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Easter Entertaining Recipes & Wheat Grass Tips

We just wanted to thank those of you who made it to our first Creative Class again. It was such a fun night, and we loved having you! We hope you will come again for the classes we hope to host in the future. Until then, we thought we’d put all of the recipes and a few wheat grass tips in one place for you to reference! Happy Easter Entertaining!

Speckled Robin’s Egg Cake

1 White Cake Mix (prepared according to directions on box)

Frosting

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Dash salt
Liquid blue food color

Speckling Chocolate

1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa
4 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

Vermicelli (Rice Noodle) Nest

1 bar semi-sweet bakers chocolate
1 package rice noodles

Steps
1 Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; set aside.

2 In large bowl, add cake ingredients; beat with electric mixer on low speed until well combined. Divide batter evenly among pans.

3 Bake 22 to 28 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched lightly in center. Cool cakes in pans on cooling racks 5 minutes. Turn cakes out onto cooling racks; cool completely, about 30 minutes. Level cakes using large serrated knife or cake leveler, if needed.

4 To make Frosting, in large bowl, beat softened butter and powdered sugar with electric mixer on low speed until incorporated; beat on high speed 3 minutes. Add vanilla and salt; beat 1 minute longer. Add blue food color 1 drop at a time, beating until a light blue color is achieved.

5 Fill and frost cooled cake. Refrigerate frosted cake 1 hour or until frosting is dry to the touch.

6 In small condiment bowl, mix baking cocoa and vanilla. Load unused (new) stiff-bristle paint brush with cocoa mixture. Using fingers, flick loaded brush bristles toward cake creating a splatter pattern. Re-load brush; cover entire cake with chocolate speckles. Refrigerate cake 30 minutes.

 To make Vermicelli Nest

Melt one bar of semi-sweet baker’s chocolate. Melt baker’s chocolate in microwave on high, stirring every 30 seconds until melted. Tear portions of vermicelli (also known as rice noddles) into a bowl and pour a few tablespoons of chocolate over the noodles. Form a loose nest shape, taking care to make sure there is enough noodles to create a bottom to the nest as well as the sides. Place a cup in the middle of the nest and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes. Attach cooled nest to cake with dot of frosting. Place 3 speckled egg candies inside nest.

 Before serving, bring cake to room temperature. Store cake loosely covered with plastic wrap.

Tips for growing your Wheat grass centerpiece

Soak wheat germ berries overnight. A great place to buy fresh organic wheat grass is Amazon, link here.

Liberally pour thin layer of wheat grass seeds over potting soil in a container that will not leak. Cover the wheat grass with a layer of newspaper and spritz with water from a water bottle several times per day–whenever you see that the paper has dried out. After a few days, the seeds will sprout. Keep newspaper in place until the sprouts look like spiky grass, then remove newspaper and continue watering multiple times per day with the spray bottle.

Brunch Inspired Appetizer Recipes

Key Lime Dip (via Dip Recipe Creations)

Chicken Salad Puff Pastry (via Stone Gable)  (note, Katie made this appetizer herself without a recipe, but this is a close approximation). 🙂

Fresh Fruit Salad with Honey, Mint, and Lime Syrup (via Epicurious)

Helpful Non-alcoholic Mimosa Guide here