I was inspired by this cake available through Williams Sonoma.

I wanted to make a really special cake for my Mom's birthday, and her only requests were that the cake should be chocolate and the decorations should be pink and purple. I wanted to make a bigger, better version of the flower pot cake! Here is how I did it, and how you can do it, too.

You'll need:

3 6-inch Chocolate Cake Layers (Recipe included, or use a cake mix)
Chocolate Frosting (Recipe included, or use 2 cans store-bought)
Store-bought Fondant ~2 lbs
Oreo or chocolate cookie crumbs
Food Colouring in red/pink, violet, green and terracotta (Or, red, yellow and brown to create Terracotta)
Royal Icing Flower Centers or Small Yellow Candies

So let's get started!

Step 1: Step One - Bake your cakes

For this cake, you'll need 3 6" cake layers, preferably chocolate to go with the dirt-in-a-pot theme. You can use your favorite recipe, or even a cake mix.

Here is the incredibly easy recipe I used, from an old Betty Crocker cookbook:

Black Midnight Cake

2 1/4 cups pastry flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
2/3 cups cocoa powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 cup water
3/4 cup shortening
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Pile all ingredients into large mixer bowl. Use hand mixer on low for 30 seconds, scraping down the sides with a spatula as you go, then mix 3 minutes on high speed, scraping down the sides occasionally.

Portion equally among 3 6" round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes. Cakes are done when toothpick comes out almost clean - don't over-bake or it will come out dry!

Set aside to cool completely.
very nice thanks
I made one the other day with buttercream frosting instead of fondant and it came out beautiful, but the problem was that, it was 9" and 4 layers, it eventually fell after 12 hours. :( My cake was too moist. So, if you're ever making a big pot, use a pound cake recipe.
i love these little potted plant cakes.so cute.great job.
Ever so pretty! <br>
Love, love, love it!!!
Oh, it's lovely!
Thank you!
This is so cute! What fun this would be for a garden party!
Now all I need is a decent garden to go with it, lol

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