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Easy Easter Basket Cupcakes

CUPCAKES

  • 10 waffle bowls (the type used for ice cream sundaes)
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 cup of vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1cup milk
  • 1cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flavoring (or substitute another flavoring) (optional)

BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 -4 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

BASKETS

  • 3cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 2 cups jelly beans
  • 10 pieces red licorice, each 20 cm long

DIRECTIONS

MAKE CUPCAKES: Place rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 175 degrees.

  1. Cut ten 8-inch squares of aluminum foil. Place each waffle bowl in center of each foil square. Wrap the outside of of the bowl with the foil, tucking the edges of the foil just inside the top of the bowl. Place bowls on baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, add cake mix, pudding mix, milk, oil, eggs, egg whites, and coconut flavoring (if using).
  3. Blend 30 seconds with electric mixer on low speed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat 2 more minutes on medium speed, scraping sides if needed.
  4. Fill each waffle bowl with a heaping 1/2 cup batter.
  5. Bake the cupcakes approximately 24-27 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and spring back when lightly pressed with finger.
  6. Place pan on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Gently peel off aluminum foil. Allow the bowls to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

MAKE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: In large mixing bowl, add butter and mix with electric mixer on low speed until fluffy (about 30 seconds).

  1. Add confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons of milk, and vanilla. Blend on low speed until sugar is incorporated (about 1 minute). Beat 1 minute more on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add up to 1 tablespoon milk if the frosting seems too stiff.
  2. Note: If you want a slightly lighter color of frosting, beat the butter several extra minutes with the electric mixer before adding sugar. You can also flavor the buttercream frosting with other extracts in place of the vanilla extract. Use almond extract for almond buttercream, coconut flavoring for coconut buttercream, etc.

MAKE BASKETS: Place the coconut in a plastic bag. Add 2 drops of green food coloring. Seal the bag and shake well until the coconut turns green.

  1. Add more food coloring if needed.

TO ASSEMBLE: Place 2 heaping tablespoons of frosting on each cupcake and spread it out smoothly with a short metal spatula or spoon, until the tops are completely covered.

  1. Sprinkle on coconut to resemble grass. Place a pile of jelly beans on the coconut to resemble eggs.
  2. Create a basket handle by inserting one end of a licorice in one side of the cupcake near the edge. Bend the licorice over the cupcake and insert the other end in the opposite side of the cupcake.

 

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Chocolate and Peanut butter Easter egg treats

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1cup butter
  • 2 -3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon copha, butter or margarine.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix together powdered sugar, peanut butter and butter.
  2. Add milk, one tablespoon at a time until.
  3. it becomes a nice workable dough.
  4. it will be like play dough and easy to work with.
  5. form dough into egg shapes
  6. place in freezer for 1 hour.
  7. Place chocolate chips in and
  8. shortening in a glass measuring cup.
  9. Microwave 1 minute at a time, stirring in between, until melted.
  10. (Can use a double broiler if you prefer).
  11. Dip each egg in the melted chocolate.
  12. place on waxed paper until set.
  13. trim any excess chocolate off that may pool with a paring knife.
  14. Decorate with royal icing or sprinkles if you wish.

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Chocolate Cream Filled Easter Eggs

INGREDIENTS

  • 1cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1cup butter, softened
  • 1teaspoons corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 6 -7 cups sifted icing sugar
  • yellow food coloring
  • 450g  semisweet chocolate

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, mix milk, butter, corn syrup, salt and vanilla.
  2. Add icing sugar in 3 or 4 batches,stirring well after each addition.
  3. Mix well, then knead with hands, mixing in more icing sugar if needed, until mixture holds shape and is smooth.
  4. Take 1/4 of the mixture, and color it yellow for yolks.
  5. Form it into 10 to 15 small balls, set aside.
  6. Make 10 to 15 Larger balls with the remaining mixture.
  7. Flatten large ball in palm, place yellow ball in center, then shape white mixture around it to form an egg shape.
  8. Place eggs on tray, cover well with plastic wrap so they do not dry out, and chill for at least 4 hours or until firm.
  9. Dipping Chocolate: Place chocolate and paraffin in bowl over hot (not boiling) water (approx 86 deg.) Use a fondue fork to dip eggs into chocolate.
  10. Place eggs on tray lined with waxed or parchment paper.
  11. Put in a cool place until chocolate is firm.
  12. Decorate if desired.

