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Meringue Cakes: Flower Power Cake


Dotted with meringue blossoms, this quirky cake has a 1960s feeling. Although flowers are traditional decorations for wedding cakes, these are a bit less formal than the usual piped or gum-paste posies.

  • Servings: 360

Photography: Grant Peterson

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2000


  • Three 20-by-30-inch sheets 3/16-inch-thick foam board
  • Swiss Meringue
  • One each 18-, 16-, 14-, 12-, 10-, 8-, and 6-inch-by-4-inch round cake tiers
  • Thirty-five 4-inch-long wooden dowels
  • One 20-inch-diameter wooden base or platter
  • Swiss Meringue Buttercream


  1. Cut foam board into rounds, one each of the following diameters: 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6 inches. Make Swiss meringue buttercream. Place the tiers on the corresponding-size foam-board rounds, and fill and frost each cake tier with the buttercream.
  2. Insert 9 dowels into the 18-inch tier: Place 1 in the center, and then place the remaining 8 dowels, evenly spaced, about 7 inches out from the center dowel. Insert 7 dowels into the 16-inch tier in the same fashion, placing 1 in the center and the remaining 6 surrounding it 6 inches from the center. Repeat with the 14-, 12-, and 10-inch tiers, inserting 5 dowels (1 in the center, 4 surrounding) in each, placing them 5, 4, and 3 inches from the center, respectively. Insert 4 dowels into the 8-inch tier; this tier should not need a center dowel, and the dowels should be placed 2 1/2 inches from the center point.
  3. At assembly time, center the 18-inch tier on the 20-inch wooden base or platter. Carefully stack the tiers on one another, centering them. Place buttercream in a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch plain (#10) round tip. Pipe a simple pearl border around the base of each tier. Store in the refrigerator until ready to display. Just before displaying, use a small dot of the remaining buttercream in the pastry bag to attach the meringue daisies to the cake.

Cook's Notes

The cake is made with seven tiers coated with Swiss Meringue Buttercream and decorated with about four dozen Meringue Daisies.

Reviews Add a comment

  • janetchow11sha
    22 MAR, 2009
    if you look above under the last ingredient, there is a blue sentence that states "meringue daisies". This will open another link to the instructions.
  • EmilyOtter
    21 MAY, 2008
    How do you make flowers like these? The meringue daisies recipe shows completely different flowers!