Easy Buttercream Baseball Cookies

Spring is here and that means BASEBALL has begun!  I am a HUGE baseball fan and have been a lover of the Seattle Mariners my entire life!  GO M’s!  But can you believe that this is the first time I’ve ever made baseball cookies?

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I have been a baseball fan since birth.  My older brother Robert used to take me to Seattle Mariners games on the local city bus all throughout my childhood.  He’d teach me the ins and outs of the games, the line ups and I loved every minute of it.  We’d play catch out in our front yard where he’d quiz me on the Seattle Mariner players, their positions and numbers.  It’s really one of my fondest childhood memories.  I thought of Robert when I made these cookies… and I was happy.  Did you know that I threw out the Ceremonial First Pitch at a Mariners game back in 2008?  Probably one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life!

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When I decided I wanted to make these cookies, I looked online for examples of other peoples work and I found everyone makes baseball cookies using royal icing.  I am not a fan of royal icing.  In fact, I don’t like the way it tastes so much that I refuse to really even learn to work with it.  I mean, what’s the point of making it if I’m never going to eat it?

I started these cookies with my go-to recipe for sugar cookies.  You’ve seen this recipe a dozen times before on my blog and I’ll probably use it a dozen more times.  It really is that wonderful.  And for the frosting, I used my traditional buttercream frosting.

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I posted a picture of these cookies on my Facebook page and on Instagram and got some feedback that they looked sloppy and homemade.  The person also said that people prefer royal icing because it looks more professional.  Well, I tried not to comment negatively on Facebook to this womans feedback… but I feel like I want to say something here.

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I am a home baker.  I am not a professional.  I am a blogger who loves to bake, try new things in the kitchen and share my results with my readers!  I am not striving for perfections or to look like every other store-bought cookie-cutter cookie or cupcake out there.  I truly enjoy that the things I bake look like I made them from home.  That truly is the entire point of my blog… to show that anyone at home can make things that are not only delicious, but beautiful.  So yeah.  thanks for pointing out that it looks homemade… cause that’s what I was going for.  :)

Anyways… back to the cookies.  I really LOVE how these baseball cookies turned out.  I only wish I lived closer to my brother so I could share them with him.

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Easy Buttercream Baseball Cookies

Step One – Frost the Cookie

Spread an even layer of buttercream on the cookie.  Make sure you create a flat top and sides creating a disc of frosting.  Using the flat side of the spatula or a bench scraper works well for this.

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Step Two – Create the Stitching Pattern

Using the cookie cutter, press the side gently into the buttercrea creating a patter to pipe the stiching of the baseball.  Do this on both sides of the cookie.  NOTE: Press gently into the buttercream, you only want a faint pattern, not one that goes deep into the buttercream.

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 Step Three – Pipe the Stitching

Using the red buttercream in a piping bag fitted with the Wilton #1 tip, pipe the stitches onto the cookies.  Using the pattern you pressed into buttercream, frost a “V” shape along the line making sure the tip of the “V” lands on the pattern line.

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Flip the cookie over and recipe the sticthing on the other side making sure the stitches so in the opposite direction.

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Step Five – Allow Frosting to Set

Allow the cookies to sit out for a couple hours until the frosting has firmed and set before putting away or serving.  You don’t want the red frosting to smear all over the place.

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Easy Buttercream Baseball Cookies
 
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Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Buttercream Frosting
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • up to ½ cup heavy cream
  • red gel food coloring
  • Wilton #1 piping tip
  • Disposable piping bag
Instructions
Cookies
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter and shortening together until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and beat well after each addition. Mix on high for 1 minute until pale yellow and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the vanilla.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  6. Add this mixture to the butter and sugar and mix until just combined.
  7. Cover with plastic and refrigerate 2 hours or over night.
  8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 F degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  9. On a floured counter, knead the dough 2-3 times until smooth. Roll out cookie dough to about ⅛" thick. Cut out 3" circles with a cutter and place on the cookie sheet 1" apart. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  10. Bake for 6-7 minutes or until the edges are SLIGHTLY brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  11. Allow to cool on the pan for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter.
  2. Add the powdered sugar and mix on high until smooth.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and salt. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add up to ½ cup of heavy whipping cream until you reach your desired consistency. If you like it thicker, add less cream. If you want it thinner, add more cream.
  5. Whip on high for 2 minutes.
  6. Separate ⅓ cup of frosting out and color it red with the food coloring gel. Place this red buttercream in a piping bag fitted with a Wilton #1 small round tip.

