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Easter Cupcake Ideas
Easter Cupcakes That Even The Kids Can Bake
There is something so irresistible about cupcakes. They not only look good, they taste good too. They can be made for any occasion and are convenient to eat. A display of cupcakes at Easter will delight young and old alike.
Cupcakes are especially good for the kids to make as they are of manageable size and they can go to town with the decorating. Any cake recipe can be made into cupcakes. Just place cupcake liners in muffin tins and fill them 3/4 full until the mixture is used up. Bake at the same temperature as the cake recipe and check after 15 minutes to check if they are cooked. As with cake recipes, cheesecake recipes can be used in the same way. These make lovely individual portion sizes.
Letting the Kids Bake Their Own Cupcakes
When letting the kids bake their own cupcakes, depending on their age, some adult supervision may be necessary, especially when weighing ingredients and using a hot oven. Baking with kids is not only fun, but a great way for them to learn about numbers, ingredients, colors etc. Even very young bakers can help make cupcakes. Having a supply of small spatulas and small, blunt knives is useful.
Before they start a little instruction may be needed. For example, let the cupcakes cool completely before frosting, a little patience is needed here. Teach them to hold the cupcakes by their bottoms to roll on decorations such as coconut flakes, chopped nuts, sugar sprinkles, candy confetti etc. Silicon cupcake liners are very useful and come in a wide variety of shapes for Easter such as butterflies, bunnies and hearts.
Easter Cupcakes are Easy to Make
Easter cupcakes can be made very simply by using fondant icing on the top of the cake and cutting out shapes such as rabbits to put on top of this. Or piping brown colored buttercream icing on top and filling with candy Easter eggs to make an nest.
For a really special Easter theme, make Easter cupcake baskets. Decorate cupcakes in pastel frosting, top with coconut flakes, this can be colored with food coloring. Place a marshmallow or tiny candy Easter eggs on top. You can make an Easter basket handle using strips of licorice.
Easter Cupcake Supplies
Fun Easter Cupcakes for Kids
One fun cupcake idea for kids to bake is animal cupcakes. Rabbits, lambs and chicks are the most popular for Easter.
To make animal cupcakes you will need your cupcakes plus some donut holes, which will be used to make the heads. Start off with your cooled cupcake, cover it in your chosen colored frosting for your animal, e.g. yellow for the chick, white for the lamb and pink or blue for the rabbit.
Next frost the bottom of the donut hole and add a tooth pick into the center of the cupcake to hold the head on. Then place the donut hole onto the toothpick and finish frosting.
Decorating your Easter Cupcakes
These then can be decorated with other ingredients to look like the animals as follows:
* Coconut dyed yellow for the feathers.
* Mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
* Orange jelly beans for the beak.
* Large marshmallows for ears
* Toothpicks to attach ears
* Pink and blue sugar sprinkles for the ears
* Mini chocolate chips for the eyes and nose
* Candy dots for buttons
* Pink edible Easter grass for the whiskers
* Mini marshmallows for the wool
* Toothpicks for the ears
* Pink sugar sprinkles for the ears
* mini chocolate chips for the eyes
* heart shaped candy for the nose
* Black licorice for the feet
To make the ears for the rabbits, take a large marshmallow and slice the end off both sides, so you end up with three pieces. Discard the middle. Dip them into your colored sugar sprinkles, sticky side down. Then stick the ear onto the toothpick. Squeeze a little to get the desired shape. Then attach to the head of your bunny. The same method can be used for the lamb ears.
Marzipan is a useful ingredient in decorating cupcakes. This can be colored and moulded into different shapes to decorate your cakes. For a cupcake with a surprise, add a chocolate egg to the center by filling each muffin cup 1/3 full with mixture. Then place a chocolate egg in the center and continue to fill up with the remaining mixture.
Whichever design of cupcake the kids decide to make, they are sure to have fun. You can now buy special cupcake holders to display them on to make them look very impressive and delicious on Easter Sunday.