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.
Homemade strawberry bunny cake
Serves about 12 to 14
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! >>
Image courtesy of Better than I could have imagined
Makes 1 wreath
- A Styrofoam wreath (A 14-inch wreath is used here, but you can use smaller ones for Easter baskets)
- About 8 to 10 bags of gum drops
- Ribbon (to hang)
- Push the toothpick into the spice drop or gumdrop.
- Carefully push the other end into the Styrofoam wreath.
- Hang a ribbon on the top of the wreath.
- Repeat, pushing gumdrops into the wreath until it’s filled! Hang on your door or over your mantle.
Birds’ nest cupcakes
Serves about 12
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 >>
Instructions slightly adapted from Mommy Knows
Makes about 5 bars
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- To add coloring, separate the mixture into different batches. Add different colors to each, and stir to mix.
- 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.