Homemade Tomato Salsa

Fresh tomatoes, cilantro and lime make this tomato salsa the perfect side to your next taco night or Mexican fesita!

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A few weeks ago my husband and I went to the Nurnberg Easter Market to buy one thing and one thing only… A Nicer Dicer.  We’ve seen this chopping and dicing contraption at every market we’ve been to in Nurnberg and frankly, it was just time for us to bite the bullet and get one!

This dicer makes the perfect sized pieces of tomato for salsa.  It’s AMAZING.  It literally took my husband less than 15 minutes to prep all the ingredients and make this salsa.

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Oh… and this salsa.  HEAVEN.  So much better than anything I’ve ever had from a jar.  My daughter wanted to put it on toasted baguettes like bruschetta (not a bad idea… just add basil!) and my son… well, he just ate it by the mouthful!

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Even if you don’t have a Nicer Dicer, you can still make this salsa… it just might take a little bit longer, but I assure you it will be worth it.

ENJOY!

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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 5-6 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced very small
  • 1 large red onion, diced very small
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, stems removed and chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, diced very small (leave seeds in if you want it HOT!)
  • 3 garlic cloved, diced very small
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • juice and zest of 1 large lime
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the diced tomatoes, onion, jalapenos and garlic.
  2. Add the lime zest and the lime juce then toss to combine.
  3. Sprinkle the chili powder on and then the salt/pepper. Stir to combine. Taste to see if it needs more salt/pepper.
  4. Add the chopped chilantro leaves and fold together.
  5. Cover and chill for 1 hour to allow the flavors to come together.

DIY Glitter Clothespins

Have you ever wanted to hang pictures on your wall with clothes pins or maybe use them as name card stands on your table but were discouraged because the pins were just too ugly?  Now you can make simple clothespins glamorous with my DIY Glitter Clothespins video tutorial!

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I have a big party coming up and I want to use glitter clothespins for several things at the party.  I figured they’d be pretty easy to make myself so I gave it a whirl.  Below is the video tutorial for these DIY Glitter Clothespins and under that the step by step written instructions.

Happy Crafting!

DIY Glitter Clothespins

DIY Glitter Clothes Pins - Tutorial & Video | JavaCupcake.comSupplies:

  • Work space
  • Paper towels
  • Clothespins
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Glitter

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Directions:

  1. Create a work space that is easy to clean up and that won’t be ruined by the adhesive spray.  Place two paper towels side by side.
  2. Separate the clothespins into two pieces.  Leave the silver hinge attached to one and set the other aside.
  3. Place the pin half with the hinge on the paper towel and spray a thin layer of adhesive on the top.  DIY Glitter Clothes Pins - Tutorial & Video | JavaCupcake.com
  4. Move the pin immediately to the second, clean paper towel.  Sprinkle glitter over the top onto the adhesive.
  5. Pat the glitter into the pin so it is secure to the adhesive.  Tap off any excess.
  6. Set aside to dry for 10 minutes then reattach the other half of the pin.
  7. Use the clothespins to hang pictures, as place card holders or anything else you can dream of!

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Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers

Celebrate spring with this simple, delicious Strawberry Lemon cake with Spring Flowers! Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers | JavaCupcake.com

I made this cake for no other reason than I was inspired by a cake that jennycookies made for Easter.  Jenny made a “naked” carrot cake and topped the cake with frosting and a pile of fresh flowers.  The look was unique and stunning.  I had to recreate it!

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Since I wasn’t making this cake for any particular reason or occasion, I decided I’d make a small 6-in cake so I wouldn’t have tons of cake to give away or waste.  I know my family can’t eat an entire cake by ourselves!

SpringFlowersCake-Collage

For the cake, I used a German recipe I had just used to make an Osterlamm and kicked it up a bit adding fresh lemon zest and lemon extract and coloring the cake pink.  I filled the cake with a simple strawberry filling and frosted it in my usual buttercream but added vanilla bean and lemon extra to bring out even more lemon flavor in the cake.

