I’m not sure what it is about Spring that makes me want all the edible flowers but it just does! They just look so pretty. And it’s such a simple way to take a basic cake and make it look spectacular. Supermarkets are starting to stock fresh edible flowers which is amazing, they are super affordable too. Unfortunately, our supermarkets don’t, boo! But I found a great supplier last year who specialises in dried edible flowers. It’s amazing because it means I can do an order for the season and know that if I need some I have them in the cupboard.
For this cake I made a basic maderia, it’s my go-to for celebration cakes because it holds its shape well. It means you don’t have to worry about it being too soft and falling apart. It’s also a great one to freeze! In fact, I decorated this cake after it had just come out of the freezer. It meant that the frosting went on a lot easier and plus I didn’t have to spend ages in the kitchen. I’m definitely going to make up another one for the freezer too because you never know when you need cake.
I also used my favourite new cake cutting hack. A pair of metal tongs! Who knew that it makes the most perfect cake slicer. It gives you beautiful even portions. I’ve popped a Reel on my Instagram where you can see it in action.
Anyway, I have waffled enough, the recipe is below!
Floral Celebration Cake
- 225 g baking butter
- 225 g caster sugar
- 5 medium eggs lightly whisked
- 340 g self raising flour
- 1 tub betty crocker vanilla buttercream
- edible flowers
- Heat the oven to 180/Gas 4. Grease and line 20cm sandwich tins.
- Mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Sift in a little flour and a small amount of egg and mix. Continue to do this until all the flour and eggs are used up.
- Bake for 20/25 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Leave to cool completely. Once cool cover the cake in vanilla frosting. Then pipe small "nests" onto the edge of the cake.
- Add edible flowers to the outside of the cake and then pop one edible flower onto each nest.