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Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

During our recent weekend visit in northern Michigan, my friend Jennie and her two girls made this flower-topped chocolate iced birthday cake for me. Pretty, yes?

Ten-year-old Elizabeth did much of the baking, mixing the batter…

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

…and pouring it into pans…

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

…with eight-year-old Mary serving as “official taster.”

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

While Jennie made rich chocolate icing, Elizabeth went outside to cut a fresh white hydrangea as a cake topper.

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

Well, I’ve seen fresh flowers on cakes before yet this was the first time I saw the secret to how to keep them looking fresh: those little plastic vials that you can easily get from any corner flower shop.

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

All you need to do is clean the outside of the vial, take off the top for larger stems, fill with water and press into the middle of your iced cake:

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

Now you can add pretty flowers – hydrangeas, Gerber daisies, the possibilities are endless. And of course, be sure your fresh flowers are free of dirt and bugs before putting it on your cake 🙂

I thought the cake was just beautiful and the homemade chocolate icing was especially yummy. Jennie was generous enough to share her chocolate icing recipe with me …and you!

  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat butter. Add sugar/cocoa alternately with milk. Beat to spreading consistency. Blend in vanilla.

Merriment :: Flower-Topped Birthday Cake With Chocolate Icing

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Jennie

Sunday 15th of August 2010

Ahhh - Great memories...loved it!

Heather

Thursday 17th of September 2009

Genius!

Nicole-Lynn

Thursday 3rd of September 2009

Yum! Looks great!

monica

Thursday 3rd of September 2009

fab, thank you for the tip!!

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