The new spring season is the perfect excuse to gather friends and family for a party. Set up your patio with plenty of fresh flowers, colorful paper lanterns, vintage teacups, floral napkin rings and a fresh, spring-inspired menu. Keep options simple with a salad bar – offer a variety of spring produce and a number of dressings so guests can put together their own plate of custom greens. For appetizers, set out a few blocks of cheese to make a bold statement. And finally, dessert. Here are a few fun spring treats you and your guests will love:
Key lime cheesecake bars
Everyone won’t be able to get enough of this light yet flavorful spring dessert. Create a tasty crust by combining 6 squares of finely crushed graham crackers, 2 tablespoons melted margarine and 1 teaspoon sugar. Press into a baking dish, then move on to the filling. Combine a 4-ounce package of lime-flavored gelatin and 3/4 cup boiling water until the gelatin has dissolved. Then in a food processor, mix together 16 ounces of fat-free cottage cheese and 8 ounces of fat-free cream cheese. Whisk 1/2 of the mixture into the gelatin, followed by the other half. Fold in 8 ounces of whipped dessert topping and spoon over the crust. After refrigerating for at least eight hours, put your bars on a decorative tray and dress them up with small lime wedges.
Potted chocolate mint pudding
This adorable treat really puts an emphasis on a spring party theme. Your guests will love this fun take on dirt and worms. Add about 1/2 teaspoon pure mint extract to your favorite pudding recipe for a fresh flavor, and spoon the mixture into small glass flowerpot votive candle holders. Top each treat with ground up chocolate wafer cookies and garnish with a few sprigs of mint. For more ideas on how to implement chocolate into your desserts, the World of Chocolate online course showcases a diverse range to suit your needs.
Tangerine cupcakes with coconut frosting
Embrace the taste of fresh citrus fruits with this tasty and unique cupcake that’s perfect for spring. Mix 4 eggs and 4 egg yolks with 1/2 cup buttermilk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup cooking oil. Then in another bowl combine 2 1/3 cup cake flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. In another large bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter with a mixer for 30 seconds and slowly add 2 cups sugar and finely shredded tangerine peel. Add the flour and egg mixture until combined and fill up prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 18-20 minutes. The coconut frosting can be made by combining 8 ounces cream cheese, 6 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 3 cups powdered sugar.