Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Somebunny loves you!

Looking for ideas for Easter?
Perfect coincidence, as I have prepared a little something…

Follow me without attracting attention: this year’s Easter dessert table carries a very clear message:


(or: "the ears are the best.")

Deliciousness, as far as the eye can see:
whether it is Orange Velvet Cake, lemony Easter cookies or three variations of chocolate cream, served in egg shells.
If you prefer the more saviory things you will love my variation of the “mother-in-law spread”!
You can easily take this home, too, as a give-away, as it keeps in the refrigerator for a few days.
It really tastes amazingly delicious, you have to try it!

The speech bubbles will make your guests smile: you can stick them into the cupcakes, use them as place cards or glue them on top of the small egg cartons.

Ina and I created them just for this occasion ;).
You have a choice between two sets: one with the classic Easter greetings, and one with the English sayings.

Speaking of place cards: aren’t the tiny Easter nests cute?
Filled with little marzipan eggs with a sugar shell or small chocolate eggs, you can place them beautifully on every plate.

I typed up the recipes in a smaller font this time, because there are so many of them – can you read everything?

Orange Velvet Cake

8 and ½ Tbsp soft butter
1 and ½ cups sugar
2 eggs
1 small bottle orange food coloring
seeds from 1/2 a vanilla pod
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 cup butter milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 and ½ Tbsp potato starch
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar


3 cups cream cheese (full fat)
13 and ½ Tbsp butter
1 and ¼ cup sugar
seeds from 1/2 a vanilla pod

melted butter and flour for tins

1) Preheat oven to 350 F.

2) Mix butter and sugar in a big mixing bowl until fluffy. Add eggs one by one and mix thoroughly. Add vanilla seeds, food coloring and cocoa powder. Mix buttermilk and salt in a separate bowl and add to the butter-and-sugar mix, taking turns in adding sifted flour and potato starch. Mix baking soda and vinegar separately and add to the dough.
3) Add dough to a greased and floured spring form tin and smooth top. Bake for about 45-60 minutes (it took quite a long time for me). Check consistency with a wooden skewer towards the end. If cake is done, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the form. Once cake has cooled take it out of the form and cut it horizontally into two equal-size disks.

4) For the filling mix cream cheese with butter, sugar and vanilla seeds in a big mixing bowl with an electric mixer, until smooth.

5) Place one of the cake disks on a cake plate and spread one third of the cream evenly on top. Place second disk on top of first and spread the rest of the cream evenly on top and around the sides. Chill for 3-4 hours.

Filled chocolate eggs

1 cup full fat Greek yogurt

scant 2 cups whipping cream
2 Tbsp vanilla powder
3.5 to 7 oz. semi-sweet melted chocolate
six empty egg shells (I boiled the eggs, opened them carefully on top, emptied them out and washed them out).

Whip cream and vanilla powder to make whipped cream, carefully mix in Greek yogurt.

Now add melted chocolate teaspoonful by teaspoonful.
In the beginning, when you have reached a light brown color, put one third of the cream aside.
Now add more chocolate and take away one third again.
Color the remaining third with the chocolate to an even darker color. Place all three bowls with the different shades of brown into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes (attention: the lighter cream will harden faster than the darker one!), so the cream is slightly hardened.
Fill each color into two egg shells each, with the help of a pastry bag.

Turkish Mother-in-Law Spread

3 slices wheat bread

¼ cup walnuts
2 and ½ Tbsp olive oil
2 small chilies
5 Tbsp tomato paste
4 Tbsp plain yogurt
one garlic clove
salt and pepper
1 block of feta cheese

First pulse the slices of bread with the walnuts and olive oil until you obtain a still slightly crumbly mixture. Add tomato paste, deseeded chilies, garlic and yogurt; mix again with electric mixer. Season with salt, pepper and paprika to taste.
In the end fill mixture into separate bowl, break feta up by hand and mix in.

Sources of supply:
Speech bubbles with Easter greetings: HERE and HERE by AvieArt*
Cake plate, colored egg cartons, carrot- and egg-shaped cookie cutters, small nests: Blueboxtree*
Pastel-colored dishes: LaMaison*

With love,

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