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DIY // Bunny Ear Macarons

April 7, 2014

DIY bunny ear macarons DIY bunny ear macarons

I know I’ve been a quite the Easter kick lately, but let’s be honest, it’s totally my color scheme. There also aren’t a lot of other times in the year where it’s socially acceptable to serve macaron bunnies to people when they come to your house for a quick visit, which means we need to heed the opportunity while we can, am I right?

Thus, I present to you DIY bunny ear macarons that are perfectly okay (in my book) to serve all of this month if you’d like! And for those of you that aren’t as bunny friendly, bare with me for just a tinyyyy bit longer!

Materials:

  • Macarons
  • Scissors
  • Craft paper
  • Ultra thin taper candles or thin lollipop sticks
  • Glue stick
  • Pink watercolor paint and brush (optional)

DIY bunny ear macarons

Cut a quick two bows and pair of bunny ears for each cookie you have. To cut the bows, make a small rectangle shape and then cut two wide V shapes from each long side.

Make this craft even quicker by cutting multiple pieces of paper at a time to create multiple pairs at once.

DIY bunny ear macarons

Being very careful to not crush the macaron, gently place a lollipop stick or thin taper candle through the bottom of the cookie. I like using the candles because of the color variety, but either one works as long as they’re thin enough to not break the cookie apart.

Next, use a glue stick to adhere two bows to each other around the stick or candle to keep the double-sided bow in place.

DIY bunny ear macarons

Lastly, you can brush a quick touch of pink for the bunny ears onto the cut out card stock with watercolor and a paint brush, or just you them as is by sticking the ears in the top crease of the cookie making sure they touch icing to keep them in place.

DIY bunny ear macarons DIY bunny ear macarons

Now all you have to do is serve and enjoy! I think they look cute laying flat (you can even use them as placecards!) or you can fix them into white floral foam to make them stand up in little baskets.

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Eats // Cute as a button raspberry cake

April 4, 2014

cute as a button raspberry cake recipe | sugarandcloth.com

recipe by Kristina of Buttercup for the Easter Sunday dessert table

Hands down my favorite edible prettiness from my Easter Sunday dessert table was Kristina’s  raspberry cake. It literally was too pretty for me to eat! And those little raspberry dollops… I just couldn’t handle it.

Luckily she’s willing to share the wealth and give Sugar & Cloth readers a chance to be the talk of the gathering too by spilling the beans on her infamous raspberry cake!

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam or raspberry puree
  • red food coloring (optional)

Ingredients for the raspberry buttercream:

  • 2 lbs. sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 lb. butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • red food coloring (optional)
  • fresh raspberries for garnish (optional)

cute as a button raspberry cake recipe | sugarandcloth.com

 For the cake–

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and butter, flour and line three 8″ cake pans with parchment. Set aside. Next, sift together cake flour, baking powder and salt. Combine vanilla and milk together and set both aside.

With a mixer set to medium, cream together butter and sugar for five minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add in the eggs one at a time waiting until they are each fully incorporated before adding a new one. This usually takes around 15 seconds per egg. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in raspberry puree/jam and mix until fully combined.

In three batches, add in dry ingredients on low speed, alternating with wet ingredients. Begin and end with dry ingredients. Add in food coloring at this point if desired. Fold the batter a few times with a spatula to make sure all ingredients are fully incorporated and then divide batter into the three baking pans. Bake for 17-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs. Trust your nose and keep a watchful eye after 17 minutes. When your house kitchen starts to smell like cake, it’s probably getting close to done

For the frosting–

Beat butter on medium for 5 minutes and then lower speed to the lowest setting. Add in powdered sugar, two cups at a time, continuing to add more sugar after it becomes fully incorporated. Add in vanilla and desired food coloring and increase speed to medium and beat for two minutes or until the icing has lightened a bit.

