Picture of Flower Pot Cake
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

Picture of 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.
grethelg2 years ago
very nice thanks
Faha3 years ago
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.
danlynne073 years ago
i love these little potted plant cakes.so cute.great job.
anatroccolo3 years ago
Ever so pretty!
Love, love, love it!!!
Oh, it's lovely!
Thank you!
poofrabbit3 years ago
This is so cute! What fun this would be for a garden party!
BakerInTheBasement (author)  poofrabbit3 years ago
Now all I need is a decent garden to go with it, lol