Garden Party Vegan Flower Cake - Kid Friendly!
There are lots of flowers that have edible blooms! Violas are one of them - you can eat their blossoms and their leaves. We made a small vegan chocolate cake using a microwave (see recipe below). We added the violas from our garden on top of the cake! We even put graham crackers around the cake to make it look like a garden bed.
Violas are often called Johnny jump-ups in the US, as they tend to self-seed and can spread throughout your garden on their own. Pansies are a type of viola.
Earlier this spring, we planted white, purple, and yellow organic edible pansies. Below is a yummy, easy to make dessert with these edible flowers.
1-½ cups all purpose flour
⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ cup+ 1 tablespoon vegetable or coconut oil (or melted butter)
1-¾ + 2 tablespoons hot water
⅓ cup semisweet chocolate chips
Edible flowers (pansy or nasturtium) or berries
4 pieces graham crackers
1/2 cup of coconut oil (or butter)
1/2 cup of powdered sugar
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of non dairy or regular milk
Sift all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder) in a mixing bowl, then add all the wet ingredients (water and oil). Use a whisk to mix all the ingredients until they are combined well into a smooth, thin cake batter.
Grease a microwave oven safe container (round, square, or rectangular). Stir in chocolate chips. Then, pour the batter into the container. Microwave on high for 5 minutes for an 8-9 inches container. 3 minutes for a 7-8 inches container.
To make frosting, start with a new, clean bowl. Add all the frosting ingredients together and use an electric mixer to blend for about 2 minutes until creamy.
Take out the cake and leave it to cool before applyng the frosting.
Use your imagination when decorating this dessert. You can cut the cake into 2 inch, small squares and put frosting on all sides and the top. Put the graham crackers on the 4 sides which make it look like a flower bed or flower pot with dirt. Then add some pieces of the edible flowers (Viola) or berries on the top, as decoration.
*A tip for eating edible flowers: remove the stamen of the flower from the inside of the bloom if you are sensitive to pollen.