Thursday, April 8, 2010

Forcing Violets Indoors

This is our beautiful Easter cake. I used my favorite orange cake recipe, and sprinkled fresh little violets on top. (Did you know that violets are edible?)


A few weeks ago I noticed these tiny violet leaves beginning to unfurl in my garden. (I knew where to look for them.) I dug them up.


This is what the roots of the violet look like. There is a knot of thick roots at the base of the plant.....are they called tubers?


I planted the violets in a little pot with garden soil and put them in a sunny window in the kitchen.


Soon the leaves began to stretch and open.


Last week the violets bloomed.


On Easter I scattered them on our cake.

20 comments:

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

They look so beautiful on the cake! Flowers are always my favorite decoration!

Lise said...

So smart!! I'd made a plain-looking cake for Easter, and was wishing for some violets to put on it; the first one didn't open until the day after Easter. I'll have to remember this for next year!

Phyllis said...

I learned so much from this post. Thank you for sharing with us what violet roots look like.
My daughter once decorated a cake with flowers for a spring teatime.
(http://bergspot.blogspot.com/2009/04/spring-tea-time.html)
Sounds soooo gooood paired with an orange cake! You make a beautiful life!
-Phyllis

Beth said...

Dear Friends,

Lest you think I am totally together in a Martha Stewarty kind of way, you should know I forced the violets just for fun. (I'm going to try to do it in the winter next year.) They bloomed in time for Easter, and since we love to decorate cakes with violets and johnny-jump-ups, getting to use them for our Easter cake was just plain serendipity. much love, Beth

eidolons said...

Our yard is covered in violets right now (gotta love Florida). I've been anxiously awaiting the dandelions, but we seem to only have a dwarf/midget variety.

gardenmama said...

So beautiful!
We had so many wild violets at our last home that we would harvest and I am searching for them here and have not found any yet : ( fingers crossed!

ferne said...

I love this post! The pictures are perfect and tell a wonderful story of growth.

Lisa said...

lovely cake, Beth!! We love to eat flowers in our salads.
happy thursday
lisa

Laura said...

Simple and beautiful! I did know that violets were edible, but I have never tried eating them. I love the idea of scattering them over an Easter cake--how very "springlike" and special!

Amanda said...

mmmmm. That cake is so pretty! Now I want cake. AND, I want my cake to have flowers on it. Oh, the troubles with pregnancy...

softearthart said...

Tasty cake, I sometimes sugar dust borage blue flowers and they look so pretty. Cheers Marie

Beth said...

I like your borage flower idea, Marie. My daughter sugared violets for a birthday cake one year. It was really special. love, Beth

Nicole Spring (Frontier Dreams) said...

I love them on the cake. They look so perfect, now if only I had some to put on my little one's birthday cake next week!

June said...

Are you going to share the recipe? The cake looks delicious!

Beth said...

Nicole...if you brought some violet plants inside perhaps the warmth would speed the bloom in time for your birthday cake! June....Okay! Cake recipe coming soon! love, Beth

FuNkY MoMmY said...

With a little girl named Violet, I must start a Violet garden for her this year!!!

Jamie said...

LOVE them!

Linda said...

Dear Beth,
Violets look so lovely on a cake. Your cake looks yummy. Looking forward to your recipe. You can even freeze violets in ice blocks, it is very effective. I love violets:)
Thank you for posting on Friendship Friday:)
Warmly
Linda

boatbaby said...

deliciously gorgeous!

Wendy said...

I adore violets! My Johnny Jump Ups are up!! I can't wait to make Lemon Squares so I can pop a flower on each for a proper Spring Welcome!