In New England, sporadic rain showers make springtime the least photogenic season for outdoor shoots. So, I thought I’d give you a peep indoors as I prepare for the upcoming Easter holiday!
Plus, to add springtime flair to your space, I’ve listed some of my home decor picks below.
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
- 2 jars of frosting
- 4 boxes of Peeps - yellow, pink, blue & purple
- 1 container of Oreos
- 1 container of chocolate wafer cookies
- 1 container of carrot sticks
- 1 container of white popsical sticks
- Preheat the oven to 350° & butter two 8-by-2-inch round cake pans
- Use an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, to mix the flour with the sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt at low speed.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the oil, eggs and vanilla.
- Next, slowly beat the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and then slowly beat in the hot coffee until fully incorporated.
- Finally, pour the batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake for 35 minutes and let the cakes cool in the pans for 30 minutes.
- I like to let my cakes cool for a few hours before frosting. Once completely cool, set your bottom cake layer on a plate with the flat side facing up. Spread a generous amount of the frosting over the cake to the edge.
- Next top the cake with the second cake layer. Have the rounded side facing up frost the whole thing.
- Next transfer cake onto your cake stand and line the bottom of the cake with peeps rotating colors to create a pattern.
- Finally create a Peep's garden above by lining an area with popsical sticks, sprinkling crushed Oreos to create dirt, and stacking chocolate wafer cookies to create iconic garden boxes.