The “Easter Dozen” from Georgetown Cupcake

Georgetown Cupcake Logo

Last summer while visiting the Washington DC area for a cousin’s wedding, my mom, sister, and I visited Georgetown Cupcake (aka DC Cupcakes from TLC).  It was SO much fun and I should actually dedicate a separate post just to that visit! We LOVED the cupcakes there so much that for Easter this year, I decided to send my mom a dozen cupcakes from there!

Georgetown Cupcake Easter Dozen

Since we don’t live near a Georgetown Cupcake location, I went online and found out that I could have them shipped! I will say, the shipping itself was a little pricy…$20 shipping fee PLUS a $10 Saturday delivery fee. I wanted it to be delivered as close to Easter as possible so I paid the extra $10 for the Saturday. While shipping was expensive, the package did arrive in great condition. The cupcakes were overnighted so they were fresh, they were packed well, and there was a freezer pack inside to keep them cool. And honestly, who cares about the overall price when you are giving a great gift!?

I also had the chance to include a gift message.  It said “Happy Easter! We thought you would like Georgetown Cupcakes better than flowers this year!” They came in flavors like Carrot, Cherry Blossom, Peanut Butter Fudge, and more. Oh and the best thing about sending my mom cupcakes? I got to eat some when I went to her house on Easter!!!

If you want to order the Easter Dozen assortment of cupcakes, you can still get them through April 30th! OR check out their entire collection of fun Seasonal Assortments on their menu.

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Fun Easter Centerpiece

Here’s something else that I am totally delayed with putting up here on Food Marriage, but it is so cute I couldn’t not share it!!  Another fun Easter idea to keep in mind for next year!!

Easter Centerpiece Idea with Peeps @FoodMarriage

My mom created this idea for an Easter centerpiece on her own (no she did not copy off something on Pinterest!)  Although, I have to say I will certainly be sharing this on Pinterest now! How creative is this!?

To make the centerpiece, she used a trifle bowl and a flower vase.  First she filled the trifle bowl with egg-shaped candies and then set the flower vase inside the trifle bowl.  She used flower foam from the craft store into the bottom of the vase and then inserted fresh pink tulips.  She then filled the vase with water to keep the flowers fresh.  Finally, she finished it off by lining the top of the trifle bowl with pink peeps!  LOVE this idea!!!!!

Thanks to my mom for letting me share her creativity here on Food Marriage!!

 

xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe: Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

It seems like FOREVER since my last post!  I have a lot to share with everyone!!  Just because I haven’t posted recently, does not mean I haven’t been busy in the kitchen!!  If you follow Food Marriage on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you may have gotten some fun previews!

To update you on what I’ve been up to, I’ll start with Easter where I made the CUTEST bunny-shaped cake!  I know it’s too late for anyone to use the idea for this year, but you can save it to your recipe for next year!!  OR if you have a craving for the most amazing carrot cake ever, you can make a regular round cake for any occasion!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Food Marriage

This carrot cake recipe was passed down to me by my mom who had received it from a former co-worker of hers at the time my mom was pregnant with me.  My mom held onto the paper copy of the recipe for years and just shared it with me.  Now I get to preserve it forever here on Food Marriage!!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Pattern Food Marriage

You will actually need to make two round carrot cakes to make this recipe.  Once they are cooled, you will keep one of them as a round cake and the other you will cut into three pieces, which will for the bunny’s ears and bow tie.  I drew a pattern on parchment paper and then cut it out and laid it on top of the cake while cutting.

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake Pattern 2 Food Marriage

Finally, you can whip up a batch of cream cheese icing, mix in some food coloring, and play around with the different types of tips to decorate your bunny.  (I used a star shaped tip for the bunny’s “fur” and more of a regular tip for the rest of the cake).  And don’t forget to give your bunny a name!! My bunny’s name was Bobby!!!!

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: Two 8-inch round cakes

Bunny Shaped Carrot Cake

Ingredients

    For Cake Number One:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
    For Cake Number 2:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
    For Icing Batch 1:
  • 1 (8oz) block cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
    For Icing Batch 2:
  • 1 (8oz) block cream cheese
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pound powdered sugar.

