Mother, Mamma, Mom, Ma, Maman, Madre, Mãe, Mommy, Mutter, Mum...No matter what you call her, it’s time to celebrate Mother's Day the How To Cake It way with this recipe for chocolate cake, coffee buttercream and edible 'Oreo dirt'! Now that I am a mother, I truly appreciate what a sacrifice, joy, and journey it is! I'm going to show you how to make Flower Pot Cakes!
INGREDIENTS & TOOLS
Large Flower Pot Cake
1 x 4lb portion of my Chocolate Cake Recipe - get this here
3 x 6" round cake pans (split batter among pans equally) - http://amzn.to/1JjRaBr
2 lbs Satin Ice White Fondant - http://amzn.to/1WT5ycZ
Wilton Ivory Icing Colour - http://amzn.to/1WT5BWk
1 x Italian Meringue Buttercream Recipe - get this here
4 T Instant Coffee - http://amzn.to/1VbqvOD
2 T Hot Water
Medium Flower Pot Cake
1 x 2lb Portion of Yolanda's Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe - get this here
2 x 5" round cake pans (1lb of batter per pan) - http://amzn.to/1WT5IkD
1.5 lbs Satin Ice White Fondant -
Wilton Rose Pink Icing Colour - http://amzn.to/1WT5MAW
1 x Yolanda's Chocolate Ganache Recipe - get this here - please change portions of this recipe to 5oz
Small Flower Pot Cake
1 x 1lb portion of Yolanda's Chocolate Cake Recipe - get this here
2 x 4" round cake pans - http://amzn.to/1VbqQAR
1lb Satin Ice White Fondant -
CakeCraft Food Colouring in Avocado
Chocolate Ganache (use half of the recipe listed above)
Fresh flowers - enough to fill each pot!
10 x Oreos - http://amzn.to/1WT5YjL
Serrated knife - http://amzn.to/1KOllRo
Offset palette knife - http://amzn.to/1KOltQL
Palette knife - http://amzn.to/1Vbro9Y
Rubber spatula - http://amzn.to/1WT6gHd
Rolling Pin - http://amzn.to/1VbrwpQ
Fondant smoother - http://amzn.to/1JjRKiB
Paring knife - http://amzn.to/1JjRMad
Drinking straws - http://amzn.to/1VbrLRK
My Mom is very passionate about gardening and caring for her plants. I'm going to bring that passion to life in the form of three cakes! The best way to learn how to make these cakes is via the video tutorial on my How To Cake It YouTube channel (:
THE BASICS - Carving Your Cake and How To Make Edible Dirt
What I love most about this idea is that the cakes themselves are not too hard to make. They are simply round cakes layered and then carved into the tapered shape of a pot. I then covered each tapered cake with fondant to look exactly like flower pots. The dirt on top is just a mixture of crushed whole Oreo cookies along with some of our extra chocolate cake scraps crumbled together. Now, I know you can buy pre-crushed Oreo crumbs, but this way the white Oreo icing gets incorporated so that it looks exactly like potting soil.
HOW TO MAKE COFFEE BUTTERCREAM
For an extra special treat I chose to fill my largest flower pot chocolate cake with coffee buttercream, because my mother LOVES coffee. Don't forget to watch me make my Italian Meringue Buttercream Recipe here.
In a jar, place your instant coffee, then add a bit of your hot water. Screw the lid on tightly, and shake until the coffee dissolves. If you need a bit more liquid, feel free to add - you want to create a 'coffee concentrate' of sorts that is as thick as possible and very strong, so don't add too much liquid! Once all the instant coffee is dissolved and your concentrate is ready, slowly add it bit by bit to your Italian Meringue Buttercream. Add to taste! This is hands down one of my favourite ways to flavor buttercream.
ADDING FLOWERS TO YOUR CAKE
Here's a handy tip when using fresh flowers on a cake: place plastic drinking straws into your cake and then insert the stems of your fresh flowers inside of them. This will help your flowers stand straight and keep the stems out of your delicious cake. You could also use fresh herbs, like rosemary and basil if your mom grows a food garden. Either way, your cakes will smell divine! Planting them in cake gives you an even better excuse to stop and smell the roses :)
Even after 15 years of seeing me make cakes in all shapes and sizes my own mother can't seem to tell the difference! I think she was excited because she thought I’d gotten her potted flowers for Mother’s Day, and then even MORE excited when she realized they were cakes. I've decided to take this is the ultimate compliment!
BAKING A CAKE...IN A FLOWER POT!
Here’s a another caking tip: if you’re not comfortable working with fondant, or simply want to cut down on prep time, you can actually bake my chocolate cake recipe directly in a terra cotta flower pot! That’s right, because terra cotta pots are fired at such high temperatures, they can withstand the heat in your home oven. How awesome is that? All you need to do is grease and line your pot with parchment paper (this makes sure that none of your yummy batter escapes out of the drainage hole), and continue as if you were baking in a pan.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY from How To Cake It! I hope this Flower Pot Cake Recipe full of chocolate cake, coffee buttercream and ganache hits the spot! If your mom is more of a vanilla cake kinda girl, I can show you how to make an amazing Checkerboard Cake here!