Easter Cupcakes With Chocolate Candies and Marshmallow Filling

Easter cupcakes -- cute and easy to make with chocolate candy moldsI got a little carried away recently making several different versions of Easter cupcakes. Who doesn’t love Easter anything?

Easter candy moldsI found this candy mold at AC Moore and had to get it. I wasn’t sure how it would work out, but I just had to try.

eastercupcakes_candiesTurns out it’s super easy to use. The chicks were the hardest because I had to use a toothpick to put the orange in the beak and feet of the molds, but then I just piped in the yellow on top, let them set and popped them out of the mold. For the carrots, I drew black lines with a black edible food writing pen (like these.) I did the same for the bunny eye. For the chocolate, you can buy different colored candy melts, or just color white candy melts with food coloring.

eastercupcakes_carrotsvertI made a regular batch of vanilla cupcakes and topped them with some butter cream frosting. Then added some colored sprinkles and the candy. Aren’t these carrots cute?

eastercupcake_duckAnd the chicks.

eastercupcakes_rabbit1And I love the rabbits. I colored the butter cream green and used smaller sprinkles.

eastercupcake_insideAnd then, there’s a surprise filling inside the cupcakes. I made it simple. Well, I didn’t make it, that’s what made it simple. I used marshmallow fluff for the filling. eastercupcake_upsidedownI have a handy little tool (like this: cupcake corer) that allows you to easily remove part of the interior of the cupcakes. Just push it into the enter of the cupcake, give a twist.eastercupcakes_cutholeThen pull it out and there you have a hole in your cupcake. eastercupcakes_fillingJust pipe or spoon in your filling, then cover with frosting.         eastercupcakes_allHere they all are in Easter perfection.

Chocolate Candies
 
Ingredients
  • Chocolate candy mold
  • Candy melts
  • Toothpick
Instructions
Microwave:
  1. Place candy melts in microwave and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring in between each interval. Be careful to not overcook or the chocolate will become chalky and unusable.
  2. The chocolate is ready when you can still see a few small pieces of the original chocolate pieces. Give one final stir, until you have smooth chocolate.
Stovetop:
  1. Use double boiler (or a glass bowl on top of a sauce pan filled with water) and melt chocolates over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. The chocolate is ready when you can still see a few small pieces of the original chocolate piece shapes. Upon stirring, they will continue to melt.
Candy making:
  1. Once the chocolate is melted, spoon teaspoon size amounts of chocolate into mold forms.
  2. To get multiple colors: use a toothpick to place first color in the mold. Pour the second, or main, color over first color.
  3. Tap mold to remove bubbles and to settle the chocolate.
  4. Wipe away any excess chocolate from the mold. The chocolate should be level with the top of the mold.
  5. Keep on counter or place in refrigerator for a few minutes until the chocolates are ready to be popped out of the mold.

 

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of BalancingMotherhood.com. Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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10 Sweet Easter Cupcakes

Easter cupcakes!

Easter is almost hear and I haven’t made any desserts yet! Yikes! I’m behind schedule. These cute cupcakes might just get me in the mood to bake some bunny cupcakes for Easter. Here’s a roundup of some of the sweet ones we found around the web:

Hidden Carrot Cupcakes {A Mom’s Take}

Easter Bunny, Chick and Nest Carrot Cake Cupcakes {The Neighborhood Moms}

Spring Butterfly Cupcakes for Easter {Thrifty Jinxy}

Easy Easter Cupcakes {Family Food and Travel}

Cadbury Chocolate Creme Egg Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting {Texas Type A Mom}

Orange Almond Easter Cupcakes

Easter Chick Cupcakes {Recipe by Photo}

Sheep Easter Cupcakes {Cincy Shopper}

Cadbury Creme Egg Cupcakes {Java Cupcake}

Bird’s Nest Cupcakes {Cooking Classy}

Easter bunny cake

 

And here’s MY family bunny cake. I make this guy every year. Rain or shine. Coconut, no coconut. Licorice whiskers or spaghetti whiskers. Green bow tie or blue. Any way it goes, I make this cake. You can to! I’ve got a blueprint for you and all it takes is two round cakes, some icing, and decorations.

resurrection Easter cookieAnd, if you have time, make these cookies the night before Easter. Who doesn’t want to eat cookies for breakfast? Here’s your chance! Plus, Jesus approves: it’s an amazing way to teach the Easter story. Bunnies are cute, but these cookies are real.

