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.
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
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.