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    Easy Lemon Pound Cake

    This Lemon Pound Cake recipe is rich, tangy, and bursting with the flavor of real fresh lemons. Topped with an easy lemon glaze whipped up with limoncello liqueur, this lemon cake is the ultimate summer treat.
    If you love this recipe for homemade pound cake with a citrus twist, give my Orange Pound Cake a try, too!

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    Moist Lemon Pound Cake With Lemon Glaze
    My lemon pound cake is moist and tangy, with all the sweet flavors of a Starbucks lemon loaf, only better. This easy lemon cake recipe is swirled with homemade lemon curd throughout and bursting with the flavor of real lemon zest.
    In true pound cake fashion, this cake is rich and dense, yet perfectly balanced with the brightness of the citrus. I top my moist lemon loaf with creamy limoncello glaze. It’s one of my favorite treats to enjoy in the afternoon with coffee or tea, or for dessert (and let’s be honest, sometimes both).  

    Why You’ll Love This Pound Cake Recipe
    If you love lemon desserts as much as I do, prepare to be hooked by this luscious lemon pound cake! Here are just a few reasons to love it:

    Homemade lemon curd. This pound cake is swirled with ribbons of my homemade lemon curd recipe throughout a soft, buttery lemon crumb. It’s surprisingly easy to make your own lemon curd from scratch!
    Limoncello glaze. I make a super simple lemon glaze for this pound cake by combining powdered sugar with limoncello liqueur. It’s a delicious, adult twist with loads of sweet, lemony flavor. Of course, you can opt to make a lemon glaze sans alcohol if you prefer. 
    Perfect for brunch or dessert. This pound cake is versatile enough to make for a light afternoon treat, a sweet addition at brunch, or an easy dessert to take along to any occasion. 

    Why Is It Called Pound Cake?
    Pound Cake dates back to the early 1700s and it’s named after how the recipe was originally made: with one pound each of flour, butter, sugar, and eggs. Traditionally, pound cakes are baked in either a loaf pan, like in this recipe, or in a bundt pan, like my 7UP Pound Cake.
    People sometimes confuse pound cake with sponge cake. And it’s true, both recipes have many ingredients in common. One main difference is that sponge cakes call for whipping the eggs in the recipe separately, resulting in the cake’s “spongy” texture.

    What You’ll Need
    I buck tradition with this lemon pound cake recipe. Rather than add a full pound of each ingredient, I’ve adapted things a little, with awesome results (if I do say so myself). Below is a short overview of the ingredients you’ll need, with the full recipe details available in the recipe card.

    Eggs: For structure and richness in the cake.
    Milk: You can use whole milk or 2% milk in this recipe, either one is fine.
    Sugar: For the most consistent results, use regular granulated sugar.
    Lemon Zest: Fresh lemon zest is a must! You’ll get the best flavor from lemons when they’re in season.
    Vanilla: Skip using imitation vanilla and use real vanilla extract. The flavor is so much better!
    Oil: I add liquid coconut oil to my cake batter, though another type of oil, like vegetable oil, will also work. Adding oil in place of butter yields a lighter, more tender cake crumb.
    Baking Powder and Salt: For leavening and to balance the sweetness.
    Flour: I recommend using all-purpose flour.
    Lemon Curd: I use my recipe for easy Homemade Lemon Curd and swirl it all throughout the pound cake. So dreamy! If you’re pressed for time, you can also use your favorite brand of store-bought lemon curd.
    Powdered Sugar: You’ll whip together an easy glaze using powdered sugar, also called confectioner’s sugar, combined with lemon liqueur.
    Limoncello: This is an Italian lemon liqueur made from lemon zest and sugar with a sweet, intense lemon flavor. You’ll find Limoncello in most liquor stores throughout the US. If you don’t have it or aren’t a fan, use a bit of fresh lemon juice and/or zest instead to amp up the lemon flavor in the glaze.

