Bunny cakes

The Christian calendar has two major holiday, Christmas and Easter.  Both are of great significance in celebrating the life of Jesus Christ.   During these holidays we spend a significant amount of time eating. It’s no wonder why we have been observing Lent with the weeks leading up to Easter.  In South Africa, stores will start stocking the shelves with Easter goodies from December 26th.  As I recall, there was nothing better than enjoying a chocolate bunny or a chocolate egg oozing with caramel.

Last year, I decided to plan a little Easter egg hunt for the children of our church;

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The real Becca was not available for a photo.

the only problem was that I didn’t have access to chocolate eggs.  Easter is only observed at churches in Korea, not the country as a whole, which means that there are no chocolate bunnies, oozy caramel eggs, or even marshmallow eggs.   As a result I decided to create some Easter joy  for myself and the children by baking bunny cup cakes. For the Easter egg I printed egg shaped templates, wrote each child’s name on it, and hid them in the Children’s church classrooms.  When then children found their egg, I had them colour it in and then exchange it for a cupcake.  Creating the bunny was not that difficult and I would probably do it again, this year.

To make Simple Vanilla Cupcakes, I used:

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (125 g)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk

In a bowl, cream the sugar and butter, beat in the eggs, and add the vanilla extract.  Sift in the dry ingredients, and mix well.  Finally, stir in the milk until the batter is smooth and creamy.   Use a tablespoon or ice-cream scoop to pour the batter into your cup cake tray. Bake for 20 -25 minutes at 175 degrees Celsius.

To decorate, I made creamy butter cream frosting using,

  • 125g butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 teaspoons of milk

FullSizeRenderTo create the bunny face, I used

  • Marshmallows, cut  diagonally, to create the pointed shape for the ears.
  • Chocolate chips for the eyes
  • Heart shaped candy for the nose
  • And I used decorating pens to draw in the whiskers.
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Being a little cheesy

 

Week nights are a little busy for me of because of my work schedule so cooking time is limited.  Luckily comfort food doesn’t take too long to prepare.  One of my favorite broccolivegetables is broccoli; growing up I remember my mom and aunt serving it with a creamy cheese sauce.  I decided to turn that memory into a meal by adding rice.  The end result was comforting cheesy-broccoli rice.

To make this quick meal, you will need:

  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup cooked brown/white rice
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard (regular works as well)
  • 1/4 cup cheese ** I like things cheesy so I usually add more** 

In a large skillet, add the rice, Greek yogurt, and mustard.  Slowly add in the broccoli, gently fold the rice and broccoli together, mixing will break up the florets making your dish look messy.  Finally throw in the cheese and watch it melt. Give the dish a few more fold so that the cheesy goodness spreads.  *Add salt and pepper to your liking. Serve hot.

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