Take inspiration from Beatrix Potter’s classic tale and celebrate Spring with a tea party with Peter Rabbit. Find recipes for Garden Veggie Spread Tea Sandwiches, Flower Sugar Cubes and Everybunny’s favorite Carrot Cake Cupcakes, that hop from a box cake mix for easy baking!
Welcome to our April edition of Tea on Tuesdays,
a celebration of all things ‘tea’
on the third Tuesday of the month!
Pam and I are excited to have Jennifer at Celebrating Everyday Life
join us once again as a special guest for tea today!
We’re all so glad you’re here,
pour yourself a cuppa and join us!
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I’d hope to be outdoors for my Peter Rabbit tea party today,
but Mother Nature was not cooperative.
My narrow window of sunshine between rain showers last week
was blustery, with oak tassels, aka, catkins, falling off the trees. . .
not something you want in your cup of tea!
For a foundation for my table, I started with this adorable tablecloth from HomeGoods.
The watering cans with the bunnies and flowers, reminiscent of the
charmed world of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit!
A teapot bouquet of Snowball Viburnum, mimics white bunny cottontails
that are blooming now, as a centerpiece for the table.
It sits on top of a bunny pedestal to elevate the fun.
Join me on the porch for our tea party and a
a cup of Beatrix Potter’s favorite tea. . .
English Breakfast, in a delightful Peter Rabbit Tea Caddy.
What’s your pleasure, one flower or two to sweeten your tea?
In addition to sweetness, flower-shaped sugar cubes add a little whimsy for our tea party!
DIY Flower Sugar Cubes are easy to make, and add a floral note
with a nod to spring blooms for a tea party.
These decorative sugar cubes come together in less than 10 minutes
and require just three ingredients + a silicone mold. . . my kind of DIY project!
Customize your sugar cubes using the molds and colors of your choice
to match your theme, party or holiday!
Omit food coloring if you prefer and add flavor extracts,
like peppermint, rose extract or vanilla, to flavor your sugar and tea!
Store your sugar cubes in an airtight container or jar until ready to use.
Use within two weeks, or for longer storage, store in the freezer.
More details to make your own, including molds found, HERE.
Help yourself to a garden veggie tea sandwich. . .
I used assorted bunny cookie cutters to cut out pretty shapes
to make these veggie-spread Peter Rabbit tea sandwiches. . .
fun for a garden party, shower, or tea party!
Note: You’ll want your cookie cutter to be approximately 3-inches in size
to fit Pepperidge Farm Thinly Sliced Bread.
In addition to Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread, I used a soft cheese spread,
an English cucumber (also known as a hothouse cucumber) and radishes,
both sliced very thinly with a mandoline.
English cucumbers have thinner skins so you don’t have to peel them and are virtually seedless.
Note: Make sure you use a guard when slicing the radishes to protect yourself
from the very sharp blade on your mandoline.
Place your sliced cucumbers on a paper towel and allow
them to sit for 15 – 20 minutes to absorb any excess moisture
before assembling your sandwiches.
For the filling of the tea sandwiches, I used Alouette Garden Vegetable Cheese Spread.
Spread a layer of garden vegetable cheese on your bread,
then top with a layer cucumbers and/or radishes, using a bunny or
carrot-shaped cookie cutter to press through the layers.
For the best and most distinct impressions to make your bunny-shaped sandwiches,
make sure you use a sharp metal cookie cutter,
pressing the cutter down through veggie side of the bread.
Alternatively, skip the cookie cutters and serve your sandwiches open-faced,
or simply cut your tea sandwiches into triangles for serving.
Garnish your tea sandwiches with violas and a parsley leaf or other herbs.
To assemble tea sandwiches ahead of time,
cover them with a damp paper towel and wrap
well with plastic wrap before refrigerating.
Garnish with violas or any herbs right before serving.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Everybunny’s Favorite Carrot Cake Cupcakes. . .
they’re topped with homemade cream cheese frosting and hop from a box mix
for quick and easy baking!
I’m a fan of ‘doctor the box’ recipes when it comes to a cake or cupcakes!
The dry ingredients are measured and ready to go which cuts down on prep time.
