Easter is so early this year, I feel like I’m not at all ready for it! Although I did buy some Easter candy the other day (which my son tore open and started eating at the grocery store…). But since I haven’t really done much for Easter yet this year, I decided to share something from last year.
We made these cute and super-easy Easter cupcakes! Sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up, but this isn’t an awesome recipe for delicious cupcakes, just some ideas for decorating them for Easter or Spring. Just use your favorite cupcake/cake recipe (or *gasp* a packaged mix) and let them cool enough to frost and decorate them.
What you’ll need:
Green food coloring
Easter candy (Robin’s Eggs, M&M’s, chocolate eggs, peeps, jelly beans, etc.)
For the frosting, you could just buy some, or make your favorite frosting, or use this simple buttercream frosting recipe:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp milk
In a large bowl, blend the powdered sugar and butter until well combined. Add the vanilla and 2 Tbsp milk, and mix. Add more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. (If it gets too runny, just add a little more sugar.)
Note: If you want a different flavor, you can just omit the vanilla and add about the same amount of a different extract (e.g. almond, mint, cherry, etc.), although you’d probably want to go a little less on stronger flavors like mint.
For these cupcakes, I added a few drops of green food coloring to turn the frosting a nice pastel green.
Then I put some shredded coconut in a sandwich bag, added a few drops of green food coloring, and squished it around until the coconut was all nice and green. (Some pieces will be lighter or darker – you probably won’t get a uniform shade of green.)
Now you’re ready to frost the cupcakes! You don’t want to frost them until you have everything ready so that the frosting doesn’t dry out before you put the coconut on.
Once they’re all frosted (or you can assembly line it, especially if you have kids big enough to help out!) sprinkle the coconut on top, and gently press down to get it to stick in the frosting.
If you’re using sprinkles, go ahead and sprinkle them on now. You’ll probably want to press them down a little like you did the coconut “grass” to help them stick.
For the bigger candies, you may need to dab a little frosting on the bottom of each to help them stick.
Just get creative! These would be super cute with bunny Peeps on top (we didn’t use any because no one in my family really likes them) or even dye some coconut brown to look like a nest and do Peeps chicks.