Once upon a time I did Easter tablescapes but not anymore as it is one of the holidays taken over by a daughter.
Even so, I can’t resist getting out the rabbit and a few colored eggs and setting a table for the hubby and me on the screen porch. As we enjoy dinner there, we recall days past when we’d have to hide the same eggs two or three times before our girls had had enough fun. I can still hear their laughter and shrieks when they found a special treat likely to be a chocolate bunny, an egg filled with quarters or a Beatrix Potter figure. When I can find them, I still add to their collection of china figures.
These days, we go to a daughter’s house for a late morning Easter egg hunt and brunch.
With three little boys, you can bet there’s a lot of enthusiasm for finding those eggs, but it’s hard to say which is more important, finding or eating.
When the fun is over, those of us who aren’t filled up on chocolate enjoy brunch. My contribution is generally an orange cake topped with lots of fresh fruits and a dollop of whipped cream. Yum!
Thanks to a pan with basket weave edges and fruit shapes that I found at a resale shop,
the cake is perfect for an Easter table and tastes as good as it looks.
Fresh Orange Cake
1 1/4 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
3 3/4 c. flour
2 1/4 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
grated zest of 2 oranges
1/2 c. sugar
2 T. butter
3 T. orange juice
Heat oven to 350. Lightly grease and flour pan. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Add alternately with 3/4 c. milk to butter/sugar mixture. Stir in orange zest and pour into prepared pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan 15 minutes. While the cake is cooling, heat sugar, butter and orange juice over medium heat, stirring often for 2 minutes. Invert cake onto serving dish and glaze. When ready to serve, top with fruit and whipped cream.
No matter how you celebrate your Easter, I hope it’s a day of joy and gratitude.
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I didn’t see milk mentioned in the ingredients list for the orange cake…yet you mention 3/4 cup milk in the directions.
Okay just ck out on you tube Older ladies…..it is so cute
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Quiet Easter here. Just father and I. We cast roses from the tiny wooden bridge where we cast mother’s ashes 2 years ago and had a quiet day of contemplation.
You’re lucky to have Dad still with you.
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Your Easter table looks so pretty. Hope you had a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a good week and come back soon!
Have a great time at your daughter’s and family…I love seeing the joy of children at Easter. I have been looking for a great orange cake recipe…so thanks so much Lulu!!
Love it! You’re the Martha Stewart of the blogosphere.
The Easter feeling does not end,
it signals a new beggining of nature spring
and brand new life of friendship.
Happy Easter to My Best Friend!
Lulu, the orange cake sounds amazing. The pan was a perfect find. A couple of our kids are away at the sand dunes, but the other three and 4 kids will be coming here Sunday after church. We’ll be doing a lot of the same. I cherish those memories of Easter morn when my kids were young. You have a wonderful day with your daughter and grands! Love the cute bunny! I would love if you linked this to my party, Share Your Cup Thursday.
Thank you for visiting and inviting me to link up. I am a latecomer!
How fun that you would keep hiding them! My parents always left candy trails and so did we. Now the kids are all out of the house the candy isn’t the big deal it was so I had to put the candy in pretty jars. Your cake looks so pretty. Aren’t there the most amazing pans? Have a wonderful Easter!
Funny how times change. We get reflective about the changes, and that means we actually have good memories to fall back on. It’s a blessing.
Your grandsons are gorgeous little ones, and I’m glad they (and you!) find so much joy in doing what you and your husband did for your daughters many years ago. The tradition continues!
Have a wonderful brunch, enjoy those grandbabies, and have a happy Easter because you ARE blessed!
Traditions, though somewhat changed, do continue and you are right about being blessed. I am so grateful.
I have wonderful memories of Easter weekend egg hunts in the backyard. Rain or shine my kids were out searching for eggs. You were so lucky to find that beautiful cake pan in a local thrift shop. The indentation in the top holds fruit so nicely. I hope you and your family enjoy a blessed Easter weekend.
Happy Easter and fun weekend to you and your family.
Thank you and to you, too.
This recipe sounds so delicious!! I have one for a lemon cake but since I like orange better, I can’t wait to try this soon. Thanks for sharing it!! Happy Easter!
Happy Easter!:) I absolutely love this post!:)
Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by.
Your orange cake sounds great and perfect with fresh fruit! Happy Easter-enjoy:@)
Such adorable photos of your grand baby…I also have been remembering all the wonderful Easter egg hunt memories with tiny ones running around…I almost want to sprinkle a little flour around the house on the floor and tell hubby it’s bunny tracks.
Just to freak him out. LOL
My husband and I are in the memory stage, too! I still decorate for the holidays and my son came over and took photos. He then posted one on Facebook and said I was the best decorator.
Have a wonderful Easter!
How adorable are the little boys!!! I like this recipe and hope to find this pan also. Have a Blessed Easter.
Oh that cake does look good. Happy Easter to you and yours!
Hi, sure wish I had a bite of your cake. Cute pics of the kids, enjoy your Easter with your family.
Happy Easter Linda! Love your tablescapes for you and hubby. It is hard to resist setting a table isn’t it? I must confess I haven’t this year since we won’t have any company and I have been out of town all last week. We are eating out with several of my husband’s flight students.
Enjoy those little boys. As you know the time passes quickly!
What great memories you have of Easters gone by with your children. I never thought of putting anything but money or candy in the eggs. I have repeated the hunt, even with nothing in the eggs because the kids wanted to hunt more. I have that basket weave pan, and it is weird I put a rum cake (with no fruit in it), but I know I will be trying you orange cake with fruit on it. So glad I dropped by to be inspired. hope you have a wonderful Easter at your daughter’s home with those cute grandchildren! Joni
Beautiful table setting for Easter! The Easter egg hunt pics are so cute!
Thanks, Amy, and Happy Easter to you and your Seminole hubby.
Love your table settings, how do you fold the napkins in the first photo – really neat rabbit ears!
The answer for the napkin fold is here: https://lulumusing.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/hoppin-down-the-bunny-trail/
Your orange cake looks delish! Have a wonderful Easter.
The cake sounds heavenly! Thanks for sharing on the Thursday Blog hop!
Does look moist and yummy… Happy Easter…
Happy Easter to you as well!
Mmm, the orange cake looks gorgeous! Have a Happy Easter. 🙂
The table looks beautiful and love the orange cake. May have to try that one!!
happy Easter wishes! Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop ♥
Have a MARVELOUS Easter with your beautiful family. By the way, made those Toffee Bars and they are delightful. Thanks for that easy and wonderful recipe! Your table is so cute!
Glad you liked the toffee bars. As said, I can’t get enough of them which is good reason not to make them too often!