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A Gumdrop Garden

A Gumdrop Garden

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Give mom, or any garden lover, their just dessert -- a sweet bouquet of edible flowers.

Materials

  • Pound cake or other loaf-shaped cake
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Ladyfingers
  • Chocolate wafer cookies
  • Sugar
  • Gumdrops
  • Green toothpicks
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Coconut
  • Green food coloring

Instructions

Ice the top and the sides of the pound cake with chocolate frosting.

Trim the top of each ladyfinger into a point resembling a picket fence.

Gently press the pickets against the frosted sides of the loaf cake.

Seal a handful of chocolate wafer cookies in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

Sprinkle the crumb "soil" on top of the loaf cake.

Sprinkle sugar onto a waxed-paper-covered surface and, using a rolling pin, flatten gumdrops to a 1/4-inch thickness.

Use kitchen scissors to cut notches in the tops of the flattened gumdrops to create tulip shapes.

Insert a toothpick stem into the base of each blossom.

Make a pair of leaves for each tulip by trimming flattened green gumdrops into teardrop shapes.

Spear the base of each leaf with the toothpick stem and push it halfway up the stem.

Plant the tulips in the cake.

Sprinkle coconut tinted with green food coloring around the garden to resemble grass.

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