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    Easter

    How to hand paint your Easter Basket Cake Recipe

    Finally I have made my Easter cake!  Have planned yours yet?  Well, you might want to give this cute one a go!

    I was inspired by some designs from my friend Ingrid O’Brien-Adriaansen’s (yes, we Ingrid’s tend to collect each other!!! ;)  )  blog a few weeks ago, which got me thinking about what style of cake I wanted to do for Easter, and how I was going to combine some hand painting with it too.

    Why handpaint the cake? 

    Well, so that I could show you how easy it is for you to create a cake like this too…further down in the post you can download a quick video and instructions on how you can EASILY and SIMPLY decorate a cake just like this!!  You could use this easy design on cupcakes or for an and effective Mother’s Day Cake :).

    Hand painted Easter Cake

    AND (sound the trumpets!!)….I’m also sharing with you my secret White Chocolate Frosting…now not so secret…but Shhhhh!!  It’s really tasty and super delicious, it’s versatile and great on cupcakes or as a filling, it holds up well for piping and you can colour it.

    This will be a long post, so grab a cuppa….let’s get started! :)

    Here is a rundown of the cake I ‘ve come up with:

    Rich Lemon flavoured buttercake, in a marbled effect with purple and yellow (colours for Easter).  I used a big cupcake tin for this recipe, so that I could have the basket at the bottom and the top of the cake in a dome so that I could decorate it with painting.  The two cakes were sandwiched with white chocolate frosting.  The basket has been piped with coloured white chocolate frosting.  The top of the cake has been covered with royal icing and hand painted with Wilton’s edible gel paints.  I bought the sugar bunny from our local sweets shop..he’s so cute, I couldn’t resist using him!  You could use some sugar speckled eggs too, or even one of the sugar coated chocolate eggs from my last post.

     

    Recipe for Easter basket cake

    Makes around 6 cups of batter, this cake will serve around 10 slices.

    200g unsalted butter
    1 cup sugar
    1/3 cup sour cream
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    1  1/2 teaspoons lemon essence
    ½ tsp salt
    1  1/2 cups self raising flour
    1/2 cup milk
    ¼ – ½ teaspoon Wilton’s purple and rose food colouring gel

    Preheat oven to 180C.  Grease a Big Cupcake pan and dust with flour, shaking off the excess flour.  Cream butter until soft and fluffy, add sugar a 1/3 at a time until all incorporated and fluffy.  Beat in sour cream and flavouring.  Lightly whisk eggs and add to mixture a third at a time while still beating.  Sift in flour and salt.  Beat until combined, adding milk a third at a time while the beater is still running until all the mixture is well mixed.  Beat mixture on high for 1 minute, it should become lighter in colour.

    Add 1/2 of the batter into another bowl, this is for the yellow filling.  Add a 1/4 teaspoon Wilton’s yellow  gel colours to the batter and mix in well.

    To the mixing bowl add 1/2 teasppon purple and 1/4 teaspoon rose pink Wilton’s gel colours and mix until full combined. Spoon dollops of each colour into the pans as shown in the picture.  Build up in layers until 3/4 of the way up the pan.

    Big Cupcake tin

    Put pan into preheated oven on the middle tray, and bake for 40-50 minutes.  Test cake with a skewer to check if ready.  Remove from oven and leave the cake in the tin for 10 minutes.  Turn cake out onto a cake rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes.  You’ll need to trim the tops of the cakes once cooled, so that they are flat.

    My Secret White chocolate frosting Recipe

    180 g quality white cooking chocolate
    70 g butter
    1 large tablespoon honey (tones down the “white chocolate” taste)
    1/3 cup sour cream
    250g sifted icing sugar
    Melt butter and white chocolate in the microwave on medium heat for 1- 2 minutes, stir to mix together.  Add honey and icing sugar, and beat well with a whisk.  The mixture should have cooled enough to add the sour cream.  Keep beating until thickish in texture.   You can smooth this over the outside of cakes, but for this recipe you’ll need to fill a piping bag  to make the basket weave pattern, and pipe decorative edges.  You’ll also use the remaining 1/3 of the frosting to sandwich the two cakes.
    Tint the frosting with purple and rose pink Wilton’s edible gel paste as per the cake.

