Happy Easter

Happy Easter! I know there is only 30Michelle's Labyrinth minutes left of the weekend, but I wanted to put my well wishes out there. I learnt one thing about Easter this year and that is the U.S.A. don’t have any public holidays for Easter. I guess I had never thought about it before, but because I have staff in the US I was curious. Then I was a little shocked because the US has such a large Christian population and I thought they would carry the tradition, but apparently not. So I don’t want to rub it in, but we had a lovely relaxing 4 day weekend!

So to end the Easter weekend I wanted to show you the Easter cupcakes I made a couple of weeks ago. We did a lot of piping this term in my cake decorating class, and I was pretty happy with my butter cream grass! I think butter cream and chocolate were my favourite piping mediums.

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Michelle's Labyrinth I’ll let you know a secret – if you ever forget to put eggs in your cake mix do not fret! You still get lots of compliments about your cupcakes and how light and fluffy they are! Boy, I am a shocker! hehe

The eggs I used on these cupcakes are M&M’s Speckled Eggs – I saw Coxie’s Cakes use them and then saw them at the shops and couldn’t resist. They are such a great idea :)

 

Today we went to my sister’s for lunch and I thought my niece and nephew might like to try the Cake Push Pops – plus I thought my Mum and Dad might like to try them too. So I made some kids chocolate cake push pops with real cream and star sprinkles. For the adults I made black forest cakes!

These were the first push pops I madeMichelle's Labyrinth at home and I was super happy to find out that I had a circle cutter the exact size! You need to be careful not to cut the cake too thickly, otherwise it is hard to fit 3 layers of cake in the push pop containers.

Then I started layering my cakes, cream, sprinkles and black forest cake ingredients! As I was doing this I thought it would be fun for kids to do too! I have seen cupcake “stations” at kids parties, maybe you could have cake push pop stations instead and they can build their own cake combinations!

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I was quite happy with my black forest version, although I would have liked more alcohol next time! The bottom layer was super yummy!

Michelle's Labyrinth I didn’t put my fondant cake toppers on until I it was time for desert, because the fondant actually starts to melt into the cream. The colour of the sprinkles melts into the cream as well… but I didn’t mind this time as the sprinkles weren’t the main decoration – just thought I would let you know in case you want to make them.

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I hope you all had a lovely Easter however you celebrated it. If you were lucky like my nephew to have enough Easter eggs to build an Easter House (castle) out of them, then please don’t eat them all at once!

Not to rub it in about the public holidays, but we have another one this coming Friday in Australia for Anzac Day – so enjoy your short work week, or if you are taking advantage of taking 3 days off work to get 10 days off in a row – please have fun and keep safe on the roads!!!

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What Are Cake Push Pops?

Over the past week I have had to describe what Cake Push Pops are quite a few times. I must admit I asked “What the?” late last year. I thought the cake decorating teacher meant Cake Pops… but no, she meant Cake Push Pops. So here are some examples to show you!

First off, to avoid confusionMichelle's Labyrinth these are Cake Pops. Little balls of cake on a stick. I haven’t made any yet because they look fiddly! And also you don’t get much cake! hehe

Source: http://123parades.com/modern-handmade-easter-egg-cake-pops-2014/

For Christmas last year we madeMichelle's Labyrinth some Cake Push Pops in cake decorating class and it was so much fun! And the possibilities are endless. The Push Pops are made in a plastic container (I saw these in Spotlight the other day, or try  Michelle's LabyrinthMy Delicious cakes in Bibra Lake).

You put in 3 layers of cake in the containers, with cream between layers and cream and decorations on top! As easy as that!

To eat the Push Pops, you slowly push the stick up and the first layer comes out.

For the Christmas Cake Push Pops we also put Christmas sprinkles at each layer and you could put anything in the cake layers – chocolate chips, small marshmallows or even fruit! Anything goes! We also decorated the containers with ribbons, wrapping paper and stickers. We just used glue sticks and they washed off okay in hot water so you can use the containers again.

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For our Easter Cake Push Pops we kept it a little more simple and just used coloured Dream Whip.

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I hope you have enjoyed your Easter weekend with your family and friends. We have one more Easter date – a BBQ at my sister’s. And guess what I am making? Yep, Cake Push Pops! I’ll try and so a quick Easter post tomorrow and show them to you.

 

 

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