    How to Make Lemon Pound Cake
    While the oven preheats to 350ºF, grease and line your loaf pan. I recommend lining it with a piece of parchment paper cut to fit into the bottom of the pan, long enough so that the edges hang over each end. This makes it easy to lift the pound cake from the pan once it’s baked. Next, you’ll whip up the easy lemon pound cake batter:

    Combine the Ingredients: First, whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla into a smooth batter. Next, stream in the coconut oil while continuing to whisk, followed by the baking powder and salt. Lastly, stir in your flour. It’s fine if your batter looks a bit lumpy, be careful that you don’t overmix!
    Fill the Pan: Add about 3/4 of the cake batter to your prepared pan, drizzle the top with half of your lemon curd, and then add the remaining batter and another drizzle of curd. Take care that the curd doesn’t touch the edges of the pan, as the sugar will burn if it bakes against the hot sides. 

    Swirl and Bake: Use a butter knife to swirl the lemon curd lightly through the batter. Bake your lemon pound cake at 350ºF for 50-55 minutes, then leave it to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Afterward, lift the cake out of the pan and place it on a wire rack.
    Prepare the Glaze: Make a quick lemon glaze by combining powdered sugar with a couple of spoonfuls of limoncello. Whisk until you reach a smooth consistency.
    Glaze and Cool: Finally, pour the glaze over the pound cake while the cake is still slightly warm. Let the cake finish cooling before slicing and serving. See below for some of my favorite serving ideas.

    Tips for the Best Pound Cake
    Follow these final tips for the best homemade lemon pound cake:

    You can make this pound cake in a bundt pan. Be sure to generously grease and flour the pan so that your lemon bundt cake pops out easily.
    Use fresh lemon juice. I’m talking freshly squeezed. Don’t use bottled lemon juice as the flavor just won’t be the same. And while you’re at it, don’t skip the lemon zest!
    Keep the curd away from the edges of the pan. I mention it earlier, but try your best to not let the lemon curd touch the sides of the pan when you’re swirling it in. This way the sugars won’t burn.
    If the lemon glaze for your pound cake is too thin, whisk in additional powdered sugar a little at a time to thicken it. If it’s too thick, add more Limoncello to get it to a pourable consistency.
    Pound cake is meant to be a little dense. However, it shouldn’t be dry or heavy. If your pound cake is dry, this could be the result of overbaking, or because you added too much flour. 
    On that note, make sure to measure the ingredients correctly. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, I recommend the spoon-and-sweep method where you spoon ingredients like flour into your measuring cup and use the back of a knife to level it off.

    Variation Ideas
    Looking to change things up with your lemon pound cake? Try these easy recipe variations:

    Substitute the Lemon Curd: If you’re looking to substitute the lemon curd in this recipe, try lemon pie filling or lemon marmalade instead.
    Different Fruit Preserves: You can also replace the lemon filling altogether with fruit jam or preserves like strawberry jam, or raspberry jam for a lemon raspberry cake.
    Add Berries: For even more summery vibes, add fresh seasonal blueberries for an easy lemon blueberry pound cake. Tossing your berries in flour before folding them into the batter will help to keep them from settling at the bottom of the cake. 
    Add Poppy Seeds: Stir in poppy seeds for a variation of my Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake.
    Skip the Glaze: If you’d prefer to leave your pound cake unglazed, you can always dust the top with powdered sugar instead.

    Serving Suggestions
    This is a fun and easy cake recipe to make for brunch or as a light dessert. We’ll enjoy a slice of zesty lemon pound cake in the summertime with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. So delicious! I’ll even double up on the fruity flavors with a drizzle of Strawberry Syrup. It’s the perfect summer dessert to bring to Fourth of July BBQs and picnics. 
    Serve your lemon pound cake for Easter brunch alongside other homemade treats like Cinnamon Rolls and Hot Cross Buns. Or, do as I do, and simply tuck into a slice while passing through the kitchen. It’s really the best dessert for any occasion!

