Fun Easter Ideas for the Family

From Easter baskets to Easter brunch parties, Tree Classics gives you unique ways for celebrating your family’s favorite occasion for spring. Decorate your home in bright colors, get set for a fun Easter egg hunt, and wind down with a hearty meal with your loved ones. We have Easter decorating, gift, and party ideas for you!

Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter Egg Mini Planters

Fill your home with the loveliness of spring with these Easter egg mini planters. Transform eggshells into botanical planters by filling them with soil then planting in seedlings, such as these colorful alyssums. Create drainage by puncturing a hole at the bottom of the eggshell using a small knife.

Eggshell Votives

You can also repurpose hollowed-out eggs by turning them into lovely votives. After removing the contents, rinse the inside of the eggshell using vinegar. Dye the shells using food coloring and place them in a carton. Fasten wicks inside the eggshells and pour in melted wax. Let it dry for about one to two hours.

Flower & Eggshell Centerpiece

Recreate the beauty of nature in your home by adorning it with this delightful flower and eggshell centerpiece. Create the nests by reusing old holiday twine wreaths and filling them with artificial foliage for bedding. Next, place a few choice flowers planted in mini eggshell planters. Voila! An instant table decor!

Easter Egg Nest and Easter Egg Wreath

Give your fireplace some rustic charm by decorating it with spring foliage and candles. Create a lovely base for your glass candle holders by placing them on top of a twine nest embellished with vines and Easter egg ornaments. For a more woodsy appeal, you can also use your beautiful Tree Classics Countryside Christmas wreath for the nest instead of using twine.

Add an elegant highlight to your outdoors with this charming Easter egg wreath. You can also reinvent your evergreen Christmas wreath, such as the Classic Fraser Fir artificial wreath, by placing spring blooms, such as pansies, lilacs, and daffodils. Add Easter items, such as colored eggs and bunny ornaments, to make your wreath more in tune with this sunshiny season.

Easter Brunch Recipe Ideas

Spinach and Cheddar Muffins

These spinach-and-cheddar muffins from Food Beam is perfection in every little bite. They combine sweet and savory flavors of greens and dairy in a buttery, milky, crumby texture. And it’s a complete meal in itself!

Multi-Grain Waffles with Yogurt and Pomegranates

A marvelous way to welcome Easter is to enjoy some crispy waffles with the family. This multi-grain recipe from Sprouted Kitchen guarantees a fruitier and more fiber-enriched brunch. It is also a healthy but yummy alternative to the classic breakfast favorite. This dish also comes with a dollop of thick yogurt and pomegranate seeds, giving this wonder an additional layer of acid and crunch.

Avocado and Eggs Breakfast Pizza

This recipe from Justina Blakney tops freshly baked pita with generous helpings of avocado and fried sunny side up eggs. Healthy and tasty, this power-packed pizza will have you coming back for another slice.

Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

Honey Glazed Glower Lamb Chop

For a delicious and satisfying main course, try My Little Welsh Kitchen’s honey glazed glower lamb chop in a sweet red wine sauce. This dish features a tender piece of meat made more delicious by a thick and complex sauce. This recipe guarantees an unforgettable Easter meal.

Lemon Garlic Herb Rubbed Chicken

Enjoy a delicious medley of flavors with Our Best Bite’s lemon garlic herb rubbed chicken. This recipe is not only perfect for Easter supper; it’s also a wonderful way to welcome the zesty and aromatic flavors of spring.

Easter Cupcake Ideas

Funny Bunnies

Funny Bunny cupcakes are guaranteed to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces. And they’re especially fun to make with kids. Decorate any cupcake with white frosting to make the little bunny’s back. Melt white and pink chocolate to make oval shaped feet on wax paper. Moisten a mini marshmallow then dip it in white sprinkle dots for the tail.

Easter Egg Hunt Cupcakes

To create a tasty treat that celebrates the classic Easter egg hunt, simply ice your cupcakes with green frosting to mimic grass. Top the grass with some jelly beans or candy-coated chocolate mini eggs.

Chirpy Chick Cupcakes

Kids will love the adorable chick faces. Begin with any cupcake recipe and pipe a swirl of butter cream on top. Make the little chicks by mixing yellow sugarpaste with some CMC. Cut out the circles using an Ateco cutter, and the wings using a heart cutter. Add the eyes and finish off with little flowers.

