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.

All Things Green

Design by Sara Polacek of The Land of Nod’s Design Services Team
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve rounded up our favorite green Land of Nod pieces. No need to be a leprechaun to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
Our Design Services team offers free one-on-one design advice, mood boards and space planning. You have a room to decorate? They’d love to hear from you.

St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow CupcakesThere is no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a batch of colorful Rainbow Cupcakes! These cupcakes will be the hit of any St. Pattie’s Day party and impress all the kids, and Mom’s too, in your child’s classroom.

To create these fun St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Cupcakes, you will need:

  • Gluten free yellow cake mix (regular will work too)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Green food coloring
  • Rolo’s
  • Airhead Xtremes

How to make them:

  1. Start by cutting ¼ off of the Airhead Xtreme and continuing to do so with however many rainbows you will need. Take the larger pieces that remain and position them over a glass bowl, then pop them in the freezer. This will create the rainbow shape!
  2. Then, in a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, and butter. Mix until smooth.
  3. Next, Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Line the cupcake tin with liners and spoon in the cake mix so they are ¾ of the way full. You don’t want them to overflow! St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 1
  5. Bake the cupcakes for 18-20 minutes, or until the cake springs at your touch.
  6. While the cupcakes are baking, mix the vanilla frosting with green food coloring until they are well combined.St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 2
  7. To check if your cupcakes are done, insert a toothpick into the center of a single cake and see if it comes out clean. If your toothpick is clean, remove the cupcakes from the oven and set them aside to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Once they are cool, frost your cupcakes and use a knife to create two small slits on opposite sides of the top of the cupcake.
  9. Remove the Airdhead Xtreme rainbows from the freezer and insert each end in the slits on the cupcake. Place a Rolo at each end of the rainbow (each one is a pot of gold!)

These colorful and delicious Rainbow Cupcakes are ready to be eaten!

St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Cupcakes 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.

Party On: First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard

Written by Becca of CAKE. | events + design

My son Theo turned one earlier this year, and we all know this is a challenging time to host a first birthday party. Rather than fighting the winter and post-holiday blues, we decided to work with them and host a casual evening gathering with a celestial theme. I’m sharing my vision here in a new feature for Honest to Nod called ‘Party On’. These boards will offer inspiration for family friendly parties, featuring items from the Land of Nod that can be practically incorporated into both your event and your home.

I’m also showing off a few pictures and details from the real event. The rest of our first birthday extravaganza is being featured on my site CAKE., so be sure to pop over and see how it all came together.

Party On: First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 1 – Out of Stock // 2 – Out of Stock // 3 // 4 // 5 – Out of Stock // 6 // 7 // 8 – Out of Stock // 9

First Birthday Theme: Starlight Starbright

Color Palette: Indigo // Silver // Winter White

Invitation: available on Etsy

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 1 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 2We held the party at dusk, and luckily the weather permitted it to be held both indoors + outdoors. Because of the time, we encouraged the little ones to come in their pjs so they could head right to sleep when they got home.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 3Chilly though it was, we had dessert in the backyard around our fire pit. There was vanilla cake, star cookies, meringues and all the fixings for a classic s’mores bar.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 4 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 5 First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 6We had benches around the fire pit with star pillows and blankets to help keep everyone warm. Sitting underneath the twinkle lights it was all very cozy and campy.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 7We sent each family home with a handmade favor bag that had a special surprise inside – a set of glow in the dark stars for the kids rooms. I designed a little ‘for stargazing’ tag to coordinate with the party invitation.

First Birthday Starlight Starbright Moodboard 8Becca 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.