I was genuinely excited when I thought of the idea to cook cupcakes in flower pots to match our garden theme….only to discover that, of course, this isn’t a new idea!
I had a search and most of the ideas I found involved making a chocolate pudding in a pot, but I wanted to try baking cupcakes in actual terracotta flower pots. I experimented and it worked a treat!
First we made some cupcake mixture flowing our favourite recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. Then I dropped a cupcake case into the bottom of the flowerpots to cover up the hole in the base.
Then we simply baked them at the usual temperature (180 degrees C) and extended the cooking time by an extra 5-10 minutes (so about 30-35 mins instead of 25 mins.) They came out much better than I expected!
We then made a few batches of the chocolate frosting recipe (from the same book) and simply spread that over the top of each cake once it had cooled. Voila! Instant soil!
I originally planned to make tissue paper flowers for the middle, but while searching online I saw a fab idea from The Pioneer Woman to use fresh flowers inserted in straws instead! Perfect and so much easier.
So I cut some green straws to the right length, snipped some fresh Carnations and inserted them into each straw before pushing into the centre of each cupcake.
Ta da! All decorated and finished in just a few minutes. That’s my kinda cake decorating!
They were served on a tray with some candles and had to be eaten with a spoon!
See the rest of the garden flowers party here!
Growing a Jeweled Rose says
They turned out fantastic! Love all the garden party ideas!
School Sparks Renee says
Love this idea. The paper cups in the bottom will also make it easier to remove the cupcakes if the kids want to eat the cupcakes out of the pots. Thanks for sharing.
Nanny Southwellski says
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. I shall pinch, but not for a kid’s party 😉
How beautiful! I’m pinning this so I can remember to do this at our next party.
Awww, well done cakie! I’ve made these before in ice cream wafer cups, you know the flat bottomed kind? They work really well too! Faye x
rae of sunshine says
What great cakes, they look brilliant – well done!! I am planning an Easter party and if I could find these little pots in rural France without them costing the earth I might just make these. I love the fact that the kids can wander round the garden and not get sticky fingers or drop their cake – bravo!! Lovely pictures too.
It’s a great idea!! I want to try it for sure!! But, I have a question, I’m not good at “flower pot” and gardening, so I’d like to know. Is it really safe to eat the cupcakes? I know some people bake and cook in pots with this material but they were made for baking. Please, let me know because I’d love to make them!!!!
These are lovely. I love the flower in a straw idea!
emma @ frog, goose and bear says
Thanks so much for the tutorial. I had wondered if they were real flowers. The straw is a great idea, as well as the cupcake wrapper down the bottom to prevent seepage down the hole! Loved the garden party – loved it!
Deb A-R says
They are just adorable 🙂
Lisa | Mama.ie says
These are adorable! Definitely one to remember for the summer time!
I do not think it is safe to eat from a pot especially after heating it up. It is not sealed to keep the toxins out of your food.
@ unknown, that’s what I was wondering! You can buy the ones they use at The American Girl Doll store, maybe on line too!
Christy W. says
Where can you purchase the flower pots? I can’t find them anywhere.
Your cupcakes are beautiful! What recipe did you use- can you share it???
What if you lined the pots with plastic wrap or foil?
If you’re worried about toxins during baking, you could always bake the cupcakes in muffin tins as usual (with wrappers) and then drop them in the pots afterward.
Gini M says
I never thought about putting the cupcake liners inside. Should help with clean up. Will try next time. I got those silicone cups. I think your flower cupcakes are super cute!
what size pot was used????
These are super cute, BUT BAKING IN A TERRA COTTA POT IS NOT LEAD SAFE. I highly suggest making the cupcakes and then after they are cooled, drop the cupcake with a liner in the pot. If food is in contact with the pot, lead toxicity is a big risk. Using a ‘terra cotta’ plastic pot to put the cupcakes in after they are done may be easier and safer. Just some thoughts to keep everyone safe! 🙂
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