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Sponge Painted Eggs

Instructions:

Sponge painted Easter eggs have a cool looking effect. They are perfect for Easter time!

 

Materials:
* Hard boiled eggs
* Acrylic craft paints in the colors of your choice
* Household sponge
* Paper towel
* Small bowl of water
* Egg holder or empty egg carton

 

Directions:
1) Soak your sponge in water. Cut it in small pieces so that you can use it for different colors.
2)Put out several colors of paint on a paper plate
3)Hold an egg in your fingers, and with your other hand, dab a sponge into desired paint color.
Dab the sponge onto a piece of paper towel. The object is to remove the excess paint, but not completely dry it out.
4)Now dab the sponge directly onto your egg, using any type of random pattern you like. Paint as much of the egg as you can and place it down to dry. Repeat this using different colors.
5)When one side has dried, complete the other side and allow that to dry as well.

 

 

 

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How to Guide: Glitter Easter Eggs!

Here’s a super-fast and easy way to make glittery Easter eggs with three simple materials: plastic eggs, glue, and glitter. It’s that easy.

The beauty of these Easter eggs is that they can last forever, like blown-out eggs. But since they are made with plastic eggs, they are even faster and easier to create. And because you’re using inexpensive materials, these beautiful eggs are buget-friendly, too.

So get ready to create beautiful eggs with kids that will make gorgeous addition to an Easter table, or can be put in baskets or bowls and displayed around the house as festive Easter decorations. They also make pretty eggs to include in an Easter egg hunt!

You’ll need just a few simple (and inexpensive) materials to make these glittery Easter eggs.

  • plastic Easter eggs
  • glitter
  • liquid glue
  • small brush
  • paper clips
  • paper plates

 

  • First, open up a paper clip and place it on its side as shown. This will serve as an egg stand to keep your eggs from rolling around while they dry. (You can make several egg stands so that you can do a number of eggs at once.) Put the paper clip on a paper plate
  • Using your small brush, put glue all over one half of an egg.
  • Next, sprinkle glitter generously all over the glue.
  • Carefully put the glitter egg on the paper clip to dry, making sure the unglittered half is on the clip. (Parents may want to help with this part as it can be tricky to transfer the egg to the paper clip stand.)
  • Let dry completely, about 15 to 20 minutes. (You can keep putting glue and glitter onto egg halves; by the time you have completely glittered about 8 to 10 eggs, the glue on the first egg will be just about dry; then you can work on the other halves.)
  • Make several egg halves at a time so that you can keep working as the eggs dry.
  • Once the first halves have dried, work on the other side of each egg. Let all the eggs dry completely (about 15 to 20 minutes) and then display them. Your child will be so proud of his or her handiwork!
  • Put your beautiful Easter eggs in a basket or in a bowl, or use the paper clip stands to stand them up on the mantle or in windowsills. They make lovely Easter egg decorations to make the whole house festive and ready for Easter!

 

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Goodna Dress up Easter party with Easter bunny, Frozen, pirates and more!

Keep the 8th of April cleared! Easter is a favored holiday for children as they love waking up to find that the Easter Bunny has left them baskets of goodies. We at glitter pop up parties are excited to announce our annual Easter celebrations, and with that of course comes a very special party being held at the Goodna services function center, packed with two hours of fun!

The center is air-coned and finger food will be provided for all that come! On the day we will have two tents set up, the first is a Frozen themed tent with life size cut out of Elsa, themed decorations set out beautifully throughout the tent as well as Anna and Elsa to entertain the little ones for hours! Our other tent is a pirate and loot themed one with props and all. All children (and even parents!) are encouraged to dress up as either Frozen or Pirate themed.

we will be hosting heaps of games! our favorites are lucky door prize, disco dance moves competition and our all time classic, pass the parcel (where every child wins a prize!)

Our festivities don’t end there, we also have face-painting for all the little ones (and adults!) as well as a very special appearance by the Easter bunny! who will be hopping around the event to take photos, hand out Easter eggs and entertain throughout the event.

Parents enter free and do not require a ticket, and it is $20 per child via our website or facebook.

The event is being held at the Goodna services and function center, 112-114 Brisbane Terrace, Goodna on April the 8th and the event will be starting at 10am.

