What you’ll need
- Pound cake
- Chocolate frosting
- Sugar wafers or ladyfinger cookies
- Gum drops or fruit leather
- Chocolate sugar wafers or Oreos
When you think about fabulous cakes, with tons of frosting and flowers, you think of a master baker who is able to make creations unlike any other. Making a cake like that is a tall order for someone who is really good at baking let alone for a child. But, there is almost always a shortcut or a way around such a tall order, and if you’re a child thinking about making a Mother’s Day cake, there’s a quick and easy way to do just that. Your cake will be so spectacular your mom might not believe you made it yourself!
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It’s easy to make a garden cake for Mother’s Day – or even cake for a spring wedding or other celebration. That’s because you’ll start with an ordinary pound cake and add the embellishments to create the garden cake. It’s up to you if you want to bake the pound cake or just purchase one at a grocery store bakery or elsewhere.
Remove the cake from pan or wrapper and set on a tray. Cover it completely with chocolate frosting. Use sugar wafers to make the fencing to go around the garden. Just cut one end of each sugar wafer to a point then push it into the frosting around the cake. Add more and more sugar wafers, placing them side-by-side around the cake, until the whole cake is surrounded. Use any color of sugar wafers – except chocolate – to make the fencing. The light-colored sugar wafers work best for contrast with the dark frosting. Another option is to use ladyfinger cookies, cutting them to a point at one end, then pushing them into the sides of the cake.
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Take Oreo cookies or chocolate sugar wafers, place them in a zipper bag, then crush them into crumbs. Sprinkle these on top of the cake to create the soil in the garden.
Use Fruit by the Foot or fruit leather to make tulips for the garden. First, cut small tulip shapes, then lay a toothpick on one of the shapes, and cover with a second tulip shape. Press the two tulips together so that you trap the top of a toothpick between them and so that they stick together. Plant the tulips in the garden – all in rows or here and there.
Another way to make tulips is to sprinkle some sugar on wax paper, lay some gumdrops on it, then cover with wax paper. Use a rolling pin to flatten the gumdrops to be about a quarter-inch thick. Cut tulip shapes with tiny candy cutters (something like cookie cutters) and insert a toothpick in each one.
Your mom will be thrilled and impressed when she sees the lovely garden cake. She might doubt your word that you made it yourself, but after she tastes it, she’ll just be happy!
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