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Easter is one of those holidays where sometimes I cook dinner and sometimes I don’t.  We’ve been known to have brunch or go on a picnic.  It’s different every year.  But this year I cooked a traditional Easter Sunday dinner for 8 members of our family.  We dined on ham, parmesan mashed potatoes, asparagus and carrots.

For dessert I made cheesecake and chocolate cupcakes.


Honestly, the best chocolate cake recipe is the one from the Hershey’s cocoa tin.  And buttercream frosting is so much prettier when it’s tinted green.


I never knew that cupcakes were so photogenic.


We had a great day together and even watched lots of old home videos.  We’ve all gotten older.  And heavier.  Must be all those cupcakes.

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  1. The cupcakes look delicious!! We had a couple dozen at our hour last week and I’m sad to say the scale moved up a bit for us too.

  2. They look good, now remove the jelly beans and we can eat them! Easter always calls to mind cheesecake with rubarb and strawberries. I had to work again on this holiday. bummer Leg of lamb for dinner tonight though!! YUM

  3. How pretty! There are no calories in things you bake for others for holiday celebrations. There – I said it.

  4. Yum, yum, Yarnstormy. Now I must get downstairs and make inroads on all that leftover ham. And boiled Easter Eggs.

  5. It’s weird how eating yummy things like cupcakes can make us heavier. I’m glad you had such a nice day.

  6. Woo! I made my usual cupcakes today but I never thought to make them Easter-baskety like that! Next year. (I even had all the decorations! Gah.)

  7. I’ll have to try that recipe…I used the one from Bakerella for mine. It was okay. I’m in a cupcake thing myself these days and did a cupcake tree for our Easter dinner, too. I cut down the calories a bit by using Smart Balance “butter” and Spenda baking mix. No one ever knows but me! You’re right about the green frosting, though.

  8. Pretty cupcakes!
    I thought of you on Easter b/c I used your mom’s recipe (posted a long while back) to make scalloped potatoes…they were a hit. 😉

  9. The cupcakes are so cheerful, I really prefer them to cake and don’t feel quite as guilty eating one. Your dinner sounded scrumptious and home cooked food is always the best. Sounded like a day full on new memories that will be recalled in the years to come.

  10. That is my favorite chocolate cake recipe, also. Got me hired for a job – the boss loved the cake.

  11. Hi Carole! They look yummy. I made that recipe this morning and will frost it tonight – my baby (my one and only) is 18 today!

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