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, November 20, 2010

Reprise - Rose Geranium Cake

There is nothing like a three tiered rose geranium cake for a special party -- it's elegant but it tastes good too!

This is a post from earlier this year -- I don't make these cakes often but when I do, they are always a "wow"!

Rose geraniums are easy to grow on winter windowsills so you have a ready supply of leaves -- to make into cakes, to add to the butter dish when you have company, to decorate other desserts in the winter when there is no mint.

I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday!

I love to cook with herbs. Not just in savory dishes but in sweet ones as well. There is nothing like a good herbal cake or cookie!

This rose geranium cake has no other flavoring. Just a few rose geranium leaves in the bottom of each cake pan before the batter is poured in. In between, is whipped cream and raspberry jam. The original recipe called for fluffy pink frosting but I think that is gilding the lily too much and we prefer it with just a sprinkle of powdered sugar on the top and a rose geranium leaf or two for decoration.

For special company, we'll do all three layers. It makes a handsome cake. For just us, we'll do two with the cream in the middle. The third layer gets frozen and is eaten slice by slice for afternoon tea. Plain with perhaps a shower of powdered sugar.

It's Pink Saturday so please visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound to see the other pink posts.


Ben said...

Martha, I just love everything about the idea of baking with rose geraniums and other edible flowers. It looks beautiful, has a pleasant and unique taste, and as soon as you tell someone you baked with flowers, you've got their interest even before they've seen or tasted what you've done. Thanks for a great post.


Pondside said...

What a pretty cake. I like the idea of 'bake two, save one'.

Anonymous said...

What a delightful cake! And the freezing and saving is wonderful too.
Boy, would I like a slice.

Savannah Granny said...

Sounds great. I didn't know you could cook with rose geraniums. this old bird is learning a lot from the blog world.
I still owe you pics of the wonderful apple cake.
I am back after three weeks of travel and playing catch up. Please stop by for a visit. Ginger

Unknown said...

Oh my, how intriguing. Perfect to share with my senior mom for her gardening AND some of my grandchildren who would delight in making it! And wouldn't it be fun to grab some photos of all that! :)