pineapple flower cakes

by Kristina Sloggett

in baking,dehydrator,Dessert,Gluten Free,recipes

Dehydrated pineapple flowers definitely make a pretty presentation.

The first time I saw them was when Annie shared them (she says they are from Martha Stewart), and I have wanted to make them ever since. My lovely friend Sarena just made some too – hers are gorgeous as well!

I have made these flowers three times now, once as cupcake toppers for Jeni’s going away party, which called for some over the top desserts.

The way I made them was very simple – I sliced very thin rounds of fresh pineapple (which was by far the most difficult part), peeling some of the slices and leaving some slices with peel intact – resulting in different looks for the flowers. I placed them over the backside of a muffin tin and dried them in my dehydrator (I am sure this would also work in an oven, lowest temperature, door open) for several hours.

I checked on them every so often, moving them around as they softened. Moving them is an important part – as they soften they become sticky and moving them helps keep them from ripping or sticking to the pan. After several hours (like 6 or 7) they are pliable and chewy, and crunchy around the edges.

After frosting the (cooled) cupcakes with green frosting and darker green “leaves”, I placed a pineapple “flower” atop each cake. Then I filled a raspberry with icing, which became the middle for each flower.

I made two flavors of cakes for Jeni and her party – chocolate and vanilla.

For the chocolate, I used this cake mix. Not only is it gluten free, it appears to be naturally vegan as well! I used the same recipe method that I used with these cupcakes, without the orange flavor. The vanilla cupcakes were a recipe I am making for a project off this website, if I can share it later I will.

Summer is here, and my dehydrator is working overtime, for sure. More goodies coming soon.

 

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby July 6, 2012 at 5:29 am

I don’t have a dehydrator and I’m not into fruit mixed with chocolate (don’t ask,) but I just wanted to tell you that those are so freaking cute!

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2 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 6, 2012 at 7:21 am

I used the vanilla version of that mix too! I’m posting on it on Monday! Yours looks beautiful and delicious!

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3 Allie July 6, 2012 at 7:28 am

Oh my gosh, these are too cool and funky, love it! I feel like some sort of pineapple upside down cake/cupcake would be awesome with these as decoration.

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4 janetha [meals & moves] July 6, 2012 at 11:53 am

If I had to pick a blogger who creates the coolest looking food, you’d win. Yep.

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5 Shirley @ gfe July 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I totally agree with Janetha! You’d win hands down. These are the coolest, Kristina. Now I really want a dehydrator. Thinking I’ll steal Son’s since he’s not using his currently. ;-)

xo,
Shirley

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6 Barbara | Creative Culinary July 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

These are so original and pretty…love them!

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7 j3nn July 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

!!! So pretty! I love the green frosting too. I like your idea for using a cupcake pan upside down. Smart! :D

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8 Kath (My Funny Little Life) July 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Aww, this is such a lovely idea! :D

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9 Richa@HobbyandMore July 31, 2012 at 9:58 pm

super pretty cupcakes! awesome idea

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10 spabettie August 2, 2012 at 8:13 am

thank you Richa – they were a big hit at the party I took them to. :)

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11 Kirsten December 2, 2013 at 7:46 pm

Kristina,
Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!

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