    How to Store Lemon Pound Cake
    Keep your lemon pound cake airtight at room temperature for up to 4 days. Pound cake has a tendency to dry out when stored in the fridge.
    Can I Freeze Pound Cake?
    Yes, once the glazed cake is completely cooled, wrap your pound cake tightly in plastic wrap, plus a layer of foil. You can freeze this cake whole or in easy grab-and-go slices. Freeze it for up to 3 months, and defrost the cake at room temperature before serving.
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    Lemon Pound Cake

    Author: Shelly

    Prep Time: 10 minutes

    Cook Time: 55 minutes

    Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    Yield: 6 servings 1x

    Category: Cake

    Method: Oven

    Cuisine: American


    This fluffy Lemon Pound Cake recipe is filled with fresh lemon flavor and ribbons of tangy lemon curd. Topped with a sweet lemon glaze made with limoncello liqueur!



    2 large eggs
    3/4 cup milk
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/2 cup coconut oil, in liquid state
    3/4 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup lemon curd

    Limoncello Glaze

    1 cup powdered sugar
    3 tablespoons Limoncello (or fresh lemon juice)


    Lemon Pound Cake: Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C
    Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Lay a strip cut to fit the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, so the paper hangs over the ends. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray. Set the pan aside.
    In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar, zest and vanilla until smooth and combined.
    Slowly stream in the coconut oil, whisking consistently until combined.
    Add in the baking powder and salt and whisk until combined.
    Finally stir in the flour until just incorporated. The batter will be slightly lumpy.
    Spread 3/4 of the batter into the prepared pan. Drizzle 1/2 of the lemon curd on top of the batter, keeping it away from the edges.. Top with the remaining batter and then the remaining curd, also being careful not to let the curd touch the edges of the pan. The curd will burn if it’s exposed to the edge of the pan.
    Using a butter knife swirl the curd into the batter.
    Bake for 50-55 minutes until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to glaze.
    Limoncello Glaze: To prepare the glaze whisk the powdered sugar and Limoncello together until smooth. Pour this on your warm cake.
    Allow the glaze to set before slicing.

    Keywords: lemon pound cake, lemon pound cake recipe, lemon cake recipe

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    Candy Easter Egg (Breakable Bash Egg)

    This Candy Easter Egg holds a sweet surprise inside! Crack open its edible shell to find more candy to share and enjoy!

    It’s been a while since I’ve made something just for fun, and what could be more fun than a giant speckled Candy Easter Egg? With the holiday coming up, I wanted to make something super cute that I could share with my family after our Easter dinner. Kids will adore this, but adults love it too.
    This breakable candy Easter egg (also called a Piñata Egg or Bash Egg) is just as fun as opening an Easter basket. Fill it with small candies and little toys. It’s easy to customize to the recipient.

    Silicone mold
    You can’t make a giant Easter egg without an egg shell mold! This 3D Silicone Egg Mold is what I used. It creates an egg a little more than 7″ tall. And it even comes with a little wooden mallet for breaking the assembled egg (which I misplaced immediately after opening the package and never found again, le sigh). Each shell mold has a foot on the underside so they don’t wobble around and become misshapen as the candy sets.

    For the speckle.
    Grab a stiff bristle paint brush (new, unused, and kitchen-dedicated) 1 tablespoon of mini semisweet chips and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. I used sunflower oil because it’s what I prefer nowadays in all my baking and sweets. Melt the semisweet chips with the oil in the microwave. The oil loosens the chocolate’s texture to become more fluid. This is the perfect consistency for creating speckles and splatters.
    Next, dip the paint brush in the chocolate and use a finger to flick the end of the brush towards the molds. This creates speckling. Then, dip the paint brush in the chocolate again, loading it well, and fling the chocolate onto the molds. This creates a paint splatter effect. Whisk the molds away to the freezer to chill for about 10 minutes, or until totally set.

    For the shells.
    One 12 oz. bag of meltable candy wafers is a little more than you’ll need to make one assembled egg. However, I recommend melting the entire bag in case you need a little extra for spackling thin spots in the shells. Melt the candy in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave at 30 second to 1 minute intervals.
    Stir well between heating intervals, and use the residual heat from the bowl to do most of the melting of the wafers as you stir. This is key to not overheat the candy. Let the candy cool a little before you pour it into the molds. It should be warm to the touch (not hot!) yet still pourable.

