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Easter Cupcake Ideas

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Decorating cupcakes always seems less intimidating than trying to do an entire cake. Is that just me?  And eating just one, small cupcake doesn’t seem like an over-indulgence somehow. I know I’m not the only one who thinks that because I’ve had too many party guests make the same comment. Besides–it’s Easter and time to celebrate! Whether you use a cake mix, your favorite recipe or mine, be sure to include some of these cuties on your Easter dessert table and make lots of some bunnies happy!

Easter Cupcake Ideas


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cupcakes for easter

Decorating cupcakes at Easter seems especially easy because there are so many small, colorful candy choices available that are just right for topping off these little morsels of delight. With decorating tip sets you can easily make impressive looking frosting swirls. Whether you choose jelly beans, confetti sprinkles, malted eggs, chocolate curls, fondant or marzipan, your inner artist will revel at the creative prospect of decorating. You can also have fun choosing the baking cups; they come in all sorts of colors and patterns nowadays. Take a peek at these free Easter printables that you can use as cupcake toppers as well.

cute easter cupcakes

easter cupcake decoration ideas

I like this recipe because you can switch it up easily by adding chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruits; I got this recipe from an old Better Homes and Gardens cookbook:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of shortening
  • 1 ¾ cups of flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons of baking power
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

easter cupcake ideas

To Make

  1. Start with the shortening and add all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add the egg and half of the milk.
  3. Mix it really well-about 2 minutes if you’re using a mixer.
  4. Add the remaining milk and vanilla.
  5. Mix about another minute.

Only fill the baking cups about half full. Bake at 375* for 17-20 minutes. This makes about 1 ½ dozen cupcakes.

easter cupcakes

The buttercream frosting that works well for decorating is from Wilton’s:

  • ½ solid vegetable shortening
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoons of clear vanilla
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

easy easter cupcakes

ideas for easter cupcakes

If you want pure white frosting, omit the butter and use 1 cup of shortening. Also, the clear vanilla matters if you are concerned about clarity of color, otherwise regular vanilla is OK.


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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.