As well as the topping, the cake has a hidden layer of homemade marzipan mixed with ginger...
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is easy: brush petals thoroughly with lightly beaten egg white, sprinkle with caster sugar, shake off excess and leave to dry on a rack for 2 hours (they keep several weeks in an airtight box). Ideally use organically grown violas or pansies - some flowers are toxic.
Good Food Know-How
Home made almond paste tastes nuttier than bought, but if you are in a hurry knead the ginger into 350g/12oz bought white or golden marzipan.