Updated: Apr 21
Good-bye winter, so long snow...hello Springtime and flowers and brighter sunshine and longer days. This is the perfect time to spring forward into baking and pastry decorating action. Celebrate this lovely time with desserts that incorporate bright citrus fruits and seasonal berries decorated in vibrant hues and with festive designs. Most of these show-stopping tasty treats below can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and call for using common kitchen equipment you're sure to have on hand.
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This fresh citrus tart takes 20 minutes to whip up and bakes with perfectly crimped edges using a 9-inch or 10-inch tart pan. Fresh blueberries, raspberries and sliced kiwifruit make for the ideal complementary garnish. For a flair of elegance add ribbons of lemon zest using this nifty citrus peeler and zester.
Transform the classic Rice Krispies Treats™ into a blooming spring bouquet by adding pops of color and flavor with gumdrops and jelly beans. Customize the size of your confectionary arrangement with this six piece flower cookie cutter set and don't forget to add your flower stems with these lollipop sticks.
Here's one that you can easily make into a family activity with kids. Have your chickadees add the drops of yellow and green food coloring to two separate bags containing coconut flakes and shake, shake, shake the bag. Watch them light up as the coconut flakes magically transform in color.
Not able to get your hand on fresh strawberries. Not a problem as frozen strawberries will do just fine. Grab your baking pan as this succulent cake will have you and your loved ones clamoring for more than one slice.
These adorable scrumptious cakes are baked to perfection using a mini bundt cake pan. However, you can use a standard size cupcake/muffin pan as a close substitute. Drizzle these individual cakes with your choice of white, milk or dark chocolate and top with bite sized chocolate bunnies.
Here's another fun kid friendly activity. Part of the excitement is in designating each station: the Maker, who gets to prepare the batter; the Mixer, who mix up small batches of vibrantly colored frosting; the Dipper, dip the donuts in sprinkles and the Topper, tops each of them off with a marshmallow bunny. This non-stick 6 cavity donut pan and cooling rack makes clean up a breeze.
With almost 700 five star reviews, this cake is bound to yield you applause and exclamations of "more please". Use two 8-inch round cake pans and this adjustable cake stand to display this standout dessert. Achieve those swirl designs by making C letter strokes with this small offset spatula.
Squeeze in a sweet mini workout for your biceps as you rollout this citrus sugar cookie dough with this adjustable rolling pin (which is also ideal when working with pie dough, fondant and any laminated dough). Once you've rolled out your cookie dough, use this 3-inch daisy cookie cutter and bake to golden perfection on these sturdy baking sheets.
This 8 inch square baking pan will churn out this rich batch of no fuss fudge in under 15 minutes. This simple yet elegant sweet treat is the perfect accompaniment to a charcuterie board.
The hard part about this recipe is being patient in allowing the bars to cool and set for a few hours. To make the time in between pass quicker make these candied lemon slices to add a sweet adornment to the overall presentation of this classic dessert.
This cake recipe calls for using three, 9-inch round cake pans . If you prefer cupcakes, this disher by Vollrath quickly scoops evenly rationed portions of batter which bakes up to perfection in this standard size muffin pan. Dress up your luscious cupcakes in these vivid tulip cupcake liners to give them a festive spring flair.
This eye catching cake is another easy and kid friendly baking activity the whole family will enjoy... and it takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Kids love designing the edible garden, piping out rows of grass with this reusable pastry bag and using this specialty decorating tip to create the grass effect. These standard size couplers will ensure your decorating tip is securely in place and keep the frosting in the pastry bag until you're ready to pipe it out.
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