Easter Basket Ideas

For Babies


Contemporary Holiday Decorations by Other Metro Kids & Nursery Pottery Barn Kids

Welcome the newest addition to the family with a precious gift. Fill a simple wicker basket with a blankie, pinwheel, Easter egg, and plush toy. This small treasure will be useful to the new bundle of joy and appreciated by the doting parents.

For Kids

For children, get a sturdy plastic basket and fill it to the brim with candy, chocolate bars, and trinkets that they can play with. They will go absolutely crazy for this simple but exciting treat.

For Neighbors


Contemporary Holiday Decorations

Show how much you care for the people in your neighborhood with this lovable Easter basket. Fill this small but stylish container with tiny chocolate eggs and a large chocolate bunny. Your neighbors will love you for these little tokens.

Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: Mouthwatering Peanut Buttery Delights

Peanut butter is a quintessential American snack. Aside from delighting our taste buds with its sweet and creamy flavor, the well-loved sandwich spread is also packed with nutrients that help build and repair muscles, and also boost energy.

The fiber-rich peanut butter aids in weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol levels with its high unsaturated fat content, and is a great source of antioxidants. It is also rich in potassium, which helps counter the dangers of salty food, paving the way for a healthy heart.

Savor the classic American sandwich spread with these mouthwatering peanut buttery treats.

1. Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

Peanut butter cupcakes make a great snack, but you can double the pleasure with a chocolate frosting swirl on top. Moist and rich, these cupcakes are a sure hit among kids (and adults) of all ages, and they are completely worth the hype. You can use your favorite brand of chunky or smooth peanut butter; either way, they’ll turn out delish. Check out Sweet and Savory Tooth for the complete list of ingredients and step-by-step instructions. Oh and don’t forget to add “pretty cupcake liners” in your shopping list!

2. Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie

Indulge in a decadent mix of chocolate and peanut butter with these peanut butter fudge brownie bars recipe. Perfectly chocolate-y, not too light and not too dark, with a heavenly coat of peanut butter goodness, these treats are a fulfillment of many a child’s confectionery fantasy. Get this easy-to-follow recipe from the chocolate desserts experts at Hershey’s Kitchens.

3. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Photo by Taste of Home

Who can resist peanut butter kiss cookies? For those who just love sweet and savory desserts, this tried and tested peanut butter cookie recipe is your holy grail. The best part, it’s super easy to make, using only four ingredients plus a kiss of your choice – you can go for dark chocolate, chocolate with almonds or even peanut butter. Follow this simple and scrumptious recipe from Taste of Home.

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie

A throwback to everyone’s favorite childhood combination of bananas topped with chocolate and peanut butter, this Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Pie recipe from recipe from Let’s Dish is over-the-top fabulous! Though not skinny jeans-friendly, it is absolutely celebration-worthy. That said, you’d definitely want to make it as birthday pie for the chocolate/peanut butter lovers in your life. Don’t be intimidated by its amazing look, it’s actually easy to put together!

5. Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert

Photo from Kraft Recipes

A real crowd pleaser, this Oreo Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert is a great ice cream dessert for those who love the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Vanilla ice cream, creamy peanut butter, chunks of chocolate and finely crushed cookies mix together to make this frozen dessert extra delicious! Read the detailed recipe from Kraft.

Ah, peanut butter, it’s healthy, delicious, and goes well with many heavenly desserts. No wonder, we all love it!

Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: Delicious Winter Soups

With the winter season now in full swing, what better way to fight off the cold than savoring a nice hearty bowl of home-cooked soup? Filling and nutritious, a good soup dish can easily warm you up during long chilly nights and can also perk you up when you feel a little bit under the weather.

For this edition of Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes, we give you five healthy and mouth-watering soup recipes. Simple and easy-to-prepare, these delectable dishes are sure to keep you warm and cozy for the cold winter days ahead.

Simple Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons 

For a quick and easy dish, try this simple tomato soup and grilled cheese crouton recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. A bowl of this delicious soup can provide you with your daily dose of lycopene that can help prevent cancer in the body. The tomatoes also contain niacin, folate, and vitamin B6 that reduce the risk of heart ailments.

The grilled cheese croutons, on the other hand, are made from gluten-free ingredients so you don’t have to worry about the harmful effects of this protein on your health.

