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!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake with Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

Easy Easter Bunny Cake + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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!

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

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How To Make Hand Apple Pies {Skinny Recipe}

Hand apple pies. The smell of cinnamon and sugar sautéing on the stove and pie crust browning in the oven. It makes me think of my grandmother’s kitchen in Alabama.

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When I was a little girl she fried hand apple pies most every Sunday. They were crispy and amazing. And although I loved the yummy goodness of those pies, I prefer a little lighter recipe for my boys. Don’t worry, my southern roots won’t let me stray too far. I promise, with this recipe you’re not sacrificing the flavor. {grin}

Plus, with a little semi-homemade ingenuity, you can whip these up on a school night!

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients for filling:

  • 5 cups apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter (I use a vegan butter so my little one can eat them too, plus it has less fat)
  • 1/2 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (reserve for sprinkling on tops)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (+ a smidge to sprinkle on tops)
  • 1 pkg chilled pie crust (my grandmother’s buttermilk recipe is amazing… I’ll share it next time… but for the sake of only 4 grams of fat per mini pie)
  • 2 tbsp. Mazola corn oil (cholesterol free and 0 trans fats)

Make:

Filling: Heat a skillet over medium-heat. Add the diced apples, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to the pan and stir. Cook until the butter is melted and the apples are soft, about 2 minutes. Be careful not to make them mushy or to burn them and lose all the juice. Remove from the heat, and transfer the apple filling to a mixing bowl to cool. Set aside and let come to room temperature.

Pies:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Remove dough disks from the refrigerator (work with one at a time to keep your dough chilled and in shape). Using a 3-inch-diameter cookie cutter or saucer, cut out six circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary to achieve all 12. Dough should be 1/8 thick.
  3. Lay the pastry circles on one of the sheet pans and top with half of the apple mixture, being sure to reserve as much of the apple liquid as possible. Adding too much liquid to the pies will get messy, quickly.
  4. Brush another round with Mazola oil. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create a fluted seal along the edge. (Note: If not sticking well, put a little more Mazola along the inside of the seam to help it seal. You don’t want those yummy apples to escape.
  5. Sprinkle tops of mini hand pies with granulated sugar and a pinch of cinnamon rubbed between your hands to give it a light dusting. shaped slit in the top of each pie.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes (depending on your oven), until the pies are golden brown and cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.

I like to serve them warm with a scoop of vanilla yogurt. {wink}

How To Make Hand Apple Pies | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You can find more amazing and heart healthy recipes on Mazola.com. A new study shows Mazola Corn Oil lowers cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil! Wow! Try it today for sautéing, stir frying and baking. I’m actually making parmesan encrusted zucchini fries for the kids this weekend. Can’t wait!!

Mazola - Heart Healthy Oil

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

Compensation was provided by Mazola via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mazola.

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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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Basic French Macarons Recipe with Martha

Have you seen these amazing trendy treats? The French macaron has taken the party world by storm and some have even called it the “next” cupcake because it’s become so popular. {grin}

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Have you ever wondered how to make them yourself? Picking them up at your favorite bakery can run a little pricy, but with the amazing recipe in the March 2014 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine (available on newsstands and for iPad now), you can whip them up for just $.20 each!

French Macarons Basic Recipe via Martha Stewart

Hop over to Martha Stewart, grab the recipe and make a batch of French macarons for your next party! 

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

Photo credit: Linda Pugliese and Martha Stewart Living.

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St. Patrick’s Day: Mini Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnut Recipe

Are you thinking green for St. Patrick’s Day yet? Well you really should try these mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts from my lovely contributor Deanna of Mirabelle Creations!

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In Deanna’s words: My son is a little fascinated with leprechauns this March.  His fascination might be because they are quite mischievous, just like him!  Between a leprechaun’s mischievous nature, their pots of gold, and their mini stature, what’s not to love?

For St. Patrick’s Day, there are so many fun Leprechauns ideas for kids.  My little guy wanted to make a Leprechaun Trap this year.  Some other fun ideas include: green milk left by a leprechaun, the leprechaun leaving little gold coins around the house for the kids, and the leprechaun turning the toilet water green. 

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Doughnuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast this year, I plan to leave my son some of these Leprechaun Lime Doughnuts (which are Mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts).  They are healthy treat alternative to a fried doughnut.  Also, they are Leprechaun size and incorporate green without having to use green dye!

Mini Key Lime Pie Doughnuts (adapted from A Zesty Bite)

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons key lime or lime juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of two small limes
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 graham cracker, crushed

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray the cavity of a mini doughnut pan with cooking spray.
  2. Add key lime juice to milk.  Let sit for about 5 minutes, so milk sours.  In a small bowl, mix together egg, vanilla, and butter.  Add soured milk to ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and zest of one lime.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients until completely combined.  Add batter to a piping bag.  Fill the doughnut cavities approximately 2/3 full by piping batter into cavities.
  4. Bake approximately 8 minutes or until doughnuts are golden brown.   Cool for about 1 minute, then remove from pan.  Let doughnuts cool.
  5. For the glaze: Stir together 1 tablespoon milk and powdered sugar.  Add a little more milk until you achieve the desired consistency.  Dip top half of doughnuts into glaze.  Sprinkle remaining lime zest and graham crackers crumbs on top of glaze.

Makes approximately 24 mini doughnuts. 

Key Lime Pie Leprechaun Donuts for St. Patrick's Day | Mirabelle Creations for TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For a few more Mirabelle Creations’ St. Patrick’s Day ideas, visit Deanna’s recent St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas post. 

As always, we 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.

3-Ingredient-Lemon Frosting | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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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15 Mini Pie Recipes For Easter Brunch

Did you know that March 14 is National Pi Day?!

No, I didn’t forget the “e” on Pie. I’m sleep deprived a bit since this is Friday, but not that much! {wink} It’s National Pi Day. You know, like π is a constant equal to 3.14. Yep. You’re with me now. {grin}

With National Pie Day just around the corner everyone is sharing mini decadent pie recipes and my mouth is watering! I’ve collected 15 of my favorite on Foodie.com.

15 Mini Pie Recipes

My plan? In celebration of National Pi Day I’m going to bake up a few and then serve my favorites to family for our annual Easter brunch.

I always have a tough time picking just one pie recipe when we gather together, but with mini pies I can serve multiple flavors and give everyone a choice. Plus, I don’t feel so guilty about having more than one! {wink}

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!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Aren’t they pretty!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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.

Rainbow Cupcakes for St. Patrick's Day | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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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St. Patrick’s Day: Easy Shamrock Cupcakes with Mint Frosting

It’s time to start thinking green! These fun 4-leaf clover, Lucky green, cupcakes with mint icing are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

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I love working with candies.

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This fun little cupcake is super easy with just a few goodies. Green chocolate covered sunflower seeds from Candy Galaxy (they have every color candy!) and Breyer’s chocolate sprinkles (the only sprinkles my kids actually like!).

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the mint frosting is a cinch. There are tons of amazing recipes from scratch, but when in a hurry I use Pillsbury icing (dairy-free for my little guy and always fluffy) and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract.

And since this is St. Patrick’s Day, I also mix in green gel food coloring (the other is too watery) until I get my desired color. (TIP: Tint your icing and let it set for five minutes before adding more food coloring. It will darken a bit.)

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

With these cupcakes you’re sure not to get PINCHED! {grin}

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

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