I thought this recipe from Taste of Home was a really creative way to make a flowerpot from a cupcake! The devil’s food cake mix looks like soil and the you just cut out fruit roll ups and wrap them around the cupcake and it looks a lot like a flower pot. You can roll out the gum drops with a rolling pin (use extra sugar if needed so they don’t stick) and then cut out leaf and flower shapes with scissors or a cookie cutter. Even the stems are edible — pretzel sticks. Perfect for Spring or Summer parties!
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) devil’s food cake mix
16 pieces Fruit by the Foot
24 large green gumdrops
48 large assorted gumdrops
48 pretzel sticks
Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions for cupcakes.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
Cut three 9-in. pieces from each fruit roll piece (save small pieces for another use). With a small pastry brush, lightly brush water on one end of a fruit strip. Wrap around bottom of cupcake; press ends together. Repeat with remaining cupcakes. Lightly brush water on one side of remaining fruit strips; fold in half lengthwise. Brush one end with water; wrap around cupcake top, slightly overlapping bottom fruit strip.
Press each gumdrop into a 1-1/4-in. circle. With scissors, cut each green gumdrop into four leaf shapes; set aside. Cut one end of each remaining gumdrop into a tulip shape. Gently press a pretzel into each tulip-shaped gumdrop. Gently press gumdrop leaves onto pretzels. Press two flowers into the top of each cupcake. Yield: 2 dozen.