Cauliflower Hazelnut Soup with Fried Sage

Want to incorporate more fresh produce in your diet? This cauliflower hazelnut soup with fried sage from What’s Cooking Good Looking gives you a scrumptious and nutritious choice for your meals. A generous serving of cauliflower provides you with vitamin C and manganese, two well-known antioxidants that help cleanse the body. This vegetable is also a great source of vitamin K and omega-3 fatty acids that reduce the risk of inflammation-mediated diseases, such as arthritis, obesity, and diabetes mellitus. The hazelnut and fried sage help add a burst of flavor to every spoonful of this soup.

Easy Minestrone Soup

Bring back memories of the old country with this easy-to-cook minestrone soup from Lemons and Anchovies. Made from a potful of pantry and refrigerator staples, such as beans, tomatoes, cabbages, and cheeses, this Italian recipe is an excellent filling meal on its own. Whip up a nice batch for those spontaneous sleepovers during snowstorm shut-ins.

French Onion Soup

Titillate your taste buds with this delectable French onion soup from The Curvy Carrot. This version of the French country dish substitutes meat stock for vegetable stock, making it a little longer to prepare but tastier and healthier. Pair it with a slice of crusty baguette for a fine meal during long rainy days.   

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

Put a spin on the famous cure for colds with iVillage’s Chinese chicken noodle soup. This Asian-inspired recipe combines satisfying taste of chicken broth with the refreshing flavor of ginger. And while experts are still not sure whether or not there is truth to the myth, a healthy serving of this chicken soup can help ease bronchitis, coughs, and flu thanks to the watercress leaves.

This season, fight off the cold by enjoying a nice warm bowl of these healthy and delicious winter soups.

7 Delicious Winter Salads to Try at Home

One of the best things to have as a healthful pick-me-up on a gloomy winter day is a fresh salad. These colorful and light dishes are a wonderful way to brighten up your lunches. Best of all, unlike other types of food, salads won’t bog you down and make you feel sluggish especially during the cold season. Here are seven delicious recipes you can enjoy at home to help you feel energized!

Holiday Salad with Cranberry, Apple, and Orange Vinaigrette

This holiday salad features a delicious and zesty cranberry, apple and orange vinaigrette Photo from Oh She Glows

Combine the pleasing zests of autumn and winter in a single dish with this holiday salad from Oh She Glows. This appetizing recipe features luscious cranberries, crunchy walnuts, and crisp apple and pear slices. The wonderful array of complementary ingredients is made tangier by an amazing dressing stewed to perfection using fresh fruits.

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Kids will absolutely love this sweet and fruity orange and pomegranate salad

This wonderful recipe from Brooklyn Supper features crunchy greens and a colorful selection of citrus fruits. A wonderful mixture of sweet, sour, and bitter, this healthful dish is guaranteed to delight – either as lunch or supper – when you’re watching the calories. This is especially perfect with a chilled bottle of white wine.

Roasted Carrot and Leek Cranberry Quinoa Salad

This salad from Peachy Palate features a yummy array of bright and tasty vegetables Photo from Peachy Palate

A favorite among those who like their salads to be on the sweet side, this recipe from Peachy Palate features carrots and leeks tossed in a huge dollop of maple syrup. It is then topped with pecans and cranberries. Kids will certainly have a change of heart when it comes to vegetables after trying this amazing and irresistible dish.

Sweet Potato and Spinach Salad

Enjoy a savory dish with this sweet potato and spinach salad Photo from Ang Sarap

This sweet potato and spinach salad from Ang Sarap is another treat for those with a sweet tooth. What’s particularly wonderful about this dish is how the spinach and hard-boiled eggs contrast beautifully with the soft sweet potato, creating a full profile of flavors and textures. This is especially great with grilled and smoky food choices.

Winter Green Salad with Walnuts, Apples, and Parmesan Anchovy Dressing

This mouthwatering salad from Serious Eats features parmesan cheese, giving it a classic Italian touch. The dish also comes with an anchovy dressing that instantly reminds foodies of the sweet-salty flavors of the sea.

Winter Pumpkin Millet Salad

Bring countryside flavors to your dining table with this winter pumpkin millet salad from Green Kitchen Stories. This dish includes butternut squash, sliced avocados, grapes, and romanesco broccoli, a delicious mixture that will win anyone over. It also features raw millet, a grainy seed that gives the recipe an irresistible earthy taste.