 

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of BalancingMotherhood.com. Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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The World’s Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes

The World's Easiest Cinnamon Donut Holes. No oil. Bake in the oven. via BalancingMotherhood.comI saw these things on Pinterest and decided I had to try them at home. I’m a sucker for breakfast treats. Well, treats of any kind. And, these looked too easy not to try. Perfect for a busy working mom.

cinnamon donut ingredientsI bought all the ingredients (there are only a few: canned biscuits, butter, sugar, cinnamon) and kept them in the biscuits in the fridge until I needed a quick sweet fix. One Saturday I broke down and made them, and then posted on Instagram. I got several requests for the recipe. It’s almost embarrassing, really. Hardly a recipe, but I’ve made them again and they are scrumptious. The perfect treat for a weekend morning.

cinnamon donut holesHere’s the super hard step-by-step recipe. I mean, people, this is hard. Open the can of biscuits. I usually give it a good whack on the side of the counter. I learned this from my mother. I used a can of “jumbo” biscuits, but it doesn’t really matter how many are in the can. Separate the biscuits and cut them into quarters with a knife.

cinnamondonut_ballTake each quarter biscuit and roll it into a ball. I put it in the palm of one hand, and cup the other hand on top, rolling until I have a ball.

cinnamon donut hole -- so easy to makeMelt the butter and dip one ball into the butter, then roll it in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar. Coat heavily. I like a thick coating of cinnamon/sugar.

bakes cinnamon donut holes -- so easy and deliciousThen place each coated ball into a baking dish. I used a dark cake pan for one bath, but this time I used a glass pie pan. It looks so much nicer in the pie pan, but you can really use any type of pan you like. I like a shallow pan that is only one layer, but you could pile these things on top of each other if you want to.

baked cinnamon donut holes -- so easy and deliciousOnce you’ve dipped your last donut, place the pan in the oven and bake away. The end result if a slightly toasty outer crust, and a flaky and moist inside. Serve warm with a nice, big cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. Be sure you take the first bite, otherwise you may not get one: they’re that good. These things will be gone in minutes!

Baked Cinnamon Donut Holes
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • one can refrigerator biscuits (any amount of biscuits is fine.)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 350
  2. Grease a shallow baking pan (I used a glass pie pan) with butter or cooking spray
  3. Melt butter (microwave in 30 second increments or melt on stovetop), put in small bowl
  4. Mix together sugar and cinnamon, put in small bowl
  5. Open package of biscuits and separate individual biscuits
  6. With knife, cut each biscuit into 4 pieces
  7. Take each small piece and roll into a ball
  8. Take each ball and dip in melted butter, covering ball
  9. Next, roll butter-covered ball into sugar mixture
  10. Place cinnamon-sugar covered ball into baking dish
  11. Repeat until all biscuit pieces are covered and in baking dish
  12. Donuts can be touching when in the pan. Just keep moving them around until they all fit.
  13. Bake 18-20 minutes.
  14. Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving. These pull apart easily and are quickly devoured!
  15. Note: Depending on the biscuits you buy, you might prefer to follow the baking instructions on the package. i.e. 375 for 11-15 minutes. Just make sure the biscuits are cooked through. Pop them back in for a few minutes if they aren't done enough.

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of BalancingMotherhood.com. Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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Skinnytastse Cookbook

Skinnytaste cookbookI received a copy of this beautiful cookbook and can’t stop looking at it. The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor is from Gina Homolka, blogger over at Skinnytaste.com. At the beginning of the book Homolka shares her story of weight loss struggles: being a skinny teen and able to eat anything she wanted to growing up and trying all the fad diets. Ultimately she wanted to learn how to eat healthy food that also tasted good.

skinnybreakfastAnd, boy, these recipes look good! She’s got recipes for all times of day. Look at this make-ahead western omelet made in a muffin pan. A working mom’s dream come true!

