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flowerpot cupcakes

flowerpot cupcakes

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!

Flowerpot Cupcakes

Ingredients:
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

Directions:

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.