Wednesday, 27 April 2011

The Good Friday Feast: An Easter Dessert Bar!

Don't you just love blogging! This weekend I got left this rather lovely anonymous comment on a previous blog post:
'aren't you a bit fat to be eating cupcakes and drinking milkshakes all day long - get a life'

Way to give someone a complex! if my cupcake eating and milkshake drinking offends you so much, then don't follow my blog, no-one is forcing you to look! and the cupcake eating and milkshake drinking will only continue so I'm not sure what you hoped to accomplish with that comment! 

As you can see the cupcake eating certainly continued this weekend with my Easter dessert bar I gave you a sneak peek of last week! Quite a few things changed from my initial plan due to lack of time and not being able to find half my baking supplies/cake stands that are still somewhere in boxes in my parents cellar! but I was still pretty pleased with how it turned out.

Here are my coconut cupcakes with yellow coconut frosting and a hand made little chocolate easter egg on top! 

I also made a few mini's, topped with what egg's and thought this little egg box was a cute substitute since most of my stands and cake plates were m.i.a! These lovely little striped egg toppers you see were a gift from my friend Jade.

One of the stars of the shows had to be this Cadbury's Creme Egg chocolate fudge cake which my sister designed for her company as part of their Easter range and she was kind enough to make us one too! 

You can see from this angle the egg in the middle of the cake, made from liquid fondant, even has a golden egg at it's centre! fancy! 

She also baked up some delicious lemon bars...

and my mom knowing my love of polka dots and that our colour scheme was going to be yellow and green bought these cute little bunnies too! 

My sister Mel came up trumps with these flower shaped butter cookies.  You can find the recipe for them here

and one of my cupcake hating brother in law's favourite additions to the table were these oreo pops! It also comes in handy when you have a dad who has his own spraybooth and paint mixing machine and can turn vases and buckets into any colour you want to tie in with your dessert bar - thanks Dad! 

We were slightly disappointed by the Rabbit whoopies, the wilton bunny whoopie pie tin I bought especially should not be recommended to anyone, but they still tasted good! 

My very talented mom helped with the staging of the table and she hand picked these flowers from our garden to make this lovely little arrangement.  

My sister Mara made this lovely bunting which helped tie the table together, and she also saved the day when our Macbook died just as we were preparing the snazzy little labels (yes we forgot the charger cable...which is also why I couldn't blog this little delight for you before Easter Sunday which is what I intended to do!!) and so she made some scrapbooking style ones for us instead.

I realise I am a bit of a perfectionist and like things to be 'just so' and was accused of being a 'dessert bar-zilla' this weekend! so maybe it's time to give them a break for a while! thanks to my awesome family for helping make our Easter one such a success and putting up with me being a stress-head in the lead up to it! 

I hope you all had as lovely an Easter as we did, and were able to spend it with your families too! 
If you want to check out what we got upto you can see it here.


  1. Gemma this looks amazing.

    Just so you know I got a similar email - pretty much the same wording but with more vitriol behind it, telling me that food bloggers were the scum of the earth etc. My response was pretty much the same as you've written but slightly less polite.

    Hope you're having a lovely time being back in the UK.

  2. My gooodness me, that is amazing! SUCH amazingly inspiring goodies here! The attention to detail is simply stunning. Well done. What a talented family you have.

    As for the anon comment, I seriously dont get why this people bother taking to a) read blogs just to be spitful b) are spitful (to people they dont even know. Also, I am not just saying this, but I really didnt think you were overweight! From what ive spied in your pics anyway!


  3. Your dessert bar looks so great (I like the mini cupcakes in the egg carton)! Makes me wish my family lived closer.

    I can't believe that you have both gotten those rude comments. Probably someone who's cupcakes you didn't like or someone who can't bake and is jealous!

    p.s when are you going to join twitter?

  4. ignore the idiots who are full of spite - I got a comment the other day calling me names because I omitted when to put the jam in the bakewell tart. I went back and re-read my recipe and I hadn't! The instruction was as clear as day
    I left it on my site and replied to it, just to show them up for what they are

  5. Hi!
    Thanks for your message! I live in NZ rather than Oz, so I'm not sure if we have the same amount of coconut/peppermint chocs! NZ and Oz choc (even Cadbury) doesn't taste as good as British choc so I don't hardly ever eat it! They have a lovely NZ range called Whittakers (check out their website, it will DEF make you want choc NOW!) and there are Kiwi classics like the Chocolate Fish and chocs with honey and other such things.
    If you want to do a swap let me know, cos I could always eat a little bit of Galaxy, that stuff's like gold dust here! ;)

    Sadie x



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