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.
Airbrush colors, white, green and black
Cardboard cake circle, 8-inch
1 batch chocolate ganache
Drinking straw, thick
3 pounds fondant, colored terracotta
Gumpaste flower with stem
Mortar and pestle
Needle nose pliers
Small polystyrene square, 1/2 – 3/4 inches thick
Terracotta flower pot, unused, 6 inches high with 7-inch width at top
Wood slats, 1/4 inch thick
2. Line the sides with a strip of paper.
3. Trim the excess at the top with scissors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8. Apply ganache with an icing spatula.
9. Smooth the ganache with the bench scraper while using the foam board circle as a guide. Refrigerate the cake until chilled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14. Roll the fondant with CMC between wooden slats to 1/4 inch thick.
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.
17. Cut the strip where they overlap and smooth.
18. Let the cake rest for a bit before you turn it over so that the fondant pieces have time to properly adhere.
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.
20. The next color you will use is green in order to give the pot a moss-like effect.
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.
22. Using the cake scraps from trimming and chocolate Oreo cookies, make the potting soil using the pestle and mortar to create crumbs.
23. Distribute the soil evenly in the pot to the edge.
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!