Friday, 22 April 2011

Earth Day Edible Flowers

I googled “How to Celebrate Earth Day” and the suggestions included:

Plant a tree. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Clean up the beach. Learn more about the environment. Ride your bike. Build a birdfeeder.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that most of us have checked off all or at least most of the items on that list. And the three ‘R’s are done on a regular basis.

So this year I exchanged my garden gloves for an apron and spent the afternoon decorating cupcakes.

To look like flowers.

It is clear that artificial food coloring is no match for Mother Nature.

A sweet way to celebrate.

Here is what you need:

Cupcakes, Frosting, Colored Sugar, Miniature Marshmallows and Pastel Jelly Beans

Pour granulated sugar into a food processor with food coloring and pulse until the color is distributed. Make as many colored sugars as desired. I made pink, dark yellow, turquoise and purple.

Use scissors to cut miniature marshmallows on a diagonal. Then place sticky side down into the sugar.

Frost the cupcakes and start placing the petals (sugared marshmallow halves) into the frosting. Start with the perimeter. Go in a circle and work your way inside. Pop a jelly bean in the center.

Flowers can be all one color (such as the photo at the top of this page), or each row can be one color (below), or each petal can alternate a different color (above)….well you get the idea.

Happy Earth Day!

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