Easter Cupcakes

Have you started planning for Easter? Easter baskets, snacks? Family meals? Egg decorating?

I admit that I am not a great cake decorator, but we had fun with these cupcakes! I came up with three different ones! It was just one of those days where you weren’t planning on making something, but the idea came and you had everything you need. I love those days!

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So, I am trying to come to terms with my cake decorating limitations, but I have another kitchen flaw… I’m also not good at boiling eggs! It seems like one of those things that everyone can do. You put eggs in water and boil the water, right… Well, I still have not made a batch of hard boiled eggs without cracking at least a few.

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So I had an idea of what to do with those broken ones! I carefully cracked them and removed the eggs. Then cleaned out the shells and dyed them just like the hardboiled eggs. In the nice little old fashioned Paas dye kits!

For these I just filled the eggs with robin’s egg candy and secured the egg shell in the icing!

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Here’s the OMG moment when I realized I had a whole bag of pompoms down stairs! A bag of different sized pompoms, a bit of red paper and some hot glue and you’ve got some chicks!  Oh, yea! You know that crafty feeling I’m talking about, don’t you? I was running back and forth with this big cheesy grin, decorating cupcakes and making pompom chicks!

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And for my third idea…

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I wanted to make a birds nest! The kiddo says it looks like a birds nest…  With jelly bean birds eggs. I think they turned out cute, too!

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But I’m pretty sure the pompom chicks are everyone’s favorite!

 

Overcoming My Fear of Cake Decorating!

I do consider myself a pretty good baker! My red velvet cake gets rave reviews… But not so much the icing or decorating… Until yesterday!

Hopefully my mom is sitting down when she reads this, because she’s going to go into shock! I made my own cream cheese icing yesterday! I bake from scratch, but I’ve always bought my icing… I know, the icing is super easy. I’ve watched my mom and I’ve seen the recipes. easy. But for some reason, after I bake, I’m not ready to make icing, too…

Here’s the thing. My son’s pre-school auction was last night and they have a dessert dash. each table raises money for the desserts and the table with the most money raised gets the first choice. So of course I volunteered to bake a cake. Then the organizer told us that they need to be pretty. I FROZE! Pretty? I can do tasty, but pretty????? AHHHHHH!!!!

(You’ll notice that you don’t really see many pictures of my son’s Dr. Seuss party cake…. And the one that I did show, shows you exactly what I’m talking about…)

So, I had pinned this easy tutorial from Annie’s Eats, and wahla….

I got a cake decorating kit for Christmas and now I’m excited, rather than intimiated, to try it out! I know I’m not Bakerella or anything, but I’m on my way!

Happy Weekend everyone! I’m about to take my sewing machine outside and sew outside today! It’s too beautiful here to sit inside and sew, but I need to get some sewing done…

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