Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower Is Sure to Please!

Dazzle your friends and family with a Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower!

Fresh Strawberry Dessert

Strawberry Dessert Flower

I love to celebrate strawberry season by making strawberry desserts as often as I can!  I still like to go to Strawberry Farms every May and pick my own berries. However, even after the strawberry season has passed in Illinois, we can still find an abundance of beautiful, juicy berries in our local grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  Whether you serve my Fresh Sugared Strawberries, my Best Ever Strawberry Shortcake or create this Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower… you will not be disappointed!  This Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower is impressive enough for company but is super simple to make.  It starts with a creamy and sweet base made of just three ingredients and then the “flower” is assembled on top of the base.  I like to add some fresh blueberries for color and then top it off with my Easy Strawberry Sauce.

Fresh Strawberry Dessert Flower
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
Base:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 7 oz. marshmallow topping
  • 1 Tbs. mayonnaise
Strawberry Flower:
  • Fresh Strawberries, cut in half
  • Fresh blueberries
One recipe of Vickie's Easy Strawberry Sauce
Instructions
  1. Using an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, marshmallow cream and mayonnaise.
  2. Mound the cream cheese mixture onto the center of a serving plate.
  3. Slice the strawberries in half as shown in the picture, from the tip of the berry to the stem.
  4. Beginning on the outside edge to the cream cheese mound, place the strawberries around the outside edge of the mound.
  5. Continue placing the strawberries around the circle to resemble petals. Leave a small circle in the center open and sprinkle fresh blueberries in the center.
  6. Sprinkle additional fresh blueberries over the petals.
  7. Drizzle the Easy Strawberry Sauce over the Strawberry Flower.
  8. If desired, decorate the outside edge of the plate by making dots with the Strawberry Sauce and connecting the dots using a toothpick.



If you have any of the cream cheese mixture leftover, you can use it as a yummy dip for any fresh fruit. The Strawberry Sauce is also great served on pancakes, waffles, crepes or on top of ice cream.  You can also use it to make Strawberry Milk.

On the fun side of things, I often have trivia questions in my Culinary Arts classes.  One of the trivia questions I ask is, “What fruit wears it’s seeds on the outside?”.  The answer is “Strawberries!”  Here are some more Strawberry Fun Facts!

If you want to check out some other great desserts, my friends at Positive Health Wellness have posted   “9 Cheap and Healthy Desserts For Your Family” that includes recipes such as Chocolate Panini, Oatmeal Cookie Bars and Cherry and Berry Smoothies!

Remember, “Let’s Make Life Special by Sharing Great Food With Our Family and Friends!”  Enjoy!

Valentine Cupcake Ideas

 By:  Vickie W

Valentine Cupcake Display

Looking for some Valentine cupcake ideas? Make Valentine’s Day extra special with this great cupcake display! Cupcakes and a cupcake display are easy ways to treat your friends and family for Valentine’s Day.  My friend, Oma, made this cupcake display for her grand kids.  The cupcakes were made with a mix and  then she embellished the cupcakes with pink icing and heart shaped sprinkles.  Valentine cupcake picks were used as the topper.  You could use a strawberry cake mix for pink cupcakes or swirl some vanilla cake mix and strawberry cake mix together for a marbled effect.  

Cupcake stands are inexpensive and really add pizzazz to your table.  If you can’t find them locally, you can order cupcake stands online. You can also buy really cute toppers and cupcake liners with many different designs and colors.    This would turn and simple gathering into a party! Cupcakes are really trendy now.  Cupcake displays are often included on dessert buffet tables.  I have even seen them served at wedding receptions.  Kids ( and adults) of all ages love cupcakes.  If you are serving adults, you may want to make two cupcakes per person, especially if you are serving men.  You can bake a batch in no time and with just a little creativity, the cupcakes become fun for everyone.

If you have kids or grand kids, you could get them involved in making and decorating the cupcakes.  Cupcakes are very easy to mix up and even small children can get involved.  Have a variety of sprinkles and toppers available so everyone can choose their favorite!   When you share this activity with your kids, cupcakes become more than just a dessert….They become a memory your kids will long remember.        

A cupcake display would be great for an office party,  school party or a dessert buffet.  

What a great way to “Make Life Special” for Valentines Day!  

 

 

 

Marshmallow Charger Plates for Your Holiday Dessert Table

I have to thank my friend Oma for this great idea for Marshmallow Charger Plates!  She made two of these for her Christmas Party dessert Table last weekend.  Here is the other Marshmallow Charger Plate…

 

She started with a round Styrofoam ring and stuck toothpicks into the ring.  Then she stuck the marshmallows onto the toothpicks.  She placed a plate into the center and the magic of the holidays began!  She served  Dove Chocolate Discoveries Truffle Brownies on one and Strawberry and Brownie Skewers on the other one.  

This added so much fun to the dessert table and was really easy to make! 

Thank you Oma for this great idea!!!

 

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