This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.
Welcome to #SpringSweetsWeek 2020 hosted by Heather from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks! What better way to celebrate the warmer weather and flowers blooming than with food and a fun giveaway? 27 bloggers from around the country have come together to share over 100 sweet recipes perfect for spring! So stop thinking about cold and snow and get ready to enjoy the best spring sweets like cupcakes, cookies, brownies, pies, and even beverages! Our #SpringSweetsWeek sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much to Dixie Crystals, Millican Pecan, Door County Coffee, Anolon, Deiss Cookware, Adams Extract, and Fresh April Sprinkles for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and would love if you would take a moment to read about it and the prizes you can win!
Does anyone else have a baking bucket list a mile long? I feel like I’m constantly putting items on a list and whenever I actually make one I put two or three more on the list. This is because I like to watch cooking shows on the weekends whenever I blog. I get a lot of inspiration for my dishes and they are fun to watch.
One show I love watching is Kid’s Baking Championship. Last season they made these gorgeous watercolor cakes and I’ve been obsessed with them ever since. So when Spring Sweets Week came around I knew the first recipe I wanted to make was a Spring Watercolor Triple Layer Cake!
I planned to make this cake over a long weekend in case I needed the extra time but it turned out that I was able to make it in just two days. I spent the first day making the cake and the second day decorating it. Since I have a toddler at home my baking and decorating times are only an hour and a half per day while he naps so I was finished and done with this one in under 3 hours which isn’t too bad.
I started with the cake. Whenever I think spring I think of lemons so I made a lemon vanilla cake. I used Adams Best Vanilla Extract and Adams Lemon Extract to give the cake its flavor. Then I used Dixie Crystals granulated sugar and plenty of butter. I divided the batter into three pans, each lined with a parchment paper circle, and baked them to perfection.
The next day I whipped up a batch of my vanilla buttercream frosting using Dixie Crystals powdered sugar, Adams Best Vanilla Extract, and tons of butter. It turned out fluffy and delicious. I left it all white to begin with.
To make the cake I put a thin layer of buttercream frosting topped with lemon curd in between the layers then I put a crumb coat on the cake. I want to note that I never use a crumb coat on my cakes. I usually just frost them with enough frosting that I can smooth it out and it still looks good but in this case I needed the crumb coat so that I could produce the watercolor effect.
I froze the cake for 15 minutes and when it came out I put a thick layer of white buttercream frosting on top. I used a bench scraper that my brother bought me for Christmas to smooth out the frosting. In order to do this I dipped the scraper into hot water, dried it off, and used it to smooth the frosting. This seriously made the smoothest buttercream I’ve ever seen!
When that was done I froze the cake for an additional 10 minutes while I colored the frosting. I had about a cup and a half left so I put a little more than a third of a cup into 4 bowls. I tinted one baby pink, one baby blue, one light purple, and one yellow. I used white food coloring to achieve the pastel look.
To get the watercolor effect I used a small spatula and spread 10 one inch smears of each color frosting on the cake. Then I grabbed my bench scraper, dipped it in the hot water, and smoothed it out around the cake. The effect is a gorgeous mix of the pastel colors! I kept at it until it was smooth and looked the way I wanted it to.
To finish up I grabbed a pastry bag and spooned the remainder of each of the 4 colored frostings into the bags and squeezed until I got multiple colors. I piped a bottom border and then a border around the top edge. All that was missing now was to decorate the top!
Since the sides are so colorful and busy I wanted to go with a simple, but festive, decoration. That came in the form of sprinkles. I used the Spring It On Sprinkle Blend from Fresh April Sprinkles. These sprinkles are made by Lynn who blogs at Fresh April Flours and they were the perfect topper to make cake. The sprinkles look like Easter grass dotted with pastel Easter eggs. It really completed the look I was going for.
