May Flowers

Flower Power

Photo Courtesy of Kas Richards

Flowers are a standard centerpiece for weddings and events. This table, takes it not just one but many steps further, accenting the flora design without going overboard. We love that the table itself has a floral print that stretches the width of the table, and not just as a table runner. More flower power is added with stringed floral garland draping from the light fixtures. Top it off by selective vases filled with flowers throughout the room.

Flower to Flour

Photo Courtesy of Maria del mar Sacasa

We’ve seen edible flower arrangements, but this beautiful loaf combines the hibiscus flower into a fragrant and delicious cake.

INGREDIENTS

  • For the Cake
  • Baking spray
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (See Notes)
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/2 cups (about 12 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (about 7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, beaten and at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Spread

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 8 pieces and at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS

  1. For the Cake: Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Wrap 4 layers of heavy duty foil (See Notes) around exterior of 9- by 5-inch loaf pan, then coat interior with baking spray.
  2. Combine hibiscus flowers, boiling water, honey, and lemon juice in small bowl, mashing with fork to ensure flowers absorb liquid evenly. Allow flowers to steep until softened and liquid has been almost completely absorbed, about 15 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. In large bowl, beat butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add oil and sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs in a slow steady stream and continue to beat until completely incorporated, about 1 minute.
  5. Decrease mixer speed to low and add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with milk. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Increase speed to medium and beat mixture just until combined, 20 to 30 seconds. Add vanilla and soaked hibiscus flowers beat once more, just to combine, about 20 seconds.
  6. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, rotating cake halfway through baking, until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Transfer cake to cooling and cool in pan 10 minutes. Invert cake onto plate or second cooling rack, then revert to original cooling rack so top of cake faces up. Cool completely, at least 1 hour. Serve with spread.
  7. For the Spread: Prepare spread while cake cools.
  8. In large bowl, beat cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add sour cream, honey, vanilla, and salt and continue beating until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Serve with cake.

Elderflower

 Photo Courtesy of St. Germain

Artisanal liqueur such as the St. Germain boasts a delightful flavor. We chose the cocktail named for the liquor to highlight the best of the best.

2 parts Brut Champagne
1½ parts St-Germain®
2 parts Sparkling Water

Method: When one puts one’s name on something, that something must be perfect. This something is. Fill a tall Collins glass with ice. Add Champagne first, then St-Germain, then Club Soda (the order is essential, not arbitraire). Stir completely and garnish with a lemon twist. And, if you have done all of the above perfectly, feel free to put your name on it, as well.

Tip Courtesy of St. Germain

Techni – Flower

Photo Courtesy of  Roger Kisby

Take a little design tech to a product to replicate the theme of your event. It doesn’t even have to be your product. Here Old Navy promoted their floral line by tricking out skateboards for guests to take home.

Tip Courtesy of Biz Bash

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