Do you want to try something new and different for your next event? Are you looking for a unique centerpiece for your table that people will talk about long after the party is over? If so, then these DIY flower pot cupcakes are perfect.
This tutorial gives step-by-step instructions on how to make them, as well as some variations that can be used depending on what you are serving. Follow these instructions and wow your guests with this fantastic dessert!
What could be a better gift for your gardener?
It’s a fun and unique project for your next party, event, or gathering. Get people talking with these flower pot cupcakes! Follow the instructions below to make them yourself at home.
How to make cupcakes in a terracotta pot?
Now I know a lot of people bake their cupcakes in real, mini flower pots. I have even seen people in the Dollar Tree crafting groups talk about putting an oreo in the bottom to plug the hole, then pouring their batter over it, and baking them in the oven.
Um – I love my Dollar Tree stores, but just NO on baking food inside things made in China.
I’m always interested in which household items are safe to use for my family. I found out that some flowerpots may contain lead, a dangerous heavy metal. Lead is not made from a food-safe material and can be harmful if ingested by children or pets; it’s important to know so you won’t take any chances with your loved ones!
What does lead poisoning do to you?
Lead poisoning can lead to a variety of side effects. These may include behavioral disorders, seizures, and intellectual disabilities in children; infertility for adults; and kidney damage or high blood pressure among other things.
I don’t know about you but if I had my kids over at someone’s house who was making their cupcakes out of flower pots filled with lead, I would not be the best company…
Unless you have certified food-grade terracotta flowerpots, please use MY method.
What to use for flower pots
I like these Royal Brown Tulip Style Baking Cups that I found on Amazon. They come in a pack of 200 and are also great for making muffins!
These tulip baking cups are made from premium quality grease-proof paper. This material helps to retain moisture and promotes even baking. This product is oven safe and can withstand temperatures up to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
The only difference between the small, medium, or large is the height of the cup paper. The bases are all the same and fit in any muffin tin.
How to make Flower Pot cupcakes
You will need:
- 2 C sugar
- 1 3/4 C flour
- 3/4 C cocoa
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs, room temp
- 1 C whole milk, room temp
- 1/2 C canola oil
- 2 tsp vanilla*
- 1 C boiling water
Chocolate Cupcake Directions:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
- Whisk the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl.
- Combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla in a bowl. Add this to the dry ingredients beating on medium until the batter is smooth.
- Gradually add the boiling water, milk, and oil and blend together until the batter is smooth.
- Using a medium scoop fill the paper-lined cupcake tins with the prepared batter.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to slightly cool before transferring to wire racks.
- Cool completely before decorating.
Flower Pot Cupcake Variations
Here is the secret to huge options on variations for this chocolate cupcake recipe. If you want chocolate orange cupcakes, use orange extract instead of vanilla. Mint extract would make for a great chocolate mint cupcake!
Just think of all the different flavored extracts that you can use! Butter flavored extract would make for a fantastically rich flavored gourmet treat. How about almond extract for a perfect match to some cherry frosting? Now you have Black Forrest cupcakes! Banana extract would lend itself to a treat any little monkey would be tickled to have.
Easy Flower Pot Cupcakes recipe
Use a dressed-up boxed cake mix. (snort)
How do you store Flower Pot Cupcakes?
Here is the thing – with the more futzy designs, I like to make them in advance of an event or get-together. The best way to usually store your finished creations? Room Temperature.
Granted, they aren’t going to be around that long – my family of three could easily take them out in two to three days. Since you are using fondant and rock candy, they should be fine for five to six days. You can learn more about that in our article How To Frost A Cupcake.
How to Decorate Flower Pot Cupcakes
Flower Pot Cupcakes Ingredients:
- Your favorite Chocolate Cupcakes – baked and cooled.
- White frosting – homemade or canned.
- Crushed Oreo cookies for your dirt.
- Small decorating sticks or skewers
- Mini seed packets or packet printable that I have here – you only need to print them off and cut them apart.
Bake cupcakes per recipe and let them cool completely.
Pipe a small amount of frosting on the cupcake in a thin layer.
Sprinkle the crushed Oreos on the frosting or dip the cupcake into the crushed Oreos.
Use tape to attach a seed packet or printable to your stick.
Place stick in cupcake dirt.
Flower Pot Alternatives Topper Alternatives
Instead of seed packets, you could use plant stakes and write the names of your guests on them. That way, they make for perfect place setting name tags. I like these KINGLAKE 100 Pcs 6 x10cm Plastic Plant T-Type Tags on Amazon. They come in a variety of colors, but I prefer white.
Your local Dollar Tree has a constant influx of silk flowers and most bunches come with 4-7 individual stems. Simply take your wire cutters and trim them to just the right size to peep out of your pots.
Use Regular Seed Packets
You can often find fun flower packets at the local Dollar Tree for just $0.25 – that means four packs for a buck! Use those on your wooden picks and everyone has a souvenir after they have eaten their yummy treat!
Can you think of any other way to top your flower pot cupcakes? Please share you idea!