Decrease speed of mixer to the lowest setting for two minutes to knock out some of the air bubbles. Stack cakes and ice as desired.cute as a button raspberry cake recipe | sugarandcloth.com

Enjoy!

styling and DIY’s by Sugar & Cloth // photography by Kimberly Chau // desserts by Buttercup // illustrations by Lisa Chow // mint green and white cake stands and bunting c/o Minted // gold flatware and serving utensils West Elm 

DIY // Printable Watercolor Flags

April 3, 2014

printable watercolor flags illustrated by Lisa Chow | sugarandcloth.com printable watercolor flags illustrated by Lisa Chow | sugarandcloth.com

Illustrations by Lisa Chow

I solemnly swear that I’m not trying to totally kill your work out routine with the constant photos of dessert and heavenly, sugar covered things this week, I’m just really excited to share the goodies we used to make our dessert table come to life. Luckily I know some really talented people, and by know I actually mean I stalk them on Instagram and then try to convince them to hangout with me. These things happen to the best of us you know…

One of those people just so happens to be Lisa Chow, the mastermind behind all things pretty, illustrated, and in this case, watercolor flags. I’ll be sharing another project we worked on together soon, but for now, here are the DIY printable flags we dreamt up for this pastel party…

Materials:

printable watercolor flags illustrated by Lisa Chow | sugarandcloth.com

To make the flags, save and print the template in the materials section. Cut the flags out and jot your desserts on each one, then use a foam adhesive dot to stick them to the front of a cake stand or onto candy sticks to display. printable watercolor flags illustrated by Lisa Chow | sugarandcloth.com

You can always use fun phrases like “There’s always plenty” like the cupcake up top! My favorite little shop in OKC, Plenty Mercantile, uses it as their slogan and I’ve been in love ever since.

DIY printable watercolor flags illustrated by Lisa Chow | sugarandcloth.com

I really love the way the adhesive dots make the flags pop on the front of cake stands don’t you? They’re the perfect little size!

If you use any of the flags for you Easter table (or even just for sweet nothings), be sure to tag #mysugarandcloth so I can see what you’re making! You never know, you may even see it featured here…

styling and DIY’s by Sugar & Cloth // photography by Kimberly Chau // desserts by Buttercup // illustrations by Lisa Chow // mint green and white cake stands and bunting c/o Minted // gold flatware and serving utensils West Elm 

DIY // Jumbo polka dot easter egg favors just for adults!

April 2, 2014

jumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.comjumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.com

Ohhh how I love surprise favors! I’m kind of like a child deep down and not just because I’d rather have sugar before dinner, but because you’d actually find me hunting Easter eggs with the three year olds instead of hiding them with the adults… among other things.

The point I’m trying to make here is that you can high five the inner child of all of your guests on Easter Sunday (as seen in action here) by passing out these DIY jumbo polka dot Easter egg favors filled with goodies even adults will be giddy over, like mini Minted art prints.

Materials:

  • Jumbo plastic Easter eggs (I used these)
  • Matte spray paint (for plastic surfaces, I used paint and primer in one)
  • Foam pouncers (I used these)
  • Liquid gold leaf
  • Candies of your choice
  • Minted mini art prints (mine are 5×7 and fit like a glove inside!)
  • Tissue paper filler (I used tissue paper fringe from Oh Hello Friend)

jumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.com

First, spray paint the plastic eggs the colors of your choice by breaking the eggs apart and painting each end separately to get the inside and outside (this way the entire egg is the same even when it’s opened).

Let them dry completely and put them back together, you can even mix and match colors like I did to create the color blocked look.

jumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.com

Now use your foam pouncer and gold leafing to dab mini polka dots all around the egg, being careful to not touch freshly inked dots! These particular eggs have flat bottoms which makes it easy to stamping around them.

jumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.com    

Let the gold leafing dry and then stuff them with filler, candies, and you favorite mini Minted prints!

jumbo DIY easter egg favors | sugarandcloth.com

Sit them out in a cute pastel basket for guests to grab on their way home. I’m soooo glad I convinced myself this mint green metal basket was a necessity when I was in Round Top last year, totally came in handy!

In case you missed our Easter dessert spread featuring these little jumbo guys, you can catch all of the details here!

artwork by Heather Francisco for Minted // photography by Kimberly Chau