Easy Carrot Cake for Easter & Garden Parties

Easter is only a few days away and how better to welcome the bunny than with carrot cake!

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If you’re a great baker, make your mom’s carrot cake recipe and flat ice it with a rich buttercream frosting . . . if you’re not a great baker, no worries. This cake idea is still for you! Just order your flat iced carrot cake from your local grocer or bakery.

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You can keep it simple like the top two carrot cake images, or you can create a cake topper!

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You can even embellish carrot cake cupcakes. The Easter bunny will appreciate all of your carrot cake . . . no matter the size! {grin}

To embellish this easy carrot cake and these carrot cake cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Orange and green (this one is glitter) cardstock
  • Sharp scissors (dull ones will tear your paper and make your cut choppy)
  • Lollipop sticks (available in the baking section of your local craft store)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange and white sixlet candies (available at your local candy store)
  • Tip: Use a cake stand with a small lip so that the candies don’t roll

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To make the carrot decorations for your cake and cupcakes:

  1. Cut out the carrots. For the small cupcake carrots and side of cake carrots, think snowman, three bumps. Once you have one you like, use it as a template so your carrots are all the same size. For the larger carrots for the top of the cake, cut five bumps.
  2. For the carrot leaves, cut out a lopsided heart.
  3. Attach the leaves to the carrots.
  4. Attach the carrots to lollipop sticks. For the side of the cake, cut the lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the back of the carrot. For the top of the cake and cupcakes, glue the lollipop stick to the back of the carrot.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks into your cake and cupcakes.

As always I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Butterfly Cupcakes

With spring here and Easter just around the corner, this weekend I whipped up some pretty and super easy butterfly cupcakes for the family.

Easy Butterfly Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Every year I plant lantanas in my front flower beds. When I was a child in Alabama my grandmother had a variety of lantanas all around her yard and lining her drive. They were beautiful AND they attracted butterflies! Little yellow and white butterflies… so dainty and fragile. I can’t wait for them to arrive this summer.

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So in honor of spring I decided to make some simple butterfly cupcakes in five easy decorating steps: 

  1. Ice – coat cupcakes with white icing.
  2. Dip – dip and roll cupcake tops in yellow sugar, coating the cupcake all over.
  3. Wing it – add two yogurt or chocolate covered pretzels for the wings. These are lemon yogurt. YUM!
  4. Body – using pearl yellow sixlets, create a segmented body with four candies.
  5. Antennae- add two small chocolate sprinkles for the antennae. I prefer using tweezers so I don’t destroy the icing.

Tip: For perfect color on your cupcake wrappers, bake in white wrappers and once cooled set inside pattern or colored wrappers.

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Plus, these pretty little cupcakes are perfect for my bugs, bees and butterflies party supplies that I shared on Friday.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printable Templates

We celebrate Easter for all the right reasons in my house, by giving thanks to the Lord for the gift of His son, but we still like to have a little “bunny” fun too. So today I’m sharing a fun and creative Easter Bunny cake idea that you can make in less than 10 minutes!

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Yep. This craft is quick. Run by the bakery and pick up a simple white flat iced cake, print my free bunny designs, cut and/or punch them out, put them on lollipop sticks and you’re a rockstar!

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Download your FREE EASTER BUNNY PRINTABLES now and hop {grin} over to my original post for all the step-by-step instructions and more pictures!

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Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe {Easy Semi-Homemade Sweet}

This simple semi-homemade sweet is super easy to make and tastes just like the family favorite cookie: Snickerdoodle! Sometimes the simple flavors from our childhood are the best.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make snickerdoodle cupcakes*, you’ll need: 
  • 1 package white cake mix (I use Duncan Hines for dairy-free)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk (I use vanilla soy for dairy-free)
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter, melted (I use Smart Balance Light for dairy-free)
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus 1/2 teaspoon for dusting
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar, plus 2 tablespoons for dusting

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

Baking instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sift together cake mix and 1 tablespoon cinnamon.
  3. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of milk, and beating until combined after each.
  4. Fill cupcake tins 2/3 way full and bake for 14 to 18 minutes depending on your oven.
  5. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely.

For the frosting, I used Martha’s 7-minute frosting recipe and dusted them with sugar and and ground cinnamon.

