Party On: Easter Egg Hunt

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

Meri Meri has created some Easter designs that are absolutely party perfect with Land of Nod’s style. So for this month’s Party On board, I’m incorporating them with green + orange accents to help you plan a very hip Easter Egg Hunt…

Party On: Easter Egg Hunt

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Color Palette: spring green // carrot // sky // cotton
Party Invitation: available here

Here are my 10 tips for hosting a Hip Easter Egg Hunt:

1.  Obviously, bunnies are a must. Pull together an eclectic collection like this bunny lamp and place them in unexpected spots.

2. This green campaign desk is my favorite piece of the season and would make an ideal buffet or treat table (I’m thinking make your own Benedict bar!). You can open the drawers a bit to hold all your plates and flatware.

3. Establish boundaries for the Easter egg hunt ahead of time and mark them off with pretty party garlands.

4. For the egg collection, try totes or shoppers in place of traditional Easter baskets – and reuse them all season long.

6. Reward the sharpest little eyes by hiding special surprise eggs in sneaky spots, or create a scavenger hunt and offer clues to finding them.

7. For an outdoor egg hunt, throw down blankets in the grass so that when kids are done hunting, they can get right down to the business of opening their eggs.

8. If you have mix of ages, let the younger ones hunt first.  Then set up a more challenging hunt for the older kids and designate the parent with the best voice (or accent!) to read classic bunny stories like the Beatrix Potter collection or the Velveteen Rabbit to the littles.

9. You know everyone is will want to capture their children in Easter attire- so hang a simple photo backdrop using a patterned sheet or curtain panel.

10. True, you don’t need to do favors after an egg hunt, but these Meri Meri Easter cookie cutters are kind of begging to be used.  So either bake up some fun cookies for dessert, or send one home with a few mini eggs in clear bags tied up with a bow. It doesn’t get much cuter than that.

And if you need an invitation to coordinate, I happen to have just the thing in my Etsy shop.

The Party On series offers inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from The Land of Nod that can be incorporated into both your event and your home.

Becca Gorski lives in the SF Bay Area, is a working mother of two, and moonlights as an occasional designer / blogger / celebration maker. You can find her creative ideas on CAKE. | events + design, and her line of merry happy party printables on Etsy.

Spring Reading

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine 

Spring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairSpring Reading Play ChairThis house sitter play chair doubles as a seat and dollhouse—you can’t say that about many chairs!  It’s spacious enough for a little family and their furnishings.  Other uses for it—as a nightstand or bookshelf—make it that much more versatile.  This rainbow garland is just the thing to brighten up any reading nook for the spring.  Stored in our house sitter chair is a small collection of fresh children’s literature. Here are a few of our favorites for spring reading:

  • Lulu and Pip, an endearing tale by the author, photographer and artist who brought you Kiki and Coco in Paris.  This one has a Northern California twist to it.
  • Flashlight, an engaging book for exploring the wonder of night, nature and art.  With your flashlight, of course!
  • Opposites, from the Touch Think Learn series, which uses an important, hands-on aspect of learning–the tactile modality–to give life to a child’s first pairs of opposite words.
  • Telephone, a hilarious story about a message that goes topsy turvy as it makes its way through a group of birds (not unlike the fun game you might have played in elementary school).

Happy spring and happy reading!

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter Party

Post by Nicole of Making it Lovely

My kids like holidays (don’t they all?), but they’ve been really excited this year for Easter. For days, my son has been asking if it is “Easter Day” yet, so we decided to dye and decorate eggs and have a little Easter party to appease him until the holiday arrives. We hard-boiled our eggs and gathered some supplies: an egg decorating kit with stands, googly eyes, feathers, poms, and stickers, along with some egg dye and a pack of tiny bows. We had bunny ears to wear, too!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyHow adorable are those paper lanterns and pinwheels? We were hosting a brunch the next day, so we got to dye our Easter eggs surrounded by some really cute decorations. We were joined by a couple of the cutest plush friend and her bunny too, for added measure.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Easter egg decorating kit works well with undyed white eggs, but my kids wanted them to be colorful and I was happy to oblige.

