Spring is right around the corner! Why not bake some Easter cupcakes to celebrate the holiday? If you're looking to bake something more than just vanilla cupcakes with a few festive sprinkles, you've come to the right place.
Get the kiddos involved and turn this into a fun baking activity! Although, if you want your Easter cupcakes to look a little more, erm, professional, have them decorate 1-2, and you take over the rest. Check out these adorable Easter cupcake ideas:
Little Lamb Cupcakes: Use marshmallows to make the wooly fluff on these little lambs. You could also use a round tip piping tool to make fluffy little puffs with white frosting.
Legacy of the Lamb Cake: Admittedly, this isn't cupcakes. But if you were a child who attended church in the '80s and '90s, you may be familiar with the traditional "lamb cake." You know the one. Someone had a cake pan specifically shaped like a lamb. Probably an older lady that everyone loved. Check out Nina Simone's ode to this classic dessert.
Bottom's up: Not much is cuter than little bunnies...okay, maybe little bunny butts with fluffy tails. Have your little bunnies diving into your cupcakes! For the bunnies, you could use blobs of white icing, or white-chocolate-dipped Oreos Pipe small trails of green icing to look like grass. If you're not confident in your ability to make stiff icing, just green icing that's spread regularly does the trick just as well. Or, you could have the bunny diving into the dirt and use Oreo cookie crumbs instead.
Hunny Bunny Cupcakes: Start with vanilla cupcakes and buttercream icing. While they're just as cute sans fur, you could dip the frosted cupcakes into the coconut to give it a furry effect. You could also use white sprinkles if you don't like coconut.
For the ears: with a pair of clean scissors, cut a regular marshmallow diagonally in half. Be sure to clean the scissors between cutting, so you get a neat edge for the ears. If things get messy, try dampening the blades. Dip the cut side of the marshmallow into a bowl of pink sugar. Squeeze it as you dip it to prevent sugar around the edges. Now, attach them to the top of the cupcake. You could keep them simple (like the ones shown above). However, two mini chocolate chips work perfectly for eyes, and a small piece of rolled fondant dipped in pink sugar works great for a nose!
Peeple Pleasers: Marshmallow peeps are a divisive sweet treat. You either love them, or you hate them. Hoping that you love them because this chick cupcake idea is adorable. Use pastel-colored frosting to match the colors of the chicks!
Cheery Easter Chick Cupcakes: It's easy enough just to pop a marshmallow peep onto a cupcake. But where's the showmanship in that? These are great if you want to try your hand at that lemon cupcake recipe you've been eyeing. If your family isn't too keen on lemon flavoring, you could always bake the classic vanilla with just a little yellow food coloring. You could also use coconut with some yellow food coloring to make the feathers' texture! Mini, brown, candy-coated chocolates work for the eyes, and orange candies cut into triangles make excellent beaks.
These cupcakes are perfect for topping with little chicks!
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fresh lemon juice
Vanilla Buttercream frosting
Lemon Easter Cupcakes
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
Using mixer, beat the butter and sugar together on medium-high speed in a large bowl until creamed, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed.
Add eggs and vanilla extract, then beat on medium-high speed until just combined (about 1 minute). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Start the mixer on low speed, then slowly add the milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Be careful not over-mix.
Spoon batter evenly into 12 cupcake liners, filling them about 2/3 full and bake for about 18-22 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the middle and it will come out clean when they’re done. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Frost cooled cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Top with lemon zest right before serving.
Carrot Cuties: Nothing says Easter like seeing those carrot tops popping out of the garden. This is also the perfect opportunity to introduce kids to carrot cake. Listen, I was a skeptical little kid once. I get it. Vegetables in a perfectly good cupcake? Typical adult move. But I can proudly say that now I ask for carrot cake with buttercream frosting every year on my birthday. You could also make carrots decorations with white chocolate covered strawberries (with orange food coloring) popping out of chocolate cupcakes.
Easter Eggs: Easter egg hunts are one of Easter's most fun activities, especially with little ones. Luckily, you won't have to do much searching to find these Easter Eggs. For this, arrange three candies on top of a bed of icing grass. Cadbury chocolate mini eggs or Hershey's milk chocolate eggs are adorable toppers for these easy Easter cupcakes. Check with the Easter Bunny. He may have some leftovers from those baskets!
Fabulous Florals: Sometimes simple decorations like bright or pastel) flowers can be perfect for celebrating the Spring holiday. With a little piping practice, you can make flowers so perfect that you'll feel bad eating them!
Mix and Match: Use a mix of carrots, easter eggs, bunnies, and a crumbled Oreo topping (or just chocolate frosting) to make your cupcakes look like an Easter garden! Even if it's not Easter, these still work as spring cupcakes you could make at any time in the season!
Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcake Fields Forever: Okay, other than strawberries being ripe in the spring, this recipe's connection to Easter is murky at best. But if you're looking for bite-sized treats that are decadent and delicious, these are your best bet.
Hooray for Hummingbird Cupcakes: This flavor doesn't get enough love. It's got so many yummy, fruity and nutty flavors. Perfect for the spring.
Whether you've for leftover candy eggs from the Easter Bunny or looking to make something completely new from scratch (godspeed if so), we hope you're feeling inspired! Share your favorite Easter cupcake ideas on FamilyApp, or share a pic of your final dessert creation!