16 Sweet Easter Treats

I have some pretty spring treats to share with you today. From cupcakes to cake pops to meringues and more … I hope these adorable sweets inspire you to make something fun this Easter. And if nothing else I hope they make you smile from all the cuteness. Let’s hop to it. 1. Little Lamb […]

Easter Treats Collage

I have some pretty spring treats to share with you today. From cupcakes to cake pops to meringues and more … I hope these adorable sweets inspire you to make something fun this Easter. And if nothing else I hope they make you smile from all the cuteness.

Let’s hop to it.

Lamb Cupcakes and Bunny Bark

1. Little Lamb Cupcakes

Puffy little balls of buttercream, dusted with confectioners’ sugar make these little lamb cupcakes wooly cute.

2. Bunny Bark

This is such a fun project… and super customizable. Use your favorite Easter candy along with pastel candy coating and sprinkles for a charming treat. Then break the bunny bark apart and enjoy!

Easter Cupcakes and Chick Cupcakes

3. Easter Basket Cupcakes

These are one of my all time favorites for Easter. Make cupcakes and press tiny Easter egg candies and chocolates like these Lindt bunnies into the buttercream. Use sour punch straws for handles and these Easter Basket cupcakes will be hard to hang on to.

4. Eggstremely Cute Chicks

This is a fun use of buttercream and one of my go-tos for decorating cupcakes. Frost the tops of these chick cupcakes and then dip in sanding sugar to coat. It makes it easier to shape the surface without the frosting getting everywhere. Then use candies for all the features which is much safer for me than trying to pipe eyes and such with frosting. I can control shapes a lot better this way. 

Bunny Bum Bons and Bunny Cake Pops

5. Bunny Bum Bons

Love cake pops but don’t want to mess with lollipop sticks – then try these bunny bum bons and use mini marshmallows for puffy little tails.

6. Bunny Cake Pops

These bunnies are a little extra, but you can decorate them as much or as little as you like. Use jordan almonds for a pretty perfect ear shape and don’t forget to download the printable treat tags to accessorize your Bunny Cake Pops, too!

Easter Cupcakes and Chick Cake

7. Buttercream Bunny Cupcakes

These buttercream bunny cupcakes are dipped in pastel-colored candy coating for a smooth, sturdy surface, and then dotted with confetti sprinkles. The bunny bodies are all buttercream and adorned with just a few tiny sprinkles to finish the look. 

8. Baby Chick Chocolate Cake

I love this all buttercream layer cake! It’s just too cute for words and would be lovely for a baby shower too! You can frost the cake in yellow or pink or blue. And I guess in white too for more of a farm animal vibe.

Duckling Cookies and Oreo Bunnies

9. Darling Duckling Sugar Cookies

Okay if you don’t do anything else, make these sugar cookies and eat them with just plain buttercream. They are so so good! A forever favorite of mine. Make some duckling sugar cookies.

10. Oreo Bunny Cookie Pops

Oreo cookies dipped in vanilla candy coating and decorated to look like bunnies. Yes, please. Use this bunny cookie pop how-to for inspiration because my bunny ear candy mold is sold out. But you can use other candies like the jordan almonds again to pull off the look. 

Bunny Boxes and Chick Cake Pops

11. Easter Bunny Chocolate Boxes

These are the tiniest chocolate easter bunny boxes and you can download the template to make your own. You’ll need a tiny bunny mold like the one I used or repurpose purchased candies you may find to place inside.

12. Spring Chicks

These spring chickens may be my most recreated cake pops and one of my original Easter themed treats. I think they are beloved because of how much wow they bring with so few details. Less is so much more in this case.

Bluebird Cake Pops and Easter Basket Cake Pops

13. Bluebird Cake Pops

Ribbon bows pull together the bonnet look for these bashful little bluebird cake pops.

14. Easter Basket Cake Pops

Candy shred makes for some pretty perfect easter grass. Attach it with melted candy coating so it stays in place. Looking back I love how Easter Basket Cake Pops turned out, but I wish I had tried a basketweave design, too for full effect.

Meringues and Buttermints

15. Meringue Bunnies

These two-ingredient treats can be whipped up last minute and last a while to boot. Make meringue bunnies.