    Gently spread the candy into the mold using a small spatula. Whisk the molds away, once again, to the freezer to set about 20 minutes or until the candy is completely hardened.

    Test results.
    I made three different eggs which turned out to be like snowflakes – no two alike! Ha. It was a learning process, but I really love how each one turned out.
    Attempt 1: For a marbled look pour hot melted candy into the molds and turn them to swirl the candy over the cavity surfaces (see video for action). I did this with the blue shells, and the chocolate speckling was not preserved. Instead, it created marbling – which I like! But it wasn’t exactly what I was going for.
    Attempt 2: For a marbled and speckled appearance, use a mini spatula to partially spread warm candy into the mold, then use the swirl technique to finish covering the cavity. The result is speckling and marbling – which I also like! However, I wanted to try again.
    Attempt 3: For a strictly speckled appearance, use a mini spatula to gently spread warm candy into the mold. Again, you can see this action in the video at the end of this blog post. It preserves all the semisweet chocolate speckling and spatter marks. Now this is what I was going for!

    Unmold the egg shells.
    This is the fun part! Gently peel away the silicone molds to reveal the beautiful speckled candy eggshells. If you’re looking to simplify things, you can skip the speckling and mold the candy without it. This will give you the appearance of a giant dyed Easter egg – still very cute! (Although I am partial to the speckling.)

    Easter candy is the prettiest of all candies, I think. Gather your favorite and most colorful small candies for filling the egg shell. Include little toys, foil-wrapped chocolates, sprinkles, malted milk eggs, jelly beans – whatever will comfortably fit inside. Pile the candy up in the center.

    Join the shells.
    In a small nonstick pan, over low heat, gently melt the edges of an egg shell (see the video for action). The melted candy will join the shells together. Let this stand at room temperature until set. This won’t take long at all, if your room temperature stays around 69-72F. Otherwise you can transfer the egg to the refrigerator to speed setting.

    Add some brightly colored grosgrain ribbon to make the eggs egg-stra cute! (Haha. I couldn’t help myself.)

    As I mentioned before, the silicone mold comes with a little wooden mallet which you can give with the egg if you’re giving it as a gift. I lost mine immediately upon opening the package. And I’m having my own Easter egg hunt looking for it (note: I have a puppy that likes to carry things away). However, I used a wooden dough tamper (as seen in the video) that worked just fine.
    Of course, if you don’t have time to make your own Piñata Egg at home, you can purchase one online, complete with wooden mallet, although they can get pretty pricey.

    This is such a fun interactive treat with real piñata appeal! Except this one is totally edible with its candy shell. This was so fun to make, I’ll probably put a few more together for gifts. It’s an easy edible craft that requires little kitchen time.
    Happy Spring!

    Related recipe: Edible Paper Mache Easter Egg Piñata

    Candy Easter Egg (Breakable Bash Candy Egg)

    Crack open this Candy Easter Egg for a surprise inside! This breakable/bash egg is more fun than opening an Easter basket (if you ask me). The shells are easily made using a silicone mold and your color choice of candy melting wafers. Use my chocolate spatter technique for speckling the egg shells, or you can skip that step for simpler plain egg shells.
    You’ll need about 1 1/2 – 2 cups of small candies to fill the egg. I used foil-wrapped eggs, malted milk eggs, jelly beans, marshmallows, gummy bunnies, sprinkles, small Lindt hollow Easter chicks and lambs, sprinkles and other small hard candies. Choosing the candies is half the fun!