     

     

    Piping the basket

    Here are the steps to piping the frosting for the basket weave…It’s really easy but so effective!  You’ll have enough frosting left over to pipe the decorative edge around the top of the basket.

    How to pipe basket weave

    How to pipe basket weave

     

    Piping basket weave frosting

    Piping basket weave frosting

     

    Royal Icing

    Mix yourroyal icing into soft peaks, and crumb coat the top of the cup cake (this is a thin layer of icing which will have the crumbly bits of cake mixed into it, really important to get a smoother finish to the final layer of icing).  Use a metal spatula to smear on the icing. Allow to set for at least 1-2 hours.  Cover the icing with plastic wrap onto the surface of the icing, so that it doesn’t dry out.

    Crumb coating a cake with royal icing

    Crumb coating a cake with royal icing

    Then apply another coat of the royal icing.  On this coat, you’ll wet the surface to smooth it out.  Using clean hands add water to your hands and smooth wet hands over the icing…its a technique I use when smoothing clay pottery…it works here too!!  It will look like this:

    Final coating of royal icing

    Final coating of royal icing

    Allow to set completely for at least 2 hours, it will dry matte.

    Putting the cake together

    Smooth the remainder of the frosting onto the basket layer of the cake.  Carefully place the top of the cake onto the frosting.  There will be a gap around the edge, but you’ll fill this later.

     

     

    Decorating the top of the cake

    Decorating an Easter Cake

    I purchased this little gum ball icing bunny from my local sweets store, he was so cute, and I thought he’d really suit this cake.

    Add a bit of royal icing underneath him and glue the bunny onto the cake.

    I piped the gap in between the two cakes after the handpainting was completed, this way I wouldn’t smudge into the frosting work.  You can add some extra embellishments of icing flowers to pretty it up too.

    Please leave your comments in the reply box below, if you have any questions, please ask…I always reply! If you think your friends might like this post…please share it with them!   Happy Easter, and I hope you’ve enjoyed this cake.

     

     

     

     

     How to paint Flowers on the top of the cake

    There are a few options you could do for decorating the top of this cake…. like buying some pre made icing flowers and gluing them on with icing.

    OR YOU COULD HANDPAINT IT!!!

    Have YOU ever wanted to try painting on a cake, but didn’t know how?

    Well, I’ve created a really simple free form design just for YOU to do.  Even if you’ve never painted on a cake or painted before, you can do this!!  If you’re a newbie, simply practice the steps I show you in the video on a piece of paper first using the gel paste!

    GET THE VIDEO: If you’d like to watch the quick 6 minute video on how to paint these cute and EASY spring time daisies for your cake, simply enter your email details in the form below and this video will be delivered straight your email box.

    You can watch it at your own time and as many times as you like.  I’ve designed this daisy arrangement to be free form, so you don’t have to worry about tracing any patterns.


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    my FREE daisy pattern and video

    How to paint candy coated chocolate Easter eggs

    This Easter, I was given box of candy coated chocolate eggs by a friend, who said that I might be inspired to “do something” with these…hinting at painting them :) 

    Here are the eggs:

    Hand decorated candy coated chocolate eggs, Ingrid-creates.

    Candy Coated chocolate eggs

    She told me that in South Africa they are a traditional treat at Easter, and because I’d handpainted on the Barbie cake, she thought I could “do something” with these!  So in this post I’m sharing my quick designs, and a simple demonstration of decorating one of them, it’s really easy!…Maybe you’ll be inspired to try it too!

    I found a supplier in Australia Online for these eggs at Springbok Delights

    Here they are:

    Hand painted candy coated egg with rose and daisy, Ingrid creates

    Hand painted candy coated egg with rose and daisy, Ingrid creates

    Hand painted candy coated egg with rose and daisy, Ingrid creates

    This photo was taken a few hours after they were painted...the paint has bled a little into the candy coating

    I added sprinkles onto the centre of the daisy, gluing them in place with a dab of regular icing mixed up to a thick consistency or royal icing.  Each layer of the painting needs to dry before you add the line work or it all bleeds into itself and all over the place!  The candy on the coating is very porous so expect a little bleeding of your detail.

    Decorate candy coated chocolate eggs

    This design is really easy, the sugar flowers were purchased ones..I didn’t pipe these :)  And all had to paint were the leaves, but you could buy ready made leaves if you wanted to as well.  Again attach the flowers with a little icing.

