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Carrot in a Cake – Carrot Cake!

April 1, 2013

TEST So Easter is said and done, but I’m not ready to move on just yet.  Rather than call this an Easter cake, I’ll call it a SPRINGTIME, It’s 60 degrees outside (YAY!) cake!

I made white cake batter and tinted it orange, baked it on a cookie sheet that was roughly the size of a jelly roll pan (I don’t know what a jelly roll pan actually IS, I found a measurement online and wung it.)  SO! Orange tinted cake in a fairly large flat pan.  It took 18-20 minutes to cook and mine was not uniformly flat, it raised up in the center some, but it worked out fine for me.  I used a carrot shaped cookie cutter and cut out as many carrots as I could get.  Here starts the pictures:

I put a little chocolate cake batter in the bottom of the pan so they’d stand up nicely and lined the bottom of a long loaf pan with the carrots, pointy sides up.  Then I added the rest of the cake batter, and then maybe 3/4 of ANOTHER cake batter.  The loaf pan is LONG, it’s a LOT of cake!

I had enough batter left to make 6 little cupcakes, too.

We decided since this was a LOT of cake and we wouldn’t be able to get through it all before it went stale, we’d cut it in half and freeze part for next time we need some tasty cake!  So heeeeere’s the big carrot reveal!!

When you turn it out of the pan, the carrots are right-side-up again!

Big Girl helped decorate the top – she put a layer of chocolate glaze that slowly oozed over the sides to look a little like shiny, scrumptious mud.

Then she layered some crushed oreos on top while the glaze was still wet, and just a small handful of green sprinkles to look like grass trying to peek through.

Little Girl used a similar decorating technique on the cupcakes:

The carrot leaves were melted candy wafers put in a plastic or piping bag and squirted out on to foil to make the leafy shape.  We slit starter-holes for those, then poked em right in and added just one small bunny cupcake pic.

Not only it is ADORABLE, but everyone that’s tried it (The girls and hubs) has said YUM!!

I’m thinking this is a great springtime dessert, or for a garden or tea party.  There’s lots of ways we could decorate the top, with chocolates or candy flowers, and of course I’m pondering other  things we can “plant” inside.

Easter Roundup

March 31, 2013

I had a plan, I had a schedule, I had Easter figured OUT.  Then I needed an antibiotic for a sinus infection that made me sick to my stomach (like, a LOT) and I lost all of Saturday and a large part of Easter itself.  I am on the mend, I’ll show you what were were working on.

We colored eggs

Little Girl made a bunny paper chain

We saw the Easter Bunny.  The girls were a little bummed that we didn’t dress for the occassion, but refer to the last few posts here where it’s been 40 DEGREES IN LATE MARCH, CONNECTICUT.  The bunny was still happy to see them.

Our weekend featured lots of bunnies of all shapes and sizes and materials – food, games, icecubes in mom’s gatorade…

We had planned to host family brunch at our house, we had started a several-step dessert (more on that tomorrow) and the girls were mad that there was to be no party with mom being under the weather.  We finished making the dessert (and froze some for when we could see the family) and moods were calmed.  Until the sugar kicked in!

Edible Easter Centerpiece

March 26, 2012

Easter is sometimes my favorite holiday.  I don’t know if it’s the pretty colors or the start of spring, but if you ask me at this time of year what my favorite holiday is, it’ll be Easter.  Today I made a table centerpiece:

 

and it’s completely edible! weee!

i started with making the candy cups.  they are shaped around tiny little water balloons.

something shady happened and one popped all on its own.  ugh, mess.

i put them on a bed of edible Easter grass.  while the package says it’s edible, it’s kinda gross tasting.  the main ingredient is potato starch, they’re kinda like weird fruit flavored packing peanuts/rice cakes.  but edible.

i added plain m&ms, pretzel m&ms and cadbury mini eggs to the cups, made some candy and pretzel bunny faces and hineys, and added some peeps.  i have a love affair with peeps.  bunnies are my favorite, and i always loved the white ones but i haven’t been able to find them for years.  last month i actually emailed Just Born to see what the deal was, and *weepy tears* they don’t make them any more because they weren’t popular.  thanks a LOT, people.  ANYWAY,

 

i made a little bunny mix with popcorn, corn chex, pretzels, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, m&ms and leftover green chocolate candy.  This won’t make it to Easter, it’s too yummy we’ll have to make more!

Easter marshmallows

April 17, 2011

I admit it,  I like Martha.  I get her magazine.  Let’s still be friends.  Look, I made homemade marshmallow peep-ie things:

(I used the recipe in the Easter Martha Magazine.) 

I broke out the mixer (finally) for its maiden voyage:

and it was awesome.  i want to marry it.  or find more things to mix in it.  same difference.

even the dirty mixing whisk in the sink made me smile.

the recipe was wicked easy, it was not terribly messy, and now i’ve got a cute treat to share.  Just when it was done mixing, Babycakes and I had a sample – tasted *just* *like* fluff.  YUM!  one thing i’ll do differently next time is use a brighter color and finer grit sanding sugar.

i used about 2/3 of this container, which i know is a lot.  and the texture is not as smooth as i’d thought it would be because of the outter coating.  it’s pretty grainy.  next time, maybe bright green or yellow might be fun.  dig that glass container.  i just love it!

tonight i’ll try to create some sort of clever way to package these and get them to some of our friendies as a nice Easter surprise!

yarn egg wreath

March 14, 2011

i saw a really cute blog post (forgive me, i can’t find it to give it proper credit now), where the writer had made an adorable easter wreath and i knew i had to try, too.  I purchased 3 different sizes of plastic easter eggs and a foam wreath form.  i chose 4 colors of yarn and set to work!  there was a hot glue gun involved.  i might’ve glued a plastic egg or 5 to my finger.  oww, hot.

after winding the first one, i was not terribly impressed – it’s hard to cover the slippery plastic, and still make the shape still resemble an egg.

but i kept going.  i figured that if they all ended up looking like balls of yarn, i’d decorate the wreath with knitting needles and pretend i meant to do that.  then i remembered some little bunnies i bought years ago and immediately had forgotten what i had planned to use them for.  miraculously, i knew exactly where they were, and glued their little bunny butts onto the wreath. 

i’m still not 100% impressed with the way it ended up coming out, but it’ll do for a sweet decoration at least for this easter.