3.08.2017

Delicious Spring Dessert and Floral Arrangement


When the white stone pitcher comes out you know it's springtime around my house. It's my favorite container to use for beautiful spring blooms. They look stunning against the stark white and always makes me feel like warmer weather is right around the corner, even when snow continues to fall. 


In addition, impress your guests with these decadent mini bundt cakes with a surprise strawberry swirl. I have an easy way of making them that I'm sharing with you today that I think you'll love!



If you visit Decorated Mantel often you know that I often pick up bunches of flowers from the store. It never feels like an extravagance to me...nope, they're worth their pennies in gold! (Or copper!) Adding cut flowers in vases is the quickest and easiest way to add life to any room.  Flowers brighten your space and your spirits! That's my motto, anyway!



For a vase this size, I always choose some greenery and two bunches of flowers. This usually leaves me with a few extra stems to put in other vases to place around the house to enjoy.
Here is a post to refer to for a few tips on floral arranging:
Floral Arrangement of the Week

I don't like being to stuffy about my arrangements. Whatever looks good to me, works!


On Monday I shared a delicious recipe for Slow Cooker Asian Honey Sesame Chicken (click on the title to get to the recipe). We also enjoyed these decadent mini bundt cakes that I'm sharing with you today!


You know the saying, "good things come in small packages?!!" That's certainly the case with these darling mini bundt cakes. I make bundt cakes two different ways. I have a traditional homemade recipe that I love where the batter is a little more dense. Here is a link to my post for this recipe:

Sometimes I don't have a lot of time to make extravagant deserts but I still want to make delicious and beautiful creations so I've discovered easier ways of doing things. This way is definitely a keeper!


For these sweet mini surprises, I used a regular vanilla cake mix and 1 can whipped strawberry frosting. They turned out amazing!


All you need:
- 1 box white or vanilla cake mix
- 1 can whipped strawberry frosting 
(or flavor of your choice - you can also add 1 Tablespoon of Jello to canned Vanilla frosting)
Sanding Sugar
Mini Deco Pearls

Mini Bundt Cake Pan (Brownie)
(I have two sizes - these are made with this pan: Williams Sonoma
  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray individual cups of bundt pan well with cooking spray. Prepare the cake mix according to box directions. Spoon batter into individual cups of bundt pan. Do not fill individual cups past 2/3 full. Bake 19-22 minutes, until the cakes are lightly golden and a toothpick inserted between the edge and center of the cakes comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the cakes cool in the pan for 15 minutes. 

Using a serrated knife, gently saw off any portion of the cakes that rose above the edge of the pan. Tap the pan gently on a work surface to loosen the cakes. Place a wire rack over the top of the pan, invert the pan onto the rack and lift off the pan. Let the cakes cool completely.


You can either drizzle glaze over the cakes, sprinkle powder sugar over the tops, or pipe a simple swirl. (See the "Miniature Bundt Cake" recipe above for a glaze recipe, or I have an easy idea for you to try below).



  

For the strawberry frosting:

I don't know if you have ever tried this, but it works like a charm. For an easy drizzle, spoon can frosting into a pan. Heat on low, stirring occasionally just until the frosting begins to melt. Remove from heat.  At this point you can use it to drizzle.



If you want to pipe the frosting, stir the frosting well until smooth. Fill your bag and pipe a simple swirl on the top of each cake. A 2D closed star tip was used for these cakes. Can frosting actually works well for either a drizzle or piping -- who knew??!!!


To give them a finished look that is sure to impress your family or guests, dust the cakes with sanding sugar and sprinkle with mini deco pearls.


These decadent mini bundt cakes are delicious, impressive, and a lot of fun to make.


To add a little pizzazz to your arrangements, weave threaded pearls through the arrangement. These are from Christmas!  


The extra flowers dot the house to invite a feeling of spring! It's white through the window because we were having a blizzard outside!!  Utah weather in the Spring - that's all I'll say!


I hope you have a great day!
xoxo

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