Desserts · Food

Mother’s Day Flower Cake

A very happy belated Mother’s Day to you! I hope it was full of joyful family moments, some gorgeous spring flowers, and maybe something sweet…

cake slice @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

This past week, as I was recovering from being sick, I was daydreaming of buttercream. I’ve been wanting to practice my flower piping for some time now, and Mother’s Day seemed like such a nice occasion for doing just that.

So I whipped up a batch of vanilla buttercream, tinted and filled my bags, and got to work.

Normally I pipe flowers directly on the cake, but this time I decided to work with a flower nail and freeze them. I can never seem to tint the right amount of icing, so I have a ton leftover.

An excuse to make cupcakes, perhaps?

Buttercream flowers @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

I baked up a yellow cake with some buttermilk and lemon zest.  Then I made a seedless blackberry jam to fill the cake.

I piped some buttercream around the edge to keep the jam from seeping out the sides.  I also frosted each layer very thinly before spreading on the jam in an effort to keep the cake from getting soggy.

Mmm… blackberry jam…

Blackberry jam layer @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

Frost, jam, layer, frost, jam, layer…

layered cake @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

And where would we be without a little jam indulgence?

jam face @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

I iced the cake with a honey buttercream. I didn’t bother with careful smoothing this time. The cake is even visible on some of the sides, but I’m not a huge fan of excessive buttercream, so I prefer it this way.

more buttercream flowers @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

I intended to practice roses and daffodils, but my buttercream was too thin for roses.  I ended up mostly with fantasy flowers.  They were every bit as fun.  Maybe more so.  🙂

flowers close up @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

While I liked making the flowers ahead of time for time constraints, I did have to be careful while transferring them to the cake. They soften in seconds.

I got an ice pack out and cooled my fingers in between flowers to keep them looking crisp.

Mother's Day Flower Cake @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

I piped the leaves directly on the cake.

I love piping leaves.  Maybe even more than flowers.

Mother's Day Flower Cake @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

A thoroughly enjoyable buttercream experience.

slice of cake @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

Now off to bake some cupcakes…

Happy Monday!

~Katie

 

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17 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Flower Cake

    1. Thank you! It was quite tasty. I liked the combo of honey, lemon, and blackberries. My mom said it was better than some wedding cakes she had eaten. My youngest shoved handfuls of it into his mouth. 🙂 It was indeed a joy to make!

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  1. That looks fantastic! I’m so jealous of your piping skills. The cake itself looks delicious; blackberry jam and cream, what a nice combo. I’m also glad to hear you are feeling better. A belated Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

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