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Break away from eggs: Tasty Easter treats

Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. ...

Why should the egg have all the fun?

Sure, the Easter egg is a pivotal part of the Easter brunch and basket, but it's not the only part! There are plenty of other fabulous Easter treats, both edible and not, that make perfect basket stuffers and additions to your brunch table!

Leave the egg behind this year and celebrate with other fun Easter-inspired goodies, like a delicious strawberry bunny cake, fun birds' nest cupcakes, gumdrop wreaths or even homemade peeps soaps! After enjoying all of these goodies all day, your family won't even miss those silly ol' eggs.

strawberry bunny cake

Homemade strawberry bunny cake

Serves about 12 to 14

Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package strawberry-flavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 eggs (room temperature)
  • 2-3/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree (blend frozen strawberries with water)

For the frosting: 

  • 2 sticks butter, soft
  • 3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

For the directions on how to make this adorable cake, check out the recipe here on ChefMom! >>

gum drop wreath

Gumdrop wreath

Image courtesy of Better than I could have imagined

Makes 1 wreath

Materials: 

  • A Styrofoam wreath (A 14-inch wreath is used here, but you can use smaller ones for Easter baskets)
  • Toothpicks
  • About 8 to 10 bags of gum drops
  • Ribbon (to hang)

Directions: 

  1. Push the toothpick into the spice drop or gumdrop.
  2. Carefully push the other end into the Styrofoam wreath.
  3. Hang a ribbon on the top of the wreath.
  4. Repeat, pushing gumdrops into the wreath until it's filled! Hang on your door or over your mantle.
birds nest cupcakes

Birds' nest cupcakes

Serves about 12

Ingredients: 

For the cupcake:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-2/3 teaspoons baking powder
  • Dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk

For the frosting: 

  • 1 stick of butter, cut in half
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons light cream

For the topping: 

  • 1-1/2 cups toasted coconut
  • Cadbury mini chocolate egg candy

To get the directions, check out the recipe here on FabFoods >>

Peep soap

Peep soaps

Instructions slightly adapted from Mommy Knows

Makes about 5 bars

Materials: 

  • 8 ounces olive oil
  • 4 ounces coconut oil
  • 4 ounces castor oil
  • 2.19 ounces lye
  • 4 to 6 ounces water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla or peppermint oil
  • Peep mold
  • Safety goggles

Directions:

  1. Put on the gloves and safety goggles outside. Carefully combine solid lye and liquid. Stir well. Set aside and allow to cool to about 110 degrees F.
  2. Mix the oils together in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once the oils have melted, reduce heat until mixture reaches about 110 degrees F. Add the lye mixture to the fat mixture and heat another 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes, until mixture reaches a thick consistency. Add vanilla or peppermint oils and stir.
  3. To add coloring, separate the mixture into different batches. Add different colors to each, and stir to mix.
  4. Pour the mixture into your peep molds and let sit until hardened, about one to two days. To add glitter, simply paint the soaps with body-safe glitter paint.

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