Ideas for Easter cakes & cupcakes

When creating a cake or cupcake, consider presentation as well as taste. Cupcakes can be decorated to look like a nest of eggs, an Easter basket, or try combining cookies and cupcakes for a larger Easter egg design. You can also adapt a full size cake to fit Easter themes and create a delicious dessert.

Easter Basket Cake

Make a simple cake that also serves as a cute centrepiece for the table. You need a box of yellow cake mix, a 1 pound container of white frosting, 1 cup shredded coconut, green food colouring, 20 to 25 jelly beans and malted milk eggs, pipe cleaners and ribbon. Mix the cake according to the box directions. Pour into a 1 1/2 quart stainless steel bowl and bake for 70 minutes at 177 degrees Celsius. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes, then unmould it and continue to let it cool completely. Put the cake right side on a platter and cut a 1 inch deep circle out of the top. Be sure to leave a 1 1/2 inch border around the cake and frost the entire cake. Use the food colouring to turn the coconut green and fill the crater in the top of the cake with the coconut, malted milk eggs and jelly beans. Make a handle with pipe cleaners and tie a ribbon around the top of the pipe cleaner handles. Enjoy!

Chick and Egg Cupcakes

Make cupcakes that look like chicks hatching out of eggs, using a dozen cupcakes of any flavour, 2 cups of frosting (tinted blue), green coconut grass (mix shredded coconut with green food colouring), 72 jelly bean eggs, six airhead candies and 12 yellow marshmallow chicks. Frost each cupcake and sprinkle the coconut grass on top. Place six jelly bean eggs around the outside of the cupcake and then gently set a marshmallow chick in the centre of the grass. Cut each airhead candy in half and then cut each half into a 1/2 oval shape. Cut one side of the candy into a jagged edge to look like a cracked egg. Set the candy, jagged side up on the cupcake in front of the chick.

Easter Egg Cupcake

These cupcakes require a bit of prep work but are relatively simple to put together. You need a dozen cupcakes of any flavour, 2 cups frosting (tinted green), green coconut grass (mix green food colouring with shredded coconut) and 1 dozen frosted Easter egg shaped cookies. Frost the cupcakes and sprinkle the coconut grass on top to make a bed for the cookies. Gently place a cookie on top of the cupcake. For an added touch, you could place the cupcakes in a shallow basket instead of on a platter.

Easter Animal Cupcakes

Make animal cupcakes that can be adapted to work as a cake, too. You will need 24 cupcakes (your choice of flavour), 4 cups of frosting (tinted brown like dirt), 2 cups of green coconut grass (combine shredded coconut and green food colouring) and bunny and chick marshmallow animals. Frost each cupcake and sprinkle the coconut on top to make a bed of grass on each cupcake. Place a marshmallow animal on top of each cupcake. If you want to use a full size cake, follow the same direction and place the animals around the grass as though they are sitting in a field.

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Melissa Hamilton began writing professionally in 2007. She has enjoyed cooking creatively in the kitchen from a young age. In addition to writing cooking articles for various publications, she currently works in the restaurant industry as a food and beverage trainer.