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Garden Party Vegan Flower Cake - Kid Friendly!

Updated: Apr 6

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.

Cake Ingredients

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

Chocolate Frosting

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


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Take out the cake and leave it to cool before applyng the frosting.

  5. 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.

  6. Enjoy!

*A tip for eating edible flowers: remove the stamen of the flower from the inside of the bloom if you are sensitive to pollen.

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