With just a few substitutions like buttermilk for water and an additional egg,
your cake or cupcakes will taste homemade,
especially topped with your favorite homemade frosting recipe!
To make Carrot Cake Cupcakes, I used a Duncan Hines Signature Perfectly Moist Carrot Cake Mix.
Follow the directions on the back of the box for mixing and baking.
The cake mix was “doctored” with *buttermilk instead of water,
4 large eggs instead of 3, and 1/3 cup of * Walnut Oil.
Roasted Walnut Oil adds depth of flavor and a layer of rich, nutty taste!
It can be used in place of most other cooking oils in baking recipes, sauces and salad dressings.
It’s also a delicious plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acid.
Try substituting walnut oil for vegetable oil next time you make your favorite brownies
or add some magic to your banana bread!
*Use vegetable or canola oil if you have a nut allergy.
Don’t have or want to buy buttermilk for one recipe?
*Here’s an easy substitution:
Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup.
Fill with whole milk to 3/4 cup line. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes,
until slightly thickened and you see small curdled bits.
Scoop batter into paper lined muffin tins or cupcake pans, filling 2/3 full.
(3 – 4 tablespoons of batter for standard size cupcakes)
Bake at 350 degrees F for 16 -19 minutes, or until cupcakes test done with a toothpick.
Allow cupcakes to cool in pan 5 minutes before transferring
to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
This is a delicious basic cream cheese frosting recipe for carrot cake, perfect for cinnamon rolls too!
Adjust amount of sugar to taste for your preferred sweetness.
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 – 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted so lump free
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended.
Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
Start with 3 cups of sugar, add more after tasting to desired sweetness.
Use 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel) in place of the regular cream cheese if desired.
Transfer frosting to a piping bag fitted with an open star tip (I used a 1 M tip).
Sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the cream cheese frosting if desired.
Note: Refrigerate any cake or cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.
Take them out of the refrigerator an hour or two before serving
so the frosting has time to come to room temperature
and the cake or cupcakes lose their chill.
Peter Rabbit Details:
Peter Rabbit Salad Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago, used HERE
Cabbage Leaf and Bunny Salad Plate / Bordallo Pinheiro, Tuesday Morning
Bunny Tablecloth, Napkin Rings / HomeGoods
Chargers, Napkins / Pier 1
Bunny Serving Platter, Geranium Leaf Cake Pedestal / Bordallo Pinheiro
Peter Rabbit Pedestal, Zrike / HomeGoods, several weeks ago
Assorted Teacups / Grace’s Teaware, similar Amazon
Cream and Sugar, Gracie China / Amazon
Bunny Pedestal / Amazon
Assorted Spoons / Vintage
Buzz over to join Pam in the garden for her adorable tea party
with Peter Rabbit (great minds sip alike ☕ :) . . .
Pam at Everyday Living
And don’t miss Jennifer’s Buzz-worthy 🐝 Mother’s Day Tea
Everybunny's Favorite Carrot Cake Cupcakes that Hop from a Box Mix
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- 15.25 oz. box Duncan Hines Perfectly Moist Carrot Cake
- ¾ cup *buttermilk *see easy substitution in notes
- 4 large eggs
- 1/3 cup Walnut Oil (or use vegetable oil or canola)
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 3 - 4 cups confectioners’ sugar sifted so lump free
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
To make cupcakes:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Fill (2) 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake liners.
- Blend cake mix with buttermilk, eggs and oil in a large bowl on low speed until moistened, about 30 seconds.
- Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
- Using a cookie scoop, divide batter into 24 cupcake liners, filling 2/3 full.
- Bake for 16 -19 minutes, or until cupcakes test done with a toothpick.
- Allow cupcakes to cool in pan 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.
To make frosting:
- Beat softened butter and cream cheese until well blended. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
- Start with 3 cups of sugar, add more after tasting to desired sweetness. Use 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchatel) in place of the regular cream cheese if desired. Transfer frosting to a piping bag with an open star tip to pipe (I used a 1 M tip).
- Sprinkle some chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the cream cheese frosting if desired.
- Easy substitution for buttermilk: Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to a liquid measuring cup. Fill with whole milk to 3/4 cup line. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes, until slightly thickened and you will see small curdled bits.
