Thinking back to the St. Charles County Fairs of my youth, I ate a lot of “Hostess food” on a stick –Ding Dongs, Suzie Q’s and all the likes. They were often deep fried and rarely finished because…well, they just weren’t that pretty. Even as an adolescent, I knew I needed my food to be pretty. So fast forward a few decades and I give you “Pretty Hostess Food”! This time, instead of a deep fried, they were decorated with frosting andSPRINKLES!
What you need: Gas station snacks (honestly, David shopped at the gas station for the snacks)
Buttercream frosting (I colored mine with food coloring) 11-inch lollipop sticks (you can decorate them with colored tape for extra crazy) #LIBBIESPRINKLES
What to do:
1. Thread a snack (or multiple snacks) onto a lollipop stick. Frost an area with frosting and dip the frosted area into sprinkles! Here are a few of my favorites!
1. The Cinnamon Roll
2. The Zebra Cake (on this one, I used a thin layer of white frosting between the swirls and sprinkled each area with a different color! So fun!)
I love a homespun chic cake decoration for Easter and these take the cake (see how I did that)!
1. Robin’s Egg Cake 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 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) 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 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 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.
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. Mr. Adzuki Bean Mr. Mung Bean
Mr. Cannellini Bean
Mr. Black Turtle Bean