White Bean Salad with Blood Orange Dressing

This white bean salad features a lovely blood orange dressing Photo from Jilly Inspired

A lovely treat courtesy of Jilly Inspired, this recipe features crunchy white beans, zesty tomatoes, and delectable artichoke hearts. The true star of this dish, however, is the luscious blood orange dressing and bitter parsley leaves.

Enjoy light and delicious flavors that provide a healthful pick-me-up this winter season with these astounding salad recommendations from Tree Classics.

Photo Credits

Photo by Renee S. Suen via flickr. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas: How to Make an Edible Christmas Wreath

With only a few days left before Christmas, people are starting to keep themselves busy preparing for an ideal holiday feast.  But with a hectic work schedule, many of us just can’t seem to find enough time to decorate our homes and cook food all at once. The solution: why not whip up a batch of edible Christmas treats you can also adorn your home with?

In this edition of our Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas, we present five amazingly delicious edible Christmas wreaths recipes that are sure to make your tummy happy.

Cornflake Christmas Wreath

Cornflakes Cereals

Transform your favorite breakfast cereal into a healthy and scrumptious Christmas wreath. With this recipe, you can enjoy the benefits of a high fiber diet with a mouth-watering confection. Who says you can’t healthy food during the holidays?

Candy Christmas Wreath

Candy Canes

For a sweet holiday delight for the kids, try out this colorful candy Christmas wreath. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to prepare. You can even have the kids help out and turn it into a family tradition.

Ginger Bread Christmas Wreath

Ginger Bread Cookies

A classic favorite by old and young people alike, ginger bread is perhaps one of the most recognizable holiday treats along with candy canes and fruit cakes. The consistency of the dough and its distinct sweet and spicy taste give ginger bread its long lasting fame. A single bite from this pastry masterpiece and you are sure to be transported to happy childhood.

European Christmas Wreath

Brioche Loaf

A culinary confection from across the ocean, this delectable European Christmas wreath combines the heartiness of fragrant spicy brioche buns with the sweet and tangy flavor of orange icing and orange curd filling.

Cinnamon Cookie Christmas Wreath

Cinnamon Cookies

After a nice holiday dinner, share a good cup of coffee with family and friends while nibbling on this tasty cinnamon cookie Christmas wreath. This saccharine creation is the perfect treat to cap off an unforgettable yuletide evening with loved ones.

Make your holiday celebrations merrier with these delectable delights that can fill your senses and tummy at the same time.

Photo Credits:

[1] Photo from surroundsound5000 via flickr. CC BY 2.0

[2] Photo from Pen Waggener via flickr. CC BY 2.0

[3] Photo from NicholasWatts via flickr. CC BY 2.0

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[5] Photo from grotos via flickr. CC BY 2.0

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 7 Amazing Ways to Cook Your Holiday Ham

The undisputed star of any Christmas dinner is the ham. A traditional food that goes all the way back to the olden times, the Christmas ham is not only a delicious dish that captures the flavors of the season; it is also indicative of the bounty and splendor associated with the holidays. Both kids and adults wait with much anticipation for this sumptuous culinary creation. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are seven recipes that will delight the family and make your yuletide feast extra special:

a delectable ham perfect for the holidays

1. Apricot, Brown Sugar, and Bourbon-glazed Ham

a ham cooking in bourbon juices

An excellent and mouthwatering recipe, this apricot, brown sugar, and bourbon-glazed ham from The Galley Gourmet is for those who want something a little fancy. Filled with the sweetness of apricots and smoky zest of bourbon, this dish will become a holiday favorite.

2. Brined and Baked Ham with Tamarind and Chili

A definite must-try for those who like their food on the spicier side, this brined and baked ham with tamarind and chili from How2Heroes promises a hefty kick with every bite. Coated with chili sauce and elevated by the sour tamarind, this Christmas ham will have people going for seconds.

3. Brown Sugar and Mustard-glazed Ham with Coca-Cola

This brown sugar and mustard-glazed ham from Deep South Dish hits all the right notes. It is cooked with both brown sugar and Coca-Cola, giving it that extra layer of sweetness. It also has that mustard glaze that gives it a tangy dimension. Combined with the classic saltiness of ham, this dish will be the talk of the town for months to come.

