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Apple Rose Cakes perfect for Mother’s Day, a special birthday present or just because they look so pretty and are delicious too…

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It’s crafty Friday and I thought today would be perfect to post this Throwback post from 2015 about the beautiful and delicious apple roses for Mother’s Day.  Here is the original post:

https://thepartyevent.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/it-is-crafty-friday-and-we-are-making-apple-rose-cakes-perfect-for-mothers-day-a-special-birthday-present-or-just-because-they-look-so-pretty-and-are-delicious-too/

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To make it extra cute, you need special helpers preferably in cowboy costumes….

You need:
2-3 apples – 1/2 lemon – marmalade/preserve of your choice (we tried apricot, peach and raspberry) – frozen (thawed) puff pastry sheet – corn starch or flour for rolling out dough – powder sugar for dusting

I like my kids to try things and be independent, but sometimes they need a little help like cutting an apple in half. After I cored the apples, my cowboy helped slicing the apples as finely as possible. Just like rose pedals, all the slices looked different and were different sizes. To get them evenly sliced, you could slice them yourself or use a Mandoline slicer.

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We just used the perfect slices and put them in a bowl and ate the rest

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We covered the apples with water and added the juice of half a lemon. We microwaved the apples for about 1-2 minutes to make them softer and pliable to roll later….
In a separate bowl, Giorgio and Luca mixed the marmalade with 2-3 teaspoons of water and stirred the mixture to make it smooth.

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We unfolded and rolled out the dough on a starchy surface, which was the favorite part of Luca.

Giorgio also rolled out the dough and I cut it into 6 equal dough stripes. It is optional, but a lot of fun to poke extra holes in the dough or make some other design.

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We covered the dough stripes with the marmalade and the apple slices making sure they overlapped to make the roses look real.

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We folded the dough to make an apple pocket and rolled them carefully to make the shape of a rose. We were really careful to make sure the apples didn’t fall out and sealed the edges in the end. The roses were placed in muffin cups and were baked in the oven until the puff pasty turned golden brown. (we baked them at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour)

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The time we celebrated the birthday of one of our favorite plush animals… or a Teddy Bear picnic with DIY template

This is a throwback post from 2013 when we had a plush animal birthday party…

So actually it is much better than a Teddy Bear Picnic…. Drumroll please: we celebrated the 4th birthday of one of our most favorite stuffed animal, Billy the Squirl.

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Luca had the idea, because shortly before, we were celebrating the birthday of my husband and had a huge casino poker party. Luca had helped in some preparation for this party and saw us crafting, baking, making….. So about 5 days after the birthday bash for Chris, he announced that Billy was celebrating his birthday the following Saturday. I asked him what a great birthday party needs and he came up with (in his order)

1. Invitations

2. Cake

3. Party Hats

4. Presents

5. Balloons and a banner/decoration

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We created a guest list, which included Mickey Mouse, Schafi, Hippo and some other friends, but was limited to 12 guests. We also invited a real friend and his stuffed animal to make the party even more fun.

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Luca started to make the invitations. It was so much fun to see the enthusiasm he had making them. Because the Teddy Bear Picnic was part of the Summer Bucket List, it was the perfect match.  Eva and I created a template for a garland, party hats, party signs and miniature cupcake topper, which is available for downloading. We wanted to make it simple enough that Luca could either make the decoration almost by himself or at least be able to help, since it was his party. The next several days, we worked on the party. One day, we made garlands, the next day wrapped presents and the day before the party we baked the cake. It was perfect, because the anticipation grew with each day and the projects were short enough to not lose interest after a while. We wrapped a small box of peanuts and Eva made some presents like an outfit, a backpack,  a miniature notepad, a necklace (I think Billy is ready for school now) and wrapped them all in several little gifts. They looked so cute… Another great idea was the trail mix from Kian and doggy, Luca’s friend. The day of the party, Luca woke up extra early and could not wait to get started… He helped us to decorate and together with his brother, they brought all the birthday guests, the cake and the presents outside. It was time to get the party started…

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INSTRUCTIONS:

You need:

Templates – cut out

colorful paper – we used different scrapbook paper in different colors and different patterns

scissors, glue

stapler or tape

stretch cord for party hats

toothpicks for cupcake topper

colorful balloons – we used water balloons, streamers and ribbons, colorful fabric samples, etc…

Direction:

How to make the garland:

Trace the template on different colors of paper and cut out. As more colors and patterns as more fun the garland will be  You should have a nice stack. Take both ends of a strip and form a circle. Staple or glue the ends together. Take the next strip of paper through the first circle to connect them and form another circle. Tape or staple the ends together. Continue to get a long and pretty garland.

