Learn how to make these fun, cute, and super easy Easter Basket Cupcakes this Spring! It's another great Easter dessert to make with your kids or let them decorate their own cupcakes! They're perfect as an after dinner dessert for your Easter meal, or enjoying throughout the week!
Easter Basket Cupcakes Recipe
These absolutely adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes are super easy to make, and the kids will love getting to decorate cupcakes on their own! Plus, whatever candy isn't used on your cupcakes is fair game for snacking!
And have I missed these super cute shimmer eggs in previous years of buying Easter candy? I love the way they look! But you can use whatever Easter egg shaped candy you have on hand!
How To Make Easter Basket Cupcakes
Make your cupcake batter and divide evenly into your baking tins that have been filled with cupcake liners. Fill each cupcake liner no more than ⅔ full.
Follow baking directions, checking your cupcakes at 15 minutes. Most standard size cupcakes are done between 15 - 22 minutes when baked at 350 ºF ( 175 ºC ).
Check your cupcakes by inserting a toothpick into the center of a cupcake. The toothpick should come out clean, without batter clinging to it, when done.
Remove the cupcakes from you oven and allow them to cool in the baking pan for a few minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Mix your vanilla buttercream frosting according to the recipe instructions. Adjust your frosting consistency if needed so that your buttercream reaches a medium thickness.
Color the buttercream frosting to a light green using gel food coloring before frosting the cupcakes.
Below are a couple of notes on making the 'grass' on your cupcakes.
What Piping Nozzle Makes Grass?
The Wilton grass piping tip #233 ( also called a multi-opening piping tip ) is the one I am using to make small grass on these cupcakes. Two other piping tips that will also make grass are the medium sized grass tip #29 and the large sized grass tip #234. Ateco brand piping tips also offers a 'one-step large grass tube' #259.
How To Pipe Grass Using Wilton Piping Tip #233
Fit your piping tip into a piping bag and fill the bag half full with medium thickness frosting. Pipe your grass by holding the piping bag at an upright 90 degree angle above your cupcake. The tip should not be touching the cupcake, but just above the cake surface.
Squeeze the frosting out while lifting slowly away from your cupcake. Once you have enough length on your grass, release your pressure on the piping bag and lift away at an upward angle.
You can lift the piping bag away at a few odd angles, if desired, to give your grass a natural look.
Repeat until you have enough 'clumps' of grass to cover the top of the cupcake. *I always test my frosting and tip combination on a piece of parchment paper prior to piping onto my cupcakes. This helps me to know how much pressure I need for my frosting consistency.
How Do I Make Grass Without A Piping Tip?
If you have a piping bag, fill it half way full with a medium thickness buttercream frosting. Fold the closed tip of the bag back on itself and use scotch tape to hold it in place so that you have about a 1 inch flat bottom where the piping tip would have been.
If you are using a plastic storage bag, fold one corner back on itself so that you have a 1 inch round end to use as your piping end. Use scotch tape to hold the folded end in place.
Now with either of these options, use a toothpick to poke several holes in the end of your piping bag or storage bag. Test to see how the frosting is piping out. Enlarge holes, if needed, by inserting the toothpick and wiggling it around. Add more holes if needed.
Your grass will pipe out as strands and look different than these cupcakes made using a piping tip, but will still look like lovely grass on the cupcakes!
Finally, top each cupcake with a trio of three Cadbury's shimmer mini milk chocolate eggs. Of course you can also use your favorite egg shaped candy. Enjoy!
Easter Basket Cupcakes
Bake Your Cupcakes
- Make your white cake batter per recipe instructions. Portion the batter into paper cupcake liners in your baking tin. Fill each cupcake liner no more than ⅔ full.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 15-22 minutes. Check your cupcakes using an inserted toothpick. The toothpick should come out clean, with no dough clinging to it.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes in the baking pan before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
Make Your Frosting
- Make your buttercream frosting per recipe instructions. Mix until smooth and of medium consistency.
- Color your frosting using your desired green gel food coloring. Mix until the color is evenly distributed throughout the buttercream frosting.
Decorate Your Cupcakes
- Fit a Wilton piping tip #233 into your piping bag. If you do not have a piping bag, a piping tip, or either of these see notes in the post above for alternative ways to make your 'grass' for these cupcakes.
- Test your frosting on a piece of parchment paper (or something disposable) to see how the frosting consistency works with your fitted piping tip. Pipe the green frosting by holding just above the surface at a 90 degree angle, or straight up over the surface.
- Begin squeezing the piping bag and release pressure once you have your desired grass length. Pull straight up and away once pressure is released. Continue to do this over the surface of your cupcakes. Use angled motions when pulling away from the cupcake to give a more natural look to your 'grass'.
- Add three Cadbury shimmer mini milk chocolate eggs to finish each Easter basket cupcake.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!