There were six animals to make for our Easter party: two bunnies, a sheep, two birds, and a chicken. We went for the bunnies first.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyAw, so sweet. We made a couple of the other animals too, before things got a little weird. And by “weird” I mean totally awesome. What has six eyes, two beaks, wings, and a bow-tie? Monster chicken!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyThe Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyIn the end, we ended up with our two bunnies, a sheep, a bird, our monster chicken, and a mummy. We also had plenty of giggles, a couple of happy kids, and half a dozen really interesting hard-boiled eggs to eat.

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyNot a bad way to celebrate Easter Day!

The Chicken & The Egg Easter PartyNicole Balch writes Making it Lovely, a design and lifestyle blog about living a stylish life and transforming the so-so. She writes about her old Victorian home, decorating and fashion, as well as her life as a wife, mother of three young children, and blogger turned breadwinner.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 4

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our final installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a cozy lounge for your tween. We kept a focus on the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Tween Book Nook InspirationGrey Knit Blanket / Black Sequin Heart Throw Pillow / Typeset Throw Pillow / Seeing Stars Rug / Acrylic Book Cart / Open Arms Swivel Lounge Chair / Forest Poster Decal / Green Wiry Pendant / Black Spot Garland

Here’s how we put it all together:

  • Our Open Arms swivel is an ideal seat for a tween reading nook. It’s oversized and comfy, a great hang out spot.
  • We added a chunky throw blanket and sequin pillow to make it extra cozy.
  • The black accent in the throw pillow and garland make sure the space is not too sweet and contrast nicely with the soft pink and mint accent colors found in the rug and décor.
  • The acrylic book caddy brings in style and function.
  • Hang the wiry pendant above the chair for soft lighting.

 

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

The tween years are a great time to introduce a bit more complexity into a child’s reading life. At this age, kids will enjoy books with more of an emotional journey, as well as books with more sophisticated language and plot points. It’s also worth encouraging children this age to explore a wide range of books — from realistic fiction, to poetry, to fantasy.

Book Suggestions for TweensOur picks:

  • Smile – Raina Telgemeier’s real-life experiences make for a humorous coming-of-age novel filled with great artwork and plenty of dental drama. Kids will identify with Raina’s struggles to forge her own identity and find real friends.
  • The One and Only Ivan – You’ll never think about caged animals the same way again. The One and Only Ivan is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting read about a gorilla and baby elephant who live in a circus-themed mall.
  • Wonder – Some books change the world. Some books change us. The best books do both. Wonder pushes young readers toward greater compassion, empathy, and acceptance of differences.
  • A Snicker of Magic – This much-lauded debut novel about the magical power of words will delight middle grade and tween readers.
  • Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson’s highly acclaimed poetic memoir about growing up as an African American in South Carolina and New York in the ‘60s and 70s took home the National Book Award.
  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy – Packed with summertime adventures and big-time family fun, this is a perfect read-aloud book for the whole family.

Curious what books tweens are recommending to each other? Check out Books Tweens Can’t Stop Talking About on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

Gem Wall Decor DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod

Gem Wall Décor DIYWhen I was styling the living room for the Nod Family Home, I needed a little something to hang above this bookcase. The entire room was very light and bright, so I wanted something delicate. Also, there was already quite a bit of wall art on the other walls, so I wanted to do something a bit different, and more dimensional. We’d brought along a handful of our gem ornaments to use as baubles in styling the bookcases, maybe put them in a bowl or vase, or just set them atop a stack of books, they’re so pretty! And, even though they’re technically Christmas Ornaments, that doesn’t mean they are only for the holidays or just for a tree for that matter!

Gem Wall Decor DIYHere’s what you need to make your own gem wall decor DIY:

  • Ornaments – you could choose any that fit your décor, we chose our Gem Ornaments
  • Dowel Rod – cut to length of your space
  • Paint optional – I painted the dowel rod half peach/half a neon orangey-pink
  • Embroidery Floss – pick a color to fit your space, I used a neon yellow to add a subtle pop of color

And, really, there’s not much to the “instructions.” But, here’s how I did it.