- If using a different brand carrot cake mix, used recommended quantity and additions on back of box. Add one extra large egg, and buttermilk for water.
- This is a delicious basic cream cheese frosting recipe for carrot cake and perfect for sweet rolls too. Adjust amount of sugar to your taste ( 3 - 4 cups) and for your preferred sweetness.
- Refrigerate any cake or cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. Take them out of the refrigerator an hour or two before you'd like to serve, so the frosting has time to come to room temperature and the cake or cupcakes lose their chill.
- Walnut oil can be used in place of most other cooking oils in baking recipes, sauces and salad dressings. It’s also delicious plant-based source of Omega-3 fatty acid
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So beautiful!!i love peter rabbit a lot!
Loved your post. My favorite was the sugar cubes. Somehow, I had missed your previous post about them. You always have special treats to set things off for each setting.
Thank you so much Pamela! I so appreciate your visit and comments. ♥
Mary, your post is brimming with inspiration for a lovely tea! You have included so many fabulous ideas to make any type of celebration perfect. Of course, I love the Peter Rabbit theme and your lovely table. The garden veggie spread tea sandwiches look so delicious, ideal for Peter Rabbit and other bunnies. I can never pass up carrot cake, especially those made with a box mix and homemade cream cheese icing. I need to make those cute flower sugar cubes soon. I guess great minds do sip alike! I love our monthly teatime and it is a pleasure to share a cuppa with you. Our weather was gorgeous yesterday and today looks the same. Happy Tuesday 💚🐇
Thank you so much Pam, I’m happy to join you for tea anytime! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful gardening weather this week. It’s quite warm here! ♥
I look forward to your spring tables every year, especially when Peter comes to visit. Your attention to detail i food shapes and paper products always grab my attention. Thank you for the inspiration!
Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Shelley! ♥
Your table is very whimsical Mary. Thank you for sharing a few of your baking secrets. I never heard of using walnut oil, but will have to try that. Happy Spring!!!
Thank you Susan, I think you’ll like baking with walnut oil. Happy Spring to you. ♥
I love this post on so many levels. First, all the tabletop details. Those Bordallo serving dishes are very nice, and I love how you’ve creatively positioned all the tea sandwiches on the plates for Peter Rabbit’s attention. The food items are terrific, and since I’ve made your banana bread recipe with the walnut oil, I can attest to the rich addition it adds to the overall flavor, so I know these carrot cupcakes would be so good. (ps I found a dessert dip – carrot cake – at Aldi – and it’s really good with cinnamon crackers). You always score such great finds at HG. I love it all.
Thank you for your visit and thoughtful comment Rita. I’m intrigued by carrot cake dip! We have a HG close by on my beaten path, conveniently (or inconveniently if you ask my hubby :) right next to Target. Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful gardening weather this week. ♥
I enjoyed my tea party with Peter Rabbit so much Mary! Bunnies hopping everywhere! The bunny sandwiches are the cutest, and they look so cute on the adorable bunny plates~ the Peter Rabbit tea caddy is my favorite, so cute!! I love doctored cake mix baking, and I’ve never used walnut oil, I can’t wait to try that! You always weave so many tips and tricks into your posts, and they are much appreciated. The custom sugar cubes are so pretty, and what a wonderful way to add flavor to the tea! I’m off to have a cuppa with Pam and Jennifer 🐇
Thank you for your sweet comment Jenna! Enjoy this warm weather ♥
LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I want to make the sugar cubes for company ice tea!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Thank you Ellen! ♥
You always bring joy to our in box, what delightful inspiration.
Thanks so much for you sweet comment and visit Barbara! ♥
What a fun Peter Rabbit tea party, Mary. Your tablecloth sure sets the stage for all your pretty things. Those sugars cubes add such a nice touch and your tea sandwiches and your doctored cake mix cupcakes all sound so yummy. I have never used walnut oil, but I’d love to try that addition. Thanks for all your beauty, tips snd inspiration. 🐰❤️🐰
Thank you Kitty! I think you would love experimenting with walnut oil in your baking. Hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather this week. ♥
Mary, This is an adorable table! The sandwiches are so cute and perfectly placed. The cupcakes look and sound delicious. Walnut oil sounds tasty versus using regular oil. I love the tablecloth. It pairs so well with your lovely dishes. A very inviting table indeed! Enjoy your week. Clara ❤️
Thank you Clara! It’s amazing what a difference walnut oil makes. I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather in Tn. ♥
Mary, I adore Peter Rabbit and have so enjoyed my visit today! Your entire tea setting is beautiful! The tea sandwiches look delicious, and those carrot cupcakes look scrumptious! How I would love to have one with my tea this morning. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful recipes. I’m definitely going to make the pretty floral sugar cubes. Have a wonderful day!
