I have a passion for baking for others - in fact, I often feature recipes like these at the free events I throw for strangers who discover the invitations I've hidden in public places!

When I'm not able to share these treats at gatherings, I share them through my blog so that my readers can enjoy the natural inspiration that flavors everything I do.

I am constantly inspired by the beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest, which I hope is apparent in these baked treats! I love connecting with the natural world by carefully and respectfully foraging many of my ingredients.

From wading through deep ponds to gather cattail pollen to braving stinging nettle patches for nutritious leaves, it's always an adventure!

As an added bonus, all of these treats are completely free of any artificial coloring. Nature is colorful enough for me!

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#1 Huckleberry And Violet Cheesecake

Huckleberry And Violet Cheesecake

There's nothing I love more than wild Idaho huckleberries, which gave this cheesecake its bright purple color! I topped it with candied violets, fresh violets, violet sugar, blueberries, and pansies.

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Ruby Brook 4 weeks ago

I love this color purple! Beautiful

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#2 Lemon And Stinging Nettle Moss Cake

Lemon And Stinging Nettle Moss Cake

This beautifully green cake is naturally colored with foraged stinging nettle leaves and has a bright citrus flavor.

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Lola Run 4 weeks ago

I love the moss cake !!

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#3 Elderflower And Rhubarb Fairy Cake (With Edible Butterflies)

Elderflower And Rhubarb Fairy Cake (With Edible Butterflies)

Ethereal elderflowers and luscious rhubarb make a cake worthy of any Queen of Fae. As an added bonus, I even made the butterflies out of edible wafer paper colored with saffron!

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Ruby Brook 4 weeks ago

This looks actually magical!

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#4 Blueberry Jasmine Seafoam Cake

Blueberry Jasmine Seafoam Cake

This tender blue cake is colored naturally with juicy blueberries, while sugar "seafoam" gives it texture inspired by a day at the coast

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 weeks ago

Your artistic interpretations are perfect!

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#5 Elderberry Curd And Chocolate Tart

Elderberry Curd And Chocolate Tart

Juicy elderberries make a rich purple filling for this complex autumn tart. I decorated it with a mandala of purple fruits for added appeal.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 weeks ago

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful woman who decided to live away from the busy-ness of the world. She put together a quiet cabin in the deep forest and filled it with the things she loved. Her days were spent in quiet contemplation, listening to harp music, and eating this tart...

#6 Rowan Upside Down Cake With Edible Raven Skulls

Rowan Upside Down Cake With Edible Raven Skulls

This lovely cake was inspired by the magic in the air around Halloween... tart rowan berries are paired with a rich ginger cake, then topped with edible marzipan raven skulls.

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Alex K 4 weeks ago

very original! love it

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#7 Sugarplum Fairy Filled Tear And Share Rolls

Sugarplum Fairy Filled Tear And Share Rolls

This tasty confection was inspired by sugarplums, or at least my idea of what I think they should taste like. The dough is colored naturally purple with berry powder, then filled with foraged fruits soaked in brandy and spices. I even made the sugarplums on top out of berries, marzipan, and spices.

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Ruby Brook 4 weeks ago

This is wonderfully creative

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#8 May Wine And Saffron Pear Frangipane Tart

May Wine And Saffron Pear Frangipane Tart

May Wine is white wine infused with the ethereal flavor of sweet woodruff. I had some left over from my celebrations, so I poached some pears in it with some saffron and used them to top a tender frangipane tart. Edible flowers finished the look.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 weeks ago

Utterly delightful

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#9 Acorn And Bourbon Elf Queen Cake

Acorn And Bourbon Elf Queen Cake

Processing foraged acorns into flour takes a lot of work... but the effort is worth it, as acorn flour is delightfully caramel-like and cozy! I baked mine into this moist bundt cake topped with a bourbon brown sugar icing and candied acorns and hazelnuts. My Elf Queen friend loved it!

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Pretty Pangolin 3 weeks ago

Oh, I need to learn how to make acorn flour! I just made my first batch of fresh yogurt, and next on the agenda is making butter from cream.

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#10 Curly Dock And Balsamic Strawberry Tart

Curly Dock And Balsamic Strawberry Tart

Many see curly dock as a weed, but I see it as a source of delicious and hearty flour! The dark brown flour is similar in taste to buckwheat, giving a hearty base to a topping of yogurt and balsamic-soaked strawberries. And yes, those butterflies are also edible.

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Sara Kate MacFarland 3 weeks ago

Wow....exquisite.

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