Rainbow Coconut Jelly Bean Coconut Easter Cake Recipe

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When I was growing up my mom made us a special treat each year. It was always one of my favorites. It was her White Chocolate Coconut Jelly Bean Candy Easter Nests. I just love how the white chocolate, coconut and the fruity flavors of the jelly beans mixed so well. With this flavor combination in mind I came up with a new Easter tradition our Easter Cake. As I thought about the flavor of the jelly beans Kool-Aid came to me. Kool-Aid comes in many different shades of bright colors, it has similar flavors and some of our favorite jelly beans so it was the perfect solution to both coloring and flavoring each layer of our Easter Cake.

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Our Easter Cake has a pink strawberry, yellow pineapple, green lemon-lime, and blue mixed berry layers. It is frosted with the most delicious coconut white chocolate buttercream frosting. Combining the coconut and the flavors remind me of a colada drink.

This is a great cheery cake for kids.

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Cake:

  • 2 Box Cake Mixes or 2 batches of White Cake Batter

  • 1 packet of Kool-Aid drink mix powder for each color -4 total (the ones without sugar)

Prepare your favorite box white cake mixes or this great from scratch recipe for White Cake ( two batches.)

Divide the cake batter equally into 4 medium mixing bowls. Slowly add Kool-Aid powder until you reach the desired color and flavor or each color.

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Bake each cake color layer in an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan for about 18-20 minutes check after 18 minutes. The cake will bounce back when done when pressed down in the middle with your finger.

Cool for 5 minutes then remove from pan and completely cool on cooling rack.

Wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap and place in freezer.


White Chocolate Coconut Buttercream Frosting

Note: You will need two batches for this cake

  • 2-pound bag of powdered sugar

  • 1/2 milk

  • 1 cup softened butter

  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 cup of melted white baking chocolate

In a stand mixer using the whip attachment whip together melted white chocolate, butter, milk, vanilla and about 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar to incorporate air. This will make your frosting nice and light and fluffy. 

Slowly mix in the remaining powdered sugar then add coconut and whip together. 

This frosting is creamy, delicious and sets up very nicely.

Coconut Nest Topping

  • 1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut

  • 1 packet of green lemon-lime Kool-Aid powder mix

  • 1 bag of your favorite jelly beans

  • 1-quart size zip top bag

Add coconut and 1/2 packet of Kool-Aid powder to zip top bag. Mix the coconut and powder together kneading with hands. 

Mound in the center of the top of the cake to form a nest top off with a large handful of jelly beans.


SWEET TIP: To frost the cake and get beautiful layers add your frosting to a quart size zipper top bag. Snip of one corner of the bag about a half inch up.

Starting with the bottom layer squeeze our large dollops of frosting around the cake top. Spread evenly and repeat as you add each layer. Then squeeze out frosting in a zigzag pattern around the side of the cake. Spread over the sides filling in between the zigzag. Don't worry if you zigzag is straight.

The point of this is to get a fairly even amount of frosting around the cake so it is easier to spread and prevent little cake crumbs from mixing into your frosting.

If you have any holes in your frosting just go back and add another dollop of frosting.

This frosting sets up nicely and is very forgiving. Since it is a coconut frosting it doesn't have to be perfectly smooth.

The kids are going to LOVE this cake.

 
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DIY Valentine Sewing Card Craft

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DIY SEWING CARD VALENTINE SUPPLY LIST

  • scrapbook, craft or card stock paper

  • ribbon

  • hole punch

  • Valentine candy

  • Valentine note

Fold paper in half and cut out two hearts. Spacing evenly punch holes around the edge of heart about 1/2 apart starting at the tip of your heart. Place both hearts together lining up holes. Starting where you would like to tie your bow, lace or sew ribbon folding the end of the ribbon to make it easier to sew. When you have about 2-3 holes left stuff your Valentine with your friend or loved one's favorite Valentine's candy along with a sweet Valentine note.

 

Tip: To get your holes to line up punch holes in first heart then using a pen mark your second heart using your first heart as a template. We used American Crafts papers and ribbon from the Love collection. 

DIY Christmas Pinecone Garland Decor

This post is sponsored by Command™ brand.

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I love the holidays. Cheery Christmas music, gathering all my favorite decorations to tuck into every nook and cranny of my home and our favorite sweet treats we only eat once a year.

This year we live in a lovely pre-war home with two fireplaces which means I get to decorate two mantels. I'm so excited. I get to create two pretty Christmas vignettes on each one.

I love the fall/Thanksgiving decorations I have on my dining room mantel.  It's made of a beautiful old growth oak wood. To keep the pretty wood intact I am using Command™ Clear Mini Hooks that are easy to apply and easy to remove without hammering holes in the wood for a damage-free holiday.

I wanted to create a lovely transitional garland that I can have up with my Thanksgiving decorations that I can also have up for Christmas.

This simple pinecone garland is a perfect easy DIY Christmas decoration or Thanksgiving decoration anyone who can tie a simple knot and bow can make.

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DIY Christmas Decorations - Pinecone Garland

  • Gather an assortment of pine cones -wash and dry

  • 2-3 yards of ribbon

  • Holiday craft pick 

  • Craft Glue

  • Command™ Clear Mini Hook (to hang)

    Gather and wash your pinecones. Cut a length of 2 1/2 yards of ribbon. If you are feeling sparkly you can add some glitter to each pinecone too by simply brushing some glue on the pinecones and dusting with glitter.

Wrap the ribbon around the bottom of the first pinecone and tie it in a double knot. Repeat spacing the pinecones apart about 5 inches. Tie two bows from the ribbon leaving long tails to top each end pinecone. Glue the bow on the top of the end pinecones.

Using the Command™ Clear Mini Hook add adhesive back as directed. Place the Command™ Clear Mini Hook on the mantle to hang the garland as pictured above (I used the white mini hooks so you can see them better here in the photo.)

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Next, I simply added a Christmas craft pick tucking it into the Command™ Clear Mini Hook to hold it in place. The nice thing about using the Command™Brand Hooks is you can quickly change your decorations if you change your mind without damage.

I'm also hanging my wreaths on my windows using Command™ Brand Hooks. Did you know you can use them on glass? Be sure to clean the glass well before adhering the hooks.

On my enclosed porch I'm hanging these pretty velvet and grapevine wreaths on the windows using the Command™ Medium Designer Hook which can hold up to 3 pounds which is perfect for hanging wreaths.


You can find more ways to use Command™ Brand Hooks for your holiday decorating here at Command™ Brand Holiday.


Happy Holidays!

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Friday Pie Day | Low Carb Keto Pie Recipes

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I LOVE lemon and All Day I Dream About Food’s low carb keto Sour Cream Lemon Pie is amazing!

FRIDAY PIE DAY!

With Thanksgiving Dinner keeping up very full on Thanlsgiving day, I am offically call it- Friday is Pie Day! Have some keto pie for breakfast or host a pie day gathering with friends after you gather up all your Black Friday Deals.


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The Keto Connect couple do their research and their Low Carb KETO Pecan Pie is sure to be a favorite for those of you who need some Pecan Pie for your Friday Pie day.

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How about a Low Carb Keto Chocolate Silk Pie, yum! Ruled Me has a great chocolate keto pie to add to you Friday Pie Day menu. Click here for the recipe.

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Dreaming about your grandmas pie for your Friday Pie Day? You can still have it just tweak it a bit with I Breath I’m Hungry’s Low Carb Keto version of Strawberry Icebox Pie

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Friday Pie Day wouldn’t be complete without a Low Carb Peanut Butter Cup Pie. Enjoy!


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