Thank you so much for your visit and sweet comment Shannon! We look forward to you joining us. ♥
Another inspirational post. Those adorable flower sugar cubes are perfection!
Thank you for another Tea Time Tuesday!
Thank you so much for your visit and comment Nancy! I hope you’re having a wonderful week. ♥
Mary, you always have the cutest tablescapes! Love the Peter Rabbit theme, perhaps you saw that PB had a complete new line of Peter Rabbit tabletop stuff this year! A bit pricey for me, and all were sold out the day after Easter! On a previous post, you had the carrot cupcakes in little wheelbarrows which I subsequently purchased and have had great fun serving dessert at Easter ever since – always a big hit with the family!
So glad you were able to find the Peter Rabbit wheelbarrows Donna! Thank you for your visit and comment. ♥
Thanks so much for your visit and comment Rebecca!
What a delightful table with Peter Rabbit. The dishes, the bunny and of course your beautiful Snowball Viburnums are so pretty. HG has such wonderful decor items. The little rabbit sandwiches are so sweet. Carrot cake cupcakes are perfect. I love doctored cake mixes too, however I prefer my carrot cake recipe. The sugar cubes are lovely. I might have to make some. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.
Thank you Linda, Happy Gardening to you this week! ♥
Oh Mary! Your table is so inviting. Thank you and Pam for letting me have tea with you again! What a treat!! I’m particularly excited to make some sugar cubes. You always have such wonderful ideas!! Sending Hugs!!
– Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life
Thank you Jennifer, we were so happy to have you join us this week! ♥
Oh my goodness that is the most adorable tea party that I have ever seen! You did it up perfectly, Mary! WOW! Who wouldn’t love sipping tea at your table? Cute, cute, cute, so so stinkin CUTE!!!!!!
Thank you for your high praise and visit Michele! ♥
Mary, I fought the oak mess for almost 2 months, and it has finally subsided. Perhaps the rain will help clear it out.
Your tea party is totally darling all the same. The porch is always a good option when Mother Nature has other plans. You know Peter is an old favorite friend here. He was front and center on my Easter vignette on the buffet. I think I’ll set a Peter Rabbit tea of my own now that the garden is looking springtime fresh. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m going to be a copycat and make those darling tea sandwiches. Guess I should make some carrot cake cupcakes too.
Thank you Sarah! I hope you’re enjoying some beautiful spring weather this week. ♥
My this is so cute. And your sandwiches are my favorite, made with bunny mold.
Thank you for your visit and comment C, wishing you a wonderful week ahead!
Lovely Peter Rabbit display. The sandwiches are a cute idea that we never thought of doing. Thank you for the tip. Your table cloth is extra nice. It is a work of art. Mary Thank You for always sharing your lovely ideas and beautiful things.
Marilyn,Joan and Marion
Thank so much for your visit Marion! Wishing you three a happy week ♥
So much to love here, I thought I had left a comment before, but it didn’t stick! I’ll be brief and say all you share is magical!
What a great theme Mary and, of course, the table is perfection! The table cloth is so cute, and I love all the details – the tea sandwiches, the flowered sugar lumps, and the Peter rabbit plates. Its all so fun! Happy Friday!
P.S. I’d never heard of oak tassels and had to Google them. They look kind of yucky…
I’m late to your tea party Mary but I adore all your Peter Rabbit details! I can’t wait to try those sweet floral sugar cubes for tea with my grands. You tea sandwiches and cupcakes look delicious too!
What a great Tea Party. From the most adorable tea sandwiches to those cute and creative sugar cubes. I’m sure it was a lovely party by the lake!!