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    Prep Time 30 minsCook Time 3 mins1 hour resting/setting time 1 hrTotal Time 1 hr 33 mins

    Course DessertCuisine American

    Servings 1 egg

    Ingredients US CustomaryMetric 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips1 teaspoon vegetable oil I use sunflower oil12 oz. candy melting wafers your color choice2 cups assorted small candies such as jellybeans or malted milk eggs
    Instructions In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine the semisweet chips and oil. Heat at 100% power in the microwave at 30 second intervals, until the mixture is melted and can be stirred smooth. (About 45 seconds to 1 minute total.) Set aside to let cool slightly.Place the silicone molds on a large baking sheet. Make room in your freezer to accommodate the sheet with molds on it.Dip the stiff bristle paint brush into the chocolate and flick the bristles of the brush with a finger into the cavities of the shell molds. Do this repeatedly for speckling. For spattering, load the paint brush with the chocolate mixture and use flinging motions to splatter the shell cavities with the chocolate. Place the molds in the freezer to set the chocolate.Meanwhile, melt the candy wafers in a large microwave-safe bowl at 100% power in the microwave. Heat in 30 second to 1-minute increments, stirring the candy well between heating intervals. Be sure to stir well using the residual heat from the bowl to do most of the melting. This will help avoid overheating the candy. When the candy is smooth, let it cool slightly. It should not be hot to the touch, rather it should be warm yet still pourable.Remove the molds from the freezer and immediately divide about 3/4 of the candy between the two spattered shells. Use the mini spatula to gently spread the candy up the sides of the mold. Be sure to spread the candy all the way to the top edges where the two shells with meet to form the whole egg.Transfer the molds to the freezer to set, about 20 minutes, or until the candy is extremely firm/hard to touch. Examine the set candy in the molds to make sure there are not weak or thin spots in the shells. If you see this, re-heat the remaining candy until smooth and gently spatula melted candy over the thin areas. Freeze again until solid.When the shells are solid, peel away the silicone mold away from the candy to reveal beautiful speckled egg shell halves.Have the assorted candies ready to hand. Also have some paper towels at the ready.Place a nonstick pan over low heat. Place an egg shell half edges-down in the pan for 1-3 seconds, or until the edges melt evenly. Remove quickly and place on a serving plate. Wipe the pan clean with a paper towel. Add the assorted candies, sprinkles, toys, etc, and pile them high in the center of the egg shell, avoiding the melted edges. Melt the edges of the second shell in the same way as the first, then top the filled shell with the second shell, meeting the melted edges together. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute until firm. Allow the egg to stand until the candy is well set.Wrap the egg with a ribbon and bow using the grosgrain ribbon. Present to a lucky recipient along with a small wooden mallet for breaking, or include cracking instructions.
    NotesConsider including some confetti sprinkles and jimmies in your egg. They don’t take up a lot of room and they provide an edible confetti effect when the egg is broken!
    The inclusions are only limited to your imagination, and the size of the egg of course. Little toys, Easter figurines, small plastic eggs, and other non-edibles can also be included.

    Keyword bash egg, breakable candy egg, candy easter egg, candy melting wafers, easter basket candy, easter dessert, pinata egg, semisweet chips, silicone egg mold

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    Resurrection Rolls

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    Chocolate Cherry Hot Cross Buns

    This recipe supports the claim that  does, in fact, make everything better. Add in tangy dried , apple juice, and a finishing touch of our just-tart-enough apricot glaze, and this  twist on the    gives a whole new meaning to the word “irresistible.” 1½ cups (192 grams) dried sour cherries ⅔ cup (160 grams) apple juice Hot Cross Buns Dough […] LEGGI TUTTO

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    Mini Cassata Siciliana Cakes

