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cookies on sticks decorated like flowers with cupcake liners to look like pots

Okay. So I think I’ve talked about how much I loved New Kids on the Block when I was a kid.

Loved people. Like not just in a  “sure I love that band” way, but LOVED them. My room was covered in posters. I have no idea what other songs were released during their reign because I never listened to any of them.

I was going to marry Joey McIntyre. For reals.

He was going to drive up in his limo to my middle school and pick me up and never let me go. He would propose on the day of my high school graduation and we would get married and have babies.

I’m not making any of this up. I’m sure my mom still has all the notebooks I wrote our life story in somewhere in her attic.

Anyway, back to the present. The other day a fellow-NKOTB lover friend of mine emailed me the link to this Groupon.

First, I was super excited. Until I saw the price. Ten grand? For a trip to Hershey? Um, I’m sorry. I want to see the boys again, sure {who doesn’t?}, but for that kinda money I better get to swim in a chocolate pool like in Willy Wonka.

And then I got a little sad for my boy Joey and his band. I mean, let’s be honest. Do the New Kids really have new fans? As in, teenagers or young twenty-somethings who gush all day long about how good they are?

No, I didn’t think so.

All their fans are thirty-something moms whose highlight of a trip to Hershey would be sitting in the airplane because then their phones would be off and no one could reach them for the length of the flight.

What’s that going to look like, that meet ‘n greet? Sort of like school pick-up, but with music and bling?

Anyway that really has nothing to do with these cupcakes. Except that my husband could go return my Mother’s Day present and buy me a supercool Groupon instead.

The idea for these cupcakes came about when Jordan and I were at the American Girl lunch. They served chocolate mousse in flower pots with a fake daisy. I remember thinking, a fake daisy? Really? It would’ve been much better as a cookie.

So that’s what I did.

But I got lazy. {Hey, if your husband kids make these for you for Mother’s Day, it’ll be perfect, right?}

I used a tube of cookie dough. And a can of icing. But I made you chocolate dirt icing. And when you see what it was made with, you’ll forgive me.

Have you seen this stuff yet? It’s amazing. I made chocolate frosting with it.

To. Die. For.

To make my cupcakes look like they were in pots, I made cupcake wrappers out of terracotta colored paper. {This is the template I used.}

I wish I’d taken pictures of making the flowers. But I didn’t. Forgive me?

I’ll take you to a great concert.

Flower Pot Cupcakes

by Crazy for Crust
Keywords: cupcake

For the Cupcakes & Decoration

  • Chocolate Cupcakes, baked and cooled
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • White Frosting (canned or your favorite recipe)
  • Food coloring
  • Oreos, crushed
  • Sugar Cookies, from your favorite recipe or store bought dough, cut in flower or round shapes, baked and cooled
  • White chocolate chips
  • M&Ms or Skittles
  • Popsicle sticks

For the Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 ounces (1/2 tub) Philadelphia Indulgence Milk Chocolate Spread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar

To Make the Frosting

  1. Beat spread and butter together with a hand mixer until fluffy. Slowly add in powdered sugar and mix until blended. Spread on cupcakes. (Frosts about 4-6 cupcakes, depending on how much frosting you use.)

Assemble the Cupcakes

  1. To make the cookie sticks, melt the white chocolate chips in a small bowl. Dip a Popsicle stick in the melted chips and press against the back of the cookie. Place face down on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and chill until hardened.
  2. To make the flowers, tint your white frosting the desired color(s). Place in a sealable sandwich bag and snip of a small tip of the corner. Pipe the frosting onto the cookie in a flower shape, filling in the petals. Place an M&M or other small candy in the center of the flower. Chill to harden frosting.
  3. To make the pots, first frosting the cupcakes with the chocolate frosting. Place the Oreo cookie crumbs on a plate and dip each frosted cupcake in the cookie crumbs to resemble dirt.
  4. Once the cookie icing hardens, place the sticks in the cupcakes and serve.
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Last Updated on September 10, 2023

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  1. Those are so stinking cute! And I’m in love with the chocolate cream cheese…it is DELISH!

    When i was young my heartthrob was Andy Gibb! My how my taste has changed!


  2. This is absolutely adorable! I so want to do this!!!! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with “Try a New Recipe Tuesday!”

  3. Those are a little too adorable. The idea of chocolate cream cheese icing/pudding makes my mouth water.
    I was approximately 5-7 years old when NKOTB was big. I got the Joey and Danny dolls for Christmas the one year because I was so obsessed. Santa apparently couldn’t find Jordan. ( that where your daughter’s name came from…??)

  4. SUPER cute. And I’m right there with you. I was head over heels for Joey Mac. Posters pulled from Tiger Beat & Bop (with the poor staple holes in the two-pagers)… I even had a NKOTB sleeping bag. My mom STILL has it in the attic. It’s somewhat atrocious, in retrospect, made up of the hideous day glo pink & yellow that we all so loved.

    Some girlfriends & I went to see them in New Orleans. There were about 6 of us & we lived 45 minutes outside of the city, so we hired a limo to take us into the concert. It was amazing. Possibly one of the best experiences of my life.

    1. I should amend this with a date–we took the limo back when they did their reunion tour in 2008ish. I never got to see them as a kid, so it was definitely a Bucket List MUST.

    2. I went to see them on that tour too. So much fun! Ah, Tiger Beat and Bop. I miss those magazines. 🙂

  5. I was pretty little at the time, but I had quite a crush on Jordan. I had the trading cards and a t-shirt. 😉
    These cupcakes are adorable and I bet they taste awesome but to be honest, all I can think about is that FROSTING! Yum!

  6. Oh my gosh – you are hysterical! I’d pay for the swimming in the chocolate river, tho. THAT would be worth it… if I could drink it… and wouldn’t end up in the fudge room =o) Too funny. And your cupcakes are adorable! I need that cream cheese!!!