We don’t know about you but Easter really is one of our favourite seasons of the year. An extra-long weekend, chocolate eggs, time spent with the family – bliss!
This year, we have come up with lots of fun Easter related baking activities that work great if you are looking for that special gift for your loved ones or just trying to keep the little ones entertained during the school holidays.
We were lucky enough to have been sent some delicious dark chocolate Easter eggs (our favourites) from our friends at Green and Blacks and decided to get creative by customising our eggs.
Now we know you can go to specialist chocolate stores and pay for personalisation for friends and family but we felt like the homemade look gave it that extra special touch and it is so simple and fun to do.
To create the icing we mixed up some Silver Spoon All-in-one Royal Icing sugar with a touch of water to give a nice, thick consistency. You can add a drop of food colouring if you like, pastel colours work really well, however we would recommend using slightly less water in this case so that your icing doesn’t become to runny.
We have shared our top tips for egg decorating below:
1. Don’t make your icing too runny (save behind some icing sugar to thicken your icing just in case)
2. Use a good quality Easter egg, if the egg is too thin if can break if you apply too much pressure.
3. Use a small piping nozzle inside your piping bag to create cleaner lines when piping
4. Balance the egg on a small ramekin or bowl to hold it in position when piping.
5. Make sure your icing has dried before you touch you egg so that you avoid smudging.
If you are feeling even more creative, we have a fantastic how to video with Juliet Sear demonstrating how to beautifully paint your Easter Eggs here.
If you are looking to gift something different this year, why not make up your own unique Easter baking kits, using a jam jar filled with all the ingredients needed for an Easter biscuit recipe such as this delicious vanilla bunny biscuits tied up with a cute cookie cutter. This is a lovely gift for Mum’s and Grandma’s.
We have also been getting creative with Easter bakes recently. Our lemon chick cupcakes are real fun to decorate with the family and this Easter bunny chocolate cake makes the most indulgent showstopper cake to complete your Easter Sunday lunch.
Whilst we all probably grew up as children being encouraged not to play with our food, who could resist play a game of noughts and crosses with these yummy Apple, Cinnamon and Raisin Hot Cross buns? Don’t worry if you need some pointers on baking Hot Cross buns we have a great how to video right here.
BakingMad.com is brimming with Easter recipes so don’t forget to check out our homepage for some more inspiration.