    Hand painted candy coated egg, Ingrid creates

    Aren’t these cute?  I purchased the sugar bunnies and flowers and added them on top of the handpainted background…you’ll see how easy it is to paint this yourself in the video below :)

    Oh, and they tasted yum!!!

    Hand painted candy coated chocolate egg, Ingrid Creates

    Hand painted candy coated chocolate egg, Ingrid Creates

     

    I took on the challenge to paint these candy eggs….and so can you!  Here is a REALLY EASY and QUICK way YOU CAN decorate the Bunny egg too! Watch this quick video I made:

    I hope this has inspired you to try painting some of your own candy coated eggs!

    More Easter eggs

    5 Top Easter Inspired Artworks on Porcelain

    I have the privilege of sharing with you 5 Top Easter Artworks on porcelain, by artists Sol BrienRigoberto Huanchicay Barcos, Amy Enright Medina, Alexei Nordin and Nelia Ferreira .   I invited each of these artists to share their works for this blog post, as I enjoy their wonderful artworks which are all so different in style, and I am so thankful :) that they have agreed to share their works here.   (It’s a big post, so have a cuppa, and maybe some pre-Easter chocky eggs with you!)

    Hand Painted Eggs

    A hand painted egg for Easter made from porcelain is a gift that will last, and bring much joy all year round or for part of an Easter display…and it will not contribute to your waist line ;p  Please enjoy the handpainted eggs from the following porcelain artists: 

    Sol Brien
    Sol, a porcelain artist and teacher in Candiac, Quebec, has been hand painting on porcelain since 2001 and teaching since 2005.  Sol’s petite Limoges egg box (3in X 2in X 2in.) is based on a Sevres XVIIIth pattern.  It has been painted with bands of cobalt blue alternating with gold bands, creating a richness of colour while staying true to the old Sevres pattern.  Typical of artwork at this time are the raised gilt garlands which Sol has used to embellish the cobalt blue bands of colour. To finish the box, the top and inside of the box has been painted with a cobalt blue starlight design.  

    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg

    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg

     
    Sol Brien, Sevres Egg
     
     
    Rigoberto Huanchicay Barcos
    Rigoberto is a porcelain artist from Brazil who also teaches this fine art.  The egg which Rigoberto is sharing was inspired by the ornamental stone Jade.  To create a modern interpretation of the beauty of this stone and dull green effect, Rigoberto used moss green and Chinese green mixed with zinc oxide to be dull, firing the egg at 780 degrees.  After this firing, pen work in moss green and green petroleum was used to paint the detail of flowers and decorative scrolls, then fired at 770 degrees.  Finally, white relief and light green relief are added for the last details, and then fired at 760.
    Rigoberto Huanchicay Barcos, Porcelain Egg
     
    Amy Enright Medina
    Amy, a porcelain artist from Southern California, specializes in the vintage art of china painting in the style of the old Victorian masters as well as the romantic, shabby and cottage chic style.  Amy is sharing her Victorian style egg, and explains that while “this porcelain painting doesn’t exactly represent Easter, I have chosen to include this piece because it is a painted porcelain egg to represent Spring.  This Porcelain Egg Trinket Box has a hidden surprise!  A small perfume bottle! “
    Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg    Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg Amy Enright Medina, Porcelain Egg 
     
    Amy designed this porcelain egg box to have a “spring time” feel.  She explains, “I chose the colors soft pink and a very light green.. I kept the background colors light to really make the roses stand out. I designed the decoration on the egg to flow seamlessly from the top lid to the bottom.”   Amy added some white relief dots were added on the green for textured lacy detail.  She continued to describe that “since this little box holds a perfume bottle, I wanted the egg to have a very feminine feel to it.”
     