4. Coca-Cola and Pineapple-glazed Ham 

a large piece of ham cooked with pineapple and coke

For food-lovers who want something fruity, the Coke and pineapple-glazed ham from Heaven Recipes has the perfect blend. This delicious recipe has a touch of tropical flavor. It is ideal for those unique outdoor Hawaiian Christmas parties in warmer states.

5. Champagne-glazed Ham

delicious slices of ham glazed with champagne

Befitting royalty, this champagne-glazed ham from Thrillbilly Gourmet is a deluxe take on a beloved dish. Delightful and mouthwatering, the cup of champagne added to the mix gives this traditional dish a wonderful sheen and a complex dimension of flavor. Don’t forget to pick out a bottle of champagne that you love for a more personal touch.

6. Slow-cooked Beer-braised Ham

slices of ham cooked in beer

Who says beer is just for drinking? This slow-cooked beer-braised ham from Ricardo Cuisine uses the ever-favorite casual drink to make the meat more savory. As a bonus, the beer and method of cooking make the ham more tender and juicy, giving the meat more flavorful.

7. Spiced Sour Cherry-glazed Ham

Spicy, zesty, and aromatic, this spiced sour cherry-glazed ham from Serious Eats is a marvelous choice for those who want a dish that has a complex flavor profile. The heat from the spiced cherries, sweetness from the white wine, and nutty flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg make this one delectable treat for meat lovers!

Enjoy your Christmas feast with your loved ones by trying out any of Tree Classics’ seven favorite ham recipes!

Photo Credits

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How to Throw an Autumn Picnic

an autumn picnic with the family in a beautiful scenic spot

The fall season brings remarkably beautiful changes to the landscape. Before the cold settles in and the lovely rustic colors of nature fade into winter, clock in some quality time with the family and throw an autumn picnic. Here’s a quick guide you can use for this unforgettable outdoor meal:

1.  Pack the Essentials

a picnic basket filled with the essentials

Make sure to have everything in a large autumn-inspired wicker basket before you take off. Pack a big picnic sheet and several blankets in case the wind gets crisp and chilly.

Bring paper plates, paper cups, utensils, and condiments. Check if you need other kitchen tools, such as a bottle opener, cheese grater, or pepper grinder. Bring garbage bags and cleaning materials so that you can take care of any mess afterwards.

2. Choose the Ideal Location

a quaint place perfect for an autumn picnic

The perfect place for an autumn picnic is one that truly showcases the exquisite splendor of fall. Head out of the city to the nearest state national park. A beautiful setting should feature the wonderful colors and delightful blooms of autumn.

3. Prepare a Wonderful Autumn Menu

a delicious and refreshing cheddar and potato bacon

Prepare easy-to-pack but warm and filling food choices for your outdoor meal. Start off with a delicious autumn salad or Naked Avocado’s Paleo Chicken Caesar Salad or Simply Potatoes’ delicious and creamy Cheddar and Bacon Potato Salad.

a filling ham, brie and apple sandwich

Sandwiches are always an excellent choice for picnics. Thy can be prepared early on and are easy to manage. A delicious recipe is Fabtastic Eats’ Chicken, Sun Dried Tomato, and Asparagus Pesto Sandwich and Serious Eats’ Ham, Brie, and Apple French Toast Panini.

a delicious glass of strawberry iced tea

Dessert is always a plus. Prepare a crunchy and yummy apple pocket pie or a delectable peach cobbler. Don’t forget to blend refreshing drinks, such as Gimme Some Oven’s Sangria and Deep South Dish’s Southern Strawberry Iced Tea.

4. Play Games with the Kids

an exciting game of frisbee with the kids

Before packing up, spend a few hours in your picnic spot and relax. This is a wonderful opportunity to have a little fun with the kids. Take out the old pigskin or Frisbee and have a short game of catch. Or take a nice walk and see the gorgeous sights. Catch up and swap stories. Take a lot of pictures.

5. Wrap it Up before the Day Ends

a scenic view to end the day

Autumn evenings can get real cold. Make sure to end your picnic before sunset. Pack up your things and clean up your picnic spot. Don’t leave anything behind. Take a last group picture against the backdrop of your picnic destination! Turn this into an annual tradition so that your family will always have a date to look forward to every year.

Have a lovely and memorable autumn picnic with your dearest family members with this guide from Tree Classics!

