Welcome! It’s a two-for-one day! Cupcake Tuesday and Spring Blog Hop!
Yesterday, we started celebrating Spring over at Created by Diane, I shared my Ice Box Dessert, a quick, easy and refreshing, Old Fashioned Dessert, perfect for your Easter celebration or even just because it’s Spring.
It’s no surprise that I love cupcake books, and Hello, Cupcake is one of my very favorites. When I saw their Easter Egg Cupcakes, I just knew I had to give them a try.
I will have to admit, I changed them up a bit to fit my style. Isn’t that what cooking and baking is all about?
I started by baking my favorite Chocolate Cupcakes. Then I set out to tackle the cookies. I used the same recipe I used for the Shamrock Almond Cookies, and the same recipe I borrowed from Bake at 350.
Now, I’ll have to admit, I’m not a cookie decorator, I think, like anything, it takes practice, and well…I usually decorate cupcakes 🙂
I made Royal Icing, again from Bake at 350 (can you tell I love her blog?) and tinted it 4 soft pastel colors. Outlined the cookies…
Then thinned out the icing with a little water, and filled them in. Then I added some more color to brighten up the icing, and also tinted a lavendar.
Then I started decorating. I used several different tips and a few sprinkles to add dimension.
After the cookies were all done, I placed them in frig to chill. Whipped up some bright green Buttercream Frosting and started on the cupcakes. I piped on a single layer of frosting, then using the leaf tip, I added leaves on top. I made the frosting pretty stiff so that it would hold the cookie up.
Notes: A couple hints, after going through my 160 cookie cutters, I was amazed to find out, I didn’t have an egg cutter. So I took a round cutter and just shaped it to make the egg shape. In the Hello, Cupcake book, they use graham crackers and then decorated them, you could very easily use them, and not bother with the sugar cookie cut-outs. Also, in the book, they show the cookie laying flat, which is probably easier than the way I did mine, but well, I didn’t measure my cookie size like I should have, so I had to improvise and stand them up. Oh, and by the way, if you aren’t a regular around here, you may just want to subscribe, remember the Hello, Cupcake folks, well, they have a new book coming out, and I have something brewing that’s really, REALLY exciting! stay tuned… 🙂
This post linked to: Stop and Smell the Chocolate
Now for the giveaway…Everyday during the Spring Hop, the hostess is offering some great giveaways. Today, I have this beautiful Recipe Box, made by Shelley from Creatively Created Etsy Shop.
Isn’t it just gorgeous? Shelley has just started her Etsy Shop, I’m really looking forward to all of her work. You may already be familiar with Shelley, she blogs over at How Does She? where the team of 3 gals, brings you awesome ideas!
Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.
- Leave a comment telling me what you are baking or cooking for Easter.
- Hop on over to each of the Spring Hop Party hostesses and leave me a comment telling me about their post for today, Tuesday. There are 6 others, so that’s 6 more entries!
- Become a subscriber, leave me a comment.
- Follow me on Twitter, and leave me a comment with your Twitter ID, if you already follow me, just leave me a comment.
- Tweet about the giveaway including @HoosierHomemade in the tweet and a link to the giveaway post. Leave me a comment.
- The Giveaway will be open until Monday, April 5th, 10 a.m. CST, so that all the Spring Hop bloggers have a chance to enter, the winner will be notified and have 48 hrs to claim their prize.
Now it’s your turn! Share your cupcake creation for Cupcake Tuesday or your Spring/Easter treat!
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