Baking With Flower Pots

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No budget for fancy terracotta bakeware? Try flower pots! Not only do they work just as well, they make a lovely presentation too. The key to safely using the pots is to only use those that are new, scrubbed clean and unglazed. I’ve handpicked this collection of recipes from around the ‘net making sure each had it’s own unique twist to offer (though some are similar to each other). The first batch lists homemade breads and a couple cakes that are baked right in a flower pot, the second collection lists desserts that layer ingredients inside the pots rather than actually baking in them. Lots of creative ideas here, have fun!

Before getting started: Check to see if the container is marked as “Lead Free” or “Safe for Food”, if not marked and in doubt, check with a lead testing kit.

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By marthastewart.com

  • From Martha Stewart: (as seen in picture) Cakes made from scratch are baked in 6-ounce terra-cotta flowerpots. Ingredients include vegetable oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, an egg, buttermilk and pure vanilla extract. Cakes are topped off with a quick chocolate frosting and multicolored pebble-shaped chocolate candies for garnish.
  • From Culinary Delights: Baked right in flower pots and topped with a silk flower, gummy worms, frosting and crushed Oreo cookies (for the dirt).
  • Bread Calzone From Maria’s Golden Oven: Pretty impressive and they look so tasty too! Ingredients include unbleached bread flour, salt, instant yeast, olive oil, water, cornmeal (for dusting) and filling ingredients as desired (such as Mozzarella, Parmesan, cherry tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, Prosciutto, Arugula, etc.).
  • From One Perfect Bite: New terracotta pots are first washed thoroughly, greased inside and out with shortening and then baked 2 or 3 times in the oven to create a non-stick surface. Ingredients for bread are all-purpose flour, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, active dry yeast, warm water, an egg, and optional extras such as poppy seeds, mixed seeds, pumpkin seeds and chopped walnuts.
  • Cheese & Mustard Bread From Not Quite Nigella: Ingredients include bread flour, instant dried yeast, salt, warm water, butter, coarsely grated cheese, dijon, an egg, oatmeal, poppy seeds or sesame seeds and 2 large flowerpots.
  • Beer Bread From Alexandra’s Kitchen: This is a no-knead beer bread and yields 1 standard 4″ pot. Ingredients include all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, Kosher salt, sugar, beer and butter.
  • Fennel Bread From Pease Pudding: Baked in unglazed terracotta pots, ingredients include flour, dried yeast, sugar, water, salt and fennel seeds.
  • Artisan Bread From High Altitude Cooking: A homemade artisan bread that’s baked in a rectangular terracotta planter. Ingredients are white flour, whole wheat flour, active yeast, honey, salt and warm water.

Desserts & Sweet Treats

*A few of these are also found on the Dirt Cake desserts page

  • Dessert: Made with chocolate avocado pudding, ingredients are gummy worms, chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos), avocado, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, agave nectar and salt. Dessert is layered inside a small clay flower pot and topped with a fake flower and the gummy worms. From Weeklybite.
  • Cupcake Bouquet: Same idea as the cookie bouquet but using cupcakes instead (stems are small dowels). From Babypop Designs.
  • Ice Cream Sundae: Made with your favorite ice cream, slices of chocolate cake (or brownies or chocolate cookies) and Kahlua (optional), chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Layered in a small 3-inch clay flower pot. From Worth The Whisk.
  • Jane’s Dirt Cake: A terra-cotta pot is filled with layers of cookie “dirt” and a pudding mixture then garnished with candy and fake flowers. This is chilled at least 4 hours before serving. From Martha Stewart.

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Published: May 18, 2011
Updated: December 4, 2012

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7 Comments to “Baking With Flower Pots”
  1. Weedwitch says:

    I always understood that baking in regular flower potsis not a good idea because of possible lead in the pots.

    • Tipnut says:

      Hi weedwitch, the lead concerns apply to glazed pots because some glazes contain lead, that’s why you see repeated instructions to only use unglazed pots (from Martha Stewart’s recipe page and others in the list above).

  2. JoyAnn says:

    What is the favorite size or most common size flower mpot to use? How can you tell from a recipe what size to use?
    Thank you from a newbbee wanting to use flower pots for baking

  3. Alla says:

    DO NOT do this!!!

    Terra cotta or “clay pots” ARE NOT safe for holding food. Almost all of them contain LEAD which, while it ordinarily will not leach into a food plang grown in the pots, WILL leach into foods cooked in them, particularly into baked goods. There is NO WAY to know whether or not the clay used in the manufacture of a particular pot will contain lead, because there are no guidelines or requirements for such things.

    This is quite aside from the lead used in glazing, which is also toxic.

    Again, DO NOT even attempt this. If you “can’t afford fancy bakeware”, then learn to decorate the items, or serve them in imaginative containers AFTER cooking.

    • Tipnut says:

      Hi Alla, that’s incorrect (that nearly all unglazed pots contain lead), but I’ve added a note in the instructions above that will make sure people are baking safely:

      Before getting started: Check to see if the pot is marked as “Lead Free” or “Safe for Food”, if not marked and in doubt, check with a lead testing kit.

  4. Sherri says:

    Why not just make a flower pot shaped cake and use rolled fondant in a Terra cotta color? Easy peasy! – and no question then about safety.

    • Alicia says:

      I have just done this! It’s very easy and simple though I do wonder if the terra cotta pots will give it a more rustic finish?


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