This cake may be my favorite cake ever! It was huge but the layers were perfect. I feel like the decorations scream spring and it was easier to make than I thought it would be. I sliced a piece for my husband and I and we both agreed this was one of my best tasting cakes as well. We took pieces to a few of our friends as well and it went over so well that I think I may make it again in time for Easter!
Pro Tips & Substitutions:
- I place a parchment circle on the bottom of every cake pan I use. This way the cake never sticks to the bottom! You may have to cut the circle to size but in the long run it will save every single cake you bake.
- If you decorate cakes frequently do yourself a favor and buy a bench scraper. They only cost a few dollars and they really make buttercream look smooth!
- If you don’t have any piping bags on hand you can totally use a zip top baggie! Simply place the frosting in the baggie, zip the top, and cut off the end to pipe onto the cake. You can even fit a piping tip in the corner that you cut off!
- You can customize this cake for any holiday or season by simply changing up the colors. Looking for Christmas? Use red, green, and gold frosting. Want a Halloween cake? Try green, purple, orange, and black frosting. Fourth of July cake? Red, white, and blue frosting will be a hit.
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A Hezzi-D original recipe
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Monday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes
- Auntie Ann’s Italian Cookies by Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Blood Orange Madelines by Simply Inspired Meals
- Butter Pecan Macaron by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Butterscotch Pie with Pecan Crust by Art of Natural Living
- Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars by Cookaholic Wife
- Carrot Cake Pecan Pie by The Spiffy Cookie
- Coconut Pineapple Bread by Family Around the Table
- Coffee Peanut Butter Sweet Rolls by Pastry Chef Online
- Coffee Pudding Cake by That Recipe
- Gluten Free Almond Poppyseed Bread by Frugal & Fit
- Hummingbird Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Lemon and Raspberry Mascarpone Cupcakes by Palatable Pastime
- Lemon Buttercream Cake with Lemon Curd Filling by Jen Around the World
- Lemon Cake Pops by A Savory Feast
- Lemon Jelly Roll by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Lemonade Crinkles by Kate’s Recipe Box
- Lemony Baked Doughnuts by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Mint Chocolate Quick Bread by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Mocha Mint Mississippi mud brownies- by Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
- Orange Posset by Shockingly Delicious
- Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars by Sweet Beginnings
- Pink Lemonade Rice Krispie Treats by Blogghetti
- Praline Ice Cream by Fresh April Flours
- Sponge Cake by Books n’ Cooks
- Spring Pastel Watercolor Cake by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Vegan Turtle Layer Cake by The Baking Fairy
- White Chocolate Carrot Cake Tea Cookies by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
Check out the amazing prizes you can win in our #SpringSweetsWeek Giveaway!
Prize #1: Millican Pecan is giving one winner a Tower of Treats!
Millican Pecan began when E.E. Risien, founded the West Texas Pecan Nursery in the late 1800’s at the junction of the San Saba and Colorado Rivers. He received much recognition for his experiments that altered the course of the pecan industry and helped to establish San Saba as the “Pecan Capital of the World.” From this location, they developed many great pecan varieties, as well as a prosperous orchard that serves our customers well, even to this day. Today Millican Pecan is being run by the 5th generation, the one that launched the Millican Pecan website in 2002. Visit https://millicanpecan.com/ to learn more about pecans, find delicious recipes, and buy their amazing pecans and pecan products.
Prize #2: Door County Coffee is giving one winner 20 full-pots of coffee and a Door County Coffee mug. Full pots will consist of seasonal flavors, flavored coffee, and non-flavored coffee.
Door County Coffee & Tea Co. was founded in 1993 in Door County, Wisconsin. It is a small, family-owned business, roasting coffee the old-fashioned way – in small batches to exacting specifications. The mission has always been to produce some of the best-tasting and highest quality coffee. They have over 100 types of coffee, all of which are roasted right on site. Visit https://www.doorcountycoffee.com/ to see their selection of coffees and teas as well as to find some fabulous recipes.
