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Spring Garden Cake

  • Yield: Makes one 10-inch layer cake
Spring Garden Cake

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2000

Ingredients

  • Carrot Orange Cake
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/2 cup chocolate cookie crumbs (approximately 20 cookies), finely ground
  • 2 tablespoons green sprinkles
  • Marzipan fruits and vegetables, about 25 pieces
  • Pastillage Fence
  • 1 pound candy pebbles, for garnish

Directions

  1. Prepare carrot and zucchini cakes as directed, and cool to room temperature. If necessary, use a serrated knife to trim cake tops level. Each cake should be about 1 1/4 inches high.

  2. Prepare cream cheese frosting. Place zucchini cake on a 10-inch cake round, and spread top of cake with 1 1/4 cups cream cheese frosting. Place a carrot cake on top of the frosted zucchini cake. Chill until icing is set, about 15 minutes. Ice entire cake with remaining frosting. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes. This can be done up to 1 day in advance.

  3. Sprinkle top of cake with 1/2 cup cookie crumbs, leaving a 1/4-inch border around perimeter of cake. Using a paring knife, lightly mark cake top, dividing into quarters or four "plots." Rake the plots with the tines of a fork. Place green sprinkles on the perimeter of cake. Arrange marzipan fruits and vegetables on the plots. Carefully press pastillage fence posts onto the side of the cake, about 1/4 inch apart, and place candy pebbles around the base of the fence. Serve cake at room temperature.

Reviews (5)

  • RaSinclair 14 Sep, 2010

    I used to have this the April 2000 issue of Living and , in fact, I made the big sheet version of the cake. I want to create it again, but gave the magazine away years ago. Now I can't find the instructions for making the vegetables anywhere. Can someone help me please? I want to make it for a community festival this weekend. Thanks!

  • poetgoddess 31 Mar, 2009

    This is an adorable idea but where does one get the vegetables and the fence? All I have near me is I Party and they don't sell such things I don't believe.

  • bsoukup15 23 Mar, 2008

    This cake was so much fun to make for Easter. Everyone in my family was able to help mold the vegetables, cute the fencing and assemble the cake. Once placed on the dinner table, everyone was in love and had lots of questions about the edibility of the vegetables, fence, and rocks. We made the rocks also out of marzipan and added a couple of darling spotted rabbits in the garden! So beautiful.

  • bsoukup15 23 Mar, 2008

    This cake was so much fun to make for Easter. Everyone in my family was able to help mold the vegetables, cute the fencing and assemble the cake. Once placed on the dinner table, everyone was in love and had lots of questions about the edibility of the vegetables, fence, and rocks. We made the rocks also out of marzipan and added a couple of darling spotted rabbits in the garden! So beautiful.

  • tliloia 28 Dec, 2007

    I won first prize at our office bake-off with a variation on this cake. Instead of a spring garden, I made a pumpkin patch. The entire family enjoyed fashioning pumpkins out of marzipan for the top of the cake.

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