Thursday, April 9, 2009

Eye Candy

Mini Easter Basket Cupcakes

I absolutely had the most fun making these Miniature Easter Basket Cupcakes. I know this idea has been done a ton of different ways before, but I couldn’t resist having a go at them. They are so sweet and make me giddy just looking at them.

Plus, I had all this Easter candy that I had to do something with.

Easter Candy

Mini Chocolate Bunnies, candy eggs, sour patch straws and mini chocolate candy bars. (Can you say sugar coma.) The bunny candy to the right came from The Fresh Market. And, the Twizzlers made it in this photo, but not on the cupcakes. I’ll have to save them for later.


Here’s some of my favorite baking cups. I loooooove the opaque color of these. You can get them at the Confectionery House.

Or if you like polka-dots, check these out.

Polka Dot Cupcake Liners

Their color isn’t as opaque after baking, but the dots sure do make up for it. Also from the Confectionery House.

So, if you have a bunch of easter candy handy, get busy and go make some cupcakes. I made chocolate.

Chocolate Cupcakes

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 c milk, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare cupcake pans with 36 baking cups.
  • With a wire whisk, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a mixer, cream sugar and butter.
  • Add eggs one at a time, scraping down sides with each addition. Add vanilla.
  • Add flour mixture to the creamed butter in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions. (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour)
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until done.
  • Cool and frost.

They were pretty good, but I’m still looking for my “go to” chocolate cake recipe.

Then, I made some yummy buttercream frosting and tinted it green. (Here’s a recipe.) You’ll want to double it at least if you decide to frost all 36 cupcakes.

Buttercream Frosting

Use a generous amount of frosting. It doesn’t have to be too pretty.

Buttercream Frosting

Then dip the sides of the frosting in a small dish filled with sugar crystals or sanding sugar. You don’t have to cover the center area because that’s where your chocolate bunnies will go.

Sour Punch Strawberry Straws

You can use these super cute Sour Punch Straws for the handles. Just insert into the cupcake on each side. (They also come in green.)

Lindt Chocolate Bunny Basket

Then cover your cupcakes with candy. EASY!

I love the look of these Lindt chocolate bunnies.

Heidl Mini Candy Bars

And I looooooove these super tiny Heidl candy bars. (But, I’m a sucker for anything mini if you haven’t guessed that about me already.)

Candy Covered Cupcakes

Decorate each one differently to give them more personality.

Then, you can package to give away as individual treats.

Strano Designs

I used some really pretty striped ribbon that Strano Designs gave me a while ago.

Pretty Ribbon

Check them out:

Yellow polka-dot ribbon

And this smaller yellow one that I found in the scrapbooking section of Hobby Lobby.

Mini Easter Basket Cupcakes

Cute or What?!

To get these to stand up, cut out some white cake board to fit the bottom of a plastic treat bag (These were 5″ X 11″ X 3″ from Hobby Lobby). Apply a small amount of frosting to the center of the board to help keep the cupcake from sliding back and forth. I just wish these bags weren’t so wide. I had wanted them to be closer to the width of the cupcake.

But, not to worry. Nobody I gave them to cared one little iota about wide cardboard.


See what I mean. You know, I didn’t even notice his excitement when I took this picture because I was focusing on the cupcake. I can’t even stand how sweet this expression is.


Or this one. Precious.

Happy Easter Baskets

Chantel Deitz said...


April 9, 2009 04:55 AM
Kristen said...

I L-O-V-E the ideas you have!! You are amazing. SOOOO CUTE!!!

April 9, 2009 04:56 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
m?d?lina said...

aweesome! Happy Easter Bakerella!!


April 9, 2009 04:57 AM
raegan said...

Very nice. I really like the vibrant colors of the cupcake liners. I like to use the martha stewart line at Michaels, but I will have to check out where you got yours. Happy Easter, Bakerella. God Bless!

April 9, 2009 04:59 AM
Stacy said...

How cute!!! I should live closer so I could come by and eat whatever you’re making next! Do you do deliveries?!!!! :) Happy Easter to you too!

April 9, 2009 05:00 AM
Yvette said...

These are sooooo cute!!! You have inspired me to make these for Easter!!!

April 9, 2009 05:02 AM
MyThoughtsMyVoice said...

Aaawww so adorable! YOu always seem to make things easy. Every child (and adults :-) ) would love to receive these special Easter treat.

Me? I’m still in the process of making the cake balls lol. I started last night and was about to roll them now when I just had to check the site. And look what’s waiting? A new Easter post! :-)

WIsh me luck though. I told myself I won’t use a whole can of frosting and just estimate but I was so addicted to the smell of vanilla and the next thing I knew, I used everything! lol.