16. Homemade Butter Mints

And here’s another easy ingredient treat with the prettiest pastel colors to wrap things up. Make your own butter mints.

 

Hope you find some sweet inspiration for spring treats.

Meringue Bunnies

Have you ever tried making meringues at home? They are made by adding sugar to whipped egg whites and often piped in traditional kiss shapes and baked. Pretty easy, but you guys know I can’t resist a twist on sweet treats. So … Here come some bunnies in perfectly pastel colors for spring. The recipe […]

Meringue Bunnies

Have you ever tried making meringues at home? They are made by adding sugar to whipped egg whites and often piped in traditional kiss shapes and baked. Pretty easy, but you guys know I can’t resist a twist on sweet treats. So … Here come some bunnies in perfectly pastel colors for spring.

Superfine Sugar

The recipe I use calls for superfine sugar or caster sugar and heating it in the oven for a few minutes to make it easier to dissolve when incorporating into the egg whites. This brand is from India Tree and I have found it at Fresh Market in the past.

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Mini Shamrock Shake Cakes

Let’s shake things up for St. Patrick’s Day with festive little cakes all dressed up for the occasion. These little shamrock shakes are full of cake, ganache and frosting layered in a little glass jar to simulate a very mini melt-free milkshake. Look at these glass jars. So cute. I saved a few of these […]

Shamrock Shake Mini Cake

Let’s shake things up for St. Patrick’s Day with festive little cakes all dressed up for the occasion. These little shamrock shakes are full of cake, ganache and frosting layered in a little glass jar to simulate a very mini melt-free milkshake.

Oui Yogurt Glasses for mini cakes

Look at these glass jars. So cute. I saved a few of these from a brand of yogurt I bought recently called Oui Yogurt and I just had to keep them knowing they would come in handy someday. And today’s that day. 

You can make these mini cakes from the recipe below, but let’s get layering so I can show you how I assembled everything together.

Shamrock Shake Assembly

Bake the chocolate cupcakes and let them cool. These cupcakes bake up with a nice domed top. Trim the domes off as shown in the top left photo above and then place it flat side down in the bottom of the glass jar.

Then pipe some ganache inside the jar, around the edges to about the same level as the height of the domed cupcake. 

Now pipe in some mint-flavored and green-tinted buttercream frosting. Then just use the remaining portion of the cupcake and press it, cut side down into the frosting until it pushes and fills the buttercream in against the side of the jar.

These Oui yogurt jars worked perfectly with my cupcakes, but you can also use other small glass jars you have access to. You just may need to fill in with more frosting or ganache and if the jar is wider than the diameter of your cupcake, you can also cut the cake up into smaller sections and treat layering them in the glass jar more like you would a trifle.

Piping buttercream on glass rim

Once the jar is filled, it’s time to decorate the tops. Pipe a ring of buttercream around the rim of the glass.

Sweetapolita Sprinkles

Then sprinkle on some pastel jimmies or confetti sprinkles and press gently into the frosting to make sure they are attached. I used my Sweetapolita sprinkles for these.

Piping Buttercream Frosting

Pipe white buttercream frosting using a Wilton 2D decorating tip to simulate a whipped cream topping.

Green striped paper straws and chocolate coins

Striped straws and chocolate coins you say.  Yes, yes, I do.

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Look how cute. But we’re not done yet.

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Add a few Lucky Charm shamrock marshmallow shapes right on the top.

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Oh my ganache! They are even cuter with chocolate drizzled on top.

Note: If you want to add the ganache, do it before attaching the shamrock shapes.

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Someone would be really lucky to get these yummy treats!

Mini Shamrock Shake Cakes

Mini Shamrock Shake Cakes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Ganache

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

Mint Buttercream

  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 16 oz (1 lb. package) confectioners' sugar
  • Mint flavoring (peppermint (see notes)
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1-2 drops green gel food coloring

Decorations

  • small glass jars (I used Oui yogurt jars)
  • green striped paper straws
  • pastel jimmies or confetti sprinkles
  • Lucky Charms cereal shamrock marshmallows
  • chocolate gold coins

