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Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

"Mom, I want my favorite funfetti cake for Easter." The other son says, " I don't want cake. I want cut out cookies for Easter".   Have no fear boys, I can make a delicious compromise.

One of my favorite ladies to go to for anything sweet, delicious and sinful is my dear blogger friend, Choc Chip Uru, whom I have kindly nicknamed CCU for short. Have you ever visited her website, Go Bake Yourself? I am warning you right now before I send you over there, there is risk involved. You will be hooked forever and I am sure you will end up raiding your pantry for something sweet after you read her posts. Please be sure to stop by Chop Chip Uru's website and say hello at http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

CCU is always creating and devising new sweet treats in her kitchen. She is not afraid to invent or try new things and shares with us her trials, tribulations and her success stories. After my boys came to me on a divided front ( one wanting cookies and one wanting cake) I thought to myself, how would CCU deal with this?  CCU was the inspiration for my Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight.

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

If you can't choose, then combine! My son's and I created my funfetti Cake with Buttercream frosting recipe and then we decorated our master piece with cute little spring duck cut out Sugar Cookies.

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

I know that many cultures do not celebrate Easter this week. However, even though my boys are older, they still like to imagine that the Easter bunny remembers them in a special way.  Finding the usual supplies needed to celebrate Easter in the usual USA fashion is always a feat in another country, especially Asia. As a matter of fact, this week in Hong Kong it is the Ching Ming Festival.

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

Ancestor worship is a Chinese tradition dating back thousands of years. In Hong Kong, there are lots of grave flowers everywhere, but no little "peeps or plastic eggs" anywhere to be found!

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

The Ching Ming Festival is also known as the Grave-sweeping or Spring Remembrance.  Ching Ming ("clear and bright") is when Chinese families show their respect by visiting the graves of their ancestors to clear away weeds, touch up gravestone inscriptions and make offerings of wine and fruit.

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

So what ever your occasion is to bring your family together  this holiday season, we hope that you can enjoy your time together and a slice of our Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight...

Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

Serves 12 adults or 4 hungry teenagers

This recipe will make one double decker funfetti cake decorated with lots of cute little spring/Easter decorator cut out cookies. In addition there will be several extra cookies to serve to guests during this busy Easter Spring break.

I have shared with you before both of these recipes from Bam's Kitchen and have made adjustments to the recipes to adapt them to the Spring theme.

First Make the Spring Easter Cutout Cookies.  

For full recipe please visit...http://bamskitchen.com/2011/12/18/prepare-the-visqueen-time-to-make-the-christmas-sugar-cut-out-cookies/

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, December 2003

Cookies

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Icing

  • 4 cups (or more) sifted powdered sugar (also known as icing sugar)
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) milk
  • food coloring (red, green, blue, yellow to your color preference)
  • Colored sugar crystals, sprinkles, and/or little candies
For cookies:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C)

Step 2: Sift first 3 ingredients into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter and 1 cup sugar in large bowl to blend well. Add egg, sour cream, and vanilla; beat 1 minute. Beat in dry ingredients in 2 additions until just blended. Gather dough together; divide in half. Flatten each half into disk; wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)

Step 3: Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness (dough will be very soft). Using assorted cookie cutters, cut out cookies. Place cut outs about 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Continue to gather scraps and with other disk to cut out more cookies. Repeat until all dough is used.

Step 4: Bake cookies until light golden at edges, about 12 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

For Royal Icing for cookies:
Step 5: Combine 4 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk in bowl. Stir until icing is well blended, smooth, and spreadable, adding more milk by teaspoonfuls if too thick or more sugar by tablespoonfuls if too thin. Add your food colorings.

Step 6: Decorate your cute little Easter cutouts with royal icing and decorating piping, and candies or whatever your little heart desires. Set aside to to let royal icing dry while you bake and frost your double decker funfetti cake with buttercream frosting.

Next Bake the Funfetti cake and frost with buttercream frosting...

For the full recipe please visit...http://bamskitchen.com/2012/01/11/four-tiered-towering-confetti-birthday-cake-with-creamy-buttercream-frosting/

Funfetti Cake (makes 2 layer 9 x 9 round cake)

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cups butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons and 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1/3 Confetti sprinkles (multi-colored Jimmies)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour (2) 9x9 inch pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Finally, add the confetti sprinkles and gently fold into cake mix. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch or toothpick comes out clean. (You may need to adjust your cooking time depending on how many cakes you were able to fit into the oven at one time)

Creamy Butter Cream Frosting (Recipe adapted from Gale Grand's Quick Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting) 

Makes enough frosting to cover a two tiered cake

  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons whipping cream

1. Mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low-speed until well blended and then increase speed to                 medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

2. Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.

3. Assemble cake with frosting in between layers and frost outside out cake.

At last decorate your "Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight"...

Decorate your cake while the frosting is still wet with Spring cut out cookies, sprinkles, candy and decorator icing. Have fun with the spring theme. You can use any type of Easter candy, dyed green coconut for grass, or whatever your little heart desires (Get ready for the sugar coma)

Happy Spring and Happy Easter !

LESS THAN 30 MINUTE DINNERS

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Happy Spring Cake Cookie Delight

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April 3, 2012

  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yields: 12 Adults or 2 Hungry Teenagers

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  • Great idea, and a beautiful cake.
    Isn’t it funny how long they want to hang on to childhood holiday traditions? My daughter got upset the year I declared that the Easter Bunny was only going to leave a communal basket of treats as a centerpiece that year…
    She was nearly 18. 🙂

    • Kids/teenagers want to hold on to those childhood traditions as long as they can. Heck even as an adult I miss having the Easter bunny visit. We are just kids at heart. Happy Easter to you Marie!

