Easter Cupcakes Decoration Tutorial

Easter Cupcakes, Bunny Cupcakes, Bird Nest Cupcakes

In my newest tutorial I show you how I decorated these cute Easter cupcakes! They are the cutest Easter cupcakes that I ever did see with a little bunny bottom and bird nests with the birds and eggs.  You will use your favorite cake recipe or cake mix and bake your cupcakes and you can use your favorite frosting recipe too! Below is the frosting recipe that I used on these along with the link to watch the video on how I decorated them.

 

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup butter (room temperature)
1 cup all vegetable shortening
8 cups confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 fluid ounces half & half
3 fluid ounces heavy whipping cream

Instructions
1. Cream butter and shortening until fluffy.
2. Add confectioner’s sugar and continue creaming until well blended.
3. Add salt, half & half and heavy whipping cream and mix on low speed until moistened.
4. Add additional heavy whipping cream if needed.
5. Beat on high speed until frosting is fluffy.

 

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Bird Nest Cookies For Easter

Bird Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts

How adorable are these bird nest cookies? They would be perfect for Easter. They are so cute and they are easy enough (just a bit messy on the hands) to have your kids help with making them! Check out the recipe and video below.

Bird Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts

Bird Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts

Bird Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts

Bird Nest Cookies, Easter Cookies, Easter Desserts

 

Bird Nest Cookies
1 – 12 oz chocolate chips
1 – 10 oz peanut butter chips
1 – 12 oz chow mein noodles
Cadbury Chocolate Mini Eggs
Peeps Marshmallow Chicks

Instructions:
1. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and peanut butter chips together. Microwave at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
2. Stir in chow mein noodles and mix together.
3. Lightly spray muffin tins with cooking spray.
4. Drop mixture into greased muffin tins and mold into nest shapes. Large muffin tin used for Peeps Marshmallow Chicks and regular sized muffin tin used for smaller bird nests for the eggs.
5. Place in refrigerator for chocolate/peanut butter chips to set.
6. Remove from refrigerator and place mini eggs and Peeps marshmallow chicks on top.
7. Enjoy!

Watch how it’s done!

Until next time,
Dovie ❤

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Valentine’s Day Fortune Cookies Tutorial

Who doesn’t love fortune cookies? I don’t know if you know, but you can make your very own homemade fortune cookies! How exciting, right? You can make them for Valentine’s Day, weddings, birthday parties or just for fun. I made some for Valentine’s with cute little Valentine’s sayings. It does take a little practice when it comes to making them so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t go as well the first time you try.

First you will start out with making your fortune cookie saying inserts. You can make these by handwriting your message on paper strips or you can download my free Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here. There are 9 sayings included and below is a list of the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings. If you decide to write your own then you can cut strips to be about the size of 2¼” x 5/8″ or to the length and width you decide works best for you.

1. Happy Valentine’s Day
2. you = awesome
3. your’e sweeter than a cookie
4. life is sweeter with someone sweet like you
5. I am fortunate to have you as a friend
6. you’re friendship is worth a fortune
7. good fortune is smiling down on you
8. love, hugs & good fortune
9. the best is yet to come

Once you have those downloaded then you will cut them out and have them ready to go when your fortune cookies come out of the oven. Download the Valentine’s fortune cookie sayings here.

To make these cookies, the recipe is pretty simple, it does take a little practice when it comes to forming the cookies without them cracking though.

Fortune Cookie Ingredients – Yields 6
1 egg white
1/8 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose bleached flour
1/4 cup white granulate sugar

2. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease cookie sheet with either cooking spray or butter.

3. Put 1 egg white into a bowl along with 1/8 teaspoon of almond extract and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix the egg white mixture until foamy/frothy.

4. Sift 1/4 cup of All-purpose bleached flour, 1/4 cup of white granulate sugar and a pinch of salt together.

5. Add the flour mixture into the egg mixture and blend together. Below is a picture of the foamy egg mixture with the flour mixture.

6. Place two 1 teaspoon of mixture into circles onto a greased cookie sheet at least 3-4″ apart. Use the back of a spoon and spread the circles to about 3″ circles. It is recommended to only do 2 or 3 at a time so you have time to fold them while they are still hot to prevent them from cracking.

7. Place cookie sheet in the oven and bake cookies for 7 minutes or until about 1/2″ edge of the cookie has turned a golden brown. The middle will still be pale.

