As the rain poured down this morning, I asked my minis what they wanted to do today, and they both said they wanted to do some baking. So that is what we did!
I have had a set of cute little silicone plant pot cupcake cases in my cupboard for a while and I have never used them, so thought we could give them a whirl. We made a basic chocolate sponge mix to be the soil using the following quantities (enough for 4 plant pots).
- 50g softened butter
- 50g caster sugar
- 40g self raising flour
- 10g cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 2tbs chocolate chips
My minis weighed out the sugar and the butter keeping a close eye on the scales to see the number 50 appear. I then creamed the butter and sugar together, and they cracked and added the egg. I whisked in the egg and they then added the flour and the cocoa powder and I gave it another whisk. Next they added the chocolate chips and they gave it all a good stir.
We put the plant posts into a muffin tray to keep them stable and then divided our chocolatey soil between the pots and put them in the oven on 180c (gas mark 4) . The cakes were ready to come out the oven in around 20 minutes.
Whilst the cakes were cooking and cooling, my minis had good fun rolling out sugarpaste icing and using some of my flower and leaf shaped cutters to make the flowers for our flower pots. They really enjoyed making the flowers and leaves, when some ended up mishapen, they laughed saying that a caterpillar had been munching on them!
I made some chocolate buttercream using:
- 50g butter
- 80g icing sugar
- 1 tbs cocoa powder
My minis spread the buttercream over the top of the cakes as an extra layer of soil and planted some ‘chocolate seeds’ in the buttercream. We talked about what else we might find in soil, and decided that our plant pots needed worms! They found it very funny poking the worms into the soil and my biggest mini decided that we would disguise her worm with the flowers to trick her Daddy!
We really enjoyed this rainy day baking activity, my minis really got involved with the gardening theme and were so proud of their creations! I bought our flower pot moulds from Aldi, but they are also available from other cookware shops such as Lakeland, and also online through Amazon Lakeland Reusable Silicone Flowerpot Muffin Mould & Cake Cases x 6 (affiliate link).
I think the flower pots look great, and they would make excellent gifts for birthdays, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day or to say thank you to teachers.