Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Meringue Tulips Cake for Mother's Day

This cake is for my mom.
My mom's favorite flower is the tulip.

She has 100% dutch heritage, and grew up
in a small Iowa town where almost everyone was dutch.
Each year, that little town is covered with tulips for the annual tulip festival.

Here is my mom in her costume and wooden shoes, ready for the parade!

I made strawberry meringue tulips to decorate my mom's cake.
They are light, crunchy and sweet...yum!

Strawberry Meringue Tulips
adapted from Sweetapolita

  • 3 large egg whites (room temperature)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (3 oz.) Strawberry Jell-O
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 200°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Place the egg whites and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium speed until frothy. Combine Jell-O and sugar, and pour mixture into the mixing bowl in a steady stream. Turn the mixer speed to med-high and beat until meringue is stiff, thick, and glossy (about 5 minutes). Add the vanilla and mix until incorporated.

Place the meringue into a decorating bag fitted with Wilton #125 tip (large petal) and pipe the tulips onto the baking sheets.

Bake for 2 hours, then turn off the oven and let the tulips cool completely before taking out.
Store in airtight containers or Ziploc bags at room temperature and away from moisture.
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Making your tulips:

1. Hold your decorating bag so the tip is vertical, like a teardrop. Make a teardrop shape, stop squeezing, then lift up.
2. Place your tip above the bottom left side of the teardrop. Squeeze while sweeping to the right with an upward motion.
3. Repeat, moving from right to left.

After the meringues were completely cooled,
I attached them to my cake with a dab of frosting on the back.
I piped stems with a Wilton #5 round tip,
and piped leaves with a Wilton #352 tip.

Pretty, simple and sweet. :0)
Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

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  1. Those are so cute! And making them out of meringue is genius.

  2. Oh so pretty! Any mother would be so happy to receive this cake. Hope you enjoy celebrating mother's day with your mom!

  3. Oh so pretty cake!! I love absolutely love it!! Great color combination too!

  4. Adorable cake! I have a good friend that lives in Iowa. She would always bring me Dutch letters. Omgoodness are those things yummy. Good Job!

  5. Wow, love the cake. This looks amazing. I am visiting you via the party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  6. Love those tulips! Those are my favorite flower too.

  7. Those are beautiful. That's such a great idea to make the tulips the way that you did :)

  8. Your meringue tulips look so pretty against the yellow cake! Your mom's photo is priceless!

  9. You did good for your Mom. It's beautiful.

  10. This cake is beautiful! So fun! I'd love it if you would share it on my Fun Stuff Fridays link up party. I think my readers would love this. It just opened up!!


  11. I just found your blog looking for a birthday cake for my hubbie this week and too funny to that your post today hits so close to home! I'm also 100% dutch and grew up an hour from O.C. in IA. My dad's family originates from another small IA town about 15 min from O.C. VERY found memories of the Tulip Festival! Yeah Iowa! Yeah Dutch!

  12. Your cake looks amazing and the Tulips are beautiful...

    Greetz from Holland :)

  13. I've missed checking out your wonderful creations! I adore tulips too and this cake is the bomb. She's going to love it.


  14. What mom wouldn't LOVE this cake!! so cute!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up
    Have a great weekend!

  15. I would love to learn how to do cake decorating! As seen on niftythriftythings.

  16. Thanks for sharing your cute cake. Moms everywhere will be so happy to have this on their tables.

  17. WOW!, well, your mother may have part of her blood Dutch, but you´ve just impressed me across the Atlantic, excatly in ther north of Spain, I should try this...I love meringues.
    Love from a huge fan

  18. So many cool techniques that I have yet to learn. Love this! Jodi @

  19. Absolutely stunning. You are truly a genius cake artist!


  20. The tulips are so cute and the cake looks delicious! We hope to see you back next week to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Thanks for coming!! -The Sisters

  21. Awww what a beautiful cake!!! Love the colors and the decorating, just lovely!

  22. Love your cake
    Regards from a dutch girl

  23. I love the bright and happy colors! I'd love for you to add it on my link party at: Thanks!


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