    The classic Italian cake Cassata Siciliana shines as a traditional favorite at Easter. This version uses a muffin pan to create individual servings. I’m squeezing in one more Easter recipe before the holiday on Sunday. I’ve wanted to explore Cassata Siciliana for more than 2 years now! There are a few different versions with varying instructions, but this one with its marzipan cover is an Easter classic. The green is so springy and the candied fruit adds a pop of color that is irresistible to my eye.When I began this recipe, I’d planned to make it as a single cake using a deep dish pie pan. I guess my pan grew legs and walked off, and it remains MIA. My improvisation involved a jumbo muffin tin to make 6 little cakes. They’re just the cutest! Now I’m almost glad that I couldn’t find that pie pan. (Almost.)If you love cannoli, then you’ll love eating this cake. The filling is practically cannoli cream. The ricotta cheese needs to drain overnight so it loses some of its moisture. This keeps the cakes from becoming soggy and protects the marzipan from breaking down. I must have researched at least 20 cassata filling recipes – and all of them different. Some opted for nuts and chocolate chips, others went all-in with candied fruit. I’m a huge fan of chocolate and pistachio together, so that’s what I put in this filling. It also has a little sugar along with the zest of one orange.A sheet of sponge cake will provide the tops and bottoms of the mini cakes. You’ll need some circle cookie cutters, around 2 3/4 inches and 3 1/2 inches. I own a set of round cutters just like this one that I use all the time. They’re so useful! If you don’t have cutters that size, you could use similar size jar or bottle caps, or cut some templates to trim around.Marzipan is easy to make, but ready-made will shortcut this recipe. I recommend using it. Just knead in some food color to create your favorite Easter green color. Roll it on a dusted surface and cut it into 2-inch strips. Line each muffin cavity with an overlapping piece. Press in evenly and trim away the excess. Now you’re ready to fill!The smaller cake pieces go in first. Lay them in and gently tamp them down. There’s no need to force them into the bottom. Next, fill with that delicious ricotta cheese mixture. Last, cover the filling with the large cake rounds. Refrigerate for about an hour. The marzipan coverings will be dusty with powdered sugar when you turn them out. I used a little almond extract and an art brush to remove it. The extract will evaporate quickly.Simple confectioners’ glaze whisks together with just powdered sugar, lemon juice, and a little milk. Be sure it’s thick and opaque. You’ll be using it to cover the top centers of the cakes, and you’ll also use it to pipe a few swags on the sides. Some Cassata Siciliana have elaborately piped designs on the green marzipan.Piping with this glaze is not as precise as I’d like it to be, but if you keep your design simple then things will work out fine. I think they’re real cute with single line swags and a few dotty embellishments!You’ll have a little ricotta filling left over, and if you save your cake scraps, you can make some mini trifles like I did! Just crumble the cake and layer with the ricotta in tiny dessert cups. I added some whipped cream and marzipan flowers. These little confections are deceptively light with their spongy cake layers and whipped ricotta filling. Individual desserts always feel special on the table, and these are not only tasty but a cheerful sight to behold. Sharing them has been a delight.  LEGGI TUTTO

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    Coconut Easter Bunny Cake

    Serve up the cutest coconut bunny cake for Easter! It’s a nostalgic favorite made from a single yellow 9-inch cake layer and decorated with flaked coconut. Growing up I remember my mom making a version of this coconut cake around Easter, and she’d use a pink jellybean for a rabbit nose. I thought the whole thing was so clever, and it was truly a special holiday with a bunny cake on our table.  I just had to make one this year. I’ve been missing my family and our big holiday meals, and the tradition of making this cake makes me feel closer to them. It’s fashioned from a single yellow cake layer, and with some easy carving it is transformed into a cute, furry-looking bunny.This cut-out cake design has been around for decades. I’ve seen so many home-baked versions over the years from friends and neighbors. I didn’t deviate much from the original design. I did opt for edible candy ears instead of the usual construction paper ears, but you should use whatever best suits your time constraints. The candy ears do take a little more effort. The cake layer is so delicious with a big dose of sour cream added to the batter. Slice it in half, frost with yummy coconut buttercream, and stick it together so that it looks like a big taco. Cut a notch out of the top of the cake and be sure to save the scraps. It looks fairly bunny body-shaped at this point. Stick a couple of scrap pieces on top of the head area with frosting and trim it to a roundish shape. The video at the end of this blog post will be helpful to follow for the carving technique – definitely check it out!Another smaller scrap piece will make the tail on the opposite end of the head. Cover the entire thing with frosting. You don’t have to be too precious with this step, just get it all covered. Shredded coconut will cover up most imperfections.As I mentioned earlier, mom always made the bunny ears using construction paper. It’s easiest, really. But I decided to make candy ears. I cut out two rabbit ear shapes out of heavy card stock and coated them with a thick layer of candy. While they’re still wet, lift one end using a toothpick and transfer them to a parchment-lined baking sheet. After a chill in the freezer peel the card stock from the backs of the candy. Again – the video will be helpful here. Melted pink candy and sanding sugar will give the bunny’s ears more detail. I also brushed the white areas with corn syrup and added coconut for a fuzzy appearance. A little buttercream dotted on the back of a real satin bow holds it in place and makes the cake look cuddly like a toy. (Aw!)Two black Sixlets eyes and a heart-shaped candy nose gives this bunny a cute face. If you don’t have those candies on hand then black and pink jellybeans will work.How could I NOT make some green coconut ‘grass’? It’s so classic with this cake. I layered it with grassy green sprinkles and a few gorgeous Sconza Jordan almonds. I could go on and on about how perfect this candy is. Each candy almond is so polished and unblemished. They look like little bird eggs! This is such a good recipe for a single cake layer. It’s tender and the sour cream helps it retain its softness. It is the perfect blank canvas for nearly any small baking project, but especially this one. Have a sweet Easter! 


