Eggcelent Easter Cakes!

To help you get in Easter Baking Spirit this Friday afternoon we are sharing a few egg-cellent Easter cake ideas!

1. Surprise Inside Easter Cake

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What is more exciting than cutting into a cake and having candy and sprinkles tumble out? Eating it all, of course! This colorful springtime cake will surprise your guests, and be the hit of your Easter sweet table. All you need for this fun project is our Easy Layers Cake Pan Set, some icing in fun Spring colors, and a mixture of Easter candy and sprinkles! If yo would like to make this project click HERE!

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Look how fun that is!

2. Mini Easter Basket Cakes

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Create adorable and edible Easter baskets this spring for the kids and fill with your favorite Easter candy assortment. This simple Honey Almond Cake recipe is quick and easy to make using our Shortcake Baskets Pan, and will be a new favorite treat for the entire family!

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Honey Almond Cake Easter Baskets

Ingredients:

  • – 1 cup flour
  • – 1/2 cup almond flour
  • – 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • – 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • – pinch of salt
  • – 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • – 3/4 cups sugar
  • – 3 eggs, room temperature
  • – 2 tbsp honey
  • – 1 tsp almond extract
  • – 1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
  • – easter candy assortment (robin eggs, cadbury eggs, chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, etc.)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare Shortcake Baskets Pan with a baking spray containing flour and use a pastry brush to evenly coat the details of the pan. Whisk flour, almond flour, baking powder, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl and set aside. Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in honey, almond extract and sour cream until everything is combined. Slowly add the flour mixture on low speed and mix until just combined. Fill each well of the pan ¾ full. Tap pan gently on counter top to remove air bubbles. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 8-10 minutes before inverting cakes onto a cooling rack. Fill with desired Easter candy and enjoy!

Recipe & photos thanks to Nordic Ware!

3. Speckled Egg Statement Cake

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Soft pastel colors make this springtime cake just as beautiful as it is delicious. Simple and classic, this lovely spring cake is sure to be the crowning touch to your Easter brunch. Just use our inexpensive and versatile Mini Egg Silicone Mold!

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Hope these fun ideas inspire you! Happy Baking and Happy Friday!

Cheesecake Topped Brownies with Pumpkin Butter Swirl

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Really fudgy brownie! The cheesecake layer is a nice change and the pumpkin swirl is really quite yummy with the chocolate. These are especially good with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream! Recipe and photo from Recipe Girl.

Ingredients:

Brownies:
1 1/2 cups salted butter (3 sticks)
3/4 pound (12 ounces) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
6 large eggs
1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

Topping:
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup apricot jam
1 cup pumpkin butter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 12x17x1-inch baking pan (also known as a jelly roll pan/ or half sheet pan) with buttered parchment paper or foil.

2.  Prepare brownie layer: Melt butter and chocolate in top of double boiler (or carefully- in short bursts- in the the microwave). Set aside to cool slightly.

3. In a large bowl, whisk 6 eggs, brown sugar, and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar together. Stir in 3 Tablespoons vanilla, salt, melted butter/chocolate, flour and cocoa. Pour into prepared pan and spread to the sides.

4.  Prepare cheesecake layer: Beat cream cheese using a mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add remaining eggs, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch; beat until smooth and dollop all over the chocolate layer. Gently use a spoon to spread out evenly over the chocolate, trying not to dig into the chocolate layer. If you’re patient, it works out just fine.

5. Whisk together jam and pumpkin butter in a small bowl. Drop spoonfuls onto cream cheese layer and draw swirls using a knife. Try to stay inside the cream cheese layer only and don’t pull up the chocolate with the knife.

6. Bake until center tests clean, about 40 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

Tips:

*It’s best to cool these to room temperature, then wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight before cutting. You’ll get the cleanest cuts that way.
*If you prefer, you can use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut out shaped brownies, but you’ll have lots of tidbits leftover to munch on.

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Just Jan’s Pumpkin Butter – This pumpkin butter is the essence of fall with rich pumpkin and spice ingredients. Enjoy the butter spread on a muffin or incorporate it into your fall recipes! Get it HERE.