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How to make the party pats:

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Depending on the size of the stuffed animal or doll, trace one of the larger circle templates on colorful paper and cut out. Cut straight into the circle until the middle. Repeat and cut off about 1/3 of the circle (sorry, maybe the pics are clearer than my instructions 🙂 ) Take the ends and form a party hat, secure with tape or glue. The stuffed animal gets his first fitting. To secure the strap, we hot glued a stretch cord to one side of the hat. Once it is dried, fit it again to get the correct size for the strap and hot glue the other end. Let it dry completely.

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How to make the cake topper:

Trace the small circle template on colorful paper and cut out. You could also use a small circle punch. We cut a toothpick in half and glued them on the back of the circle. Stick them in frosted cupcakes or in small tea sandwiches.

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How to make the birthday signs:

Trace both templates on different colored paper and cut them out. Glue the smaller square on top of the larger square and let them dry. We handwrote the signs, but I think it would be even cuter to use a spectacular font from your computer.  If your children are big enough, they could write something inside as well.

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Cake and More:

We used half a recipe for a small cake and had some leftovers, which I baked in a miniature muffin tin to serve as cupcakes.

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To make it more festive, we blew up water balloons (which was too hard for Luca), and tied them together to make a garland. Luca helped us by taping them on the umbrella behind the picnic area. We first used a towel or a picnic blanket and covered it with colorful fabric samples to keep with the theme. We brought the guests, miniature cups and plates, the cake and cupcakes, the presents and extra balloons for the blanket outside and we were ready to party…

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Lucky cupcakes with a rainbow surprise – free printable green clovers

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I wanted to post these awesome cupcakes on Sunday because what goes better with green, clovers and rainbows than St. Patrick’s day…. but because we like good luck every day, today is the lucky day to post about the lucky cupcakes.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light. May good luck pursue you each morning and night. – Irish blessing

 

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They came out just as I imagined them.  A yummy green, lucky cupcake with clovers and a rainbow. And what can you find at the end of the rainbow or inside our lucky cupcake? Yes, a pot of gold or in our case sweet treasure.

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Depending on how much time you have, you could make the rainbow cookies, cupcakes, and frosting yourself or buy them already made and just assemble.

You Need:

cupcakes, green frosting, rainbow cookies, sprinkles or decoration, candy for inside the cupcakes, lucky clovers (see free lucky clover template at the bottom of the post)

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We baked vanilla cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles inside (which was the idea of Olivia, my three year old), but green cupcakes would also work great.

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I made two shapes of cookies because I wasn’t sure which one would fit better or look nicer. A round shape for a bigger cupcake or an egg shape (using the bigger end) for a little more narrow version. In the end both rainbows are cute and work for the cupcakes.

Making the rainbows was a lot of fun. Once the were frosted, we let them dry completely before using them for the cupcakes.

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While the cookies were drying and the cupcakes were cooling from the oven, we printed our lucky clover template, cut out the clovers and glued toothpicks on the backs to make cupcake toppers. We wanted to share them with you and they are available as a free download at the end of the post. It is a cute and super easy way to give your cupcakes the extra little touch.

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I thought it would be nice to give my kids the choice on which treasure to fill their cupcake with. I had some candy and sprinkles from another project and they got a little crazy when they saw all the toppings. It was so hard to decide for them which treasure  to use. Personally I think some golden candy would work perfect as well.

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We used a spoon to make a small hole inside the cupcakes and filled them up with the topping of choice.

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After filling the cupcakes to the top, we covered them with the extra cucapke dough that we had removed before and frosted the cupcakes.

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We decorated the frosted cupcakes with a rainbow cookie, sprinkles and our lucky clover.s.

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And for the grand reveal, we cut open one of the cupcakes for the rainbow surprise.

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and last but not least… here is the printable

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