My Easter Bag

Easter Bunny Cupcake

Just in time for Easter weekend, one of my best friends (who doubles as a pastry chef by day) dropped off a surprise package of goodies. Check out the buttercream bunny cupcake above complete with “carrots” and shredded coconut grass. :)

The delivery also included four Spring pastel macarons. The pink one is a strawberry, candied rhubarb macaron with strawberry gelee and the green (my fave!) is a chocolate mint ganache macaron with blood orange filling. Can we say MAJOR NOMS?

Spring Macarons

It felt like I’d received my very own custom adult Easter basket (or in this case, to be literal, an “Easter bag”) filled with the best gourmet treats. :) And as if that wasn’t enough sweetness on Sunday, my alma mater took home a big W in basketball, sending us to the NCAA Final Four.

I’ve certainly been spoiled these days with deelish desserts. It paid off big time to be an early bird in the office this morning. I was one of the first to get dibs on these Glazed & Infused donuts! (And yes, that is indeed a maple bacon donut with maple frosting. I’ve been privileged enough to try it in the past, but today’s pick was the Apple Fritter.)

What made it into your Easter bag or basket this year?

Glazed & Infused Donut Box

Margarita Cupcakes

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To kickoff the month of March, I decided to host an “M-themed” Mexican dinner party, and needed an mmmm-worthy dessert. These margarita cupcakes were perfect for my fiesta.

The cake batter includes tequila, lime juice and margarita mix. The sweetness of the cream cheese frosting pairs well with the tangy-not-too-sweet batter. :) They’d definitely make for a fun addition to a St. Patrick’s Day event or a Cinco De Mayo bash.

The Makings:

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  • White Cake Mix
  • Margarita mix – 7 ounces
  • Tequila – 2 ounces
  • Lime juice – 1 ounce
  • Egg whites – 3
  • Vegetable oil – 2 tablespoons
  • Lime zest from 1 lime
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Lime slices and green sprinkles for garnish

The Sweetness:

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1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tin with cupcake wrappers.

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2. Mix together cake mix, egg whites and oil in a large bowl. Add in margarita mix, tequila and lime juice. Stir in lime zest and beat mixture together.

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3. Spoon batter into cupcake cups and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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4. Once cupcakes are cool, frost with cream cheese frosting and add green sprinkles/lime slices as garnish.

Optional: Use the leftover margarita mix, lime juice and tequila to mix up a few margaritas. ;)

Recipe adapted from Homemade by Holman.