Instructions

    For Each Cake:
  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • Grease the bottoms of two 8 inch pans with butter and then line with a circle of parchment paper this helps to remove the cakes from the pans very easily).
  • You will mix together the ingredients for each cake separately. Once you are finished with one and pour it into the pan, you can start mixing the second one.
  • Mix the first 8 ingredients for your first cake together in a mixing bowl (flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla).
  • Blend ingredients for one minute on low speed.
  • Switch to medium speed and blend for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Stir in your carrots, walnuts, and raisins.
  • Pour into prepared pan.
  • Repeat this process for your second cake.
  • Place both pans into the oven and bake at 325° for about 50-55 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean). I also switch the pans from top to bottom halfway through baking.
  • Remove from oven and let cool completely in the round pans.
  • Remove both cakes from their pans once cooled.
  • Keep one as a circle and cut the other one in three pieces to form the two ears and a bowtie for the bunny. Arrange in the shape of a bunny.
    For the Icing:
  • Allow your butter and cream cheese to sit out for a bit to soften.
  • Beat your 1 stick butter and 1 (8 oz) block of cream cheese on medium speed for 2 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
  • Slowly add in your pound of powdered sugar until completely blended.
  • Add in a teaspoon of vanilla.
  • Add food coloring if you would like.
  • Repeat this process if a second batch of icing is needed to finish decorating your bunny (I actually ended up using about a batch and a half).
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xoxo, Food Marriage

How to Make Cake Pops

I’ve had my eye on Cake Pops for quite a while now.  I’ve looked them up time and time again online and finally this year for Easter, I decided to make my own Springtime version of Cake Pops!

Springtime Cake Pops

Here’s my recipe for how to make Cake Pops!  I’m just going to provide you with the very basic “how to” but let your imagination run free with your own decorating ideas!!  For mine, I used a strawberry cake mix, cream cheese icing, and three different colors of candy melts.  I then also drizzled my cake pops with alternating colors for an added layer of texture and color.  I purchased a little basket with “Garden” written on it from AC Moore as well as a styrofoam ball to secure them in.  Perfect presentation!!  They were definitely a hit with the family for Easter!

Inside of a Strawberry Cake Pop

Ingredients:

  • 1 box of cake mix.  (Any flavor you decide)
  • Any ingredients that the cake box lists.
  • 1 cup of icing (Any flavor you decide.  I just went with a simple store bought kind)
  • Lollipop Sticks (can be purchased at a local craft store)
  • Candy Wafer Melts – I bought three 14 oz. bags – I didn’t use them all, so if you are just going with one color, you could probably get away with two bags.  The microwavable kinds are also very easy to use!
  • Styrofoam blocks.
Directions:
  • Bake your cake according to the directions on the box.
  • Let your cake cool completely.
  • Crumble your cake up!! (I just broke apart my cake and put it in my mixer to bust it up even more.  This part was fun!  I have never destroyed a cake before!!)
  • Add 1 cup of icing to the cooked and broken up cake.  Blend well.  (This will give it a slightly sticky texture).
  • Mold your cake into ball shapes.  Place onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place in the refrigerator for at least an hour to firm up.
  • Melt a small amount of candy.  Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the chocolate and then press the stick about 3/4 of the way into the ball.  Do this with each ball.  Place back into the refrigerator to harden.  This will ensure that the sticks stay in your balls!
  • When you are ready to decorate, follow the instructions on your candy wafer melts to quickly and easily melt your candy.
  • Dip each cake pop into the melted candy so it is covered completely.  You may want to tap it on the side of your dish to eliminate any excess candy.  Place each cake pop standing up into a styrofoam block until the candy hardens.  This will make a nice hard outer shell.
  • Your cake pops can be finished right here if you want them to be!  They will be smooth and simple.  OR you can drizzle extra melted candy onto them like I did for extra texture.
  • Store in the refrigerator until serving.  One batch made about 40 cake pops for me!
Cake pops are the perfect ending to a meal.  It gives you just that little bite of sweetness you need with not being too large of a portion!  And they’re fun!!
 

xoxo, Food Marriage