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Delightful daisy-shaped cake for spring

While we were visiting Chicago recently, we did a lot of window shopping as we walked along Michigan Avenue.  My hubby was hoping I would pass everything by without a second glance.  But of course I had to buy something, right!?

As we passed the Crate and Barrel store, I knew the thing that I had to have was this daisy cake pan.  Isn’t it cute?  Daisy flower cake pan from Crate and Barrel - AMerryMom.com

I love flowers, I love cakes, and I loved the price.  Just $12.95!

I had planned to bake and decorate a test cake using my new pan early the week before Easter – so that I could create a beautiful flower cake for Easter.  Only I ran out of time for my test cake.  And I ran out of time for the Easter cake.

Oops!  Another lesson that no, I am not as talented as Martha Stewart.

I finally got it decorated so we could enjoy a day-after-Easter daisy cake.  Because we needed a sweet dessert to go along with all that Easter candy!  (Just kidding.  I actually went light on the Easter basket goodies this year, lest you think I’m plying my kids with unhealthy food.)

This cake pan is a lot like a bundt pan except it is solid in the center, so I had to bake the cake a little longer to get it done all the way through.  I made a sour cream yellow cake recipe from Food.com that I had pinned to my desserts board on Pinterest.  The extra baking time made the cake a bit dark on the outside when I turned it out of the pan – my son actually thought it was a chocolate cake.Daisy cake before frosting - AMerryMom.comIt tasted great, though!  I whipped up a double batch of buttercream frosting and used some cookie cream crunch sprinkles for the center.  Delicious!Daisy cake - AMerryMom.comI couldn’t get the buttercream frosting to show the flower petal design very well, so I may try using fondant next time.  I’m sure I’ll get lots of practice decorating since this pan makes such a cute cake!  My daughter has decided she wants a pink flower cake for her birthday.

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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Celebrate spring with a free printable

Ah, spring.  It was a beautiful, sunny weekend with flowers blooming, birds chirping, and warm weather.Celebrate spring printable PDF - AMerryMom.com

And tomorrow we have snow in the weather forecast.  Crazy!  It reminds me of a quote by Mark Twain.

In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.
~ Mark Twain

I guess that’s just part of the charm of spring!

I decided I needed some more spring decorations, so I designed a new subway art print to add to the spring celebration around our house.  I’m attaching it here as a free printable for anyone who loves all these aspects of spring as much as I do.

You can click here to download it.  It’s set up as a PDF document for an 8×10 frame.  You just have to trim around the border to pop it into a frame.

There are so many wonderful things to love about spring!  What’s your favorite?

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Celebrate spring with a Spring It On party!

Ahh, the first day of spring is here!  It’s been a long winter so it’s time to celebrate the change of seasons!

While my hubby and kids were away at work and school today, I set up our first annual Spring It On celebration.  I love to plan surprises for them, and I’m so happy to have time for it now that I’m a stay-at-home mom.

I started by making a quick spring banner for our living room fireplace.  I chose scrapbook paper in three festive designs and cut two circles from each pattern.  For the circles, I traced around my cute little spring candy bowl from the Target dollar spot.

Use a bowl for a circle banner pattern - AMerryMom.com

For the letters, I used my alphabet stencil cards from Hobby Lobby and sponge painted them with Folk Art acrylic paint in metallic peridot.  It seemed like the perfect spring green.  After I hung it from our fireplace mantle on a thin white ribbon, I was happy with the festive touch for the living room.Simple spring banner - AMerryMom.comNext I gathered up the tissue paper pom pom flowers that I made for a birthday party last year.  They match my daughter’s room, so they’ve been hanging from her ceiling.  For today, the spring celebration demanded something fun – and fast – to dress up the dining room.Festive tissue paper pom pom flowers - AMerryMom.comFinally, I made flower cupcakes.  I was inspired by sunflower cupcakes a friend’s daughter made recently.  I’m not an expert decorator, so I wasn’t sure how they would turn out – but I figured if a 14-year-old girl could do it, I could at least try!

I made the cupcakes from a mix and then placed one side of an Oreo in the center of each cupcake when they cooled.  Oreo flower cupcakes - AMerryMom.com

While they were cooling, I whipped up a batch of my favorite buttercream frosting.  I loved the yellow sunflower cupcakes that inspired this dessert, but I didn’t have yellow food coloring on hand so I had to make my frosting flowers pink.  I pulled out my Wilton dessert decorator and attached the leaf tip to make the petals.

Although I’ve had this decorating tool for a long time, I’m still not super handy making the pretty decorating effects with it.  It’s trial and error each time I pull it out.  Plus I didn’t have time to chill the frosting in the refrigerator for long, and it was a little too runny.   My cupcakes were generally identifiable as flowers, but far from perfect!

Oreo pink flower cupcakes - AMerryMom.com

That’s OK.  The cupcakes were yummy anyway.   I’ll just have to try again when I have more time to dedicate for decorating them.

Everyone was happy with the impromptu spring celebration.  I’ve decided to make it an annual event to kick off my favorite season – spring!  Do you have family traditions to welcome spring?

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