Flower Pot Cake Tutorial

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Incredibly realistic and sure to impress gardeners and cake lovers alike, this flower pot cake tutorial offers clear, step-by-step instructions so you can recreate your very own garden of potted cake plants. The perfect addition to any summer dessert table, this flower pot cake can be created using almost any kind of cake along with delicious chocolate ganache and your favorite cookie crumbs. While a wide range of flowers can be ‘planted’ in this pot, this tutorial teaches you how to create beautiful, lifelike gumpaste dandelion flowers and accompanying leaves as seen in the photos below.

 

Flowerpot Tutorial

Materials

Airbrush
Airbrush colors, white, green and black
Bench scraper
Cake recipe
Cardboard cake circle, 8-inch
1 batch chocolate ganache
CMC powder
Craft knife
Drinking straw, thick
Foam board
3 pounds fondant, colored terracotta
Fondant smoother
Gum glue
Gumpaste flower with stem
Icing spatula
Measuring tape
Mortar and pestle
Needle nose pliers
Oreo cookies
Parchment paper
Pizza cutter
Small polystyrene square, 1/2 – 3/4 inches thick
Sandpaper
Terracotta flower pot, unused, 6 inches high with 7-inch width at top
Wood slats, 1/4 inch thick

Flowerpot Tutorial

1. Line a clean, unused flower pot with parchment paper. Cut a small circle of baking paper and place it in the bottom of the pot.
Flowerpot Tutorial

2. Line the sides with a strip of paper.

Flowerpot Tutorial

3. Trim the excess at the top with scissors.

Flowerpot Tutorial

4. Fill the batter to approximately 3/4 full. Bake according to recipe directions. Once the cake is baked, unmold it and pull off the baking paper.

Flowerpot Tutorial

Flowerpot Tutorial

5. The surface of the finished cake must now be leveled. Reserve the cake that gets trimmed; it will be used to create the dirt.

Flowerpot Tutorial

6. Cut a circle from the foam board for a base. The circle should be slightly larger than the base of the pot. This will help to achieve the desired thickness when applying the ganache. If your board has rough edges, smooth them with sandpaper.

Flowerpot Tutorial

7. Attach the bottom of the cake to the board with a thick dollop of ganache. Be sure it is level with the help of a spirit level. Rest the cake on a piece of baking paper on a turntable.

Flowerpot Tutorial

8. Apply ganache with an icing spatula.

Flowerpot Tutorial

9. Smooth the ganache with the bench scraper while using the foam board circle as a guide.  Refrigerate the cake until chilled.

Flowerpot Tutorial

10. Now you can turn the cake right side up. Gently peel away the baking paper and put a small cardboard cake circle on top.

Flowerpot Tutorial

Flowerpot Tutorial

11. Now, you turn the cake over again. Roll out your fondant and place over the cake, and smooth the fondant and trim the excess. Mix the remaining fondant with some CMC (about 1 teaspoon to 1 pound). Give the CMC few hours to connect with the fondant, preferably overnight.

Flowerpot Tutorial

12. After the cake is covered, cut a cardboard cake circle that is slightly smaller than the bottom of the pot. Put it over the bottom of the pot.

Flowerpot Tutorial

Flowerpot Tutorial

13. Hold the cake with your fingers on the cake boards and turn it right side up. Put the Styrofoam square on the top of the cake and flip it back over so it is elevated.

Flowerpot Tutorial

14. Roll the fondant with CMC between wooden slats to 1/4 inch thick.

Flowerpot Tutorial

Flowerpot Tutorial

15. Cut a strip 1 1/4 inches wide, slightly longer than the circumference of your pot.  Be sure the  fondant strip isn’t stuck to the table before cutting to a to obtain clean cut. Flowerpot Tutorial

16. Attach the strip on the side of the pot with gum glue. The strip will touch the surface of the turntable, and this will create a lip to the pot.

Flowerpot Tutorial

17. Cut the strip where they overlap and smooth.

Flowerpot Tutorial

18. Let the cake rest for a bit before you turn it over so that the fondant pieces have time to properly adhere.

Flowerpot Tutorial

19. Next, the airbrush equipment is used. First, airbrush the upper part of the pot with white food coloring to achieve a lime effect. Make sure to spray lightly and at a distance.

Flowerpot Tutorial

20. The next color you will use is green in order to give the pot a moss-like effect.

Flowerpot Tutorial

21. The last color to apply is black for a dirt effect. Irregularities do not matter, and are even desired to make the pot look really old and natural. Without an airbrush device, I would use powder colors for this purpose.

Flowerpot Tutorial

22. Using the cake scraps from trimming and chocolate Oreo cookies, make the potting soil using the pestle and mortar to create crumbs.

Flowerpot Tutorial

23. Distribute the soil evenly in the pot to the edge.

Flowerpot Tutorial

24. Stick the stem of a gumpaste flower into a thick straw so that the cake does not come in contact with the floral wire, and insert into the soil. Be careful when inserting since the edges of the pot are still soft and deform easily. It is best to use needle-nose pliers for this.

Have fun with your edible flower pots!

Tina

About the author Floralilie

Cake decorating is a hobby of mine, but I unfortunately don’t have nearly as much time for it as I would like. I started in January 2010 because I wanted to make a special birthday cake for my daughter’s fourth birthday. Since then I have been fascinated by the art of sugar craft, especially sugar flowers. I read a lot of flower-making tutorials, but nature itself is my greatest inspiration and my biggest challenge.

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