Make it for Mother’s Day: An Edible Flowerpot Dirt Cake

05/08/2014 at 10:43 AM ET

Flowerpot Dirt Cake
Courtesy Bree Hester

What’s better than getting flowers on Mother’s Day? Getting flowers and cake.

This clever recipe-and-craft project from blogger Bree Hester of Baked Bree delivers both: a bursting (faux) bouquet nestled in Oreo cookie dirt cake.

What makes this recipe particularly perfect for Mother’s Day is how kid-friendly it is to prepare.

Flowerpot Dirt Cake
Courtesy Bree Hester

The ingredients are simple, and little ones will love crushing up the cookies, hiding gummy worms inside the pudding layers and choosing which flowers should top their pot.

It’s also kid-friendly in taste — but of course, moms, no one’s saying you have to share. Now grab your shovel — er, spoon — and get in touch with your inner green thumb!

Flowerpot Dirt Cake
Courtesy Bree Hester

Flowerpot Dirt Cake
Courtesy Bree Hester

Dirt Cake in Flowerpots
Makes 10

10 flowerpots
2 packages chocolate pudding
3 cups heavy cream
2 bricks cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 packages Oreos, crushed (leave 10 cookies, or however many pots you are making, whole to stopper the bottom of your pots)
Gummy worms, optional
Fake flowers

1. Run pots through dishwasher and let them dry overnight.

2. Make the chocolate pudding according to the package directions. In a medium bowl with a stand or electric mixer, whip the heavy cream until it obtains a whipped cream consistency. Set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese with the sugar and vanilla. Combine the pudding into the cream cheese mixture, then fold in the whipped cream.

4. Put a whole Oreo on top of the hole in the bottom of the flowerpot so that the dessert won’t leak out.

5. Layer crushed Oreos on top of the whole Oreo. Add the pudding mixture and drop in gummy worms, if desired. Cover the top of the pot with more crushed Oreos and add (thoroughly washed) fake flowers of your choice. Let the pots chill for at least one hour or overnight.

—Rosa Heyman

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

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Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Kate on

There is an easier way to make this, instant pudding & cool whip..yummy!

Heide M on

So clever for spring!

drgrady on

I’ve made a trifle of this and it’s delicious!

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