A couple of weeks ago one of my coworkers got remarried. As a present to her and her new husband the whole department gave her a 'moneytree': a tree with money tied into it. Both my colleague and her new husband have 2 kids, so together they have 4: three boys and a girl.
I thought it would be great to give a little something to the kids as well and I knew just what to give. A while ago I saw some dirt cakes baked in flowerpots on a couple of blogs and they looked like so much fun!!! I halved the cake recipe to end up with 4 flower pots: three with a yellow flower for the boys and one with a pink flower for the girl. These were a big hit!!
Flower Pot Cakes
4 small flower pots
4 fake flowers
1 1/3 cups ground Oreo cookies
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1 3/4 cup milk
100 gram semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup double cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cut 4 small pieces of baking parchement to cover the small holes in the flower pots. Butter the flower pots.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. In a large mixing bowl beat together the butter and eggs until creamy for about 1-2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined, beat in melted chocolate until well combined and smooth for about 2-3 minutes. Divide the batter evenly into the prepared flower pots.
Bake for 25 minutes, the cake is done when it's well risen, pulls away from the edges and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cakes cool completely.
Pop the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring the double cream to a boil. Pour the boiled cream over the chopped chocolate and let sit for a minute. Stir the chocolate until it's completely melted into the cream. Divide evenly over the cakes and start decorating immediately.
Pop a fake flower in the middle of each flower pot. Press the end of the worms into the frosting and cover the post with the ground Oreo cookies.