I thought you might like to see the cakes Amelia and I made. This post is Part 1-Otis' Cake. Part 2-Amelia's Cake will follow shortly.
For Otis' birthday I decided to make Flower Pot Chocolate Mini-Cakes.
The idea is adapted from one I saw in a Martha Stewart magazine article many years ago. I have made variations over the years for all kinds of parties. These are a big hit at bake sales too. When I make them for fund raisers, I use artificial flowers, wrap each pot in cellophane and tie them up with ribbon. They look adorable.
For the cake batter, I used this recipe from MarthaStewart.com.
Moist Devil's Food Cake
- 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup boiling water
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 cups sifted cake flour (not self-rising)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
I prepared the batter according to the directions:
- Sift cocoa into a medium bowl, and whisk in boiling water. Set aside to cool.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter on low speed until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down sides twice. Beat in vanilla. Drizzle in eggs, a little at a time, beating between each addition until the batter is no longer slick, scraping down the sides twice.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk milk into reserved cocoa mixture. With mixer on low speed, alternately add flour and cocoa mixtures to the batter, a little of each at a time, starting and ending with flour mixture.
When they are done they look like this.
And finally, a sprig of mint from the garden. Voila!
Now, the funny thing about these, is that they look so real that kids don't always get it. My son and nephews were a little confused as to why I was serving them plants! Amelia was excited because she was my helper and in on the joke.
The pots are now all washed and ready for the next occasion....I'm trying to think up a way to use them for some kind of Christmas Tree cake....stay tuned!