  • Determine the overall length of the space.
  • Cut lengths of floss to double your length, you’ll need one piece of floss for each ornament.
  • Thread floss through ornament and tie at the top, tie them at varying lengths, so the gems hit at varying heights. This isn’t an exact science, just create a composition that’s pleasing to you.
  • Loop the floss over the dowel rod.
  • Cut another piece of floss about 1 ½ times the width of the dowel.
  • Tie it at each end of the dowel rod, this will be your hanging piece, you may need to adjust the length once it’s on the wall.
  • Put a nail in the wall, and loop the floss over the nail.
  • You’re done!

It’s a really easy DIY, and the materials are inexpensive and readily available. You could even make this during the holidays with holiday ornaments, as festive décor. Or, instead of a dowel rod, try it with an embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling. It would act more like a mobile that would add lovely texture to any space.

Looking for our other Nod Family Home DIY’s? Check them all out HERE.

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Easter Entertaining Tips

Post by Aleah & Nick Valley of Valley & Co. Events

This year Easter is truly bringing out the kids in us. Each time our favorite springtime holiday rolls around {with cherry blossoms dancing trough the air}, our neighborhood gathers up all of the children for a block-wide Easter egg hunt and watch with excitement as the kids toddle along searching for speckled and vibrant eggs filled with coins, chocolates and treasures. Easter this year will be an wonderfully memorable experience as it will be Ava’s first! We will be hosting a post-egg hunt brunch and plan on having a bounty of delicious treats and a charming ambiance, all while entertaining effortlessly.

We encourage you to do the same, using a combination of items you have on hand and sweet accessories from Meri Meri found at The Land of Nod. Trust us, entertaining like a pro can be a simple feat. Below you’ll find some of our favorite at-home Easter entertaining tips, along with secrets on how we brought this table top to life for Easter.Easter Entertaining Tips Easter Entertaining TipsEASTER

  • Stage the kids’ table outdoors and make it low. We use a pop-up folding table and rather than extending the legs, we secured it by placing the top of the table on two crates.
  • Instead of cumbersome chairs, let the children sit on pillows {we sewed these using foam pillow forms, layers of tulle and muslin fabric} that can lend themselves to indoor decor when Easter is over
  • Purchase sheet moss from the craft supply store and roll it out on the table for a fun and okay-to-play with centerpiece. Nestle eggs atop the moss and in little silver pails.
  • Clip a few cherry blossom branches for a pop of spring beauty.
  • Water color names on thin strips of paper and curl them with a pencil. You have instant place cards!
  • Think about hosting a light lunch or snack party instead of a lengthy brunch or dinner
  • Using the same water color technique, paint on card stock and use them as Easter fun cards the kids can color on themselves or play tic-tac-toe
  • Use a silver permanent marker to make small dots or stripes on your eggs to dress them up
  • Send the kiddos home with take-home treats in silver pails {the same ones you used on the table can double as decor} filled with goodies

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So what are your Easter plans? Are you feeling inspired to host a fun and effortless gathering? Happy Easter!

Nick & Aleah Valley are the husband + wife owners and operators of Valley & Co. Lifestyle, based in the beautiful Emerald City {Seattle}. They love to make life grand and believe that any occasion, whether small or large, is cause for celebration. They believe that entertaining at home welcomes memories and laughter. Follow them on their blog and Instagram.

Yarn Wall Art DIY

Post by Danielle Kurtz, Creative Director at The Land of Nod 

It’s no secret that we adore Jeran of Oleander and Palm. She’s been a long-time contributor to Honest to Nod, and was also one of our Real Family features. When she posted this Yarn Wall Art DIY, we found ourselves swooning over the fact that the DIY was so straightforward, but the results were anything but ordinary. Also, it’s such an easy project to make your own through different color combinations, shapes and sizes. Not to mention the fact that the materials are readily available, and very inexpensive.

Yarn Wall Art DIYphoto from Oleander + Palm

So, we invited Jeran to create an installation for our South Coast Plaza store’s windows. You can see more about that here.

Yarn Wall Art DIY 2Photo from Oleander + Palm

But, we just couldn’t get enough of this DIY. So, we decided to make one of our own for the Nod Family Home.

Yarn Wall Art DIY 3It’s the perfect statement piece above the mantle. It adds so much texture, and is at once sophisticated and playful. We’re major textile junkies here at Nod, and are loving the current resurgence of textile art in home décor. If you’re not up for investing in a custom woven art piece, this is a fantastic DIY alternative. Thanks Jeran for the inspiration!

