I made this flowerpot cake for my friend's birthday. She loves the biscuits I often make so I decided to combine the biscuits and the cake for her!
I put it all together and iced and covered it all upside down and then turned it over at the end (think of an upside down flowerpot).
I first used a bigger cake on the bottom and a smaller one on top. I cut both cakes in half and iced them in the middle and then iced in between the two cakes with buttercream icing. I then shaved bits off the edge of the cake a little at a time until I got an upside down flowerpot shape.
I then crumb coated it all in more icing and put it in the fridge to set a bit. After that I coloured fondant with orange, brown and a bit of red to make the terracotta colour and then covered the cake in it while still upside down. I also did the lip around the top while it was in this position still.
I then flipped it over and placed it on a cake board, put more buttercream on top and sprinkled crushed Oreo biscuits on top to make it look like dirt.
I had made the biscuits on sticks in advance as well as the butterflies, bees and ladybirds - but I didn't put any of them in the cake until we arrived at the destination as I was worried they might not hold very well if moving around in the car.
I was very upset to find the bottom had cracked by the time we got there as I think the weight of the mud cake was just too much for the narrower base of the cake. Next time I would use a butter cake which is lighter. Everyone said it just made it look more authentic!!
In the end everyone loved it and everyone was so surprised the pot was the actual cake!