Easter Cakes and Butter Tarts for a Sweet Celebration

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Easter Cakes and Tarts

Homemade Easter Cakes and Tarts for your holiday gatherings.

There is never a shortage of sweet treats for Easter. From chocolate bunnies to cream filled eggs, Easter must be at the top of the celebration candy castle. In fact, there’s a heap of foil wrapped, truffle-stuffed, Easter candy stashed under my bed right now. Although my kids are excited about what they’ll find on Easter morning, they’re still asking for the homemade treats. It’s good to know that Easter cakes and other homemade sweets are as special to them as chocolate eggs and bunnies.

Easter Cakes & Butter Tarts:

The top of the list for my daughter is our Easter Bunny Cake, something I have been making with my kids since they were toddlers. The design is a carryover tradition from my childhood. This was the baking project every Easter Saturday through my childhood. It was often topped with boiled icing but I love it just as much with a simple butter frosting.

How to make an Easter Bunny Cake

My son loves anything sweet but he’s a texture guy too and is crazy about pastry. That’s how these little Molasses Butter Tarts get on the Easter Treats list. This recipe is made with whole grain pastry and I usually make them in mini muffin pans so they’re more of a one-bite treat.

easy molasses butter tarts

Carrot Cake is always popular around Easter, although I’m not sure why. This Molasses Carrot Cake, an old Crosby’s recipe, has three cups of grated carrots and no pineapple. It’s my favourite version.

Carrot cake with molasses

Because over the top desserts aren’t really necessary, this recipe for Gingerbread with Coffee & Chocolate would make a great ending to your Easter feast. I think of it as the perfect cake for spring since I first baked it on a drizzly April Saturday years ago. It’s moist, flavourful and needs no frosting.

Gingerbread with coffee and chocolate



Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

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5 St. Patrick's Day recipes: Irish soad breads, Baily's Irish Cream cupcakes and hearty Guinness Stout gingerbread.

Breads and sweets with an Irish twist for St. Patrick’s Day (and any day)

Any excuse to celebrate in the month of March is a great thing. With winter often on the fence, the crazy mix of weather we get this time of year is enough to make anyone a little weary. Just last week we were certain that the daffodils would soon be up and this week we’re back to snow and freezing rain.

St. Patrick’s Day is strategically placed to keep us all from complaining too much. (Although my mom, herself of hearty Irish stock, might argue that complaining is a bit of an Irish trait). In any case, an excuse to celebrate is a good thing and what better way to celebrate than with food.

5 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes:

Basic soda breads are always a treat. In fact, I don’t know why I don’t bake these simple, lovely loaves year round. Although not true Irish soda breads, our soda bread recipes take their cue from the classic recipes in that they’re made with just a few ingredients and are mildly sweet.

Sweet Currant Soda Bread:

A lovely boule-style bread.

Irish soda bread

Guinness Soda Bread:

A very hearty soda bread, barely sweet, just right served with stew or a ploughman’s lunch.



Brown Soda Bread:

A loaf-style soda bread that’s a little chewy and very flavourful, like oatmeal brown bread.

Brown soda bread is a moist oatmeal quick bread sweetened with molasses. This is a very close cousin of a classic Irish soda bread.

Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes with Baily’s Irish Cream Glaze:

Sweet, moist and not over the top.


Guinness gingerbread cupcakes with Baily's Irish Cream Glaze

Guinness Chocolate Gingerbread Cake:

A flavourful gingerbread with a lovely dense crumb. No frosting necessary, a light dusting of icing sugar is all it needs.

Guinness chocolate gingerbread cake: A flavourful gingerbread with a lovely dense crumb. No frosting necessary, a light dusting of icing sugar is all it needs.