Earth Day Kid’s Craft – Gumdrop Garden Cake

Earth Day is coming up here on April 22.  Here is a cute little craft to do with the kids that I found at Family Fun.com:

 

Gumdrop Garden Cake

 

Gumdrop Garden Cake

It looks like a flower garden, but every single part of this  Gumdrop Garden cake is edible and completely delicious. Follow these simple  directions, then dig in.

Ingredients

  • Pound cake or other loaf-shaped cake
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Ladyfingers
  • Chocolate wafer cookies
  • Sugar
  • Gumdrops
  • Green toothpicks

 

Instructions

1.    Ice the top and sides of the pound cake with chocolate frosting. Then trim  the top of each ladyfinger into a point to resemble a fence picket. Gently press  the pickets against the frosted sides of the loaf cake.

2.    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.

 

Gumdrop Garden Step 3

3.    Plant a row of tulips: Sprinkle sugar onto a waxed-paper-covered surface. Using  a rolling pin, flatten gumdrops to a 1/4-inch thickness. With kitchen scissors,  cut notches in the tops of the flattened gumdrops to create tulip shapes. Insert  a toothpick stem into the base of each blossom.

Gumdrop Garden Step 4

4.     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. Now plant the tulips in the cake.

5.    For a fun finishing touch, sprinkle coconut tinted with green food coloring  around the garden to resemble grass.

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