  • What a cute, cute cake! And, I like the cookie cut-outs as well.

  • What a festive Easter cake! 🙂

  • That’s a great cake and good solution to your “problem.” I knew that ancestor worship is a tradition across Asia but had not heard of the Ching Ming celebration. Thanks for the lesson.

    • The Ching Ming Festival runs for 2 days here in Hong Kong, April 4th and 5th and there is even special buses to run to the burial grounds. I do not know why they call it a festival or a celebration as it can be a very quiet/humble one, but it is a day off work. Take Care, BAM

  • I love paying you a visit BAM, you offer us up tempting treats with a background of life in Asia, always a treat to read! Happy Easter 🙂

    • Thank you for the very heartfelt comment! Happy Easter to you too. Take Care, BAM

  • So creative and VERY Eastery! I think you did a great job making due with what you could. 🙂

    • Happy to Easter to you Courtney! I am still on the look out for peeps and plastic eggs in HK. Next year I think I could make a mint having this stuff shipped in and sold….

      • I bet you could, Bam! Good luck!

  • Cake and cookies – all in one! I will have to try this! 🙂

  • The Best of Both Worlds – Love It! Have a Great Day!

    • Indeed it is. I love he extra frosting from the cake that ends up on the cookies. A complete sugar overload!!! LOL

  • My friend I am honoured you thought of me when baking this beautiful cake.
    Truly I am touched to have been part of your creation – it is stunning 🙂
    Your creativity knows no bounds and obviously you are the perfect mother if you can so cleverly include both your sons wishes 😀
    Thank you and may I put this cake in my Easter link up please? I love it 🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • You are very Welcome CCU! I would be honored for you to put this recipe up on your Easter Link. Happy Easter to you and your family! Take Care, BAM

  • What an adorable cake! I would love this because I constantly see saw between “cake, or cookies?” I know what you mean about CCU (I may steal that abbreviation) and her blog. I can almost quench my sugar craving by just reading her posts. Yours is a very creative, and compelling confection indeed!

    • CCU always has a way of making me feel like I have indulged after reading her posts. I am glad there is not a calorie reader on her recipes… LOL

  • Bam, you’ve done an excellent job of following in CCU’s footsteps. She’s an inspiration to us all. The two of you are my favorite food bloggers.

    I never would have thought of combining cake and cookies, so I’d have a battle on my hands if the teens were still at home. I’m going to keep an open mind from now on when baking for my grandsons. And, I’ll be “pinning” your recipe to keep it close at hand.

    • Dear Kathleen,
      Thanks for your kind words.
      We can learn from each and every person we have contact with.
      I am very happy to have met all of my readers and fellow food bloggers and each and every one of them has taught me something new and interesting!! (I learned about pin Interest from you Kathleen)
      Wishing you a very special Easter! Take Care, BAM

  • Awww this is just the cutest dessert. I wouldn’t even want to eat it because its so adorable, but of course I will cave and eat it lol

    • That first slice was painful but after we all had a bite we quickly got over it… Thank goodness I was able to get a few photos before the boys inhaled it. Happy Easter Kay!

  • What an adorable cake and what a clever way to make both boys very happy. Mom’s have to be very creative, don’t we? Thanks for sharing the details about the Ching Ming Festival as well. I love learning more about other cultures’ traditions.

    • Dear Geni,
      Moms have to be resourceful and creative. Multitasking is a skill we were born with. As a mom we are also mediator and conflict resolution moderator. All these skills sound great on a resume…Have a great Easter! Take Care, BAM

  • Cookies and cake! It is a sweet tooth’s dream 🙂

    • A bit over the top for an over the top holiday! I guess I better go for a longer run today….

  • What a great mom, instead of divide and conquer you brought together and created! I’m so impressed with this.. you can have your cake and eat it too.. along with your cute little cookies!! xo Smidge

    • Thanks Smidge. It seems to be a cake baking week with most of us fellow foodies. You had your yummy birthday cake delight and many others as well. Great minds do think alike. Take care, BAM

  • so nice and so whimsical! wish i could make something like this too! 🙂

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  • Bam!! What a cute cake you made!! hehehe! It brought a smile to my face the moment I saw it!! Love the little duckies!! Happy Easter to you!

    • Dear Sam Happy Easter to you too!. You make me smile every day with that cute gravatar picture with your cooking hat on. Take care, BAM

      • awww!! Thanks Bam! You are sweeter than the cake! 🙂

  • I could not comment from my reader …. what a great compromise, and I also cal CCU by the same shortened name 🙂

  • I think the CCU nickname will stick. It is such and easy and fun name for such a spirited gal. Take care, BAM

  • What an adorable cake and lovely cut outs. Love it! Happy Easter to you!

    • Thank you. We had so much fun making and decorating it. Happy Easter and take care, BAM

      • If you figure out how to get them all to smile at once you will be a geiuns. I guess God wants us to remember their personalities rather than a pose. What precious gifts children are. I do know though they are all growing up too fast, kind of like you did!

  • What a colorful, cheerful, and very spring-y cake! I just love the decorations, the cookies are adorable all by themselves.

  • Jo-Lyn

    Those cookies are super cute!

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