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The weekend before I made this cake, I went to the Nuremberg Easter Market where the fresh flowers are abundant! I had in mind the kind of flowers I wanted to use and hoped I could find some.  I knew these large Gerbera Daisy’s would be perfect to top my cake!

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Cutting into the cake, you’ll see the beautiful pink cake and strawberry filling.  That next to the white frosting and bright flowers, this cake is a simply gorgeous! I mean seriously… isn’t this cake stunning?

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The flowers on top really bring it to the next level!  You could easily use this cake for Easter, a baby shower, a birthday or a weekend BBQ!

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I almost didn’t want to cut into it!  I just wanted to look at it because it was so pretty!

Strawberry Lemon Cake with Spring Flowers
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 6in 4-layer cake
Ingredients
Strawberry Filling
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 500g strawberries, cleaned and quartered
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Lemon Cake
  • 240g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 220g sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 320g all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp whole milk
  • pink gel food coloring
Lemon Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1½ lbs powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon extract
  • seeds of 1 vanilla bean
  • Fresh flowers
Instructions
Strawberry Filling
  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the strawberries and stir to coat.
  2. Mix in the sugar, lemon juice, salt and vanilla extract. Cook on medium high for 3-5 minutes or until the berries begin to break down, the sugar has melted and the berries begin to juice. Do not boil the berries, just simmer.
  3. Remove a few tablespoons of the juice and mix with the flour until smooth. Add this back into the pan and stir to combine. Cook 1-3 more minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
  4. Transfer the filling to another bowl and refrigerate until cool.
Lemon Cake
  1. Grease and flour 2 6in round cake pans. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
  2. Zest the lemon into a medium bowl. Add the sugar. Using the back of your spatula, press the sugar into the zest until it becomes fluffy and fragrant.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and lemon sugar for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and mix well after each addition making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Mix in the sour cream, vanilla and lemon extracts.
  6. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  7. Add the flour mixture to the wet, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl first. Mix on medium-low speed until combined. Add the milk and food coloring then mix again until combined. Give the batter a few mixes by hand with a spatula.
  8. Divide batter evenly between the two pans and level with an offset spatula.
  9. Bake on the center rack for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are golden.
  10. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes until removing to a wire rack to cool completely. When you remove them to the rack, place them top side down to encourage the top to level out flat.
  11. Once the cakes have cooled, trim the tops so they are the same height. Measure the height then cut them horizontally down the center, creating two halves for each cake.
Lemon Vanilla Bean Buttercream
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer cream the butter until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat on high until incorporated.
  2. Add the heavy cream, salt, extract and vanilla bean seeds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat on high for 3-4 minutes. Scrape the bowl again and beat another 2-3 minutes.
Assembly
  1. Place one layer of cake, cut side up, on a cake board or plate. Spread an even layer of strawberry over the top coming almost to the edge. Don't put so much on that when you put the next layer on it will all squeeze out. Place a second layer cut side down and repeat. Do this until all four layers are on the cake.
  2. Spread a very thin "crumb coat" of frosting on the top and sides of the cake. This will help trap in the crumbs and frosting before you actually frost the cake. Chill the cake in the freezer 20-30 minutes or until the cakes are firm and the crumb coat is set.
  3. Spread a ¼ inch layer of frosting on the top of the cake and level flat with a spatula.
  4. Using a piping bag fitted with a large round tip, use the petal technique to frost the sides of the cake.
  5. Cut the stems of the flowers almost completely off. Leave about ¼-1/2 inch to help stabilize the flower on the cake. Place the flowers on the top of the cake. There is no rule or right way to do this. Arrange the flowers however you think looks the most beautiful.
  6. Chill the cake until an hour before you want to serve it. Serve it the day you make it.

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Vintage Baby Shower

Today’s post is a little different!  Today, I’m sharing with you a stunningly beautiful vintage baby shower from Natalie of Natalie Creates.  Her party showcases some of my most favorite things including fresh flowers, pastel colors and inventive ways to jars to display the silverware and candy! I really hope you are inspired from Natalie’s creativity as much as I am!

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From Natalie:

“With the recent announcement of our dear friend, Wendy, expecting a baby girl we immediately started planning the sweetest baby shower to celebrate the mom-to-be. Inspired by the pastel colors of Spring, we decided to pursue a soft yet fun color palette for the décor of the party.

