Flowerpot Cake

Total Time:
2 hr
1 hr 30 min
30 min

10 to 12 servings

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 16 1/2 -ounce box devil's food cake mix (plus required ingredients)
  • 1 16 -ounce tub plus 1 cup milk chocolate frosting
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1 24 -ounce package white fondant
  • 3/4 teaspoon red gel food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange gel food coloring
  • Mint sprigs and edible flowers, for topping
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 6-inch-round and an 8-inch-round cake pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix as directed; divide between the pans and bake 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool.

  • Level the tops of the cakes with a serrated knife (save the trimmings). Halve the cakes horizontally. Working on a cake board or plate, stack the 8-inch layers, then the 6-inch layers, frosting between each layer.

  • Hold a serrated knife at an angle and trim the edges of the layer cake all the way around to make an upside-down pot shape. Cover the cake with all but 1/2 cup of the remaining frosting; freeze 30 minutes.

  • Sprinkle 3 tablespoons cocoa powder on a sheet of parchment; put the fondant on top, make a small well in the middle and put the food coloring in the well. Knead until the color is even.

  • Dust a surface with cocoa powder; roll out the colored fondant into a 24-by-6 1/2-inch rectangle, trimming the edges to make them straight. Cut off a 24-by-1 1/4-inch strip of fondant; set aside.

  • Wrap the wide piece of fondant around the cake, pressing and smoothing it with your fingers. Trim the excess with a paring knife.

  • Reroll the fondant scraps and cut out a 5-inch circle; press the fondant circle on top of the cake to form the pot bottom. Invert the cake onto a board.

  • Lightly brush the thin strip of fondant with water; attach to the top edge of the cake, allowing the strip to come slightly above the edge. Trim the ends.

  • Cover the top of the cake with the remaining 1/2 cup frosting, then crumble the cake trimmings on top. When ready to serve, stick mint sprigs and edible flowers into the cake.

  • Photograph by Lisa Shin

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