Friday, July 16, 2010

Flower Power

This is a fun little activity that my kids love. It uses the chocolate cake recipe I gave you on the 4th of July.

Here's what you need...

Chocolate Cake (recipe can bake them into cupcakes to make this easier)
flower pots (enough for each child...I got mine at the Dollar Store)
silk flowers (also available at the Dollar Store)
ice cream (any flavor will work, but I personally like either vanilla or chocolate)
Oreo cookies (or any chocolate sandwich cookie)

gummy worms
caramel or fudge ice cream topping (this makes it REALLY yummy!)

How to do it

Here is the chocolate cake recipe again

Rich, Delicious Chocolate Cake

1 C buttermilk
½ C vegetable oil
2 C sugar
½ C applesauce
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1¾ C whole wheat flour
¾ C cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 C boiling water

Preheat oven to 315 degrees. Grease and flour 9X13 pan. Mix buttermilk, oil, sugar, applesauce and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well blended. Mix together, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients. Bring 1 C water to a boil and stir into the cake mix. Mix for 1 ½ minutes until well-blended. Pour into prepared pan and bake for about 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Note You can choose to bake this cake as cupcakes for this recipe as well. It works fine, though, if you just cut the cake into pieces that fit into the flower pot.


Let the cake cool.
Wash your flower pots and flower stems.
Put a piece of unfrosted cake (or a cupcake) in the bottom of the flower pot.
Put a scoop or two of ice cream on top of the cake.
Put caramel or fudge topping on top of the ice cream. (optional)
Scrape the middle out of the Oreo cookies.
Put the chocolate cookies (minus the filling) in a plastic baggie and seal it.
Crush the Oreos with either a hammer or a rolling pin.
Sprinkle crushed Oreos over the ice cream (or over the topping if you used it)
Press the flower stem down into the ice cream and the cake until it stands up on its own.
Throw in a gummy worm or two over the dirt layer (optional...but kids love it!)


These are delicious and fun and a great summer treat!!!

1 comment:

  1. Cute idea! I've only done this with pudding and cookies. I like the cake and ice cream version. By the way, I just ordered your cookbook...can't wait to try it out!!!