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Healthy Treats for a Happy Halloween Party

Sweet treats are a Halloween staple, but unfortunately, candies and other sugary delights can be a tad bit unhealthy for children. Instead of buying those processed snacks, why not make your own healthier and yummier alternatives. Here are some delicious and mouth-watering options children will love:

kids in fun and spooky costumes

1.  Apple Pie Slices

delicious bite-size apple pie treats

A constant favorite among kids and adults, apple pies are a choice dish especially during the cold fall season. Whip up this goodie and cut it up into small mouthfuls for children to enjoy. For a delicious take on this well-loved dish, try out this wonderful recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter and place several handfuls in decorative bags. This filling snack will be much appreciated by kids.

2.  Chocolate Chip Banana Fluffernutter Sandwich Cookies

gooey chocolate chip banana sandwich cookies fresh from the oven

Cookies are always a sure-fire hit. Elevate this dish with bananas and turn it into a sumptuous and delectable fluffernutter sandwich cookie with this great recipe from Pin Cookie. This marvel has a thick and yummy white frosting that kids will not be able to resist. Make sure to make extras. Kids will definitely come back for seconds.

3.  Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzel Bites with Salted Caramel Sauce

delicious baked pretzel bites

These soft pretzel bites from Kevin and Amanda are a healthier and more delectable alternative to the usual deep-fried pretzels widely available in the market. Soft and buttery, these pillow-like bites are to die for. Dip it in syrup for a more heavenly experience. Be sure to bake a big batch. You will want to save some for yourself and your family.

4.  Chocolate Caramel Apples

delicious apples covered in chocolate and sprinkles

These chocolate caramel apples from She Wears Many Hats combine gooey chocolate, delicious caramel and crunchy apples without any of the additives and high fructose  levels of typical candy bars that can ruin children’s health. Kids will enjoy chomping on this classic and addictive treat while they continue with their Halloween adventures.

 5.  Crunchy Granola Bars

Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Granola bars are fun crisp snacks that provide a quick energy boost, making it an ideal chow during the exciting festivities that usually surround Halloween. These tasty granola bars from The Pioneer Woman Cooks make use of both grains and various types of cereals, which kids will gobble up in no time. Make sure to wrap these wonders in fancy paper so that children can save them for those lazy autumn days.

Do something different this Halloween and try out these recommended recipes from Tree Classics!

Photo Credits

[1] Photo by Paranoid Black Jack via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Photo by dopub via flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0.

[3] Photo by iferneinez via flickr. CC-BY-ND-2.0.

[4] Photo from Kevin and Amanda

[5] Photo from She Wears Many Hats

[6] Photo from The Pioneer Woman

Tree Classics Favorite Recipes: A New Take on the Chocolate Cupcake

Chocolate cupcakes are a favorite of sweet lovers and chocolate addicts all over the world. It’s the perfect end to a hearty meal, a source of relief and comfort during times of stress, and a snack anytime of the day. This delightful culinary creation is so well loved that bakers have constantly tried to reinvent it in a variety of ways. Here are several recipes that chocolate cupcake aficionados will find irresistible:

a delicious spread of chocolate cupcakes

Death by Chocolate Cupcakes

chocolate cupcakes topped with dark chocolate frosting and chocolate chips

Chocolate cupcakes are typically frosted with vanilla icing. These ‘Death by Chocolate Cupcakes’ from Sally’s Baking Addiction is topped with a tasty dark chocolate frosting with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Delicious, fudgy, and moist, this recipe will satisfy any chocolate lover’s craving.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

fluffy cookie dough cupcakes with thick white frosting

This tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake recipe from Carla’s Confections combines the luscious and mouth-watering taste of chocolates with the sweet and filling flavor of cookies. Trying out this creamy and fluffy baked wonder will make your children’s heart soar. Make sure to serve these cupcakes with a glass of cold milk.

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

chocolate cupcake with a vanilla frosting infused with peppermint

A steaming mug of hot chocolate with a sprinkle of peppermint is a holiday treat that everyone looks forward to. With Glorious Treats’ Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes, anyone can turn their favorite Christmas drink into a fun snack all year long. Make sure to add a big dollop of peppermint frosting to give this treat an extra kick.