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    Pull Apart Praline Monkey Bread

    Monkey Bread is a sweet, pull-apart, pastry-style bread. Each piece is coated in melted butter and cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection in a bundt pan! I top mine with an out of control praline style-brown sugar icing that is to die for!
    If you love Monkey Bread, try my Cheese Stuffed Garlic Pull-Apart Bread for a savory option!

    My Monkey Bread Recipe Is A Family Favorite!
    I am SO excited to share this recipe with you! It’s a recipe that I shared in my book that is such a favorite I decided it needed a permanent place here on my site! It’s a Praline Pull Apart Monkey Bread that is ridiculously decadent and delicious.
    What makes this monkey bread so special is that it is 100% from scratch. The dough is a simple yeast dough that makes all the difference in the world. Of course there are so many monkey bread recipes out there that used canned biscuit dough, but the homemade dough is what sets this recipe apart.
    What Is Monkey Bread?
    Monkey Bread is a pastry that you pull apart and eat with your fingers (like a monkey I guess?). I didn’t create the name! What you generally have is cinnamon-coated dough pieces that are baked together in a larger pan, creating a cobbly-looking bread.
    I used to make Monkey Bread growing up with my grandma. We would bake it and take it over to her friend’s houses for their “coffee hour”. We always made the shortcut version with canned biscuits, but oh how I loved dipping each biscuit piece into melted butter first, and then that sweet cinnamon-sugar mixture. Sometimes we would add nuts, other times we would leave them out, but the addition of chopped pecans adds a little extra texture and flavor that I love.
    When I decided to create a homemade version of my childhood favorite for my book I wanted to have all the elements of the nostalgia, but make it a little more indulgent! That’s where the chopped pecans and brown sugar, praline-style, icing comes in! You can absolutely skip this step, but it sure does make it extra delish!

    There are a few steps to this recipe, but don’t let that intimidate you! Everything is easy to do, and it’s also a great make ahead recipe!
    Dry active yeast. You can also use Instant or “Rapid Rise” yeast as well. If you do use Instant, the rise time will be about 45 minutes to 1 hour, as opposed to 2 hours.granulated sugarwarm watervegetable oilkosher saltall purpose flour
    light brown sugarmelted butterchopped pecans – you can omit the nuts if you have an allergy or just prefer no nuts!
    butterlight brown sugarheavy creampowdered sugar

    Tips On How To Make Monkey Bread:
    The full recipe is below in the printable recipe card, but I definitely want to share some of my favorite tips so your Monkey Bread turns out perfectly!
    Make sure to grease your bundt pan well. This is kind of a no-brainer, but there is always that moment when you invert the bundt pan and pray that nothing sticks! Luckily Monkey Bread is a pretty “rustic” looking bread, so imperfections will never be noticed! Plus you’re covering the top in icing!Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place. My oven has a “proof” setting which I use all the time and really love. But if you don’t have that on your oven, just try to place your bowl of dough in the warmest part of your kitchen. Another trick I have used in the past if you don’t have a proof setting on your oven is before you start making the dough, turn the oven on to the lowest temperature. Allow it to preheat, then turn the oven off. Start making your dough and by the time you’re ready to allow it to rise, the oven will have cooled down enough that it will be the perfect place to let your dough rise. Make sure the oven isn’t too warm. You just want it to be a little warmer than room temp!Leave out the nuts if you aren’t a fan…same with the frosting. You can easily make this “plain” and it’s still great!Serving this warm is a NEXT LEVEL experience. Highly recommend!

