Food Art – Teacher’s Garden No Bake Lemon Wafer Cake

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Teacher's Garden Cake

The PTA at John Muir Elementary School puts on a staff luncheon every year. Parents are asked to bring in their best dish. Our teachers and staff are very lucky, as a lot of our parents are very good cooks. This year, in fact, the recipes are going to be collected and the PTA is publishing a cookbook. The luncheon was going to take place in the newly planted Teachers’ Garden. I decided to make a cake and decorate it as a garden.

The cake looked lovely tilted up on the dessert station. In fact, it looked so lovely, and so real, that no one ate it. Some guests thought it was too pretty to cut, a few thought it was art, and a few didn’t think it was really edible. I wound up taking it home and will share it with family and friends.

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When Spane was in first grade I made chicken enchiladas for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon. When Spane was in second grade, he wrote about going to the Griffith Observatory for a Star Party, and mentioned Star Party sandwiches, so I made Star Party Sandwiches for the second grade luncheon. I made sure that his teacher, Mrs. Mary, got a piece of that sandwich so she would know what he was talking about. She said it was delicious.

This year, third grade, Spane is in Mrs. Armbruster’s class. I wanted to make something that was unique, and in my budget. When Spane and I were walking down Brand Boulevard yesterday afternoon, passing Porto’s bakery, a light went on over my head. I remembered that I had a rectangular wafer, similar to the one I used for Spane’s Rosary Cake. Luckily, I still had some of the same chocolate covered sun flower seeds I used for that same cake.

: Teacher’s Garden No Bake Lemon Wafer Cake


  • 5 Wafel torte rectangular layers
  • 1 can lemon pie filling
  • 1 can cream cheese or white frosting
  • Chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • 1 candied pineapple ring
  • Grated dried coconut
  • Blue food coloring gel
  • Green food coloring gel
  • Green sugar crystals
  • Black sesame seeds


  1. Spread about a fourth of the filling evenly on the first layer. Cover with a layer, spread filling on that, and continue filling and layering until you get to the last layer. Press down firmly to make sure the layers are set.
  2. Divide the frosting into two microwave safe bowls.
  3. Put one of the frosting into the microwave for 15 seconds, or until it has started to melt.
  4. Add enough of the blue gel color to get a nice sky blue color. Stir well.
  5. Spread this on the top two thirds of the cake with a pastry brush using horizontal strokes. Try to to have any of the brush strokes showing.
  6. Put the other frosting into the microwave for 15 seconds, and then put the green color in. Use a lot, stir, but not as completely.
  7. Use a paint brush, using vertical stokes to paint the green frosting on the remaining bottom third of the cake. Try to make the strokes look like grass.
  8. Using your hand to protect the sky, lightly sprinkle the green sugar on the green frosting.
  9. Put the pineapple ring in the center of the sky.
  10. Sprinkle coconut into clouds on either side of the sun.
  11. Use the chocolate covered sunflower seeds to make various flowers, using green seeds for the stems.
  12. You can make a tree trunk using the black sesame seeds. Make a “frame” around the cake using sunflower seeds.
  13. Let the cake sit at least 12 hours before serving.


If you have other toppings or different fillings, use them. Have fun with this!

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: Polish

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.
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3 Responses to Food Art – Teacher’s Garden No Bake Lemon Wafer Cake

  1. Crysta Crater says:

    Nice job!

  2. Behan says:

    Wow! No wonder no one ate that cake! It’s beautiful!

  3. Allison Hicks says:

    Food Art – Teacher’s Garden No Bake Lemon Wafer Cake looks awesome!

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