Most sugar crafters spend quite a bit of time modelling flowers to add a visual flourish to their cakes. But instead of using flowers as a simple adornment why not make them the focus of the cake by creating a flower pot cake.
This cake is sure to delight any gardening enthusiast, and with practise your flower paste flowers can look so real the cake could pass for a potted plant.
It looks tricky but actually this is a deceptively simple cake to put together.
- 200g light brown sugar
- 200g self-raising flour
- 4 eggs
- 200ml sunflower oil
- 110g dark chocolate (melted in 3 tablespoons of water)
- 15g cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
To make the chocolate cake all you need to do is:
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/gas mark 4.
- Beat the sunflower oil, vanilla extract and light brown sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Whisk in the eggs one at a time.
- Add in the melted chocolate.
- Sift in the self-raising flour, salt and cocoa. Fold in until well combined.
- Spoon the mixture equally between 4, 6-inch cake tins.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.
Once the cakes are cooled you can use a sharp knife to cut around them so that they decrease slightly in size to give the tapered look of a plant pot when stacked.
To fix them together you’ll need to create a ganache filling. This is straightforward enough. You’ll need:
- 400g dark chocolate
- 400ml double cream
To make the ganache follow these steps:
- Break the chocolate into small pieces.
- Bring the cream to simmering point in a pan.
- Add the chocolate and stir until you get a smooth, creamy mixture.
- Once combined putthe ganache to one side and let it set to spreading consistency.
Then it’s simply a case of spreading the ganache between the cakes to sandwich them together.
To make the clay pot you can decorate the cake using brown ready to roll icing or alternatively just use vanilla frosting dyed with a little brown food colour.
Adding Your Flower Paste Flowers
Now it’s time to make your flowers. You have two options when it comes to flower paste. You can either get a white paste and dye it the appropriate colour or simply buy ready coloured flower paste in the colours you need.
- Knead your flower paste until it is pliable.
- Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar.
- Roll out your flower paste to a suitable thickness. Because flower paste sets hard you can often roll it out thinner than normal fondant. 2mm is fine though.
- You can cut the petals by hand but it makes the job much easier to use a petal cutter.
- Use a ball tool and lightly run it around the edges of each flower paste petal. This will give them a ruffled and organic appearance.
- Stick your petals together using some cooled, boiled water.
- To create the centre you can roll two small balls of yellow flower paste and fix them with water.
- Then to create the stems roll out some green flower paste and fix it in place.
- Set your completed flowers to one side until they harden.
- Press your flower paste flowers into the top of the cake and arrange as you see fit.
Now you should have a beautiful flower pot cake adorned with gorgeous flower paste blooms. This kind of novelty cake is great for special occasions such as birthdays, and makes a welcome change from a standard birthday cake.
Renshaw Baking sells a range of flower pasteproducts in a stunning variety of colours, ideal for creating flowers of all types.
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