Guest Post: How to Make an Easter Resurrection Cake

Editor’s Note: This yummy-looking guest-recipe from Alvina Lopez is a re-publish from a couple years ago. At the time, I didn’t get the recipe published in time for Easter so I am re-posting it today, several days before Easter for those who missed it. 🙂

Easter is this Sunday, and what better way to help celebrate the rising of Jesus Christ then by preparing a resurrection cake in His honor? This delicious cake, which is appropriately in the shape of a cross, is fairly easily to make. If you’re pressed for time, substitute the homemade cake batter and frosting we have listed below for a box cake mix and store bought icing. If you don’t have steady hands, you may also opt to use a cross cake mold instead.

You will need: 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan, toothpicks, spatula, electric mixer, 2 mixing bowls, and food coloring: red, yellow, blue and orange.

Cake Batter Ingredients:

• 1 cup butter
• 1 ½ cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 4 cups sifted cake flour
• 4 tsp baking powder
• 1 1/3 cups milk

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Grease baking pan. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until it is softened. Slowly add in sugar, and continue to beat until creamy mixture develops. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Add in the vanilla extract and salt, continuing to beat the mixture. Mix-in flour and baking powder. Add milk. Continuing beating until the batter is creamy. Immediately pour batter into your greased baking pan. Spread evenly to edges. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the cake cool for about 5 to 10 minutes before turning it over onto a rack to cool completely. Once cooled, cut the cake into a cross shape: cut out 3 inch squares from the top two corners of the cake, and then cut out 6 x 2 inch squares from the bottom corners of the cake.

Butter Cream Frosting Ingredients:

• 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 1 cup butter
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp whipping cream

Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar and butter together on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add in vanilla extract and whipping cream, continuing to beat on medium for an additional one minute. Add one drop of each food coloring and stir. Frosting should now be brown.

Frost the cake with a crumb coat first—This is a thin layer of frosting that helps capture loose cake crumbs. Then frost the cake in its entirety. Using a tooth pick (or fork), make vertical lines in the frosting to mimic grain lines—this will make the cake look like it’s made of real wood.


Alvina Lopez is a freelance writer and blog junkie, who blogs about accredited online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: alvina.lopez

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Guest Post: How to Encourage Your Husband to be the Leader of the Family

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from freelance writer, Debra Johnson.

There has been a shift in the mindset of women over the years that have begun to steadily push the wife to step into a position of authority. As women strive to gain independence and a strong sense of self, they have also begun to allow this mindset to overtake the husband’s position as the leader of the household. However as wives we are called to submit to our husbands and to lift them up as the leaders of our homes and families, and we need to channel that strength and independence to help our husbands take their rightful place.

1.      Let go of the need to control – Women instinctively want to control everything, from situations to people. In our effort to be successful we try to bend people into becoming who we want them to be. However to let our husbands walk into their rightful role as leader we have to let go of the need to control them and let them step up to the plate.

2.      Be mindful of when constructive criticism turns into full blow life-critiquing – We need to be supportive of our husbands if we want them to lead our families. This means we need to be willing to give our opinion and to give constructive criticism to help figure out problems, but we have to reign in the desire to fall into all-out criticizing. Criticism is a slippery slope because once you start it can be hard to stop criticizing even the smallest and most trivial of things. There is a big difference between constructive criticism and being overly criticizing.

3.      Tell him what you need and then step back – While it’s true that our husbands need to fulfill our needs, they weren’t born knowing everything. You can’t be afraid to open up and explain your needs to them, but you have to be willing to step back and let them fulfill them once you’ve told them what they are. Nagging them constantly will only put up walls in your relationship and cause them to instinctively take a step back instead of taking a step forward.

4.      Don’t be afraid to submit – The Bible clearly tells women that they need to submit to their husbands, however this is something that many women really struggle with. Let your husband be the decision maker so that he can fulfill his rightful role in the home. If you are constantly second-guessing his decisions or questioning his authority you will never find balance.

5.      Turn to God for fulfillment – A lot of finding peace in allowing your husband to be the leader of the household rests in you having a fulfilling relationship with God. You have to be willing to rely on God fully to fulfill all of your needs before you will be able to submit to your husband and help him be the leader he is supposed to be. Make time every day for cultivating a relationship with God.

In theory, submitting to your husband so that he can be the leader of the household sounds like it should be easy. However it can be hard to relinquish our need to control and our impulse to nag and it requires a lot of strength on our part and a solid relationship with God to step back and let our husbands step up. The power of prayer is an amazing thing, so pray about it and pray for your husband.

About the Author:

This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger, editor & a knowledge gainer of  being full time nanny.  She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @

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Guest Post: Influencing Love in a Young Generation

Editor’s Note: Enjoy this personal reflection from one of my readers, Sierra:

When I think of whom I have become today, I know I wouldn’t have achieved nearly as much or loved nearly as much if not for my mom and dad. Being raised by parents who truly care is a blessing by God, and I thank God every single day for my mama and daddy. Because my parents are so gentle and kind, my only hope for every child is that they too have been blessed with a mom and a dad as great as mine. Sure, I’m biased, but my mom and dad are not only a great mother and father, but they are both wonderful and beautiful people, inside and out.

Now that I’m finally reaching a level of maturity (well, at least I like to think I’m getting more mature at 27,) I appreciate my parents even more. I recognize that not every child is raised in a family who is dedicated to bringing them with great standards, a high quality life, and enough love to fill the whole wide world. I can earnestly say both of my parents have provided this for me and I’ll be forever grateful. I only hope that I can love my children as much as my parents have loved me.

Understanding how important a mother and father’s love for a child has helped me realize just how important it is for a family to raise their children with love, respect, and joy. Many times how a child is treated when they are younger reflects how they will think of themselves for the rest of their life. There are absolutely exceptions and some children who are not fortunate enough to have a good relationship with their parents still thrive. They may never look back at what they had to endure: a horrible divorce, abusive relationships, or domestic violence in their family. Instead they may choose to take a step forward and become something that their parents were not, a role model and kind parent to their children or to the future generations.

As our world continues to evolve and morals and standards try to change, it’s important to remember what is important to you and lean on God to point you in the right direction. I’m not a parent yet but if I ever get the chance to be one I want to install great morals into my children’s upbringing and also give them love and appreciation for whom they are. Even though the world may be saying something is right even though it is morally wrong – I will let my children know when I disagree with a worldly opinion but will still give them the ability to choose what they believe in.

I appreciate that my parents took the time to raise me with the knowledge of understanding the difference between right and wrong. More than anything, I’m glad that I have parents who care about me and take the time to genuinely care about others. I couldn’t be more thankful and today I believe that people in my generation have the ability to influence our youth and make a difference in the world. Standing up and fighting for a healthy and happy family will lead to wonderful people who desire to do the same.


Sierra is thankful for life and also thankful for fashion, which is why she loves being a featured fashion blogger for, a social shopping site dedicated to saving you money through hot deals and more. You can also find Sierra at her personal blog Ocean Dreams.