Garden Cakes with edible “dirt” make indulging in desserts so much fun! And when made with freshly-picked Wish Farms berries served up during this year’s 100-year anniversary of delivering sweetness from our fields to your homes, it adds the punctuation of berries in the cake to the berry on top!
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 26 flower pots; 4 – inch plastic cups
Make the pudding: In a mixer bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth, then add the milk, pudding powder, zest, and vanilla and mix. Transfer to a bowl and chill for a few minutes until it gets a bit firm. Then, gently fold the whipped cream with the chilled pudding. Scoop into a piping bag and reserve for assembly.
Make berry layer: Set aside ½ the Wish Farm berries. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine Wish Farm berries, sugar, lemon juice and zest, and spices. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, stirring frequently until very soft and juicy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Taste and add lemon juice and more sugar, if necessary. If not using immediately, cover and refrigerate. When ready to serve, reheat the blueberry sauce until very warm and stir in the reserved Wish Farm berries.
Make “dirt”: Place the cookies in a food processor and grind until finely crumbled and looking like dirt.
Assemble the cakes: Put a couple of cubes of angel food cake in the bottom of the cup (or, canning jar or flower pot), spoon a few spoonfuls of spiced berries, pipe a layer of pudding cream on top, and then top with a layer of cookie crumbs. Repeat with the other cups.
Decorate with half of the Wish Farm strawberry a sprig of mint, herbs and/or flowers, and the stick with a plant tag.
Serve with a smile!