Easter Basket Cupcakes
I had a lovely Easter weekend. I spent Saturday making all these cupcakes and they were a lot of fun and very easy! For the sake time, I used boxed cake mix for the chocolate cupcakes and I made buttercream frosting. I had never toasted coconut before but it was very easy and it made my apartment smell so good. The hardest part of these cupcakes was tracking down all the candy I needed. I found the robin eggs at CVS, the sour straws at a candy shop and all the other Easter candy at the Giant down the street.
(adapted from allrecipes.com)
2 cups shortening
8 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon clear imitation vanilla extract
6 fluid ounces heavy cream
In a large bowl, cream shortening with mixer until fluffy. Add confectioners sugar (2 cups at a time) until well blended. If the frosting gets to thick at any time you can add some of your heavy cream.
Add salt, vanilla, and heavy cream and blend until combined, then blend on high until frosting is light and fluffy. If you need to add additional cream you can. (up to 2 tablespoons)
For the Nest Cupcakes, I made chocolate cupcakes (box mix), iced with the buttercream frosting, and rolled them in in toasted coconut. I just followed the directions on the back of the coconut bag to toast. Then, I topped with the those elusive chocolate robin eggs. I used lighter colored jelly bean robin eggs for a couple of them.
For the Easter Basket Cupcakes, I made the cupcakes the same way except I used gel food coloring to dye the frosting green. After icing them, I rolled the cupcakes in sugar and then started decorating. For the toppings, I used:
- Edible grass in green and pink (found it at Giant, you can see what it looks like here)
- Foil wrapped mini chocolate bunnies
- Jelly beans
- Foil wrapped chocolate eggs
- Gummy bunnies and ducks, also found these adorable Peter Rabbit gummies at Giant:)
- pastel M&Ms
- Sour straws
- Easter cupcake liners that came with toothpicks with rabbits and little chicks on them
I hope you had a wonderful Easter!