Easter Cake Decorating

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I love a homespun chic cake decoration for Easter and these take the cake (see how I did that)! 

1. Robin’s Egg Cake
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What to do: Frost your cake using a frosting tinted robin’s egg blue. Cover your surface with paper towels (trust me, this gets messy). In a small bowl, stir together 1 tablespoon cocoa powder and 3 tablespoons vanilla extract. Dip a clean paint brush into the cocoa mixture and tap off any extra. Holding the brush in one hand, tap it against the other hand over the cake to create a splatter effect. You can also flick the bristles with your index finger toward the cake. Decorate with purchased malted eggs. 

2. Peep Show Cake
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What to do: Frost a two tiered cake with a pale yellow frosting. On the lower tier, pipe rosettes around the sides of the cake only. On the second tier, place peeps around the perimeter. PRO TIP: Leave the peeps joined as they come packaged as they are easier to shape around the cake. Save one peep for the top! 

3. Jelly Bean Tower Cake (with pom poms natch)
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What to do: Frost 3 different tube cakes with a thick layer of tinted frosting.  Then, painstakingly, add jelly beans to cover the cakes. Top with pom poms (optional). 

4. Malted Vanilla Cake
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What to do: Frost the cake with a copper tinted frosting. Place a mound of store bought cotton candy on the top of the cake and top with malted Easter eggs. 
Get the Vanilla Malted Cake recipe HERE.
Photography by Chia Chong

5. Pink Cloud Sprinkle Cake
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What to do: Frost a sprinkle cake with an egg white frosting and sprinkle with Spring Break Sprinkles

Need a refresher on how to frost a layer cake? Watch my video HERE. 

Happy 59th Birthday Barbie!

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

GIRL, you don’t look a day over 27. 
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Get Barbie’s Birthday “Cake” Cookie Recipe HERE!
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Who’s your Ken? We all dated one.

Bread Art

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A little food coloring, a brush and pieces of bread will have you rethinking your sandwiches! Try this fun idea for a sandwich party or a simple edible message in your child’s lunch!

Mister Bean

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

As it’s “Bean Week”, it’s only fitting that we celebrate the Mister in Mr. Bean. Do you remember Mr. Bean? That peculiar tv character played by Rowan Atkinson in the 1990’s that became a world wide sensation and still lives on in animation form.

Mr. Bean is a mean little innocent. A thoughtful yet self-centered ass. As soon as I couldn’t stand him for another minute, he would do something to lure me back in. Today, we salute his longevity, but mainly we just wanted to play with typeface and beans because I find them less annoying than the actual Mr. Bean.
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Mr. Adzuki Bean
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Mr. Mung Bean
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Mr. Cannellini Bean
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Mr. Black Turtle Bean

Sugar Ornaments

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Production Assistant: Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography

Sugar, like snow, is beautiful. I’ve made a sugar angel out of my weight in sugar, baked up more sugar cookies than I could ever remember and this holiday, I made sugar ornaments!

Simple really, but stunning on the tree or in my case just in a clear mixing bowl for a holiday decoration in the kitchen. Do this one with the littles! It will be messy and fun and fun and messy!

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Sugar Ornaments

What You Need: 
Clear glass ball ornaments
Small piece of paper for a funnel
Small spoon
Dark brown sugar
Light brown sugar
White sugar
Strips of colored leather or yarn to hang on the tree (I used strips of pink metallic leather)

What to do: 
Fashion a funnel out of the paper and use the spoon to layer in the sugars. It’s like sand art you used to make as a kid! Just have fun. No two sugar ornaments are the same! Tie the leather or yarn on the top and hang on the tree or just pile in a glass bowl!
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