Easter

Michael Wurm, Jr.

Buttery Yellow Citrus Cupcakes

Written on April 16, 2014 at 9:30 am , by

With the Easter holiday just a few short days away, I thought I would pull inspiration from BHG’s Buttery Yellow Citrus Cake to create an adorable and delicious cupcake perfect for the holiday.

I followed the original recipe pretty closely, but decided to make cupcakes instead of cake. Honestly, as much as I love cake, cupcakes are my favorite. There’s just something about a little mini handheld cake that makes my heart sing.

This is a fabulous recipe for the spring as it combines the fresh taste of citrus and the buttery goodness of cakes and a whipped frosting.

I’m a big fan of really fluffy and big cupcakes. To achieve this, I fill my cupcake liners a little more than 3/4ths of the way full. Then, I preheat my oven to 400 degrees F. I bake the cupcakes at this temperature for about five minutes and then turn the heat down to 350 degrees F for the rest of the baking process.

There is some science behind why this works that I can explain. All I know is that I always achieve very big and voluptuous cupcakes.

To make these appropriate for the Easter holiday, I topped the lemon whipped cream frosting with some yellow sanding sugar and tucked a little peep in the side. All in all, it’s the perfect treat for the holiday.

You can get the full recipe for these Buttery Yellow Citrus Cupcakes here.

Happy Baking!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm

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Michael Wurm, Jr.

Ranch Deviled Eggs

Written on April 2, 2014 at 9:00 am , by

With Easter just around the corner, I decided it was time to start experimenting with some recipes for the holiday. While classically delicious dishes are always served on holidays, I think it’s also fun to throw in a few new items to tantalize the taste buds.

Deviled eggs are one of my favorite little appetizers, especially this time of year. So when I saw this fun recipe for Ranch Deviled Eggs, I couldn’t resist giving them a try. Using some of the egg whites and Greek yogurt in the filling, also makes these eggs a little easier on the waistline.

Even with these few changes, these guys are packed with flavor thanks to the herbs and a packet of ranch dressing mix in the filling. I also love the fact that this recipe takes into account the extra filling you tend to have when making deviled eggs. As you can see in my pictures, I used some small sweet peppers for my extra filling. You could also try Roma tomatoes sliced in half with the seeds removed.

I kept the original recipe pretty much the same, but with one little tweak.Since I’m one of those weird people who’s not crazy about cilantro I substituted fresh basil. I think the flavor combination works just as nicely.

I also sprinkled chopped basil over the top for garnish. These eggs are the perfect little treat to kick off any springtime meal. You can get the recipe for Ranch Deviled Eggs here.

What’s your favorite spring-inspired dish?

Happy Cooking,
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Michael Wurm, Jr.

Delightfully Simple Easter Brunch

Written on March 22, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

 

I always look forward to the holidays, but they can become stressful when planning a meal for friends and family. As much as I love cooking and entertaining, all of that can be overwhelming when I just want to enjoy being with my guests. After running a small inn for five years, I found that breakfast is one of my favorite meals to make. I also would have to say it’s one of the easier ones. Breakfast can be quickly adapted with a few hardy additions plus a fun cocktail to create a beautiful, delicious, and satisfying brunch! With many baked items that can be prepared in advance, even the host can spend most of the day outside the kitchen. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love brunch?

1. Veggie Frittata // 2. Hash Brown Quiche // 3. Pisco Sour Drink // 4. Fruit-Granola Parfaits // 5. Cherry-Berry Smoothies //  6. People Pleasing Cinnamon Rolls // 7. Gooey Monkey Bread // 8. Two-Tone Banana Bread

 

Today I put together a quick Easter brunch menu using some of my favorite recipes from Better Homes and Gardens. Whether your guests have a sweet tooth, are eating healthier, or love the classics, these recipes will certainly please them while giving you time to enjoy the celebration. Hoppy Easter!

 

Cheers,

Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm