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Pineapple Flowers

by Emma on March 3, 2012

in Dessert

Hey, guess what I made a couple of weekends ago… cake. Duh.

But this cake was a little different from my usual weekend cake.

Got you-I don’t make a cake a every weekend.

Anyway, this cake was different. It was a family recipe, from my great-grandmother Lula. It was made for a dinner party with my parents. And it’s featured in this month’s edition of N.E.E.T. magazine. Neat, huh? But even beyond that, it featured flowers made out of pineapples.

I have a major fruit crush on fresh pineapple (yes, a fruit crush is totally a thing. it’s like a celebrity crush but… with fruit). If you have never cut up a whole pineapple before do it this weekend-it’s exciting. And pineapple is so so delicious. You can put chunks of it in a curry soup, or you can make edible flowers for a cake out it. Pineapple is totally versatile. Totally.

I first learned how to make these little cuties from Martha Stewart. All you need is a fresh pineapple and a little patience. :) Cut off the outside skin of the pineapple and use a teaspoon or small scoop to remove any eyes (those tough dimple bits in the pineapple). Use a good knife and carefully slice your pineapple as thin as you can. Lay them on a lined baking sheet and bake at 200 F for 1-1 1/2 hours, flipping in the middle. You want to dry them out but don’t burn them. Then lay the dried slices in a cupcake liner overnight so the edges will curl.

Happy decorating! xo. Emma

P.S. If you want to see the cake recipe I used you can check out this month’s N.E.E.T.


Sarah March 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

This is too funny! I just bought an entire pineapple just for the pleasure of cutting up the whole thing! Now I have something else to do, lovely ;P

Angie March 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

looks insanely gorgeous!

kcf March 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I can’t access the N.E.E.T. site–anyway you could post the recipe?

Emma March 4, 2012 at 12:34 am

I probably will next month, as the issue will no longer be available. Thanks for your interest. :)

debbie March 3, 2012 at 11:01 pm

this is awesome! I love pineapple.

jen@madeinminch March 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm

mmmm pinapple flowers :) what a happy way to jazz up a cake, thanks for sharing

Gina_AcuteDesigns March 3, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Yum, pineapple is ne of my all time faves. This looks amazing! And congrats on the feature :) .

eat my shorts March 4, 2012 at 12:51 am

I totally get the fruit crush thing. Pineapple, yes. Also, watermelon. It’s not just about the taste, it’s about the colours as well!

Tammy March 4, 2012 at 1:00 am

I get you on the fruit crush! Mine is pineapple, watermelon, and mango. It looks delicious as always Emma.

Kristen March 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

Very pretty, I had never seen these before.

Mama {Lilly} Smith March 4, 2012 at 2:27 am

I love pineapple so much… I used to just cut it as close to the skin as possible and risk gagging (sorry!) but now with my kid eating it too I’m a more careful cutter. Your cake looks so lovely!

Liana March 4, 2012 at 4:29 am

Love the idea, thanks for the share! I make a pineapple upside down cake that is so good it’s hard not to eat it all in one sitting. This pineapple flower will be oh so pretty on my next cake!

Emma March 4, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Oh-I love pineapple upside down cake! I need to make one those this season, for sure!

Jessica March 4, 2012 at 5:22 am

Wow, this is genius! You might start a new internet craze now :)
Thanks for the insp.


robyn March 4, 2012 at 5:37 am

wow-such a beautiful idea and cake

Em March 4, 2012 at 5:48 am

This idea is pure genius!

Mary from O+A March 4, 2012 at 6:17 am

This is a must try. Too inventive!! Thank you!

Jenny March 4, 2012 at 6:33 am

I LOVE this! i will definitely be giving this a try. So creative. :)

Missy March 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Ah! these are beautiful! Wedding inspiration???!!!! Thanks, Emma!

Emma March 4, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Missy-why do you have to live so far away this year! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

carolina March 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

beautiful cake emma!

Violets and Cardamom March 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

They are so pretty. What a lovely way to decorate a cake. Simple and elegant. I have a fruit crush on pineapple too. :)

Andrea Lynne Rose March 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

This is such a beautiful cake! The pineapple is a wicked clever idea as well.

teddi March 4, 2012 at 5:24 pm

it really is so very pretty ms. emma, but my absolute fave thing about it is, that it’s from your great-grandmother Lula, because some would say, i’m weirdly sentimental.

Ana March 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

What a lovely recipe! It seems so nice and summery! And I’m looking forward to decorating with pineapple flowers!:D
One thing, do you think I could omit the coconut, or substitute it for something else? (my sister hates it, for some reason) Or would it ruin the cake/ be weird? Thanks!

Emma March 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm

It’s better with coconut… but if you’re sister hates it then I think it would be fine to leave it out. You could add in some shredded carrot instead, or nothing at all. Good luck!

Veronique! March 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I love this! the pineapple flowers are beautifully made! and a great/fresh idea :)


emma March 5, 2012 at 12:23 am

It looks like delicious !!!
I want to make it right now :D

Candace March 5, 2012 at 12:30 am

This is awesome! I wonder, though, would it work just as well to bake the pineapple in the cupcake tin, so then it’s dried and shaped all in one?

Emma March 6, 2012 at 6:04 am

Maybe. I haven’t tried it that way yet. It sounds like it would work….

Maggie March 5, 2012 at 1:31 am

That look very pretty and very appetizing. Can’t wait to try it!

RobbieLee at Chickiedee March 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm

These are so beautiful! At first glance I thought that they were sugar flowers. Thanks for sharing this amazing technique.

candace March 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm

This is so pretty! Martha Stewart is totally nuts, but so brilliant :)
It might look cute to put a fresh blueberry in the center of each “flower” so it would look like a daisy. Thanks for the idea!

Helena March 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I think this might be the most beautiful cake I have ever seen! Pineapple flowers are awesome!

The life after March 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm

What a lovely decoration! Thanks for the idea!

The Life After

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet March 6, 2012 at 12:19 am

How completely adorable! What a great idea!

Isabel March 6, 2012 at 12:19 pm

WOW! Thank you sooo much for the inspiration, I rushed to make the pineapple flowers as soon as I saw this.
Here’s my cake :)

I was thinking of soaking the pineapple slices in dye or even rubbing beetroot or something on them next time to make different coloured flowers!

Thanks for sharing the idea. They are so perfect for spring, like daffodils.


Emma March 6, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Oh-that sounds beautiful. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen them rubbed in a color-you should totally do it. :)

Grace March 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I love this!
Nothing beats being edible as well being pleasing to eyes.
Thank you :)

Sarah March 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Gorgeous cake! I can’t wait to try out pineapple flowers. Such a better alternative to sugar paste or royal icing flowers, which don’t taste very good.

Heather March 6, 2012 at 7:45 pm

This is such a splendid (& gorgeous) idea! I will keep this trick in my back pocket.

P.S.- I have a fruit crush on raspberries :p

Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

Alex March 6, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Oh wow! This is absolutely gorgeous, and it sounds like something
even I can’t mess up…the flowers that is, the cake is a whole other story

Liana March 7, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Wow! It’s a sign – I was thinking this was so gorgeous that I would make it, and then I looked and my great-grandmother was ALSO named Lula. So obviously. Must be done.

kale @ tastes good to me! March 9, 2012 at 1:45 am

So beautiful. What a creative way to use pineapple!

nicola lynde March 9, 2012 at 8:03 am

This is such a good idea and a beautiful cake!

liz March 17, 2012 at 12:53 am

i can’t cut them thinly! its sooo hard! lol
can’t wait to see how they will turn out. they are in the oven as we speak. i think cutting them was the most difficult part.
thanks for this gorgeous idea!