A birthday cake flower bouquet is a unique birthday cake to make. Not only are the flowers edible, but the "soil" in the pot is too!
Below is the simplest way I've found to make this cake. You can choose to make your cake and cookies from scratch, but to make things easy, I use the boxed mix.
Ingredients for Birthday Flower Cake Bouquet:
Chocolate boxed cake mix (plus ingredients it calls for)
1 package Oreo cookies
Sugar cookie boxed mix(plus ingredients it calls for)
1/2 cup flour
8 oz package cream cheese
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/2 stick butter
8 oz container frozen Cool Whip
2 small packages vanilla instant pudding
4 cups milk
Non-stick cooking spray
Items You'll Need to Make Flower Birthday Cakes:
1 Terracotta pot (made for baking in)
Bamboo skewers or popsicle sticks
Flower cookie cutter
Small "Happy Birthday" sign
Directions to Make Flower Birthday Cake Bouquets:
1. Start by making the sugar cookie dough to use for the flowers. I use sugar cookie mix you can buy at the store (the kind where you just add water, eggs, oil, etc.), but you can make them from scratch if desired. When your dough is made, separate it into different bowls to create different colors. The amount of colors is up to you...I chose four for this example.
2. Mix food coloring into the dough to create desired colors.
3. Sprinkle flour onto your work surface, and roll each color out using a rolling pin. Make them rather thick so that they are strong when the stick is inserted in them.
4. Using a cookie cutter, cut out flowers. I formed the middle piece with my fingers.
5. Bake the sugar cookies. While they are baking, empty your package of Oreo cookies into a double-bagged zip-lock (I use freezer bags because they're thicker). Use a mallet (or your fist...great to relieve some tension!) to gently crush the cookies until they look like "dirt." Don't worry--the whites in the middle will blend in. *Note: The cookies can also be put in a food processor if that works better for you.
6. Take the cookies out of the oven, place them on a cooling rack, and gently insert a bamboo skewer (cut to desired length) into the side of each one WHILE IT'S STILL SOFT. You can also use popsicle sticks. Let the cookies harden. The "flowers" for the cake are done...now for the "soil."
7. Use non-stick spray to coat a cake pan, and bake the cake mix according to the directions on the box (or make your own from scratch).
8. While the cake is baking, prepare the whipped pudding mixture you'll use to layer the cake with.
To Make the Whipped Pudding Mixture for Birthday Cake Flower Bouquet:
Mix together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter (slightly softened).
In a separate bowl, mix the pudding with the milk and allow to set. Blend the Cool Whip into the mixture.
Combine the cream cheese mixture with the pudding mixture
9. Use a terracotta pot that is safe for cooking (found at specialty cake stores or sometimes at craft stores). If you don't have one, you can use a regular terracotta pot lined with aluminum foil (as I did in my example below). Make sure the pot has been washed in warm soapy water first (you don't want to make the birthday girl/boy sick with your birthday cake flower bouquet, right?).
10.After the cake has cooled, pull it apart into little pieces by hand. Put a single layer of chocolate cake chunks into the bottom of your foil-lined pot. Next, add a layer of your pudding mixture, followed by another layer of chocolate cake chunks. Continue this layering process until the pot is full to the top. Remember to leave a little room for the Oreo topping.
11. Place a thick layer of your crushed Oreo "dirt" onto the top of your cake.
12. Add gummy worms if desired.
13. Arrange flower cookies into the top of the cake using the sticks. Add a ribbon around the pot, and a little sign that says "Happy Birthday" (I used a piece of cardstock paper taped to a toothpick).
You're finished with your birthday cake flower bouquet! Isn't it cute? Serve as is, or place in a clear gift basket bag topped with a bow. Your birthday girl (or boy) is going to love it!