Danielle is the Creative Director at Nod and an over-protective mother of two. She’s also completely obsessed with Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and her Kindle, but not necessarily in that order. Danielle loves to craft, sew and crochet. Her current craft of choice is weaving tiny wall tapestries.

Book Nook Inspiration – Part 3

Post by The Land of Nod and Brightly

Welcome to our third installment of Book Nook Inspiration created in collaboration with Brightly. If you missed them, check out Parts 1 and 2 for more tips. And, don’t forget to read to the bottom for details on our giveaway.

Book Nook Design Tips from Nod:
For this edition, we’ve put together a modern design that can easily grow with your young reader. Still paying attention to the three main design requirements of any reading nook, make it inviting, comfortable and quiet.

Boy's Book Nook Inspiration I Heart Space Banner / Floating Wall Shelf / Blue Rad Rug / Grey Bean Bag Chair / Grey Next Chapter Bookcase / Star Pop Icon Nightlight / Circle Corkboard

For this space, here are some of the key design elements:

  • The Rad Rug is the perfect foundation for the space; it’s plush, graphic and will define the book nook.
  • We always recommend layering in soft seating for a comfy spot to lounge, our Cool Beans! Bean Bag Chair is the perfect option for a growing child, as it’s plenty roomy.
  • The pop icon nightlight is not only a playful décor piece, but can be mounted to the wall above the bean bag chair for additional lighting.
  • A mix of cork boards and wall art can add interest in the space, and gives a place for kids to hang their latest treasures and mementos.
  • A small wall mounted shelf or ledge is ideal for keeping favorite books close at hand. We love the simple design of this book ledge, as it really turns a stack of books into a piece of art.
  • Of course, if this is a book nook, you’ll need plenty of room for books, and even a few toys. The Next Chapter bookcase is good choice because it’s low to the ground, which means your little one will have ready access to their books and toys.

Book Recommendations from Brightly:

As kids hit kindergarten and beyond, it’s a great time to explore different types of books. Finding books that relate to your young reader’s interests, pique their curiosity, or make them laugh will help keep them engaged with reading as they grow.

Boys Library Inspiration - Age 6-8Our picks:

  • George’s Marvelous Medicine – Wacky predicaments and laugh-out-loud moments take center stage in this short chapter book from one of the world’s greatest storytellers.
  • I am Jackie Robinson – This is the fourth title in New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World series. I am Jackie Robinson will entertain, inform, and inspire sports-loving kids.
  • Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! – Who knew being flat could be so fun? Packed with plenty of pictures and goofy situations, Flat Stanley is a delightful story that young readers have loved for generations.
  • Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – Short, snappy text and great illustrations make this the funniest installment in Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty series.
  • Amazing Pop-up Space AtlasThis interactive book introduces young readers to the wonders of outer space, complete with planet profiles, sky charts, and a 3-D pop-up Solar System.
  • Fortunately, the Milk – From Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of Coraline, comes a fantastical tale of a dad who runs out for a carton of milk and encounters aliens, pirates, and ponies on his way.

Looking for more great reads for growing readers? Check out 10 Early Chapter Books for Boys on Brightly.

Want the perfect kids’ reading nook? Enter to win $1,500 from The Land of Nod and $1,000 worth of books from Brightly. Ends 3/30.

Brightly is a new resource to help moms and dads raise lifelong readers. Brightly features book recommendations for every age and stage, reading tips and insights, seasonal inspirations, author essays, contests, gift guides, and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There isn’t a dessert I love more than a delightful Rainbow Cake with fluffy, homemade Butter Cream Frosting! Don’t shy away from creating charismatic cake, it’s not as hard to make as you may think it is. If I can make it, you definitely can!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow CakeTo Create Your St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cake, You Need:

  • Six 9-inch cake pans
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 large egg whites (no yolks)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring

To Make the Buttercream Frosting, You Need:

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 bag (2lb) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk

How to Make A Rainbow Cake:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Coat each cake pan with shortening and then line the bottom of each with parchment paper. Brush again with shortening and set aside.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, slowly mix the sugar and butter together using a handheld electric mixer. A great tip on slow mixing would be to add small increments of each at a time, then combine and repeat.
  4. Next, slowly incorporate the egg whites until well combined and then mix in the vanilla.
  5. Now combine your flour mixture in small increments with the milk by beginning with the flour and ending with the milk until everything is well mixed.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into six bowls. Add yellow, orange, red, violet, blue, and green food coloring to each their prospective bowls and mix until combined. Pour each color into a separate cake pan and bake for 15-15 minutes.St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 1
  7. To make the Buttercream Frosting, mix the shortening and butter with an electric mixer. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Then, add in the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until frosting is light and fluffy.
  8. Once the cakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for about 10 minutes.
  9. After they’ve cooled, remove them from the pans.
  10. Place the first layer (violet) on your desired serving dish and frost the top and sides with a spatula.
  11. Repeat the stacking and frosting of each layer until you’ve reached the top. St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 2
  12. Smooth the top and outer layers of frosting with a spatula one final time.

Cut a piece of cake and serve!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cake 3Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor

Post by Giulia Doyle, photographer and blogger at Audrey’s
Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter DecorIs the snow melting where you live, the sun a little stronger and happy spring feelings in the air? Ready for a little Easter fun – some whimsy and punches of colour? Well, the Land of Nod sent me some fun Easter products to try and the Meri Meri Easter paper goods are wonderful – just a little cheeky and with a punch of neon color. I loved everything they sent me.Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 3To go with all the fun plates, cups, garland, baskets and bunny ears, I decided to make lemon sable cookies dipped in chocolate with the fun Meri Meri Easter cookie cutters. Not only are these cookies fun, but the recipe is easy to make, versatile and dipping things in chocolate is always a good idea.

 

Chocolate Dipped Lemon Sablé (French Shortbread recipe adapted from Le Cordon Bleu)

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 150 g butter at room temperature
  • 95 g powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 vanilla bean (pod)
  • lemon zest from one lemon
  • 280 g of flour
  • 2 g salt
  • 100 g of dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • royal icing and sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Mix butter with powdered sugar until fluffy. Add egg and whisk well.
  2. Cut and scrape vanilla bean. Add seeds to dough and mix.
  3. Add lemon zest and mix.
  4. Add flour in small amounts and mix. Add salt and mix.
  5. Wrap dough in plastic and store in fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F.
  7. On a lightly floured surface roll out dough until it’s about 1/8 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut shape and place on parchment lined cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until edges are golden.
  9. To decorate, melt chocolate gently in microwave in 15 seconds intervals. Add cream and stir until you have a smooth glossy texture. Dip each cookie into chocolate, let excess drip off and place on parchment to dry and add sprinkles. Add royal icing details if you want.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 5Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 7Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 9To add to our small dessert table we also made a lemon loaf cake. Again, easy to make in advance, keeps well, simple to transport and just as perfect as a dessert or a breakfast indulgence. You could also use the recipe for muffins and use the Easter cupcake liners and toppers available.

Lemon Loaf (adapted from Martha Stewart)

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours

Serving Size: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
  • 3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds (optional)
  • 1-2 cups of icing sugar
  • Milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with rack in lowest position. Butter and flour two 4 1/2-by-8-inch (6-cup) loaf pans.
  2. In a small bowl (or liquid measuring cup), combine buttermilk with lemon zest and juice. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. With an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in poppy seeds.
  4. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in three parts alternately with the buttermilk mixture in two, beginning and ending with flour; beat just until smooth (do not over mix).
  5. Divide batter evenly between pans. Smooth tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 1 hour and 10 minutes (tent with foil if browning too quickly). Cool 15 minutes in pan. Turn out cakes onto a rack; cool completely before glazing.
  6. Make glaze by combining 2-4 tablespoons of milk with icing sugar until you get the consistency you like. You want it to drip but not be too watery. Add lemon juice if you want.
  7. Set rack with cakes over a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Pour glaze over cakes, letting it run down the sides; let dry, about 30 minutes. (I also added leftover royal icing from my cookie decorating.)

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Are you hosting on Easter? Any great plans? I know I’ll be pulling out all of these great details to celebrate the day.

Easter Sweets Recipes & Easter Decor 13Giulia Doyle blogs at Audrey’s. She loves to share the sweet and savory, be it in the kitchen or travels. She juggles a family and a full-time job – they cook, travel and often paint a wall a new color.