Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pineapple Coconut Floral Cake Topper

by Maggie Kelleher

Pineapple. The fruit of the tropical thinkers.

Who doesn't want to escape these cold winter piles of snow? And what better way to do it than with some tropical-tasting, sweet, delicious, and gorgeous pineapple flowers?

These little beauties taste just like pineapple fruit leather or pineapple chips, depending on how you store them, but either way they are adorable and so warming in this cold weather! 

How do you make them, you ask? It's not too hard and it's totally worth the time! Check it out below. 

First cut off the top of a pineapple, because if you didn't know, that part isn't really edible.

Then cut off the rest of the thorny pineapple, you don't want to eat that, and then cut out the seeds, because, again, that would be gross. 

Then slice the pineapple as thinly as you can.

Thinner, there you go! The best flower petal curls come from edges sliced so thinly that you can see through them once you place them on a cookie sheet. Don't slice them too thin, though, or they will stick straight to the sheet and fall apart.

Place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Parchment paper will make them stick less. Bake at 225 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, take them out, flip them over, and bake them for another 30 minutes. They are done when the edges are a bit browned. This might take a bit more than 30 minutes. No worries. 

Once the pineapple slices are fully cooked, place them in an egg carton to curl up the sides and form them into flowers. You could also do this with a muffin tin. Let them sit overnight to best hold the shape. 

Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container so that they retain their crisp edges. If you want more of a fruit leather texture, I found that leaving them on the counter (also in the sealed container) gave them a chewier texture. 

Now feel free to stick them on anything you want to! My suggestion is of course to decorate your My Grandma's Pineapple Coconut coffee cake with them and some of my coconut whipped cream, but they work for almost anything!

And in my book, the best part is that they're delicious! I knew they were pretty from the start, but I found myself snacking on these all week until they were gone! They make the perfect snacks for a little kid's (or an adult's) lunch, and will brighten up everyone's day! 

Just look at it! 

Enjoy your tropical snack! 

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