    Alexei Nordin
    Porcelain artist Alexei Nordin studied at the Imperial Porcelain Manufacture in St.Petersburg, and continues to work in a professional capacity for a porcelain studio in St Petersburg.   Alexei’s sculpture portrays the death of Christ on a Russian Orthodox crucifix.   This sculpture embodies the orthodox symbology and beliefs of Christ’s death.  Firstly the Russian Orthodox cross has an additional third crossbar, to which Christ’s feet are nailed.  In typical orthodoxy, Christ’s feet are angled upward, facing the viewer’s left,  toward the penitent thief Saint Dismas  and downward (the viewer’s right) toward the impenitent thief Gestas.  The portrayal of Jesus in this sculpture is one of peace and somber after death, the colours in this piece are not morbid, rather they respectfully reflect the mood of this theme.  Instead of a crown of thorns, Christ’s head is surrounded by a halo, depicting his triumph over sin and death, again staying with orthodox traditions.  At the top of the crucifix, is a mini Christ, clothed in robes, triumphantly raising his arms, appearing to rise up from the cross.  At the bottom of the crucifix, is a typical symobl of a skull below the corpus, referring to Golgotha, the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.
    Crucifix, Alexei Nordin
     Crucifix, Alexei Nordin
     
     
     
    Nelia Ferreira
    Neila is an exceptional portrait artist on porcelain.  She explains that her portraits “play with shadows to portray characters that seem to emerge from them.”  This can be clearly seen in the powerful and emotionally charged  images she has painted around the theme of Christ’s crucifixion.   This series of paintings were inspired from the movie The Passion of the Christ. and show the raw and emotional responses of Mary, The Devil and soldier and lastly Mary again, toward Christ’s crucifixion.
     

     

    The Passion of Christ, Nelia Ferreira 
                                                                “NO MORE,” THE PASSION OF CHRIST, Nelia Ferreira
     
     

     "I ALWAYS" from the movie The Passion of Christ

                                                     “I ALWAYS” from the movie The Passion of Christ, Nelia Ferreira.

    "La Dolorosa" (the Madonna, Our Lady of Sorrow) from The Passion

                                    “La Dolorosa” (the Madonna, Our Lady of Sorrow) from The Passion, Nelia Ferreira

    I hope you’ve enjoyed these artworks, please leave your comments below, and don’t forget to check out these artist’s website :)

    Recipe for Yeast cake and some Easter traditions

    Most cultures which celebrate Easter, have a type of yeast cake, yeast plait or hot cross bun to symoblise the rising of Christ on Easter Sunday.  Greek orthodox families celebrate Easter with Tsoureki, Traditonal Greek Easter Bread, and I found this fantastic site called CDKitchen which has recipes for a large range of traditional Easter breads from different countries.

    Other traditions

    The blessing of yeast cakes at church on Easter Sunday is a tradition also followed by many Christians, and here is an artwork kindly shared by a friend, the wonderful artist Andrey Lyssenko, titled “Consecration of Easter Cakes. 80/70 cm. oil/canvas. 2010.”

     
    Consecration of Easter Cakes. 80/70 cm. oil/canvas. 2010. Andrey Lyssenko
    Consecration of Easter Cakes. 80/70 cm. oil/canvas. 2010. Andrey Lyssenko

    Andrey’s paintings are always full of life and colour.   In this painting I love the brighteness of light and seeing the rush of worshippers waiting for their cakes to be blessed at mass, so they can go on to celebrate Easter with their families.  For me, this is a joyous painting and shares great insight into celebrating these Easter festivities.

    One of the cakes I bake at Easter is a kulich, here is my photo…I know it is not in the correct tin (so please do not tell me off for this!!!) but I use what I have, which is an Angel food tin to get the height of the cake :)

    Russian Easter cake, Kulich

    Russian Easter cake, Kulich

     

    Kulich is a traditional Russian Orthodox Easter cake, that usually has the initials ‘XB’ written in icing on the top, the Cyrillic initials for Christ is Risen.  This dish is served with a sweet cheese and fruit dessert called Pashka.  This yeast cake is a very rich, buttery yeast cake filled with fruits and almonds.  I always make my yeast cake recipes in a bread maker  to mix and rise the dough, it’s quicker and easier.  This cake freezes well, and is best eaten on the day or by the following day.  You could use this recipe for any type of yeast cake, and just shape it differently or bake it in another shaped tin.