Prize #3: Dixie Crystals is giving one winner a set of Nordic Ware Bundt Pans. This set contains one Chiffon Bundt Pan and one Vaulted Cathedral Bundt Pan perfect for decorative baking.
Since 1917, Dixie Crystals® has been the South’s choice for high-quality sugar and sweeteners. Our pure cane sugar products are all natural, non-GMO and provide consistently delicious results. Visit www.dixiecrystals.com for hundreds of recipes, holiday ideas, great ways to get kids baking in the kitchen, and plenty of baking videos.
Prize #4: Anolon is giving one winner an Anolon Advanced 5 piece Bakeware set. This nonstick bakeware set includes two 8 inch round cake pans, one 8 inch square cake pan, a 10 x 15 cookie pan, and a 9.25 x 14 cooling rack! It’s the perfect set for any baker.
Established in 1950’s, Meyer Manufacturing started by making and selling flashlights. In 1971 they started their journey into selling cookware and by 1986 they released the world’s first hard-anodized nonstick cookware that would revolutionize the world of home cooking because the nonstick surface didn’t flake or scratch easily. Today they sell bakeware with nonstick interior and exterior that is made with a special blend of sapphire-reinforced nonstick that is triple coated. Visit https://anolon.com to see their selection of cookware, bakeware, tools, and to get amazing recipes.
Prize #5: Fresh April Sprinkles is giving one winner their choice of three 4 ounce bags of sprinkles! Winner can choose from favorites like the Birthday Party Blend, Cotton Candy Blend, Pink Lemonade Blend, and so many others!
Fresh April Sprinkles was founded in the summer of 2019 by Lynn April who runs the food blog Fresh April Flours. They produce small batch, hand blended sprinkles in a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Our sprinkle blends are carefully crafted with beautiful desserts in mind and can be custom blended just for you! Visit https://freshaprilsprinkles.com to see the collection of sprinkles available or to find recipes from Lynn!
Prize #6: Adams Extract is giving one winner an Adams baking pack with 4-6 items including their amazing 4oz Adams Best® Vanilla Flavor. This prize package is great for anyone who loves to bake!
John A. Adams began making and selling his Green Plant Sarsaparilla extract in 1888 in Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1905, he moved his family to Beeville, Texas. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, John A. Adams created a new formula for vanilla. His wife tested it by whipping up a cake and announced, “John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used.” “Well, that’s old man Adams BEST,” he responded. The name stuck, and Adams Best was born! Today, Adams manufactures and markets under several Adams Brand banners, including Adams Best®, Adams Extract®, Adams® Seasoning & Spice, and many more. To learn more about Adams Extract, to shop their products, or to find delicious recipes visit https://www.adamsextract.com.
Prize #7: Deiss Kitchenware is giving one winner a kitchen utensil prize package! The winner will receive a digital thermometer, a grater, an apple slicer and corer set, and a 5 piece utensil set!
Deiss Kitchenware is a small, family driven company that believes it’s easy to cook with pleasure when you have the right tools. This company will bend over backwards to make you happy and the president of the company will even answer your letters! They create easy to use, innovative, and reliable products for use in your kitchen. To learn more about the company and the products they sell visit https://deisskitchenware.de/.
Thank you #SpringSweetsWeek Sponsors: Dixie Crystals, Millican Pecan, Door County Coffee & Tea Co., Anolon, Fresh April Sprinkles, Deiss Kitchenware, and Adams Extracts for providing the prizes free of charge. These companies also provided the bloggers with samples and product to use for #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are my own. The #SpringSweetsWeek giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are 18 years of age or older. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified. By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Seven (7) winners will be selected. The prize packages will be sent directly from the giveaway sponsors. The #SpringSweetsWeek Bloggers are not responsible for the fulfillment or delivery of the prize packages. Bloggers hosting this giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter or any other social channel mentioned in the #SpringSweetsWeek posts or entry.