Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Make Easter Nest Cupcakes

Easter in Ohio Amish Country, is simply the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. The Amish hold Good Friday as a holy fasting day.  Easter is celebrated; however, not ostentatiously, but may include coloring eggs,  Easter egg hunts. and a special meal.  Here at the Berlin area, Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast, I have created delightful Easter egg, nest cupcakes.  Make these easy cupcakes and place them at each guest place setting for a special Easter treat.

Easter Egg Nest Cupcakes
Supplies need are:
Wilton Gum Paste mix
Wilton Nature's Design flexible fondant & gum paste mold
Jelly beans (speckled, pastel colored)
Shredded coconut
Chocolate to melt
Wilton jell food colors - green and brown

In advance create mini chocolate nests.  I made nests using dark chocolate and nests made of white chocolate.  For this application, I prefer the milk or dark chocolate. Melt a small bowl of chocolate and pour in enough cereal and stir to coat.  I used a round tablespoon for the mold. Simply place a small piece of tin foil into  the measuring spoon and place a rounded teaspoon full of chocolate-coated cereal into the foil, making an indentation.  This is a simple "No fuss" step.  Don't be too fussy when forming the nests.  Lift the foil from the measuring spoon and set aside to set.  IMPORTANT - When heating your chocolate, be careful to heat to the correct temperature to temper.  See tempering chocolate instructions.

Make Chocolate Bird Nests
Once your nests have cooled, you can simply pull the foil away from the nests.

Take about 1 cup of gum paste mix and mix in enough water to make a stiff, yet pliable modeling dough. Keep the gum paste in a plastic bag to avoid drying out.  Divide gum paste material into thirds.  Keep 1/3 white. Using gel food color, tint 1/3 green and other 1/3 brown.  Using the Wilton Nature's Design mold, with white gum paste, create tiny white blossoms; with green gum past, create green leaves; with brown create branches. Set them aside.  They will dry within several minutes.

You can purchase the Wilton mold and Gum paste at Walmart. Make gum paste glue to adhere leaves and flower to branches. For glue put a little gum paste powder in a small bowl and add enough water to make to a glue consistency.

Delight yourself and your friends with this Easter creation.

The Berlin, Ohio area Barn Inn Bed and Breakfast is a Select Registry property offering fine accommodations, located in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country. This is the largest community of Amish anywhere in the world where our products and services are heartfelt and handmade. Visit our website or drop by if your in the area, we would love to show you our fine Inn.

Submitted by: Loretta Coblentz
March 31, 2015

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