With Easter and Mother’s Day soon gracing us, pretty pastel pastries and desserts will be reflecting the changing season. Edible flowers are a great way to easily transform a plain looking cake or cupcake into something elegant. Not all flowers are edible and proper care should be taken to purchase flowers that are specifically labeled as such. If you are new to using edible flowers, here are some of our favorites!
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- Candied Rose Petals – Candied rose petals offer a sweet addition to your dessert, while imparting a lovely rose flavoring. Commonly available in pinks and reds, these look stunning atop cupcakes, cookies and cakes alike, and offer a beautiful accent to frostings that are pink, yellow, lavender and white. We like the candied rose petals from India Tree
- Culinary Lavender – Because lavender is technically an herb, it can be used in a large variety of dishes. Lavender is commonly used in desserts such as vanilla ice cream and creme brulee, baked goods such as focaccia and biscotti, and savory dishes such as chicken and salmon. Some even like to make lavender jelly and lavender sorbet. The key is to be sure that you are using lavender marked as culinary grade and not regular lavender from your local florist or specialty gift shop.
- Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup – For a decadent way to use flowers, consider sweetened wild hibiscus flowers, dropped in champagne or sparkling wine for your next cocktail party or brunch. They will set you back between $40-60/jar, but they lend a slightly sweet flavor to the champagne, and look gorgeous at the bottom of the glass. A sure way to dazzle your guests with little effort.
- Pansy Flower – The Pansy is one of the most common edible flowers used for making eye-catching treats. The versatility of pansy colors is favored among those who are looking to for a lot of color options. In deep purples, bright yellows, rich reds and electric blues, the pansy does not disappoint aesthetically. With velvety petals, the pansy offers a luxurious look to any culinary masterpiece. You can order pansies that have already been picked and processed for culinary use, or grow your own organic, edible pansies
- Marigolds – Marigolds look like a burst of sunshine, making them a perfect addition to the spring treat menu. Reminiscent of sunflowers, culinary marigolds are a buttery yellow/orange color and are big enough that even just one would make an Easter cupcake pop, and just a few would make that Mother’s Day cake go from plain to dazzling.
Flowers are such a beautiful addition to any celebration, keep the celebration even more lively with these lovely additions to your menu!