Winter seemed endless this year. If it weren't for the ray of sunshine my exchange student has brought to our home, I would have felt the deep gloom of the season. To celebrate the long awaited arrival of sunny skies and warmer weather, I made some brightly colored Daisy Cakes.
Each tiny little flower is hand painted using cake batter. Once baked, these beacons of spring can be arranged in bouquets, used as simple cupcake toppers, or simply served in a bowl for special occasions like Mother's Day, bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays and even Earth Day.
I just wanted to celebrate the fact that although that darn groundhog lied and the cold and snow hung around well into April, that the flowers have finally begun to bloom. There may only be daffodils and tulips in my neighborhood, but more flowers are popping up every day.
Daisies grow in a rainbow of colors and they are so cheerful. These tiny cakes just make me smile. I love the large bouquet that I arranged adding modeling chocolate leaves and green licorice lace stems, but even a smaller, simpler, arrangement is quite lovely.
I hope these flowers make you feel warm inside, especially for those of you who are still enduring frigid temperatures and snow covered streets. If you don't yet have flowers in your yard, you can at least make them for dessert.
Mini Daisy Cakes (makes 24-36 daisies)
1 prepared white cake recipe (I used a Betty Crocker White Cake mix)
vegetable oil or shortening to grease mold
green food coloring
pink, yellow, and violet food coloring
1 or 2 silicone daisy mold (each mold has 24 daisy cavities)
food use only paint brush
bouquets - green licorice lace stems and green modeling chocolate leaves
cupcakes - baked cupcakes, green frosting, lollipop sticks, picket fence cupcake wrappers
Prepare your white cake according to the package instructions or using your favorite recipe. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or the temperature used to make your recipe.
Grease your silicone daisy mold using vegetable oil or shortening. Color about a tablespoon of the cake batter using green food coloring. Use a clean, food use only, paint brush to paint the center of each daisy with the green cake batter. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
While the mold is in the freezer. Equally divide the remaining cake batter into 4 bowls. Leave one bowl white. Color one bowl using pink food coloring, one yellow and one violet.
Remove the mold from the freezer and spoon the colored cake batter over the green dots filling the daisies about 3/4 full.
You will have enough batter to make more than 24 flowers. I used the extra to make a few cupcakes, but if you have two daisy molds you can make more flower shaped cakes.
Bake for 8-12 minutes until just lightly browned around the edges and a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool for an hour in the silicon mold.
Carefully turn mold upside down and gently press on the back side of each daisy. If your daisy cakes don't pop out nicely, you may need to place the mold in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then try again.
Your mini daisy cakes are now ready to serve.
To use them as cupcake toppers simply insert a 4 inch lollipop stick into a daisy and press the opposite end into a cupcake that has been covered in green frosting. For a nice touch, put the cupcakes in picket fence cupcake wrappers.
To create bouquets, insert a long piece of green licorice lace into the daisies. Arrange on a platter. If you'd like, you can add green leaves. Use a cookie cutter or plunger cutter to cut modeling chocolate (recipe here), fondant, or green taffy into leaves. Simply arrange the leaves among the flowers.
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