Double Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes

delicious chocolate cupcakes topped with candied bacon

A fascinating confectionary marvel these days is surprisingly candied bacons. Snixy Kitchen’s Double Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes elevate the classic dessert to palatable new heights by combining chocolate ganache and bacon.  Not only does it have the savory and salty goodness of everyone’s favorite breakfast; it also has a cocoa taste that people can’t get enough of.

White Chocolate Cupcakes

white chocolate cupcakes with thick buttercream frosting

White chocolate is mostly ignored by dessert lovers because it doesn’t have the depth of flavor that its darker counterpart possesses. With the right recipes, this unsung ingredient can shine. Leite’s Culinaria White Chocolate Cupcakes take advantage of white chocolate’s subtle sweetness by using it as a superb alternative to vanilla.

Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes

delicious spicy chocolate mexican cupcakes with frosting

These Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes from Gotta Get Baked are made for the adventurous foodie. A dash of chili gives dessert lovers a sweet and spicy delight, an interesting combination everyone will want to try again and again.  

Follow these delectable recipe recommendations from Tree Classics and munch away to your heart’s content.

Photo credits

[1] Photo by PetitPlay Stephanie Kilgast via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[2] Sally’s Baking Addiction

[3] Glorious Treats

[4] Snixy Kitchen

[5] Photo by Joey’s Dream Garden via flickr. CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0.

[6] Gotta Get Baked

Tree Classics’ Favorite Recipes: 5 Fancy Brunch Ideas with the Neighbors

Autumn is the perfect time to come together with your neighbors, catch up, and plan for the upcoming holiday activities. One splendid way to do this is to throw a fancy brunch party. Here are several wonderful themes to mark the occasion and make the gathering all the more special:

1. A Sweet Syrupy Breakfast Paradise

delicious fluffy pancakes with bananas and bacon

Brunch is popularly regarded as breakfast for anyone who doesn’t have an alarm clock. Hence, serving everyone’s favorite dish after a restful slumber is always a great idea. Pancakes, waffles, and Pink Parsley’s French toast kebobs are a hit with kids and grownups. Serve a variety of syrups and sweet toppings to make dishes more mouthwatering. It’s also smart to prepare an assortment of fresh fruits to include in the feast.

2. A Scrumptious Breakfast Pizza Fest

spinach and artichoke pizza is a perfect dish for your brunch pizza spread

The great thing about pizza is that you can enjoy it any time of the day. Setting a spread with different kinds of pizzas is one brunch party theme everyone will love. Classic recipes such as pepperoni, margherita, meat lovers, and four cheeses are top choices. For a twist on the timeless delight, serve vegetarian pizzas. How Sweet It Is’ spinach artichoke and cheese, Just A Taste’s shaved asparagus and ricotta, and Beard and Bonnet’s garlicky greens and fried egg are marvelous selections!

3. A Berry Chocolatey Brunch Party

a delectable berry dipped in hot chocolate

Chocolates and berries paired together put a smile on everyone’s faces. Let this combination inspire your brunch. Serve up savory meals that use chocolate and berries, such Casa Veneracion’s fettuccine with chocolate and bacon or Taste of Home’s pork steak cutlets with a blueberry glaze. End the delicious meal with Just a Pinch’s very berry fondue or Baked with Stork’s delicious white chocolate and raspberry brownies.

4. Miniature Brunch Munchies Served in a Big Way

yummy mini-turkey burgers

Miniature versions of fave munchies are a definite crowd pleaser. Fill your guests’ hearts and tummies with a mini feast featuring turkey sliders, Serious Eats’ grilled cheese sandwiches served with tomato soup, chicken fingers, Delish’s fish and chips, frosted cupcakes, mini ice cream cups, and even cake balls. Guests will adore these little pleasures that satisfy a big appetite!

5. Backyard Brunch Picnic

a picnic basket filled with delicious treats

Another nifty suggestion is to combine brunch with the timeless all-American picnic. Prepare Closet Cooking’s delicious Monte Cristo sandwiches with maple syrup and turkey burgers; fix an egg salad or Janna Patterson’s good old chicken Caesar salad with red grapes; mix a delicious and refreshing iced tea and lemonade; lastly, bake some fluffy muffins! Set out a large blanket in your backyard and place your food in classic wicker baskets. The beautiful morning sunshine and heavenly breakfast are a spectacular treat!

Have a wonderful and lovely brunch with your neighbors with these fine ideas from Tree Classics!

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