the birthdays of the month on our family dinner nights as well. My mom’s birthday is in April, and her favorite flower is the daisy. So I volunteered to bring dessert last month and made her a daisy cake. My daughters flipped over it!
For how pretty this cake looks, it is surprisingly easy. You could also change up the frosting/colored sugar colors to make this flower cake look like a sunflower. Use chocolate sprinkles for the center!
What You Need to Make This Easy Flower Cake
A standard round cake pan
Heart mold pan (the one I use is silicone, found in the dollar section at Target)
Cake mix or a killer cake recipe
Store bought frosting or a to die for frosting recipe (I kid you not – this frosting is TO. DIE. FOR.)
Colored sugar (or make your own with sugar and food coloring (instructions below), or colored frosting)
Zippered plastic bags to make colored sugar, or to use instead of a pastry bag.
Optional – shallow 3″ round cake mold for leaves (you can also just halve a heart cupcake for the same effect)
Optional – pastry bag
How to Make this Flower Cake
Simply mix up your cake batter, and cook it in the following molds:
1 round cake form.
12 heart cupcakes, filled low so that they don’t lose their shape and pop over the top of the pan.
2 shallow round cakes, or two more heart cupcakes, cut in half to make 4 leaves.
You should have enough with one cake mix. But I used both chocolate and vanilla cake for mine, because a large family is hard to please with one flavor!
Once complete, your cooked cake pieces should look like this:
I then frosted only the tops of the cake pieces. For the yellow center, you could use yellow frosting, or I frosted mine with regular white frosting, then dusted it heavily with colored yellow sugar. Do this before you put the leaves and petals on the plate.
How to Make Colored Sugar
This is so easy you probably don’t need directions. Put about a cup of sugar into a zippered plastic bag, and add a few drops of food coloring. Give it to the kids to play with as they mix the coloring with the sugar. Add different colors mixed together to get various shades of yellow and green, or whatever color you want to make! Add more food coloring as necessary to get your desired color saturation.
WARNING: Even if you put a whole bottle of red food coloring into the bag, it will not be as red as the colored sugar you can buy in the store.
Yes, I found that one out the hard way.
To make the flower cake leaves, frost the tops of your half rounds, or half hearts. Then dip the tops into colored sugar. Again, you could just use green frosting for this part as well. I just had the colored sugar leftover from Christmas and really needed a reason to use it up!
Put the heart petal shapes around the cake before you frost them.
To pipe the frosting onto the flower petals, you could use a pastry bag with a fluted tip. I couldn’t find mine and was in a HUGE rush to finish. So I just used a zippered plastic bag with the corner cut off.
WARNING: DO NOT use cheap zipper bags for this. They pop open. The good news is that if this happens, it’s fairly easy to dump the frosting into another bag. And then pray that one doesn’t break, either.
Yes, I found that one out the hard way, too.