Surprise your guests with these easy Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cakes! They’re the perfect treat to serve at a child’s birthday party, a garden party or a springtime celebration.
Birthday cakes are great but if you’re looking for a creative alternative to a traditional birthday cake for a child or for someone who loves gardening, you’ll love this idea. Individual flowerpot cakes are whimsical, totally yummy, and really easy to make. Your guests will get a kick out of digging into these edible “potted plants” filled with gummy worms, candy rocks, and chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
The photos and recipe for these adorable flowerpot cakes come from my friend Kari Herer.
I met Kari at a conference last fall, where she and I and a handful of other bloggers quickly became fast friends. Kari is one of those people who simply glows with radiant energy. She’s an absolute joy to be around, and she’s an amazing photographer. You can find her work here on Instagram, on her blog and on her Facebook page. The girl has mad camera skills. Check her out!
We vowed to stay in touch, but life got busy, and it’s been months since Kari and I have chatted. You can imagine my delight when I opened my laptop yesterday, and found this message from her: “Hey, I made the cutest cakes with my daughter for her 8th birthday. Want the photos for your blog?”
Squeeeal! YES PLEASE!!
I adore Kari’s photography, and these flowerpot cakes (and her daughter Colette) are absolutely adorable!
I jumped at the chance to share her Kari’s cakes with you, so I asked her to brief me on the recipe.
Great news! It’s super-easy and a lot of fun!
I’ve included a printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.
To make these Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cakes, you’ll need:
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- unglazed, food-safe mini terra-cotta pots (or you can use these silicone flowerpot cake molds)
- non-stick cooking spray
- your favourite brownie recipe
- chocolate mousse
- Oreo cookies (one for the bottom of each pot and extras for the topping)
- candy rocks
- gummy worms
- fresh mint (if you don’t have mint, try this fresh flower idea from The Pioneer Woman)
First, I have to show you the master-plan for the flowerpot cakes, designed by the birthday girl herself.
I love the idea of having your child draw a blueprint for her cakes. Not only is it a fun way to kick off your baking session, the illustration will provide your child with a visual to follow when she’s assembling her cakes.
Ok, let’s get baking!
To start, you’ll need your favourite brownie recipe.
You can use a packaged brownie mix, but Kari and her daughter went with the real deal, and made their brownie batter from scratch.
Before putting your brownie batter into the pots, spray the inside of each pot with non-stick spray.
Next, you’ll need to do something about that little hole in the bottom of each pot. You don’t want your batter escaping. That would be messy. Not to mention, your cakes might be a little on the skimpy side if the batter were to leak out.
Here’s what you’re going to do. Pop an Oreo cookie into the bottom of each flowerpot to cover the hole. That’s it. Leaky batter problem solved.
Now you’re going to divide your brownie batter between the clay pots. Keep in mind that you’ll be adding worms, mousse and rocks on top of the brownies once they’re baked, so don’t fill your pots to the top.
Get your kids to say that out loud. “Keep in mind you’ll be adding worms, moose, and rocks to your brownies”.
Those are some crazy brownies. HA!
For this recipe, Kari and Colette divided their batter between nine flower pots.
Place your flower pots on a cookie sheet, and pop the cookie sheet into the oven at the temperature recommended for your brownie recipe.
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The brownies may bake more quickly than usual because they’re in individual pots. Or they could take a little longer because the pots are deeper than a baking pan. I’m not really sure, so I would check them at the 25-minute mark and every five-or-so minutes after that until they pass the toothpick test.
While her brownies were baking, the birthday girl headed out to the garden to snip some fresh mint to “plant’ in her flowerpots.
I have to show you how she made the decision to use crushed Oreo cookies to top her cakes with. You can do this with your kids too.
Colette filled 3 small cups with the following:
- dirt from the garden
- chocolate graham crumbs
- crushed Oreo cookies
Then she compared the graham crumbs and Oreos to the real dirt to determine which topping would look most realistic.
The Oreo cookies won, so she tossed a few more into the food processor and crushed them up.
When her brownies had cooled after baking, she added the gummy worms.
Then she covered the worms with a layer of chocolate mousse and a generous sprinkling of the crushed Oreos.
To finish, she nestled some candy rocks into the cookie crumb “dirt” and tucked a sprig of mint into each pot.
How cute are these cakes?
And how cute is this little face?!
Who would even think, at first glance, that these are cakes and not small potted plants?!
Not the birthday party attendees! After sending me the instructions for making their flowerpot cakes, Kari added this note: We put them in a box from our local garden store and ta-da!!! We fooled our guests! 🙂
Well done, ladies!
And happy birthday, Colette! Thanks so much for sharing your photos and recipe with us!
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A fun alternative to a birthday cake, and a delightful treat to serve at a kids' party, a garden party or a springtime celebration.
- 1 batch brownies
- chocolate mousse
- Oreo cookies 1 per flowerpot and extras, crushed
- gummy worms
- candy rocks
- fresh mint
- unglazed mini terra-cotta pots
Wash and dry terra-cotta pots and spray insides with non-stick spray
Place one Oreo in bottom of each pot to cover hole
Mix brownie batter and divide evenly among pots
Place pots on a baking sheet, and bake according to brownie recipe
Remove from oven and let brownies cool completely
Place gummy worms on top of cooled brownies
Cover with a layer of chocolate mousse
Sprinkle generously with crushed Oreo cookies
Top with candy rocks and a sprig of fresh mint