Pastel Ombre Peep Cake

pastel ombre peep cakeI know it’s a little bit early for Easter, but I made this cake last weekend for a potluck where the theme was “birds”. I’d seen a tutorial for making a beautiful swirled ombre cake from Sweetapolita, and have been dying to give it a try.

peep cake 1

I started with a pallet of pink, yellow, and greenish blue pastel frosting.

peep cake 8You can check out Sweetapolita’s video tutorial for this frosting method here. She does a fantastic job of explaining each step, and it really was very simple! I started with a crumb coated cake, then slowly added stripes of blue, yellow, and pink frosting. As you smooth the cake, the stripes naturally swirl together to create this beautiful watercolor or ombre effect.

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This cake’s color scheme reminded me of a pastel sunset.  I would recommend that you think of how the colors will look when they mix together, and that it will result in pretty shades, not muddy ones. Mixing complementary colors (red/green, yellow/purple etc) will give you a not so nice result.

After I was done creating my swirly pastel frosting, I still had to add the “bird” component. Easter is in March this year, so the stores are already full of Peeps! I considered using pink, yellow, and blue peeps on top, but the other colors were just too bright compared to the pastel cake. I decided on an all yellow cast of marshmallow chicks, and added a few colorful sprinkles to make it even more cheerful.

peep cake 7This cake would work with any number of pretty spring colors, so I hope that you enjoy it for Easter!

 

Jillian Cupcake

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Valentine Rice Krispy Pops

Valentine Rice Krispy TreatHappy Valentine’s Day! Here is a super easy (no bake!) treat perfect for this heart-shaped-holiday. These are just Rice Krispy treats dipped in pink chocolate and adorned with sprinkles. Change up the chocolate color, or even use (gasp) store bought rice treats, I won’t tell 🙂

What you need is pretty obvious, but here ya go:

Valentine Treat

 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of crisp rice cereal
  • 40 marshmallows (about 10oz)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Pink candy melts (or other chocolate of your choice)
  • Sprinkles
  • Lollipop sticks

Melt the butter and marshmallows together over low heat or in the microwave. Stir in the cereal and then pour into a parchment lined 9×9 pan. Press down firmly (butter your clean fingers to avoid sticking) and let cool.  Use a serrated knife to cut into squares.

Melt chocolate in a deep bowl or measuring cup in the microwave. To make pops, dip the end of the lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and then press into the bottom of the treat (about halfway through the treat). Then, you have 3 options.

pink chocolate and sprinklesDip the treat halfway into the melted chocolate, and gently tap off excess. While the chocolate is still melted, sprinkle heart sprinkles over the top.

pink chocolate stripedFor this look, dip the treat halfway into the chocolate and gently tap off the excess. Spoon a little bit of the pink chocolate into a baggie and snip off the corner. Gently drizzle the chocolate over the treat. Melt some white chocolate and repeat the drizzling process for a two toned effect.

pink chocolate drizzleFor this design, skip the dipping and go straight to the drizzling! Spoon melted chocolate into a baggie and snip off the corner. Drizzle chocolate over each treat, and while the chocolate is still melted, add heart shaped sprinkles.

 

There you have it! Easy as can be, and everyone loves dessert on a stick!

I hope you all have a very sweet Valentine’s Day

-Jillian Cupcake

 

 

 

 

Valentine Pink Lemonade Bars

Valentine Pink Lemonade Bar

Valentine’s Day and I didn’t always get along so well. Right now my apartment is sporting pink and red hearts in every room, but back in highschool I was totally that girl wearing black on Valentine’s Day (very original I know…)

Being engaged certainly has helped my outlook on this most romantic of holidays, but I also love Valentine’s day as a reason to show love to your family and friends.  I made these sweet-tart treats to share with my co-workers who help make every day at work fun for me.   For this time of year, I decided to make a pink lemonade version, and use a heart shape stencil to decorate. However, you can make regular yellow lemon bars by omitting the food coloring, or bars for any time of year by using a different shape stencil (or no stencil!) Let’s get started…

Pink Lemonade Bar IngredientsIngredients:

For the crust:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter – room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups flour

For the filling:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 4 to 6 lemons
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • a few drops of red food coloring (or 1/4 cup pureed raspberries)
Powdered Sugar for decorating the tops
line pan with parchment paperPreparation
  1. Line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper. Lightly coat the paper with butter (this step is critical if you want to cut nicely shaped bars!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F
  3. To make the crust, cream together the butter and sugar, then add flour.
  4. Press this shortbread crust into your parchment lined pan. Prick the top of the crust all over with a fork and then bake for 15 minutes until just slightly golden brown.
  5. To make the filling: Whisk together the eggs and sugar. Then add the lemon, lemon zest, flour, and enough food coloring to get a nice pink color (or the raspberry puree).
  6. *optional step* If you’re going to be using a stencil to make a shape, I would recommend getting a spoon and scooping off any little bubbles from the filling. This will help you have a nice smooth top to your bar.
  7. Pour the filling onto the pre-baked crust, and put the pan back in the 350F oven for about 30 minutes, or until everything is nice and set. Don’t let it brown!
  8. Remove from oven and let cool. Lift the bars out using the parchment paper and then use a sharp clean knife to slice them. You may need to wipe the knife after each slice.
  9. For shaped decorations, cut your shape of choice out of a piece of cardboard or cardstock. Place it on one bar and then lightly dust powdered sugar over the top using a sieve. Carefully remove the card, and the shaped design will show through!

Pink Lemon BarsLemon bars can be a little messy with all that powdered sugar, so I chose to serve these on a flattened cupcake liner.  I hope you enjoy these and that you celebrate Valentine’s day with your lover, friends, family, or even pets! Be sure to show love to all the special people in your life.

Valentine's Day Dessert

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

-Jillian Cupcake