What you’ll need:
- Mixed berries or fruits
- Flowers or herbs (edible or decorative, but nonpoisonous and not treated with pesticides)
- Optional: Sugar and water
- Optional: Citrus fruits
For the minimalist, a “naked cake”—the kind with just a skim coat of
frosting—with natural toppers seems just right. That said, if you’re
against a mostly frosting-free cake because honestly what’s the point,
spread it on thick instead.
Start with berries in different sizes—strawberries, raspberries,
blackberries and blueberries are a classic combo—and scatter them over
the top and onto the platter. Poke in a few handpicked flowers from your
garden and you’re done.
Alternatives and add-ons
- Use seasonal fruits, like figs or cherries, or dried fruits.
- Herbs like lavender or mint can sub in for flowers, too.
- Try edible flowers like pansies, Johnny-jump-ups, marigolds, bee balm or chamomile. (Be sure they’re pesticide free!)
- Candy your flowers, petals and mint leaves by brushing them with
powdered egg white mixed with a little water, sprinkling them with
superfine sugar and letting them dry ’til crispy on parchment paper
- Make candied citrus slices. Slice seedless lemons, limes, oranges or
small grapefruit suuuuuuuuper thin. Make simple syrup in a wide
saucepan: Bring equal parts sugar and water to a boil, then reduce heat
to a simmer and add the citrus slices in one layer. Cook for about 20
minutes, until the piths are mostly translucent, then let cool on a rack
or parchment paper.