Wife (me): Um....Yes. (Pause). You do know that the "pots" are made from fondant?
And I said it in a very neutral tone; nothing scathing, nothing patronising. Really.
So, yes - everyone went home with their own "terracotta pot" and succulent.
The cake was baked to shape in a real terracotta pot (new, clean, never used in the garden; well greased and lined with baking parchment).
We covered the sides of the cakes with chocolate butter icing; then wrapped them with terracotta coloured modelling chocolate/ fondant blend.
The "soil" is chocolate cake crumbs.
The rock rose succulent is made out of tylose/ CMC paste .
And just to prove that it really is all cake and icing....