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For the décor of the baby shower I also incorporated vintage finds from my home and paired them with potted Ranunculus plants wrapped in simple brown paper to enhance the garden party theme. I even styled a picture of Wendy’s family on an acrylic photo block as part of the table setting. Definitely a fun personalization touch to the décor.

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I layered peach, white & gold linens on my table to texture and color to the setting. I placed clear jars full of pretty candies among the potted flowers. I even added small bud vases with simple spring flowers for a pop of color.

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When guests arrived, they were greeted with an array of healthy snack foods along with a table brimming with pretty flowers & lit candles. We sipped on drinks, shared food, chatted & showered Wendy with gifts on the back patio.

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It was the perfect Spring afternoon for a garden party to celebrate sweet Wendy & her bundle of joy on the way!”

Vendors:
White tablecloth, copper utensils, decorative glass jars – thrifted
Polka dot gold runner – Hobby Lobby
Home Sweet Home Pillow & Acrylic Photo Block – Tiny Prints Home Décor Collection
Paper plates, straws – Hobby Lobby
Embroidery Hoop- Doss Haus Design
Gold Glitter Happy Flags – Natalie Creates
Name banner – Rifle Paper Co
Chalkboard – Vintage
Confetti – Knot & Bow 

LIFE HACK: How to Keep Flowers Fresh in a Basket Vase

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Over Easter, I created (with the help of Rachel of MyDIY.life) a beautiful brunch for my family using a lot of fresh flowers.    We had at least a dozen vases to display the flowers in, but we also had two inexpensive lavender baskets that we wanted to use.  Rachel came up with the genius idea to fill these baskets with the stems of the flowers she had cut for the other vases along with an Iris bloom and some of the greens she brought (btw – I have no idea what those green pom looking flowers are called!)

After the brunch was over, I wanted the flowers to stay fresh and last, but I couldn’t just pour water into the wicker basket… it would spill everywhere!  So, I came up with this genius life hack.  Here’s how to keep flowers fresh in a basket vase!

Step One: Supplies

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Gather the supplies you’ll need to keep your flowers fresh for days! You will need…

  • Fresh Flowers
  • Inexpensive basket (I found mine at the Euro Store)
  • Resealable sandwich bag
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Water

Step Two: Line the Basket

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Flip the edge of the sandwich bag over until it’s about the size of your basket and place it inside.  This bag will create a lining for the basket.  You don’t want any of the bag to show over the top of the basket.

Step Three: Add the Paper Towel

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Since I don’t want the water to leak out of any hole in the bag, I place a paper towel in the bottom of the basket.  This will help absorb the water, prevent it from leaking and still allow the flowers to “drink” and stay fresh.

Step Four: Trim the Stems

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With all fresh cut flowers, you want to trim the stems so that they can absorb the water.

Step Five: Arrange the Flowers

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Arrange the flowers in the basket however you like.  When Rachel first put together these baskets, she placed the beautiful Iris in the front, used the green blooms as fillers and the stems added height in the back.   Beautiful!

Step Six: Add Water

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Finally, add water to your basket.  You won’t need more than about a 1/4 cup of water, probably even less depending on the size of your basket.  Just enough to moisten the towel and give your flowers enough water to stay fresh.  Add a tablespoon or two more water every day.  Your flowers should stay fresh for 3-5 days!

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Osterlamm – German Easter Lamb Cake

Simple, buttery cake topped with powdered sugar baked in a lamb shaped pan makes the utterly delicious and traditional German Osterlamm or Easter Lamb Cake!Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

 

I wasn’t going to post this cake.  I mean, Easter is over and it’s not really something just anyone can make.  You have to have the special Osterlamm pan to make and those are hard to get unless you live in Germany.  But, when I got asked a dozen times for the recipe, I decided that it was probably a good idea to put it up!Osterlamm - German Easter Lamb Cake | JavaCupcake.com

My German friend Mareile remembers her Oma (Grandma) making Osterlamm when she was a child and today Mareile makes it for her two children.  Our babies, Matty & Lena, were born 2 weeks apart from each other and are baby BFFs now!   This picture was from their first Easter together in 2012.

