Yay, spring is here!
Hopefully on your side of the world as well!
Time for me to post something fresh, bright and Easter-like here on the blog!
So I thought Easter cupcakes would be perfect!
Those are just a highlight on any easter dessert table. Especially when you add a couple of more detailed highlights such as handmade fondant flowers, butterflies etc. Absolutely cute!
This year I made the basic version with gras and easter eggs, and a more detailed version with flowers and a butterfly as well.
Today I will show you how to make these Easter Nest Cupcakes.
You will get a yummy vanilla cupcake recipe, a frosting recipe and a how-to on how to decorate your easter cupcakes.
- Prep Time 10 minutes
- Baking Time 12-15 minutes
- Difficulty Easy
For the Vanilla Cupcakes:
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
Additional Items you may want to get, makes a nice gift:
- 1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees / 180 G Celsius and prepare your cupcake pan with cupcake liners of your choice.
- 2. Pour together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
- 3. Add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar to the milk, mix & combine well and set aside for about 3-5 minutes.
- 4. In another bowl, add the 2 eggs and mix with handmixer or electric mixer. Now pour in the sugar and continue to mix for a minute.
- 5. Now add vanilla extract and vegetable oil and mix.
- 6. On low speed, add half of flour mixture, beat, then add half of milk mixture. Repeat until everything is combined and well mixed. Scrape down sides of the bowl too.
- 7. Now pour the rather thin batter into your cupcake pan and fill up the cupcake liners 2/3 full.
- 8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, I usually reduce the heat after 10 minutes, because my oven tends to get very hot!
And the cupcakes get a nice domed top! If you are not sure whether the cupcakes are ready to take out the oven, use a toothpick, stick in the center of the cupcake, if it comes out clean, the cupcakes are done – nicely domed.
- 9. Let cupcakes cool for a couple of minutes before you remove them from the pan. Let cool completely on a plate or wire rack.
- 10. When completely cooled, you can start frosting them. The frosting recipe follows below.
- Prep Time 10 minutes
- Difficulty Easy peasy
For the Creamcheese Frosting:
- 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar (icing or powdered)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
- 4 oz cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Food coloring such as: green and brown
- pastry bags
Additional Items in order to make your easter nests complete:
- Wilton #233 Multi-Opening Tip (for grass and/or brownish nest)
- fondant flowers
- easter candy eggs or a cute Easter Candy Mix if you think eggs alone are too boring =)
- icing flowers for decorating
- 1. In an electric mixer or with your hand mixer, cream the butter until it is very smooth and fluffy.
- 2. Now, add the vanilla extract. On low speed, with your handmixer or electric mixer, gradually beat in the icing sugar. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- 3. Now add the cream cheese and beat on high speed until your frosting is all light and fluffy. (3mins) – I would suggest to give it a taste, if the frosting is still too sweet for you, then the milk comes into play. Gradually add milk, bit by bit, beat the frosting and taste again. Make sure it does not become too soft and runny – it has to have a good consistency (not too thin!)
- 4. If your frosting is too runny, just add in a little bit more icing sugar. If you like the taste and consistency, tint your frosting with your desired food coloring In our case: Half of the frosting green and the other half: brown.
I usually use brands such as Wilton, Americolor or Sugarflair.
- Attach Wilton tip #233 to piping bag and fill piping bag 1/2 full with green frosting.
To make the grass look:
Hold your piping tip just about the cupcake and squeeze gently, when it touches the cupcake, lift the piping bag but keep squeezing, now stop pressure and pull off and the frosting grass should stand upright and not fall again (if it does, the frosting is too thin).
- Now you can top each frosted cupcake with your desired candy eggs, tree look always cute. If you have flowers as well, place them on it as well.
- Tint the rest of your frosting (if it is softer now then this is ok for the nest) with the brown food coloring and use a new piping bag with the same multi opening tip (wilton tip # 233) and pipe along the cupcake and pipe little “branches” as you can see in my photo.
- I started from the middle, with even pressure I moved around the cupcake in a circular pattern.
- You can also pre-frost a cupcake with grass and then just add a circle nest with brown frosting on top of the grass, this would look cute! But in my case I completely covered the cupcake with the brown easter nest.
- And again: Top the cupcake with easter candy eggs or anything else you want.
As you can see, the cupcake in the background: the green is a little lighter and has a rather yellowy touch. To make your grass cupcakes a little different from one another just add a bit of yellow food coloring to the green frosting, mix well until you reach your desired shade.
To make the brown easter nest:
And you are done, beautiful treats for your easter candy bar =)
Simple and without any detailed decoration: Still super duper cute!
No matter how detailed those easter cupcakes are: They will be cute when you make them and will probably make everyone smile as well =)
What will you be baking for Easter this year?
Any special recipes that cannot be missed during Easter time?
I would love to hear your ideas etc. in the comment section.
And now, enjoy the sun outside, spring is finally here!