Tools

  • Small squeeze bottle
  • piping bags
  • Wilton 2Ddecorating tip

Instructions

  1. For the cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line cupcake trays with 16 paper liners.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer using a wire whisk.
  3. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and milk and mix until combined.
  4. Add the hot water slowly and mix until incorporated. The batter will be very liquid. Fill cupcake liners with batter about 2/3 full using a measuring cup for ease.
  5. Bake cupcakes for about 15 minutes or until done.
  6. For the ganache: Heat heavy cream and butter in a saucepan over medium heat until melted and combined. Stir often and remove before it begins to boil.
  7. Pour cream and butter over chocolate morsels and let sit for about five minutes in a heatproof bowl. Whisk together until fully incorporated and smooth. The ganache will thicken as it cools. You can warm in microwave for about 10 seconds as needed for piping.
  8. For the mint buttercream: Beat butter until creamy and smooth. Add confectioners' sugar slowly about a cup at a time and mix until completely combined. Add a teaspoon of milk at a time to the frosting to achieve your desired consistency. Add the mint flavoring and mix until combined. Divide the frosting in half and tint one half light green with gel food coloring. Start with one drop at a time until you achieve the desired color.
  9. To Decorate: Remove cupcake wrapper and cut the dome of a cupcake off. Place the cupcake dome, cut side down in the bottom of the glass jar.
  10. Pipe ganache inside the jar around the edge of the cupcake top using a small squeeze bottle until level with the cupcake.
  11. Pipe green tinted frosting on top and then place the remaining portion of the cupcake, cut side down into the glass jar. Press gently, allowing the buttercream to push against the sides of the jar.
  12. Pipe a thin line of green frosting around the rim of the jar and sprinkle jimmies on top to attach. Press them in gently if needed.
  13. Prepare a piping bag with the 2D tip and pipe vanilla buttercream frosting to cover the top of the cupcake. Pipe in a circular motion starting on the outside and bring to a pointed tip.
  14. Pipe ganache on top of the frosting using the squeeze bottle. Insert a paper straw angled to one side, sprinkle on shamrock marshmallows and insert a gold wrapped chocolate coin if desired.

Notes

Mint Flavoring Options: Peppermint flavoring, creme de menthe candy flavoring, and mint chocolate chip flavoring are all options. Read instructions on packaging to determine best amount. Candy oils usually have more concentration of flavor and a little can go a long way.

How many cake jars will the recipe make? The cupcake recipe makes 16 cupcakes and the buttercream recipe yielded enough for four glass jar cakes using a large amount of frosting for each. You can dip the remaining cupcakes in chocolate ganache or make another batch of buttercream for another group of four cupcakes. You can also use less frosting to decorate more little cakes.

The fun thing about these shake cakes is trying different color and flavor combinations for different holidays and events. 

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Bottoms up!

Shamrock Shake Cakes

Hope you enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

It’s time to use up some bananas again because I always end up buying more than I get around to actually eating. Always. This time … instead of the my chocolate marbled banana bread that I love so much … I’m going a little simpler with peanut butter mixed in the batter. This recipe uses […]

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

It’s time to use up some bananas again because I always end up buying more than I get around to actually eating. Always. This time … instead of the my chocolate marbled banana bread that I love so much … I’m going a little simpler with peanut butter mixed in the batter.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Ingredients

This recipe uses basic ingredients which is always a plus when I have a last minute urge to bake something and hope that I already have everything I will need in the pantry.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Especially when it looks like this. Yummm!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Steps

The steps are easy, too. And you don’t even need a mixer. This is a hand mixing mashup. Make the banana bread batter and then combine some of the batter with melted peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread Swirled Batter

Then you just gently swirl the two together for a perfect peanut buttery combo and bake away.

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 52 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, mostly melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan. Lay a piece of parchment paper cut to fit the length of the pan and allow enough to extend over the edges sides of the pan to allow lifting. Then grease the top of the parchment paper. Lightly dust with flour.
  3. Whisk 2 cups flour, the sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. In another bowl, combine mashed bananas, mostly melted butter, milk, eggs and vanilla.
  5. Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and whisk together until combined.
  6. In a small bowl, melt peanut butter with about 3-4 scoops of the banana bread batter and stir together until blended.
  7. Pour remaining batter in the prepared loaf pan and then place spoonfuls of the peanut butter mixture on top. Gently swirl peanut butter mixture into the banana bread batter with a knife several times without over mixing.
  8. Bake for 50-52 minutes until done. Cool and remove from the loaf pan by holding the ends of the parchment paper and lifting out. Cut bread into thick slices and enjoy.
Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Hope you enjoy!

