Adorable DIY Chocolate Flowerpot Cakes

Flowerpot Cakes
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins

You can make these in smaller or larger flowerpots; adjust the baking time accordingly.


8 clean unglazed (very important) terra-cotta pots, 3 inches high and 3½ inches across at the top (6-ounce capacity)
Cooking spray
2cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 1/2teaspoons baking soda
1/4teaspoon baking powder
1/4teaspoon salt
1 1/2cups boiling water
3/4cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4cups sugar
3 eggs
Chocolate Frosting, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray pots with cooking spray. Put a small piece of parchment paper in the bottom of each pot to cover the hole.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Stir together boiling water and cocoa in a small bowl.
  4. Combine butter and sugar and beat with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 5 to 6 minutes, scraping the bowl once. Add eggs one at a time; beat well after each addition.
  5. With mixer at low speed, add flour mixture alternating with cocoa mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scrape bowl occasionally. Batter will be thin.
  6. Divide batter evenly among pots to about three-quarters full. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pots on baking sheet and bake 35 to 40 minutes, until cakes are springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and dry. Transfer to wire racks and cool completely in the flowerpots. Frost the top of each with Chocolate Frosting, if desired.

Note: The cake batter fills two 8-inch layer cake pans, if you prefer. Bake the cake layers 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on wire racks and fill and frost as desired.

Recipe adapted from The Family Kitchen: Easy and Delicious Recipes for Parents and Kids to Make and Enjoy Together by Debra Ponzek (© 2006. Published by Clarkson/Potter Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc.).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Glycemic Load 0
  • Calories 420
  • Fat 20g
  • Saturated Fat 12g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 6g
  • Cholesterol 115mg
  • Sodium 360mg
  • Potassium 190mg
  • Carbohydrate 61g
  • Fiber 4g
  • Sugars 32g
  • Protein 7g
  • Trans Fat 0.5g
  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 0%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 15%