Saturday, March 30, 2013

Bunny Rolls

Well the last minute Easter rush is on.  Here it is, the day before Easter and I find myself rushing to finish up minute lunch preparations, clean up the house and gather up all of the necessary supplies for tomorrow's celebration.  Luckily for me, the kids were home from school yesterday and I took a much needed break in the afternoon to color Easter eggs with them.  

We used Kool Aid to dye the eggs this year just like we did last year.  It works great and it smells fantastic.  If you want the directions for Kool Aid dye, check out last year's blog. 

This year we made 8 different colors with our Kool Aid mixes.

We tried pink lemonade and lemonade but neither one worked very well.


Once the Easter eggs were dyed, it was time to move on to Easter dinner preparations.  This year, I decided to make my mom's roll recipe and turn them into bunnies.  I saw this idea on Pinterest but mine didn't EXACTLY turn out like the ones that were pictured.  Oh well, they are still cute and if nothing else, they will make a great conversation piece for our Easter table. 

Start with your favorite roll dough.  (I made a batch of white dough and a batch of whole wheat.)

Divide dough into equal parts.  Just as you would if you were making rolls.  Shape each portion into an egg shape.  (elongated oval)

Use scissors to cut ears into the top of each portion.

Use a sharp tool to hoke eye holes in each bunny roll.

Allow rolls to rise on baking sheet for 30 minutes.

Bake as you would rolls.

Cool on wire racks.

I made some super fat bunnies.

Regardless of what they look like, they are still made from my favorite roll recipes so they will taste delicious.  I definitely got better at cutting out the ears as I went along. 

I hope that you all of you have a very Happy Easter tomorrow.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Cake Pops

Cake pops are my new creative outlet and they're easier to make than you might think. 

Follow my simple step by step instructions and can create cake pops of your very own.  Be careful though - they can be very addicting. 

Bake your favorite cake in a 9x13 pan.  I tinted a yellow cake with  blue food coloring because I wanted to make blue cake pops for a baby shower.

Cool cake and crumble into a large bowl.

Add 1 cup of frosting.  (Either from a can or your favorite recipe.)

Stir with a spatula to combine.

Using a small cookie scoop to portion out the dough and shape into balls with your hands.  I shaped mine into tiny hot air balloons.

Chill for 1 hour.  DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Melt 1/4 cup candy melts in the microwave.  Dip a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and then push it halfway into the cake ball.  Repeat for each cake ball.

Chill for 1 hour.  AGAIN, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP!

Melt candy melts and dip each cake ball into the melted chocolate until coated.

I never invested in a cake pop stand before and I tried to use a styrofoam block.  I probably don't have to tell you how that ended up but just know that it was VERY unsuccessful.  Trust me... the $3.50 cake stand is WELL worth it.
Once the cake pops are dry, decorate with melted chocolate.

I am no expert at making cake pops but I'm completely addicted.  There are so many creative ways to decorate these fun desserts.  Have you tried making them?  Post a comment on my blog and let me know how they turned out.