Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Decorating for Easter and a Quick and Delicious Cake Recipe

Last week I was inspired to pull out the bunnies, colored eggs, chicks and tulips to set the stage for Spring's arrival (one week from today) and Easter at the very end of the month.

The cotton branches adorning the top of the hutch were a gift from a friend.  I once mentioned to her how amazed I was the first time I spotted cotton growing in a field along the country road I was driving on.  Not something one sees in my home state of Michigan.  The next time I saw her she presented me with a huge bundle of cotton from her brother's farm.  At Christmastime I put it up there thinking it looked a bit like snowballs.  Now I am letting it morph into cottontails for the Easter season.

One little cotton ball that broke off has turned this bunny into Peter Cottontail.

Yesterday I had a guest coming for an impromptu dinner.
Wondering what I could come up with for a quick dessert, I remembered this recipe for King Arthur's Original Cake Pan Cake.
It goes together super quick with ingredients that I generally have on hand.  Perhaps this is one of the reasons that it is one of King Arthur's most requested recipes.

Wondering what else I had on hand to fancy it up a bit, I opted for a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh raspberry.  
Moist, chocolaty and they'll never know how easy it was.


  1. I love your Easter decorating! Your hutch is beautiful. How cool that you now have real cotton! Living here in IL, of course, I've never seen these before. And your cake looks delicious. I love King Arthur recipes. I use their flour, too.

  2. Your decorating looks great! I did the same last week.
    I remember how amazed I was the first time I saw cotton growing too.
    I'm checking out that recipe. The cake looks yummy!

  3. I'm fascinated by the cotton balls. They look so interesting and great for decorating.
    The Chocolate cake recipe looks very much like one I have made and everyone devoured it. An 8X8 pan is a nice size too. Happy Spring!!

  4. All you need now are the Easter eggs. Your cake looks wonderful - I think even I might manage to make it!

  5. I love your hutch!!
    Things looking so nicely decorated at your house.
    The cake looks delicious.

  6. I love that's all I use! I could make this cake for my hubby. He is trying to gain weight! Enjoy your afternoon!

  7. Your hutch is so pretty with the bunnies and the fluffy cotton bolls. What a great gift from a friend. Your cake looks yummy. Easy desserts are great! Happy spring days to you!

  8. I've never decorated for Easter, yours looks lovely and that cake looks delicious.

  9. My bunnies are banging on their storage boxes and want to be part of the Easter decor around here! BUT with so much going on regarding roofing, plumbing emergencies, landscaping issues, and getting estimates for a new deck, and this week painters inside.........I just can't get going with my Easter decor!!!!
    Love your hutch and that cake looks yummy.
    Looking like spring around here already - even the azaleas are starting to bloom!
    Enjoy the new season Kim.
    Mary x


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