Snickerdoodle Cupcake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

As always, I hope you craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

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How To Pipe Petal Cupcakes

I love the trend of petal cakes. They’re beautiful and so simple to replicate. So for one of my five projects with JoAnn Fabric & Craft Stores for their Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook, I share how to pipe petal icing cupcakes.

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Visit my post with JoAnn for all the easy how to details and a list of supplies.

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Have you  flipped through the pages of the Spring 2014 Trends & Ideas lookbook? Well, wait no more! {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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3-Ingredient Lemon Frosting Cupcakes

I love lemon. Lemon cookies, lemon cake, lemonade… Outside of chocolate, it is my favorite flavor to bake with.

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I blame my Uncle Billy for my love of chocolate. Giving me M&Ms at his every visit. And my sweet grandmother is responsible for my love of lemon. She made my favorite pie, Lemon Ice Box, every time I asked. It’s amazing I was a skinny child. {grin}

This weekend, in the hopes that spring will arrive soon, I baked up some simple lemon cupcakes.

This post is really all about the icing and the candy topper. The cake mix is a Duncan Hines Supreme Lemon. So yummy and dairy free so my youngest can enjoy it too.

For the frosting, you’ll need:

  • 1 container Cool Whip
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice (or more to taste… I like more)
  • Optional: lemon yogurt coated pretzel

And the easy instructions:

  1. Combine cool whip, lemon juice and sweetened condensed milk in mixer
  2. Chill for 3 hours (it brings out the lemon flavor and hardens the icing)
  3. Top cupcakes and serve. If longer than 15 minutes, chill iced cupcakes.

Serve these yummies with a hot cup of coffee and you can’t go wrong.

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Want a little inexpensive party tip? Embellish white cake plates with a simple strip of crepe paper. It’s much cheaper than ribbon and can be just as pretty!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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St. Patrick’s Day: Rainbow Cupcakes & Gumball Clouds

If you’ve not noticed, I like to bake. {grin} So with St. Patrick’s Day coming and an art party to plan for, I decided to make some rainbow cupcakes!

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Aren’t they pretty!

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The first thing I did was grab all my gel food coloring and tint my batter. After the cupcakes cooled I used the same gel icing to tint white frosting.

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Top each cupcake with a sixlet, use crepe paper streamers for your rainbow and make sure your creative cupcakes end at a gumball cloud! Or, for St. Patrick’s Day, your rainbow might end at a pot of gold, like Rolos!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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gone batty Halloween cake & Halloween blog hop

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I’m so excited to share with you my first Halloween cake of the season (I have several more planned!). I dubbed this one “gone batty!” {grin}

And guess what else! I’m hosting a Halloween blog hop with some of my creative and crafty friends! From Halloween party treats to Halloween favors to Halloween home décor, we’ve got you covered! Scroll down to see all of the creative and creepy ideas!

But first, let’s talk cake! A crafty bat cake to be exact!

If you’re a baker, like me, whip out a two layer flat iced cake and pop it in the fridge. If you’re not, no worries! Head down to your favorite bakery (or even your favorite grocery) and pick up a simple no decoration cake. Even for those of us that love to bake, in a time crunch, heading to the local bakery is the best corner to cut!

Gone Batty Halloween Cake | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Now that you have the cake squared away, let’s get crafty!

You’ll need:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Lollipop sticks (cut in half or use short ones)
  • Co’ordinations Black Glitter Cardstock (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Bat template (half of a bat, intended to be cut out of folded sheet)
  • Hot glue
  • Optional: Black sixlet candies to finish the cake edges (available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

Easy steps for decorating your “gone batty” cake:

  • Fold cardstock in half (don’t crease too much or it will tear)
  • Place template (half of bat) on fold line and cut. This will give you a symmetrical bat and you’ll already have that nice fold that makes them look like they’re flying
  • Hot glue bats to the tips of your lollipop sticks
  • Insert into your cake at varying heights so that they appear to be flying in an upward motion
  • Optional: Attach additional bats to your cake backdrop for extra effect!

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Now please HOP over and visit my friends! 

scared batty Halloween cake + creative blogger Halloween hop

 

From left to right in the collage you’ll find:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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monster cupcakes in a minute

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Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

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We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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