Tomorrow is Kaitlyn’s last day of school before Easter so today we were making our treats to take for her class. Cupcakes are always a favourite and easy for a teacher to distribute. I am a bit proponent of healthy lunches and snacks at school, but even I agree there are special days that a sugary treat is fun. This year we decided to make Easter Basket Cupcakes. They seemed easy enough and I was able to find all the ingredients.
I found some cute easter baking cups in the grocery store to use for our cupcake liners. Putting the liners in the muffin tin is an easy task that any child can safely do – just make sure they only have one liner for each cup. The girls solved this problem all on their own as Kaitlyn began to separate the cups and Eileen put them in the tin.
The cupcake recipe in the Food Network link is very easy to make. Everything mixes together in a food processor. I you have kiddies around make sure you have a food processor that won’t work unless the lid is on and ALWAYS watch them around any kitchen appliances. After it was all mixed the girls wanted to fill their own muffin tins but after a couple they got frustrated and Mommy finished filling them.
The best part of any cupcake adventure is decorating. You need three things to decorate cupcakes like ours: a basic glaze tinted your favourite colour, green shredded coconut & chocolate eggs. You can use any glaze you like but if you need a recipe we found one just by googling Basic Cake Glaze. You will need to add considerably more milk to make it runny enough to dip your cupcakes in – just eye ball it and add a little milk at a time. The key to dying your glaze is adding the food colouring to a liquid (in this case the milk) before adding it to the dry ingredients. This recipe gave us just enough for all our cupcakes. To dye your shredded coconut put it in a ziploc bag with a few drops of liquid food colouring. We use an entire 200g bag of flaked coconut.
Shake it up really good and add more food colouring to get the desired colour. For chocolate eggs we used Whoppers Robin Eggs. We found with this we could only get two eggs to stick on top of the cupcake. I also noticed M&M Easter eggs in the grocery story and they might work better if you wanted to add 3 eggs.
Get all the ingredients ready before you start. I made sure I had everything ready before I got the girls started.
Step 1: Dip the Cupcake in the icing and let it stop dripping before turning.
Step 2: Mound green coconut on top of cupcake to look like grass:
Step 3: Use a bit of icing to secure your eggs on top of your cupcake.
Enjoy & Share!
Let me know if you have any success with these cupcakes. I am working on trying to add a link-up so check back often.