     

    Recipe for kulich (Russian Yeast Cake)
     

    Dough

    4 1/3 cups bread flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    130 grams vanilla castor sugar (or castor sugar + 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
    1 teaspoon bread improver
    2 teaspoons dried yeast
    250g softened unsalted butter
    4 eggs
    300ml full fat milk
    1 ½ teaspoons lemon essence
    1 cup of seedless raisins soaked in 3 tablespoons of rum or vodka, drained.
    ½ cup slivered blanched almonds
    ½ cup chopped candied peel
    ¼ cup currants
    1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon milk

    Icing

    4 tablespoons pure icing sugar
    1 ½ tablespoons water
    1 teaspoon lemon or orange juice
    2 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
    10 red glace cherries

    Put milk, lemon essence and left over rum, followed by all dry ingredients in order of ingredients list in bread making pan.  Add eggs, slightly whisked to break yolks.  Break up butter into knobs and add to pan.  Set bread maker to bread dough mixture.  Check in the early mixing stages that the dough isn’t too dry and all ingredients are incorporated.  If too dry add tablespoon fulls of milk at a time to the right consistency.  If too wet and sticky add teaspoonfuls of flour.  I add the fruit and nuts after the dough has finished rising, not during the fruit and nut beeper.

    Turn oven on to 180C leave on for 10 mins.  Turn dough onto a lightly floured board/bench top.  Add nuts and fruit to dough and lightly knead in.  Roll dough into a thick sausage, and place into tin.

    If you do not have a tin, you can make a plait.  Roll the douigh into a thick sausage shape, and cut into 3 even pieces.  Roll longer sausages about 30cm long.  If you want to make a traditional plait bread, then place the 3 ends together, join with a little water and tuck under, then continue to plait it till the end, join ends and turn under.  Place onto tray lined with baking paper and sprayed with oil.  Place into warm oven, turn off oven, shut door, and allow plait to rise and double in size (approx 20mins).  Glaze over plait with egg wash.  Turn on oven to 190C and bake for 30mins or until golden.  The plait will spread so make sure your tray is large enough.  Cool cake, make icing, drizzle icing over cake and decorate with nuts and cherries.
     

      

     Another yeast cake recipe which is not as rich, but works just as well for this type of cake, I also have instructions for yeast baking here for you if you do not have a bread maker.

    Are you ready for Easter?

    There are chocolates and bunnies and Easter decorations bursting out of the shops!  I can’t believe how much merchandising there is for Easter (which I might say, has been building up only a few short weeks after Christmas!), is it like this where you live?

    A great idea for an Easter wreath from Chocolate Candy mall

    So, I ‘ll ask you..are you ready for Easter?  I have been building up my own collection of Easter decorations and celebration recipes for a few years now.  But I’m still waiting for the time to embroider a runner for my dresser, upon which all of my ornaments and decorations for Easter are placed…maybe next year!

    Easter  is the most important religious feasts in the Christian liturgical year.  Many Easter cakes and desserts contain symbols and colours representing fertility (for the coming of Spring), new life, resurrection and Christ.  While many Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate this cultural event with Easter Bunnies, hot cross buns and chocolate eggs, there are many artworks,  traditional cakes and desserts that also celebrate the end of lent.

    Easter- Spring time centre piece from Country Living

    In this post I wanted to share with you some of my decorative artworks which I’d painted for our home the celebrate Easter.  Many of these decorations represent traditional parts of celebrating Easter for us, while I am Australian born, my family are Russian, German and Polish, and Hubby A is Hungarian…bit of a mix I know :P

    Hand Painted wooden plate

    I wanted to make an Easter plate for my display, so I was inspired to use this lovely porcelain bunny I bought from Villeroy and Boch as the study, and place him with an Easter chick, using a Vintage German Easter style of painting.

    Here is the Villeroy and Boch bunny (with some other handpainted eggs I’ve made)

    Villeroy and Boch Porcelain Bunny, Handpainted Polish Egg, Ingrid Lee

    Villeroy and Boch Porcelain Bunny, Handpainted Polish Egg, Ingrid Lee

     

    The Vintage German Easter card for inspiration

    My painted plate.

     
     
     
     

     

    Easter Bunny Plate, Ingrid Lee

    Easter Bunny Plate, Acrylics on wood, Ingrid Lee

     

     

     

     

    My Easter Display

     

    I have an Easter egg tree, around 40 hand painted wooden eggs (see more painted eggs) and other various handpainted plates and decorations. 

    Recipe for Easter chocolate and orange cookies

    Recipe for Iced sugar cookies

     See more of My Handpainted Paschal Candle

    I hope you enjoy viewing some of  my Easter paintings.  Are you making anything special for Easter?

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