Wood you be mine? Beaver Cake Pops.

I’ve been busy as a beaver making these cute little cake pops for Valentine’s Day complete with downloadable treat tags. They’d also be adorable for a woodland themed shower or birthday party – minus the tags, of course. Let’s see how these decorative add-ons transform a shaped cake ball into the sweetest edible valentine. First […]

Beaver Cake Pops

I’ve been busy as a beaver making these cute little cake pops for Valentine’s Day complete with downloadable treat tags. They’d also be adorable for a woodland themed shower or birthday party – minus the tags, of course.

Beaver Cake Pop Add-Ons

Let’s see how these decorative add-ons transform a shaped cake ball into the sweetest edible valentine. (more…)

Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together. The best part is these cupcakes are […]

Cocoa Cupcakes

It’s cold outside and these cocoa cupcakes are a fun way to stay cozy and cute inside. They are  reminiscent of hot chocolate but presented as a sweet little cake with cocoa frosting and the tiniest marshmallow bits to top them off and tie the whole look together.

Chocolate Cupcakes

The best part is these cupcakes are super easy to pull together and you can mix all the ingredients for the cupcakes in one bowl. I always love that.

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Cotton Candy Cookies

These pastel colored cotton candy cookies are as sweet as they look – made with a duo of pink and blue cookie batter and buttercream, too. I made them from a recipe in the new Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats book.  By the way – stop what you are doing and go follow @jennareaecakes […]

Cotton Candy Cookies Sandwiches

These pastel colored cotton candy cookies are as sweet as they look – made with a duo of pink and blue cookie batter and buttercream, too. I made them from a recipe in the new Jenna Rae Cakes and Sweet Treats book. 

By the way – stop what you are doing and go follow @jennareaecakes on instagram. I have a total crush on their bakery and all of their beautiful pastel colored-sweets, treats and confections. Their aesthetic is the dreamiest. I just need to visit Vancouver to try them in person one day. In the meantime, I have their cookbook. YAY! And I also bought their Liquid Cotton Candy so I could make these cookies. 

Jenna Rae Cakes Bakebook

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Little Deer Sugar Cookies

It’s sugar cookie season! And these frosted fawns are a super cute cookie to sink your teeth into over the holidays. They are a variation of the soft vanilla sugar cookie snowmen I made last winter and love so much!  These are different though with the addition of nutella for the frosting and dough. I […]

Adding spots

It’s sugar cookie season! And these frosted fawns are a super cute cookie to sink your teeth into over the holidays. They are a variation of the soft vanilla sugar cookie snowmen I made last winter and love so much! 

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Sweet Sixteen: Shops That Ship Treats!

Thinking about shipping something sweet to loved ones this holiday season? Need some ideas? Well, I think I can help. This fun round up includes sixteen sweet shops and bakeries that ship nationwide. The list is mostly based on treats I’ve enjoyed by delivery in the past or by visiting their shops in person and […]

Sweet Sixteen Treats

Thinking about shipping something sweet to loved ones this holiday season? Need some ideas? Well, I think I can help. This fun round up includes sixteen sweet shops and bakeries that ship nationwide. The list is mostly based on treats I’ve enjoyed by delivery in the past or by visiting their shops in person and I’ll walk you through why I love each one. 

Get ready for a sugar rush!

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Decadent Double Chocolate Pancakes

Looking for a perfectly indulgent way to kick start the day? Well, how about these decadent double chocolate pancakes for breakfast? Now, I’m a dessert in the morning kind of girl, but these would also make a pretty sweet late night snack.  They’re made with mini morsels in the batter and more that are melted […]

Chocolate Chocolate Pancakes

Looking for a perfectly indulgent way to kick start the day? Well, how about these decadent double chocolate pancakes for breakfast? Now, I’m a dessert in the morning kind of girl, but these would also make a pretty sweet late night snack. 

Miniature Chocolate Chips

They’re made with mini morsels in the batter and more that are melted for an indulgent sauce to top them off.

 

Chocolate Ganache

There’s no holding back here. If you’re a chocolate-lover like me I think you’ll love these.

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