8. Remove the cookie sheet from oven and use a spatula to remove the cookies from the sheet. Form the cookies quickly before they cool down by placing a fortune on top of the middle of the cookie, then fold the cookies together with the edges touching. Form the fortune cookie shape by folding the cookie on the rim of a glass with the edges facing outward from the rim.

 

9. Then place your fortune cookie in a muffin tin until completely cooled to keep it’s shape.

10. Decorate your fortune cookies. These were decorated with Wilton’s melted candy melts in colors red, white, and bright pink. Also,  the sprinkles are Wilton Fill Your Heart Sprinkle Mix.

11. Store fortune cookies in an airtight container so they don’t become soft. If you give your fortune cookies away in a mini take out container then place your fortune cookie in a sealed bag or wrap in saran wrap.

TIPS:
1. Use thin cotton gloves to handle the hot cookies to not burn your fingertips because they are really HOT!
2. If the center of your cookies aren’t as crisp as you would like then place cookies, when they are still in the muffin tin, in a warm oven. Make sure the oven is off and it is only warm.

I hope you enjoy!

Until next time,
Dovie ♥

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Watch me make fortune cookies.

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Valentine’s Decorations | DIY Felt Heart Banner

felt heart banner instructions

Valentine’s is just around the corner.  Just letting you know in case you haven’t noticed all the Valentine goodies that are now adorning the store shelves.  This means that there is another special occasion that we can decorate for.  Is there really a better way to decorate than with your own homemade decorations?  I think not.

You can start the DIY projects off with making this easy and adorable felt heart banner.  I’ve made mine and already have it hanging across my dining room window.  You can hang it across a window, a fireplace mantle, bookcase, or even across a mirror.  This banner would be a great Valentine’s photography prop as well. My daughter loved it so much she is making one to go in her bedroom.

Here is a closer look at the hearts.

felt heart banner instructionsThis post contains affiliate links, which means that I’ll receive a small commission if you make a purchase using the links.

Materials Needed:
• Felt material in your color choices – DIY Polyester Felt 50 Pcs 10x10cm/4x4inch, Nonwoven Fabric Sheet for Craft Work Type A Super Soft Squares, About 1.5mm Thick
• Heart Pattern
• Embroidery Floss – Soledi Cross Stitch Floss 50 Skeins Premium Rainbow Color Embroidery Floss Sewing Threads
• Twine / String – Hemptique Baker’s Twine Mini Spool Spring Fling, 6-Pack
• Scissors
• Sewing Needle
• Yarn Needle – Susan Bates Steel Yarn Knitting Needle, 2-3/4-Inch, 2 Per Package
• Straight Pins – Singer Pearlized Head Straight Pins, 150-Count

felt heart banner instructions

Step 1: Make a heart pattern then trace heart pattern onto felt material. You will need 2 hearts for each heart. Trace as many hearts as you will need.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 2: From your felt material, cut out 2 hearts for as many hearts as you will need. This will be the front and back side of one felt heart.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 3: Thread needle with white embroidery floss, place the 2 heart cut outs on top on each other and pin together with straight pins.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 4: Sew the 2 hearts together with your stitch about 1/4 from edge and with a 1/4 spacing between stitches. Do not sew completely around the heart as to leave spacing to stuff the heart. Once you stuff the heart you will stitch up the hole. You can sew your stitch with stitching the thread around the edges (not sure of technical name of stitch) as in the photo below or you can straight stitch. This will be your preference.
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Step 5: Stuff the heart with your filling. I have used 100% Polyester filling.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 6: Thread yarn needle with twine.  I used 60″ of twine. Do not tie twine ends in a knot, let the twine hang down a couple of inches as seen in photo.
felt heart banner instructions
Step 7: Insert the yarn needle with twine through one side of the heart towards the top making sure to go between the 2 heart layers and through the stuffing and come out the other side at the same position that you went through on the opposite side. Repeat this step until you have threaded the twine through all of your hearts.
felt heart banner instructions

Step 8:  Once you have all of your hearts on your twine, then you will hang your banner up and enjoy how adorable it is!
felt heart banner instructions

If you make this, then I would love to see your creations by tagging me on Instagram. #simplydovie or @simplydovie

Here is the video if you prefer to watch.

Until next time,
Dovie ♥

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