Welcome, welcome loyal readers and all of those who are new to this blog! Thanks for stopping by today. Today is a pretty good day to stop by because I have something special to bring to you. I’m not sure you can handle it right this minute, so I am going to give you a little bit of a back story and why you are about to witness something divine.
For about a year I have been seeing amazing dessert-like items pop up in my personal facebook news feed. Some of these creations were incredible and something I desired right there in that moment, but, unfortunately, I could not extract it from my screen. Well, I’ve been thinking for some time now about my lack of amazing dessert creations on my blog. I mean, aside from the random brownies, cookies or cupcakes that barely have pretty icing on them, there is nothing great going on. While I want to break that barrier soon, I thought I could bring to you all of those amazing creations that I see in my newsfeed.
Enter Jessica. Jess has a life that involves more than a blog and a Yorkshire terrier [if you didn’t catch that, I’m talking about myself…], so I was excited when she agreed to team up with me. If you did not catch the underlying implication, Jess is the one creating these amazing pieces of decadent sweetness. So I am starting my journey into this decadent world by displaying works of yummy art by my friend Jess!
So let’s get down to it. Because Easter is just around the corner, I am giving to you the Easter Basket Cake Jess made last year for Easter!
Here is what you will need:
- Boxed cake mix or your favorite cake batter recipe
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon meringue powder
- 1 teaspoon favorite flavoring
- 3 to 4 tablespoons water
- Dash of water
- Green food coloring [or any color] and coconut
- Candy of your choosing
- Pour your cake batter into a metal bowl and level off the top so that when you flip it over it will be somewhat curved [because the bottom of the bowl is curved] and the leveled top is now a flat surface for the bottom.
- Bake according to your cake batters directions
- Cut a ¾ inch deep hole around the top
- Remove that part of the cake
- To make the icing for the cake: combine shortening, powdered sugar, meringue powder, flavoring, water and salt into a large bowl and mix until fluffy, approximately 5 to 10 minutes
- Frost the cake, around the hole you cut out
- To decorate the cake with grass, add the coconut to a resealable bag and a few drops of food coloring and shake it around so that the coconut is completely covered
- Place the coconut grass in the hole on top
- Then add the candy of your choice on top and serve this baby up!
- You can really take this cake any direction you want. I mean you have a ton of options – different colored grass, different candies, and different cake batter recipes! Have fun with it!
Also, she mentioned that you could also experiment with a basket weave pattern to place around the outside of the cake. Wilton has a fabulous website and it shows you how to do all of these cool kinds of techniques. Check it out if you want to show off your cake decorating skills!
I wish that I could order cakes and other desserts from her and stuff my face with them, but alas we cannot all get our way… just yet, at least! I hope you all give this a try, especially because you have a little time before Easter to make a tester cake! If all goes right, you will be able to impress all of your family over the holiday!! Keep checking back in the months to come to see what else we have in store for you!!
Until Next Time,
Happy Cake Baking