I love flowers.
But you what I love even more than getting flowers? Getting flowers that I can eat.
Especially when you can eat the pot too.
Nom nom nom.
So are you looking for a Mother's Day present? Look no further! See Pudding Pie Lane's step by step instructions on how to make a chocolate cake flowerpot...
(Many thanks to my friend Ashley who helped me make this cake. You're awesome.)
You will need:
- Chocolate cake (any recipe is fine, you'll need about enough to make 2 large cakes...something like 8oz flour, 8oz sugar, 8oz butter and 4 eggs, and chocolate, of course)
- Icing (buttercream, marshmallow fluff, stuff like that)
- 500g marzipan
- About 1kg royal icing
- Gel food colouring (Wilton's is good). I used red and blue. The other colour icing I bought pre made in different colours.
- Chocolate (to melt over the cake)
- Various leaf and flower cutters
1. Bake a generic chocolate cake. Ideally, you want about cakes that you can stack on top of each other.
2. Cut cakes to flowerpot shape. Glue together with marshmallow fluff (or buttercream, or anything that's sticky really. Just not real glue. Because that would be stupid.) I know it's tempting to eat all of the leftovers, leave some cake left for crumbs for another step.
3. Roll out a layer of marzipan. Place the cake on top of the marzipan (top side down) and brush the cake with apricot jam. Fold the marzipan over the cake. This will prevent any bumps when you cover the cake with icing for the pot.
4. Colour icing to get a terracotta colour. I didn't have this, so make the pot orange instead.
5. Roll out the icing and place on top of the cake. Smooth the sides and trim the excess.
6. Roll out a thin layer of icing to make the rim of the pot. Make sure the rim goes over the pot slightly so that you can pour a layer of melted chocolate over the top and it won't seep down the sides. Crumble some leftover cake on top of the melted chocolate so make it look muddy.
7. Start decorating! I made roses by rolling pink icing into a small tube and then wrapping round 'leaves' around it.