Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Sweets

Our rose geranium flavors and adorns sweets throughout the year. It is one of the herb plants that we do bring inside during winter and one that does very well.

Although blooms on the plant are very rare, it's most useful purpose is to flavor and decorate cakes.

The original recipe calls for a three layer cake. With leaves placed in the bottom of each pan of the three layers, they delicately flavor the cake.
And for an herbal class, I took my cake and made them into cupcakes . . . with a leaf in the bottom of each cupcake, they had that delicate rose geranium flavor.

The icing (and/or filling) needs to be tinted pink. I'm not sure why but it is one of those cases of "it's always been done that way" and so, whenever I make rose geranium cake, I, too, tint the frosting pink.

You can use a recipe or you can use a cake mix and just line the bottom of your pans with the leaves. You can even do it with angel food cake -- that's is delicate and angel food cake should always be iced with pink!

It's Saturday and time for Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Please visit and see what other pinks there are this Saturday.


Nancy's Notes said...

Martha, oh my, your summer sweets look scrumptious! I have never heard or tasted the rose geranium herb, I don't think! So interesting to read about, thanks for sharing!

Happy day!


Ann said...

Your cupcakes look lucious. Love all the ways you use your garden. Happy Pink Saturday.

Pondside said...

I love the look of a three or four layer cake and I'm intrigued by the thought of the rose geranium leaves at the bottom of the pan. I think I'd be tinting the frosting pink too.

Mary Bergfeld said...

These are perfect for Pink Saturday. Your cupcakes look and sound delicious. I happen to have rose geraniums this year and will give your technique a try. I hope the knee is healing well. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Unknown said...

Oh, some yummy Saturday pinks!!

From the Kitchen said...

They look delicious! We have rose geranium growing in a pot that we bring inside as well.


Unknown said...

Yummy! Happy Pink Saturday!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Martha, The cupcakes look delicious! Thanks for stopping by I am glad you liked the roses. Have a great Saturday....Julian

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh that just sounds sooooooo good and your desserts look fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Donna said...

Well the cake and cupcakes looks scrumptious! I have never used geranium leaves. Love the pink tinted frosting and icing! Thanks for the sweet comment about dad and his chipmunk friend!!... Donna

Lottie said...

Happy Pink Saturday! Your cupcakes look delicious! I would love one right now with a big cold glass of milk! Hope your recovery is going well!

pve design said...

I think you should see a wonderful wedding cake made for less than $20 on project wedding - the cake is finished with some sprigs of rosemary and flowers.
I think your summer sweets look so sweet.