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How to Make Speckled Eggs

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     For some reason I found these charming speckled eggs so satisfying to make. There was no special dye kit to purchase…..just a few things I already had in the kitchen, along with a small amount of brown craft paint and an old toothbrush.

For the tea-stained eggs,I added 3 tea bags to a glass of hot water and allowed it to steep. Then I lowered an egg into the water for several minutes until I got the color I desired. Then I set it aside to dry.

For blue eggs,I combined 1 drop of blue food coloring with 1 drop of green food coloring in a small glass of water. Feel free to play with different amounts of food coloring to adjust the color.I then lowered an egg into the water. When I got the shade of blue I wanted I set it aside to dry.

For baby pink eggs, I used 2 drops of red food coloring in a small glass of water. Once again feel free to play with the amounts of coloring and/or water to get the look you want.

To speckle the eggs,I made sure each egg was thoroughly dry then I used one bottle of brown craft paint and a toothbrush.I dipped the brush into the paint and pulling my index finger across the top of the brush,I lightly splattered around the egg to achieve a random, dotted pattern.Honestly I was so pleased with the results.

 

      I especially love the soft natural look of the eggs and can envision them in beautiful little birds nests as part of an elegant Easter dinner table. These particular eggs, however, were  placed in a plain kitchen bowl and graced our Breakfast table instead. Simple. Lovely. Charming.

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Retro Bunny Cake

   Retro Bunny Cake
  Isn’t this just the most adorable Easter Bunny cake ever? I call it a Retro Bunny cake because the recipe comes from a 1966 Betty Crocker cookbook I happened across in a thrift store. That was back in the 80’s and I’ve been making it ever since.

 

Vintage Betty Crocker

      If you keep your eyes open an occasional copy can still be found. Such a fun cookbook! However, until you’re fortunate enough  to find your own vintage copy, let me share instructions for making it yourself.

Retro Bunny Cake

Bake a two layer cake mix (or a two layer recipe of your own) in two round layer cake pans as directed. Allow to cool. Cut one layer in half. Put both sides together using a white frosting. Stand cake upright on cut edge.

 

Retro Bunny Cake instructions

With a sharp knife cut a notch about a third of the way around the semicircle, forming the rabbit’s head. Save cutout piece for the tail.Secure in place with a wooden pick. Frost the entire rabbit with remaining frosting. Sprinkle generously with shredded coconut.
Make ears of white paper; color inside pink with a crayon or colored pencil. Use pink jelly beans or gumdrops for eyes and nose. Form an attractive nest around the bunny with tinted green coconut ( see instructions below) and place a few Easter Eggs (jelly beans) around him.
Freeze the other layer for later use, or make another bunny…….color the inside of his ears blue and you’ll have a ” Mr. and Mrs.” for your Easter dinner table.

Tinted Coconut

Place one cup of coconut in a a jar or plastic bag. Mix 1 or 2 drops of food coloring with 1 teaspoon of water. Add to coconut. Screw on lid or fold close bag and shake until coconut is uniformly colored.

 

 

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