    Do You Have To Use A Bundt Pan?
    You don’t have to, but it sure is pretty! You can make this recipe in 2, 8×4 loaf pans if that’s what you have!
    Do You Have To Make the Icing?
    Nope! The bread on its own is sweet, but the addition of that brown sugar praline icing is really outstanding!!!

    Can You Make the Dough Ahead?
    Absolutely! I have included in the recipe that if you would prefer to make the dough ahead you can! Allow the dough to rise in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature. You can do this overnight or up to 3 days!
    Can You Use Canned Biscuits For This Monkey Bread Recipe?
    If you love the idea of this recipe but just don’t have the time to make your own dough, I totally get it. You can use 2 (16- ounce) cans of canned biscuits.(I recommend the Grands! Flaky Biscuits). Cut each biscuit into 4 equal pieces and dip each piece in your melted butter, then cinnamon sugar mixture!

    How To Store:
    Honestly, this bread is best is enjoyed the same day, but you can absolutely store it if you just can’t finish it! I don’t recommend more than 2 days though for freshness. Just store it airtight at room temperature!

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    Pull Apart Praline Monkey Bread

    This Monkey bread is out of control delicious! It’s the perfect breakfast or brunch recipe for special occasions.



    2 teaspoons dry active yeast
    1 teaspoon granulated sugar
    1 1/3 cups warm water
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    2 teaspoons kosher salt
    3 1/2 – 4 cups all purpose flour


    1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    3/4 cup chopped pecans


    4 tablespoons butter
    1 cup light brown sugar, packed
    1/4 cup heavy cream
    1 cup powdered sugar


    Dough: Mix the yeast, sugar and water together in a bowl and allow the mixture to sit for 4 minutes until the yeast is dissolved. 
    In the bowl of the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment mix 3 ½ cups flour, salt and oil together on low speed. Stir the yeast mixture and then slowly add it to the bowl with the flour. Mix this on medium speed for 5- 6 minutes. If the dough is excessively sticky add the remaining flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it becomes it becomes smooth.
    Spray the inside of a large bowl with cooking spray and transfer the dough into the bowl, cover with a clean dish cloth, place in a warm place and allow it to raise for 2 hours or until it has doubled in size. Alternately you can place the dough into a sprayed gallon sized zip-top bag and allow it to rise in the refrigerator overnight (you get the same results and the dough is ready in the morning for breakfast).
    Coating and Assembly: Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C
    Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle half of the pecans into the bottom of the pan evenly and it set aside.
    Place the brown sugar and melted butter in a small bowl and stir to combine. 
    Punch the risen dough down and tear pieces of the dough off and roll into 1- inch balls. Dip each dough ball into the brown sugar/butter mixture and place in the prepared pan. Continue this with all the dough, placing it in the pan evenly. Drizzle any remaining brown sugar/butter mixture on top of the dough and finally sprinkle on the remaining pecans.
    Bake the bread for 30- 35 minutes until it’s risen and lightly golden.
    Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly.
    Icing: While the bread is cooling make your icing by combining the butter, brown sugar and heavy cream into a medium saucepan. Cook the mixture, stirring frequently, until it comes to a boil and boil for one minute. Remove from the heat immediately and whisk in the powdered sugar.
    Invert the bundt pan onto a cake stand or serving platter. Drizzle the icing evenly on top of the bread.
    Serve warm.


    Store airtight at room temperature for up to 2 days

    Keywords:: cookies and cups, monkey bread, pull apart bread, yeast dough, bundt pan, breakfast, brunch

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