This elegant flower cake is the prettiest floral cake creation yet it’s so simple. The simple layer cake is easy to prepare, bake, and put together.
Baking and decorating this cake couldn’t be easier. It’s just a simple vanilla cake with an equally simple and creamy, vanilla frosting. Plus, you can customize it with your own flavors if you choose.
Top it with fresh or dried flower petals, a floral arrangement, or pipe on your own frosting flowers — regardless it’s one of the most beautiful spring cakes (though it can be served any time of the year).
Whether you’re looking to serve this at a party or give it as a unique gift, making this cake is one of the best ways to culinarily celebrate a loved one or a special holiday.
Common Questions about Flower Cake
What is the best cake flower?
When you’re decorating a flower cake you’ll want to use flowers that are safe for guests if you’re not using artificial flowers. Some potential options for safe flowers include chamomile, lavender, red carnations, white carnations, hibiscus, and sunflowers.
Can you put dried flowers straight into a cake?
Yes, you can but you want to be sure that they are safe. Do some quick research to make sure not to decorate your cake with non-edible flowers.
ALSO – if you use fresh flowers from a florist or market, be sure they have not been treated with any chemicals for freshness or with pesticides. You want flowers that are prepared specifically for adding to food so that it is still safe to eat.
Can you put flowers on a cake the night before?
It’s best to add the flowers right before serving to avoid wilting.
You can easily store this beautiful cake in the refrigerator or freezer. It might be easier to decorate it with the flowers just before serving.
Refrigerator: Keep this cake in the fridge for up to 5 days covered with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. You can also store slices in an airtight container.
Freezing: Freeze the cake for up to 3 months.
Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best results when making this flower cake.
- Be sure to turn the speed of the mixer down when adding powdered sugar so that all of the sugar gets incorporated into the mixture.
- Bring all ingredients to room temperature before baking.
It only takes some simple ingredients to whip up this beautiful cake.
- Granulated sugar
- Butter (softened)
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Egg Whites
- Heavy whipping cream
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Fresh or artificial flowers
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
Grab some standard kitchen supplies and you’re ready to make this cake.
How to Make Flower Cake
This beautiful tiered cake is so simple to make but so impressive to serve.
- Add sugar and butter to a large bowl of a stand mixer and beat until creamy and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In a different small bowl, mix together the egg whites, milk, and vanilla.
- Pour a portion of the flour mixture into the butter mixture and beat until completely combined.
- Then, add the egg mixture to the butter mixture and also beat until combined.
- Repeat until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Pour the batter into each of the three cake pans prepared with cooking spray and/or parchment paper.
- Bake until the cakes pass the toothpick test.
- Leave cakes in the pan to cool briefly before inverting them onto a wire rack to cool to room temperature.
- To make the frosting, pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat until peaks form.
- Continuing to beat, on a lower speed, pour in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until it has a smooth, spreadable consistency.
- Place the first cake on a serving tray and frost the top with a thin layer of frosting. Repeat with remaining layers and frost the side of the cake if desired.
- Decorate with flowers. You can either arrange them specifically or drop flowers over the top for a more natural effect.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate.
What to Serve With Flower Cake
This cake is so pretty and delicious on its own it hardly needs an accompaniment. But if you want to serve anything with it, here are a few ideas.
- Fresh fruit – Seasonally available fruit is a perfect pairing for this floral dessert. Bright berries make a great contrast to the cake but you can experiment with mangoes, peaches, or bananas, too.
- Frozen treats – Any cake pairs well with ice cream or gelato. Choose your favorite flavor to serve on the side.
- Coffee and tea – A quality herbal, green, or black tea will pair as well with a strong cup of coffee.
Why You Should Make Flower Cake
If you love to impress guests, you have every reason to make this gorgeous cake.
- Show-stopper – This cake, with its elegant appearance, will stop guests in their tracks.
- Versatile – While it’s perfect for special occasions, this cake is also a perfect dessert for any type of gathering. It can be a floral birthday cake, a wedding cake, or the prettiest cake for Mother’s Day.
- Customizable – You can change up the garnish, the cake flavor, or the frosting and make it your own signature style of cake.
Variations and Add-ins
There are all sorts of ways to change up this amazing cake.
- Decorate – Pull out your piping bag and piping tip and work your magic with decorative frosting. You can also try sprinkling decorator’s sugar or sugar pearls for shine and sparkle.
- Flavors – Whether it’s the frosting or the cake itself, you can switch up the flavors to anything you prefer.
- Colors – There are a variety of colors that work well with this cake design. You can change up the color of the cake, the frosting, or both.
- Flour – Experiment with any alternative flour you may prefer.
- Sweetener – Try using the sugar substitute of your choice.
- Flowers – Instead of dried or fresh flowers, decorate with buttercream flowers on top of the cake.
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- 1 ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 6 egg whites
- ¾ cup milk
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
fresh or artificial flowers
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Prepare three 8-inch round cake pans by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray and dusting with a thin layer of flour.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter together for 2 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt together.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites, milk, and vanilla together until combined.
- Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Beat well.
- Add ⅓ of the egg mixture to the butter mixture. Beat well.
- Continue alternating until all ingredients are combined and mixed well.
- Divide the batter evenly between the three prepared cake pans.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. OR when they spring back when gently pressed in the center.
- Allow the cakes to cool for 15 minutes before flipping them onto a cooling rack. You may need to use a knife or spatula to loosen them a bit around the edges.
- Allow them to cool completely before decorating.
- Prepare the frosting by placing the heavy whipping cream in a medium mixing bowl.
- With a hand or stand mixer, beat the heavy cream for 3-5 minutes or until peaks begin to form.
- Add the confectioner's sugar and vanilla. Beat until the frosting is whipped and spreadable.
- Assemble the cake by alternating the cake layers and the frosting layers.
- Decorate with flowers of your choice and serve.
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