Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Cake batter ingredients:

1/2 C half and half

3 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 C 1 tbsp all-purpose unbleached flour

3/4 C 2 tbsp sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

6 tbsp butter

*This will yield one  eight inch round

For my three-layered cake I tripled the recipe.

Strawberry glaze:

3 cups of fresh or frozen strawberries

1/2 cup of sugar

6 Tblsp water

Set on stovetop to medium low and cook until desired thickness. Then set aside.

Lemon Buttercream:

1 stick of unsalted butter

zest of one large lemon

lemon juice of one large lemon

4 cups of powdered sugar

Beat all together until smooth

Fresh stabilized whipped cream:

3 tsp of unflavored gelatin
12 tsp of cold water
In a small pan, combine gelatin and cold water; let stand until thick.
Place over low heat, stirring constantly, just until the gelatin dissolves.
Remove from heat; cool (do not allow it to set).
3 cups whipping cream
8 Tbsp of powder sugar ( can add more to reach desired sweetness)
Whip the cream with the confectioner’s sugar, until slightly thick.
While slowly beating, add the gelatin to whipping cream.
Whip at high speed until stiff.

Topping:
18-20 large fresh strawberries to garnish cake
Starting with base layer add lemon butter cream and evenly spread on top, then add enough glaze. Continue this with each layer except third top layer. After all layers are sandwiched together, begin to coat entire cake with stabilized whipped cream. Take a piping bag and decorate your edges as you prefer. Lastly, add glaze to center top and place 18-20 fresh strawberries in center. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Enjoy!
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Bunny Tails

Easter will soon be here, and Bunny Tails are a perfect hostess gift, centerpiece, and or Easter gift for that special someone.
I chose to take the idea of a cakepop but instead use a chocolate crunch candy like filling instead! Now when I started to do these my mind was racing with all sorts of possibilities.
Again, I am all about lets keep it simple, but still taste great! Makes about 20-30 Bunny Tails.
Filling Ingredients:
1 bag of your choice of white chocolate chips
3 cups of your choice krispy cereal
1 1/2-2 cups of your favorite dried cranberries
Take the chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave in 30 second intervals. Mix the chocolate well, and add all the remaining ingredients to the chocolate.
In another bowl melt a small portion of white chocolate candy melts, and set aside. Take a small cookie scooper and begin to scoop the filling onto a waxed cookie sheet. Let them dry almost till they are firm. As soon as they are a bit firm dip your cakepop stick in the white chocolate candy melts and place into each scoop of filling. Let them set for about five minutes. When the sticks are set melt a bowl of additional candy melts enough to dip each bunny tail into. At this time you need to place a bag of sweetened shredded coconut into another bowl. Take each bunny tail filling and begin dipping into the melted chocolate. Make sure to shake off any additional chocolate before moving over to the coconut. Generously cover each one with the coconut, then set to dry!
* Other choice fillings is to make a peanut butter and krispy variation with semi sweet chocolate chips. As well as a Almond Joy type filling with slivered almonds , krispies, and semi chocolate chips. Both can still be dipped in white chocolate candy melts and covered in coconut. Just in case you miss those cakepops, this idea works for them too! Decorate each one with a bow of your choice and enjoy!
Happy Easter!
Sincerely,
Sierra Crafts

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Pot of Gold Cakepops

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and therefore I decided to bake some pot of gold cakepops. You don’t have to be an expert, and they don’t need to be perfect. I enjoy baking because it’s fun, so if you make me try to be perfect with it, it just won’t be fun! I used a cake mix from a box, after it was cooled I crumbled it and added two teaspoons of chocolate frosting. Do not refrigerate your cake because this will cause your chocolate to crack when you begin to dip. I used a small cookie scoop to form uniform size cake balls. I then took each cakepop stick and dipped into the melted chocolate. Take the dipped stick and place one in each cakepop. Don’t forget to walk away and let them set. This is key or they will fall off the stick if you try to dip them to early. Instead of boring you to death on every step, I instead included a picture collage below to show you a visual of what I did. By the way, the tops are upside down candy melts I inserted while the cakepop was still wet. Any questions feel free to leave a comment below. Happy baking, and remember don’t take it too serious just have fun! Sincerely, Sierra CraftsPhotoGrid_1425740446994