 

Our tickets are limited, so reserve your spot now!

Tickets are $20 online and $21 through your child’s school.

To book, comment or message Rochelle Caloon via facebook.

Feel free to send us an inquiry. We’re always happy to help!

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Reese’s Squares, no baking!

Reese’s Squares, no baking!

Delicious homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the form of a bar

 

Ingredients:

1 cup butter melted

2 cups graham cracker crumbs, finely crushed

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup peanut butter + 4 tablespoons peanut butter

1½ cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Combine melted butter, finely ground graham cracker crumbs, confectioners’ sugar and 1 cup peanut butter. Spread in a 9×13 inch pan.

 

  1. In the microwave or over the stove, melt 4 tablespoons peanut butter and chocolate chips until smooth. If melting in the microwave stir after every 30 seconds to make sure that it doesn’t burn. Spread on top of the peanut butter layer.

 

  1. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving so that they can set. Store leftover bars in the fridge.

 

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Toffee apples recipe

Toffee apples recipe

Yummy toffee apples are a cake stall favourite and fun to make at home with the children. You can colour the toffee with any colour you fancy but the traditional colours are red and green.

 

Ingredients:

12 small red apples, stalks removed

3 cups caster sugar

1/4 cup liquid glucose

1 teaspoon white vinegar

1/2 teaspoon red food colouring

 

Method:

  1. Wash apples in hot water to remove any wax coating and then dry. Push 1 chopstick or stick in top of each apple, being careful not to push all the way through. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.

 

  1. Place sugar, 3/4 cup warm water, glucose and vinegar in a heavy-based saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until sugar has dissolved, making sure not to boil.

 

  1. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to the boil. Cook, without stirring, for 15 to 20 minutes or until toffee reaches hard crack stage (Hard crack stage will measure at about 146°C to 154°C on a sugar thermometer. Alternately you can drop a few drops into a glass of cold water and pull the pieces out and break them. If they crack, you are ready to dip your apples.)brushing sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to avoid crystallization.

 

  1. Remove from heat. Tint red with food colouring. Stand for 30 seconds for bubbles to subside slightly. Working quickly, dip 1 apple into toffee, tilting pan to coat. Turn apple above pan to drain excess toffee. Stand apple on prepared tray. Repeat with remaining apples and toffee. Stand for 20 minutes or until set

 

Notes:

You need to work fast with this toffee as it sets quickly.

I used wooden chopsticks I bought from a discount store for $2.

After you roll them in the toffee give those apples a good tap before leaving them to set.

It’s a good idea to wear gloves when dipping the apples as you don’t want to get that toffee on your skin. It will burn you faster than you can get it off.

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Glitter Bomb Party!

What’s the HOTTEST event to hit the social scene of Brisbane?

Glitter Pop Up Parties!

 

We’re crazy about GLITTER!!!  (And rainbows, bubbles and unicorns)

 

Firstly, I came up with the idea to throw glitter bomb parties because

 

1. Regular parties are BORING.

2. I love glitter and everything pink, sparkly, shiny, and shimmery.

3. Glitter makes everything imaginable a whole lot better.

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This lead me to some brainstorming, and I wondered “How can I make Glitter party’s more exciting and glittery?”

But then I realized…

All I needed was GLITTER, and it worked!

This led me to creating the glitter bomb, yes. A big great ball of glitter that children are guaranteed to go crazy over, who doesn’t love glitter?! When the glitter bomb is activated a beautiful sparkling rain of glitter will fall down from above them while lights and lasers make the glitter stand out and shine even more, and with an optional extra of bubbles floating around continuously it is sure to be a party to remember!

You see, when you touch glitter, it gets EVERYWHERE. (Which makes it handy that our parties are held outdoors!) It gets stuck in your fabulous hair, on your sequined jeans, on your dog… everywhere.  On a scale of Mother Teresa to Lindsay Lohan, you look like Amanda Bynes after playing with glitter for a minute.  Hot, freaking, mess. But what is special about this magical dust is that it resembles what we all aspire to do, Spread so much love and make our kids sparkle like diamonds in the sky!

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After all, our kids are the purpose for Glitter Pop Up Parties. They are the only reason we all work so darn hard… and how can we make them sparkle?

With a little glitter…

 

Book your very own glitter bomb party today!

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