Ok what’s not to love about this? Biscuits and cakes in one cute flower shaped design. Yes, slightly over the top perhaps but you don’t have to eat it all at once. This recipe has been adapted from one in the Princess Party Cookbook by Annabel Karmel and is a really lovely book for party planning. The flower pots are actually silicone cake cases which I bought from Lakeland. You could use plain or brown cake cases if you can’t get hold of them.

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Flower-Pot Cakes

To make the earth in the flower-pot you need a chocolate cake mix.

chocolate cakeWhat you need:

110g (4oz) butter
110g (4oz) caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
85g (3oz) self-raising flour
4 tsp cocoa powder

What to do:

Cream together the butter and sugar, add to it the eggs and vanilla.

Sift the dry ingredients and fold them in.

Pour the mixture into the cake pots.

Bake for 15-17 minutes at 180° C/350° F/Gas 4

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Flower Cookies

We didn’t have a flower shaped cutter so used a star instead which looked fine. In the original recipe this made by making a flat chocolate cake and cutting it into the shapes but I was a bit worried they would fall apart and I thought it would be nice to have biscuits on top.

flower biscuits

What you need:

125 g  (4 1/2 oz) plain flour
50g (2oz) icing sugar
1 medium egg
100g (4oz) butter

What to do:

Sift the flour and icing sugar into a bowl.

Separate the egg and add the yolk to the flour mixture.
Add the butter.
Stir until smooth.
Roll mixture into a ball.
Wrap in plastic and leave for 30 minutes in the fridge.

Heat the oven to 190 degrees C 375 degrees F, gas mark 5

Roll dough onto a floured surface.
Cut into star shapes.
Carefully add a lollypop stick to each star.

Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden.

Decoration

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I wanted the children to decorate their own cakes to make it more fun.

What you need:

white icing

sweets – smarties, dolly mixtures, jelly diamonds

coconut – make half green by adding some food colouring

sprinkles

What to do:

flower pot biscuitsAdults: Once the biscuits are cooled cover with icing. Put a round sweet like a smartie in the middle and shake on some coconut. Once dried stick into the plat pot. Add some green coconut mix to the plant pot to look like grass.

flower pot cake

Children: Ask if you can eat it yet, smear icing everywhere, eat as much as possible when no one is looking, ask if you can eat it yet, throw on as many different sweets as will fit, eat a few, scatter coconut and sprinkles liberally over the cake and every surface including your tongue, ask if you can eat it yet, put it into the pot, admire handiwork, nibble a corner, ask if you can eat it yet, eat it before the icing starts to come off, feel a bit sick.

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Toddler Version

As the twins are only 2 I wanted their version to be a little simpler. they just had a fairy cake and a selection of sweets and sprinkles.

toddler cakes

They had great fun and some of it even ended up on the cake. They also enjoyed playing with the coconut.

toddler baking

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