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EASTER BASKET CUPCAKES April 20 2014, 0 Comments

Our pretty and super vintage looking filigree basket handles were one of the earliest Layer Cake Shop products. I remember when we first got them in I made a batch of Easter basket cupcakes for our family Easter celebration with bright green frosting and a little pile of jelly beans tucked in the middle. They were a big hit and because its been 6 years since our last Easter basket cupcakes I thought it was time for more!

This time around we decided on a soft vintage color palette and homemade chocolate rabbits instead of jelly beans. Our shop baker Lori created these and she decided they are one of her very favorite cupcake projects yet! Aren't they sweet! 

Bake 24 of your favorite yellow cupcakes in light blue foil baking cups. While your cupcakes cool make your chocolate rabbits. To make 24 chocolate rabbits in 4 different colors set out 4 microwave safe bowls. In each bowl place 3 ounces of super white candy melts and about .5 to 1 ounce of another color candy melts. This will give you soft pastel colored chocolate. We suggest using pink, blue, purple, and yellow. Melt 1 bowl of candy melts for 30 seconds at a time just until melted. Do not overheat! Pour into a disposable decorating bag, snip the corner, and pipe melted chocolate into your rabbit mold. We used the smallest rabbit in our rabbit assortment mold. After filling your mold place in the freezer for a few minutes until the rabbits pop out easily. Repeat with your candy melts until you have 24 rabbits.

Mix up a batch of your favorite decorator frosting, or used canned, and tint pastel green using our mint green gel paste coloring. Snip the end of your disposable decorating bag, insert your medium coupler, pop on your large grass tip, and screw on your coupler ring. Fill your decorating bag with your frosting and you're ready to decorate!

To create a grass effect place the frosting tip very close to the cupcake, squeeze out frosting, and then pull up quickly. You may want to practice on a plate first. I like to start in the middle of the cupcake and make my way to the edge as I go. Once your cupcake is full of pretty frosting grass add your rabbit, basket handle and finish with a sweet buttercup flower.

Your Easter guests are going to love them! Enjoy!




COCONUT CHICK CUPCAKES April 14 2014, 0 Comments

While brainstorming Easter baking projects I just couldn't get my mind off these classic yellow fluffy coconut chick cupcakes! They just seem like the kind of Easter treat that Grandma used to make. They were fun and simple to make, and I love that the coconut is so forgiving. No need to get your frosting swirled just right! These sweet fluffy chicks were a huge hit with my girls and I'm sure they will be at your next Easter celebration!

Bake a batch of your favorite yellow cupcakes in bright yellow baking cups. While your cupcakes are baking scoop 1 cup of shredded coconut into a zip-top plastic baggie. To dye your coconut a pretty chick yellow try 2 drops of egg yellow coloring and 4-6 drops lemon yellow coloring. Zip your baggie shut and mush the coconut around until its a pretty uniform yellow color. Set your coconut aside and dye your frosting yellow using the same combination of food coloring, 2 drops of egg yellow and 4-6 drops of lemon yellow. 

Now its time to bring your little chickies to life! Frost a cupcake using a frosting spatula or table knife and immediately sprinkle on your coconut. I first tried rolling them in coconut, but they looked too flat. Sprinkling the coconut gives them a more "fluffy" chick appearance. Press an icing carrot into the cupcake about 1/3 of the way up from the edge of the baking cup and add 2 little black sugar pearls for perfect little beady chick eyes. I found using a tweezers for placing the eyes very helpful!