If you are someone who has a bit of a sweet tooth, there's a good chance that cupcakes will rank as one of life's sweet little pleasures. Coming in all sorts of shapes and colours to suit a range of culinary predilections, the usual cupcake comes frosted and sprinkled with a bit of decorative flair. But in an ingenious combination of cupcake love with the green goodness of gardening, Brooklyn-based baker and DIY maker Alana Jones-Mann created these lovely cupcake delights that look very much like real houseplants.
Jones-Mann explains that she got her inspiration from a recent gardening project, using crushed graham crackers to achieve the look of soil. She also gives a tip on how to make them even more realistic-looking:
We have to admit that we are salivating over these cute little frosted cacti and succulents; and of course, the recipe can always be made vegan. For the full tutorial, head on over to Alana Jones-Mann's blog, and for more delicious baking ideas, check out the related links on the left.
In an effort to not too realistically portray potted house plants, I decided to leave the liners on the cupcakes (instead of covering them in a clay fondant pot). These unbleached liners are great when going for a natural look.