The first crocuses have pushed their way through the warming earth.
A late snow and several rain showers have greened the grass.
Trees are on the edge of bursting, spilling their sneeze-inducing pollen everywhere.
My soul stirs, my heart expands, my mind drifts.
To celebrate Spring, I crafted an Easter cake that admittedly took the notion of cake above and beyond the usual boundaries.
I began with a coconut milk-laced layer cake, using the recipe I found at Tender Crumb's blog. I made two eight inch layers, which I split in two.
Then, I made homemade raspberry jam—cooking a bag of frozen organic berries from Oregon with sugar until thick.
I improvised a cream cheese frosting.
I colored coconut both pink and green.
I made a baby pink meringue frosting.
I bought speckled malt eggs and a chocolate bunny.
And then, I put it all together:
Layers spread with cream cheese buttercream and jam, cake covered with meringue icing, sprinkled with coconut, and topped with candies.
For once, the reality lived up to the vision in my head.
The cake was all whimsy and cuteness...and deliciousness.
As expected, G's niece clamored for the big bunny (I gave each of the kids a mini chocolate bunny). We enjoyed slices of cake with rich coffee and a lovely torte of chocolate and pudding, topping off a traditional, tasty Easter meal.
The bunny? He came home with me, and is still intact, though I think he might lose his ears this afternoon:)
Happy Spring, dear readers!