Flowers Good Enough to Eat

Flower Donuts

The flowers are out in full bloom, so we decided to bring them onto the kitchen table. How often have you wondered whether the flowers on your plate were edible or simply attractive decorations? Not to worry with these flowers. Not only are these flowers pretty to look at, they’re also tasty donuts to snack on!

Flower Donuts

Pink Flower Donut

 

 

 

Ingredients

  • 6 regular size donuts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Tubes of writing icing in desired colors
  • 3 regular size marshmallows
  • Package of black licorice rope
  • Containers of sugar sprinkles in desired colors
  • 6 large lollipop sticks
  • 6 candy spearmint leaves

Preparation

  • Cut the edges off of the donuts to form flower petals as seen below

Donut Flower Without Icing

 

 

 

 

 

  • Put a half a cup of frosting into a microwave safe container
  • Mix in a few drops of food coloring until you get your desired shade of pink
  • Place in microwave for 20 seconds (or until melted)
  • Individually dip each donut into the melted frosting and let cool on a wire rack
  • Sprinkle sugar sprinkles on petals for several flowers while still wet
  • To form the center of the flowers, cut a marshmallow in half
  • Dip the sticky side of the marshmallow into the sugar sprinkles
  • Place the marshmallow into the center of the donut
  • Another option for the flower’s center is to cut several 1/2 pieces of black licorice
  • Poke them into the center of a marshmallow and place in the center
  • Once icing has dried, you can use a tube of writing gel to outline the outside of the flower

Since the picture above looks like a Where’s Waldo image (with donut flowers), here are individual versions of the donuts. Enjoy!

Red Flower Flower Donut Lollipop

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Show Me the Bunny – Take 2

Come on Bunny donut, light my fire…
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Looks like this bunny has an identity crisis!
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Why am I so addicted to having fun with this little bunny donut?

Acting as a pseudo psychologist, I’m examining my childhood. Growing up, I could never have a furry pet because my father was “allergic” to animals. After numerous lazy goldfish who just floated on their backs in the fish bowl or other athletic fish who enjoyed jumping out of the bowls, my parents finally got us a cuddly pet.

To be specific, my parents broke down and came home with a cute white bunny. We called the bunny Snuffy , a compromise between Snowflake and Snowpuff. When my sister and I went to camp, my mom had the job of feeding Snuffy. However, as time went on, Snuffy began to bite my mom. When we returned from camp, we learned that Snuffy was sent to a “farm” so it could play with its friends.

Many years later we realized that Snuffy may have joined its friends at a different sort of farm. More like a farm to table destination. Perhaps Snuffy is playing with friends that were part of Wolfgang Puck’s ‘Braised Rabbit and Fava Bean Fettucine’ that was posted on Wolfgang Puck’s Twitter account earlier this week.

Whatever the reason, I’m having fun with our little white bunny donut. I hope you’re grinning along with us.

See instructions under “Show Me the Bunny” to create this donut.

Show Me the Bunny

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Spring is in the air and that means Easter is around the corner. The markets are filling with colorful holiday candy, Nestle’s is offering Limited Edition pink and yellow morsels, and my local garden center is selling live chicks!

We decided to start preparing for Easter by creating little bunny donuts. We quickly realized that the key to a perfect bunny is the ear to body ratio. Before you rush for your calculator ( or another website), we’ll explain. If the ears are too small your bunny will look like a white mouse.

BUNNY DONUT RECIPE
Serves 8

INGREDIENTS:
8 small donuts ( Entenmann’s powdered sugar popettes work well)
8 marshmallows ( standard size)
1 cup of pink sprinkles
8 pink chips (or M&Ms)
16 brown M&Ms
8 inches of black string licorice
1 container of white frosting

PREPARATION
Bunny Ears:
– Make bunny ears by cutting each marshmallow on the diagonal. Slice off the pointed end of
each marshmallow and discard (or eat).
marshmallow
marshmallowear

– Pour pink sprinkles into a small dish.
– Dip one side of each marshmallow half in sprinkles to cover, allowing a small white
border to show.
– Leave “ears” on plate for later use.

Whiskers:
– Cut licorice into 8 one-inch pieces
– Using a knife or scissors, cut into the ends of the licorice to simulate whiskers.
– Cut each licorice piece in half. (Depending on the size of the donuts, you may want to
make the whiskers shorter. It’s a matter of personal taste).
licorice

Donuts:
– Before frosting the donuts, set a wire rack on top of a piece of wax paper for easier
cleanup.
– Place 1/2 of the frosting into a microwave safe bowl. (Repeat this step to ice remainder
of donuts).
– Microwave the bowl for 20 seconds or until the frosting flows.
– Individually dip each donut into the frosting to cover the front and all sides.
– Remove donut and set on wire rack to dry.

ASSEMBLY:
– Place 2 ears on on each donut. (To keep the ears attached while drying, place extra
marshmallows under each “ear” for support)
– Add 2 brown M&Ms for eyes
– Add a pink chip or pink M&M for nose
– Add whiskers on either side of nose
– Repeat until all the donuts have morphed into bunnies.

These bunnies are ready to hop into your heart ( or mouth)!

Something Fishy in the Kitchen Sink

Fish Donut in SinkThis weekend we visited friends that have an amazing fish tank in their basement. I left wanting to either buy a pet fish or make a fish themed dessert. As you can guess from the picture above, option number two won!

Fish Donuts

Fish in the sea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 8 regular size donuts
  • 1 container of vanilla frosting
  • yellow food coloring
  • 1 bag of M&M’s
  • 4 red or pink fruit chews
  • 8 fruit chews in varied colors (for the tail)
  • 4 mini marshmallows
  • 8 chocolate chips

Preparation

  • Place the frosting in a microwave safe bowl and mix in yellow food coloring until you get desired color

Yellow Frosting

 

 

 

  • Place bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds (times may vary depending on microwave)

Dipping Donuts

 

 

 

  • Individually dip each donut in the melted yellow frosting and place on a wire rack or plate to dry

Decorate Donut

 

 

 

  • Decorate the donut with M&Ms and the eyes before it has completely dried
  • To make the eyes, cut a mini marshmallow in half
  • Then stick a chocolate chip into the sticky side of the marshmallow with the pointy side facing the marshmallow
  • To create the lips, place a red or pink fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds
  • Remove and break into two pieces

Fishy Lips

 

 

 

  • Roll each piece into a thin log (pictured above) and fold into a “v” shape for the lips
  • Place the lips on top of the donut
  • For the tail, place another fruit chew in the microwave for 7 seconds

Fishy Tail

 

 

 

  • Roll into a ball and flatten into the shape above
  • Place the pointy side into the donut for the tail
  • If the fruit chew is too heavy or flimsy, you can place a mini marshmallow under the tail to keep it in place for your presentation

Fish Fry

 

 

 

 

 

 

These adorable fish are guaranteed to cook up some smiles with your company!