SkinnyTastse shrimp and gritsAnd, how about shrimp and grits? She’s got them. They look divine.

Skinnytaste desserts

 

As with all cookbooks I own, I skip right to the back for the desserts. Who doesn’t want dessert first? I was anxious to see what she had as skinny desserts. I found these beautiful meringues. I make a similar cookie for Easter each year with the kids, but this one is over the top gorgeous.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook is packed full of gorgeous photography and luscious recipes. If you’re looking for healthy alternatives to some of your favorite recipes, check out this cookbook.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this cookbook from the publisher. Affiliate links are used in this post, so if you make a purchase, we will receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you. Opinions are my own. 

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of BalancingMotherhood.com. Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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The Fringe Hours and How to Make More Time for Things You Love to Do

You need to be your own advocate to ensure you have the balance that you need. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comI’d read, but I don’t have enough time.

I’d volunteer, but I’m too busy.

I don’t have time to do THAT.

If this is you, then you must read Jessica N. Turner’s book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You. Who doesn’t need more time?  This book is for every busy woman.

So many thoughts from this book resonate with me, and many I’ve spoken to about. One part, give yourself grace, I even discussed in a presentation about balance last year.

Let’s talk about balance for a minute, since, well, that’s a main theme of this blog and what I truly believe in. Jessica says, early in the book (page 34), “the only way to have balance is to fight for it.” She goes on to say that a woman’s schedule needs to have openings, time that is available. How often do we max out our schedules? Wake up and get the kids to school, go to work, pick up kids, go to sports, do after school activities, make and eat dinner (often separately), do homework, take showers, do laundry, and do more work, then collapse in bed. The weekends can be even worse. We jam our schedules with so many activities that we can’t find time for ourselves. This is where the book helps.

Life change can happen. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comJessica talks about getting up early. One of the most memorable parts of this book for me is the section where she talks about “how you spend your 5-9 determines how you’ll spend your 9-5.” WOW! Powerful words. Think about this one for a minute.

I’m not a morning person, but this hits home. More and more I hear about people I admire, successful entrepreneurs, bloggers I follow, famous business people – they get up early. They fit into their mornings, things that might not get done if they wait until 8 am. It’s something to consider if you’re maxed and stressed out. And, let’s face it — being a woman today means we’re busy. I don’t care if you have no children, one child, two, or ten — we’re all doing a lot.

You nYou are never too busy to make time for waht you love.. #fringehours via BalancingMotherhood.comAnother reason Jessica’s book is great is that she talked to real women. Some of their stories really resonate and are memorable. One woman was struggling to do so much at home. She was pregnant with her third child and her husband told her he wanted to do a sport after work. Obviously, he had no idea what he was suggesting. Instead of saying, “OK honey,  I’ll do more so you can go play,” she said, and I LOVE this, “I’m drowning, and you are asking me to swim harder, when what I need for you to do is reach your arm down and pull me out of the water.” I hope this sentence changes lives. That it empowers women to ask for, to demand if that’s what it takes, help. This is what makes Jessica’s book different. She offers hope when it can feel hopeless.

And, she speaks from personal experience as the mother of three children, working full time outside the home, writing and producing a successful blog, and she managed to write this book. I think she knows something about being a busy mom, yet she’s finds time to do things she loves like crafting and scrap booking. And, in this book, she’s teaching the rest of us how to prioritize ourselves and make time for things we love too.


Read The Fringe Hours today. You can see other reviews at Amazon.  If you’re like me, you’ll have it underlined and marked up with reminders of how to make the most of your days.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher. Affiliate links are used in this post. If you make a purchase, we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Opinions are my own.

About Alicia: Alicia is the founder of BalancingMotherhood.com. Last year, she managed to stay sane while completing an MBA, working full-time, blogging, and still baking amazing birthday cakes — all while raising a young family at home.
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