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For most of the world, the Osterlamm is just a delicious treat, but here in Bavaria, Germany it has a more important meaning for those who believe the Catholic faith. The symbolism of the lamb goes back to the Passover lamb, which is sacrificed in Judaism for Passover. Because Jesus was Jewish, the Last Supper took place on the evening of Passover and he was crucified on the day (sacrificed) was, this symbolism has arisen. In Germany, a lamb is sacrificed at Easter, but baked in commemoration of the resurrection, a cake in the shape of an Easter lamb.

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In the weeks preceding Easter, each bakery bakes and sells hundreds of these cakes.  Some are covered in powdered sugar, some a lemon glaze and some even cover them in chocolate and candies.  My favorite is with the powdered sugar and then dunked in my coffee! So delish!

You can get your own Lamm-backform (cake pan) here or here!

I’m definitely making this a new Easter tradition for my family!

Enjoy!

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Osterlamm
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Serves: 1 lamb
Ingredients
  • 120g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 110g granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract (or 1 packet of vanilla sugar)
  • 160g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp whole milk
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • Osterbackform "Lamm" (Easter Lamb Pan) - 27.5cm x 15cm x 6.5cm
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F or 180C degrees. Butter and flour the inside of the lamb pan and clip the sides back together. Place the lamb pan on a baking sheet UPSIDE DOWN.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar for about 2 minutes.
  3. One at a time, add the eggs and mix well after each egg. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this to the butter/sugar and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the milk and mix until smooth - no more than about a minute. You don't want to overwork the batter.
  5. Pour all the batter into the prepared lamb pan and smooth out the top. Bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Allow the lamb to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before removing it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Trim off any excess cake from the seams. If the lamb does not sit upright, trim a little off the bottom to make it level.
  8. Dust the cake with powdered sugar.
  9. Optionally, you can melt a bit of chocolate and pipe on ears and eyes. Also, you can tie a ribbon around the lambs neck.
  10. Serve immediately!

 

DIY Stipple Easter Eggs

I’ve gone a little stipple crazy here lately.  I stippled coffee mugs last week and this week I’m making DIY Stipple Easter Eggs!

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It only took me about 45 minutes to make these four eggs and the process was really simple!  You could easily give these as gifts to your guests at Easter Brunch, hang them from a tree in your yard, use them as place settings.  So may options!  I hung these in my office on my tassel garland.  I think they’re adorable!

I got a 6 pack of plastic eggs for €1 at the Nuremberg Easter Market, but I’m certain you can get them at any craft store in the US.  If you don’t have paint markets, use Sharpies.  If you don’t have a template, freehand it!  The great thing about these eggs is that they don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Different colors, different patters… the possibilities are endless!

DIY Stipple Easter Eggs
Supplies:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Patterns or masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Washable glue stick
  • Paint markers in gold and black – size 1-2mm
  • Rubbing alcohol & q-tips/cotton balls
  • A sharp knife or blade
  • String or elastic

PRINTABLE PATTERN: http://javacupcake.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/DIYStippleEggTemplatesJavaCupcake.pdf

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Directions:

  • Clean the egg off with a cotton ball wet with rubbing alcohol.  Allow to dry.
  • FOR THE EGGS with PATTERNS: Print the pattern and cut it out.
  • Apply the glue to the back of the pattern and place it on the egg where you like it.
  • Stipple around the pattern.  Apple more dots closer and denser near the pattern.
  • FOR THE EGGS with STRIPES:  Place masking tape around the entire egg.  Using your knife or blade, score the tape in strips and peel off the tape.
  • Stipple with the paint markers between the tape strips.  Make sure to stipple in a uniform manner making sure to fill in any blank spaces.
  • FOR ALL PATTERNS:  Allow the paint to dry before removing the pattern/tape.  About 2 minutes.
  • Once the pattern has been removed, use the knife to get an excess glue or paper off the egg.  Dip a q-tip in rubbing alcohol and clean off any excess glue or tape.  You can also rub off any unwanted paint… gently making sure not to smear what you do want.
  • Attach a piece of string or elastic to the hook and tie a knot to secure a loop.
  • I hung these eggs on a DIY tassel garland that I made for my office. But you could hang yours anywhere! The possibilities are endless!

TISSUE PAPER GARLAND TUTORIAL: http://www.tomfo.com/how-to-make-your-own-tissue-paper-tassel-garland

 

Happy Easter!

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