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Easter Cookies

Happy Easter! I brought something sweet to my family’s Easter gathering and they turned out cute and delicious. Such a fun way to unleash your creative side! My designs could definitely be more neat but practice makes perfect!

 
1. Bake your cookies. Any classic  sugar cookie recipe will work. Feel free to use your favorite recipe and cookie cutters.

2. Frost: Runny royal icing, using the flooding method. 

3. Decorate: Stiff royal icing colored with Wilton’s gel food coloring.

4. Wow your guests! 

July 4 Cupcakes by adventures of a pinner blog
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forth of July berry cupcakes

These cupcakes are easy and stunning! They are sure to please your guest this 4th of July!

What you’ll need: 

White cake mix & and the required ingredients

12 strawberries

72 blueberries

24 Cupcake liners

Buttercream Frosting:

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 vegetable shortening

4 cups powder sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons milk

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Instructions:

Prepare the cake mix as instructed. Allow cupcakes to cool.

Rinse fruit. Remove the strawberry stems and cut in half.

In a mixing bowl cream the butter and shortening. Add the powder sugar one cup at a time. The mixture will be dry. Add the vanilla and milk while mixing at a slow speed.

Pipe your frosting (I used a star tip) on each cupcake. Insert strawberry on an angle and add three blueberries.

Happy Independence Day!

spring cupcake ideas
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spring cupcake idea

These hydrangea cupcakes are great for spring and they are pretty easy too!

I always use Wilton’s Buttercream Frosting recipe for my cakes/cupcakes. It tastes much better then the tubs of frosting from the store and it holds its shape!

Whip up your frosting and divide 50/50. I made blue and purple frosting but you can use any variation you’d like (I want to make a dark pink and light pink next time!). I highly recommend using gel coloring. You can find it at your local craft store in the baking section. The gel colors don’t change the consistency of your frosting like liquid food coloring. Gel coloring is highly concentrated so you don’t need much. I used 4 drops of blue, I didn’t have purple coloring so to achieve purple I mixed 2 drops of red and 2 drops of blue. I felt like a kindergardener mixing the colors!

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spring cupcake ideasspring cupcake ideas

Now get your piping bag ready! I used a closed star tip and my Featherweight bag. I love my reusable bag and if you’re piping multiple times a year it’s worth picking one up. If you don’t have piping bags you can use a gallon size freezer bag. Just cut one of the bottom corners to fit your tip.

The next step was a little tricky for me and the result wasn’t perfect. You need to fill your frosting bag with one color on each side. I put the blue frosting in the bag first followed by the purple. The blue frosting moved down ahead of the purple and my first couple cupcakes were completely blue. However, the great thing about this frosting recipe is the extra frosting! Typically I can make about 4 or 5 practice designs on a paper plate first which helps remove any air bubbles in your bag and practice makes perfect!

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These are ridiculously easy to pipe! Break it down into three rounds.

First, simply squeeze out little flowers until the entire cupcake is covered.

Second, search for the spots that look sparse. Make more flowers in the areas where you can still see the cake.

Third, balance out the shape. Usually an additional two or three flowers on the very top will give you that nice rounded shape.

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spring cupcake ideasspring cupcake ideas

That’s it! As you can see in the photo above my cupcakes started mostly blue and ended mostly purple. Which was obviously not the plan but I kind of like them. Each one has it’s own unique coloring.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below!

 

Bird Nest Candy Dish for Easter by Adventures of a Pinner
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bird nest candy dish

bird nest candy dish

I’m not going to lie, I went into this project feeling very confident only to fail big time. Proceed with caution.

Cover a dish in plastic wrap. Cut up strips of paper (I used newspaper. You can also use a brown lunch bag but I liked the idea of the scraps of text). Mix up some paper mache:

  • 2 tablespoons of glue
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1/2 cup of water

Dip the paper strips in the paper mache and apply to the bowl.

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birds nest candy dishbird nest candy dish

Once you have completely covered the bowl allow the paper mache to dry. Start round two. Now you need to try and achieve that nest texture so pieces shouldn’t be completely pressed down.

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Here is my ugly dish. In hindsight I shouldn’t have used newspaper with any color and I should have cut my pieces thinner. Let me know if this project worked out for you!

DIY Message Easter Eggs by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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message easter egg craft

I’ve been waiting for Easter ever since I pinned this idea!

What you’ll need:

  • Eggs
  • Needle
  • Toothpicks
  • Bowl
  • Paint & Brush or Food Coloring & Bowl
  • Paper & Pen
  • Scissors

Step one: Blow out the eggs

Set up your work space. It’s a good idea to have paper towel on hand. Poke the top and bottom of the egg with the needle. Insert the toothpick into one of the holes (You may need to widen the hole for the toothpick to fit. Insert the needle and gently swirl it around to widen the space) and scramble up the raw egg. Place the egg to your lips and blow the insides over a bowl, you’ll need a good set of lungs, I recommend grabbing some volunteers to assist. If you plan on making many eggs plan ahead! Place the hollow eggs in a baking pan and preheat the oven to 200° F. Put the eggshells in the oven for 13 minutes to dry out the remaining egg.

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Step Two: Decorate

I originally planned to paint my eggshells. However, my turquoise paint was empty and I did not feel like going to the store. Plan B: dye the eggs. If you are going to dye your eggshells I highly recommend dying them before you remove the inside. They float when they are hollow so I had to hold them down to keep them fully submerged, but it beat going out and buying paint.

You can use an egg coloring kit or food coloring. To achieve robin’s egg blue I combined 6 drops of blue food coloring and 2 drops of green food coloring in a large bowl. Let the eggshells sit until you are satisfied with the color. Remove and dry. I put my eggshells in the oven again to remove excess water that leaked in during the dying process. (200° F for 13 minutes).

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Step Three: Write & Insert Message

I searched Pinterest for “Inspirational Spring Quotes” and selected my favorites. I jotted them down, cut them out and wrapped them tightly around a toothpick. Slide the toothpick into the eggshell and shake the paper off.

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Step Four: Share the Love

You can display/distribute the message Easter eggs however you would like! I have mine placed in a basket ready to distribute to my family!

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