April 9, 2009 05:03 AM
LadybugLuggage said...

Sweet Easter to you, thank you for sharing!!

April 9, 2009 05:03 AM
miss said...

Wow, that is not your run of the mill cupcake.

April 9, 2009 05:06 AM
7 D's said...


April 9, 2009 05:18 AM
Karen said...

sooo cute!

April 9, 2009 05:19 AM
Anonymous said...

I love the idea! colored sugar on top of the frosting looks wonderful!

April 9, 2009 05:21 AM
bakergirlcreations said...

Fabulous! I think these need to be made for my niece and nephew this weekend.

April 9, 2009 05:24 AM
Rachel said...

You are my hero! Thanks for giving me another great idea. I hope you have a great Easter!

April 9, 2009 05:39 AM
Intelligence said...

Yum!!! Talk about a sugar rush!

April 9, 2009 05:41 AM
Elyse said...

Wow! These cupcakes are precious. They look like so much fun. And, I totally have to buy some of these polka-dot cupcake liners. Polka-dots are my favorite things EVER!!

April 9, 2009 05:43 AM
Vashti said...

Those mini chocolate bars are adorable!
Such a cute gift idea. Have a lovely easter.

April 9, 2009 05:53 AM
Jennefer said...

Darling, darling, darling! You are so creative and talented…and I LOVE all of your pictures of your amazing creations. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I’ll be brave and try to use some of your creativity …do you think some may rub off on me???

April 9, 2009 06:12 AM
Marmoset said...

Can I just ask what might be a silly question? Is all purpose flour what we call plain flour in the UK? I’m guessing it is since you add baking powder etc but I just want to check.



April 9, 2009 06:12 AM
LaDue & Crew said...

Oh these are SO cute! The look on his face is priceless!

You know, when I was growing up I used to watch my aunt, in complete awe, while she made these huge wedding cakes. She could cook and bake anything, and by watching, and being the goodie recipient, I learned so much. She’s long gone now, but those memories are solid.

You are creating the most amazing memories for your family, that will be talked about forever. Just seeing how you make them smile makes me remember how much I did as a child. Thanks, Bakerella- I got some happy tears going on here… ;-)

April 9, 2009 06:18 AM
The Chocolate Lady said...

You should try the Dove Chocolate cupcakes, drop me a line and Ill hook you up.

Also, Ill soon be posting my step by step picks of the cake pop chicks that you made…that I *tried* to make….yours look very perfect, mine look very…very….unperfect.

I did get lots of compliments, and I told everyone about YOU, so many cute ideas here, thanks for sharing.

April 9, 2009 06:29 AM
apparentlyjessy said...

Thank you so much for even more Easter inspiration Bakerella! I am so inspired to make some Easter cupcakes myself now :) Wishing you a safe and fun Easter holiday!

April 9, 2009 07:31 AM
Angel said...

Your blog is A-MAZING! OK, so I just found myself a new hobby (thanks a lot, like I needed that!). Your cake pops are TDF cute!!!

Thanks for linking to your supply sources too. This is going to be fun and my girls are going to love it!


April 9, 2009 07:33 AM
Val said...

I am unable to get Chocolate Bark where I live (in Singapore). Can I use Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate to make your Cupcake Balls/Pops?

April 9, 2009 07:55 AM
Anonymous said...

These are so cute! I love the photo with the little guy in the background, he looks so excited – how sweet!

Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009 08:26 AM
Reg said...

Can I please be your niece?

Your nieces and nephews must be soooooo lucky to have you as their aunt! I’m jealous!

April 9, 2009 08:32 AM
CoveredInCrafts said...

I love the packaging idea! They are adorable!!

April 9, 2009 09:36 AM
Helen said...

wow so pretty!

April 9, 2009 09:57 AM
morgana said...

wow! Cute Idea! And I LOVE those dot caps, so fashion ;-)

April 9, 2009 09:59 AM
Abbie S said...

Very super cute! Now….these or cake pops for the party?? Hmmm….

April 9, 2009 10:20 AM
April Laz said...

You are too cool!

April 9, 2009 10:44 AM
Demingglobal said...

that face is the reason why we bake! so rewarding!

April 9, 2009 10:58 AM
Jackie said...

Fabulous idea! I bet very tasty too!

April 9, 2009 11:03 AM
Tiffany said...

Darling idea! Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009 11:05 AM
Eliana said...

What a nifty idea. You are so creative. Happy Easter to you too.

April 9, 2009 11:14 AM
chocolatechic said...

I am drowning in cuteness.

April 9, 2009 11:39 AM
Anonymous said...

These look amazing! My daughter will love them.

Thank you Bakerella!! I am going to make these this weekend.

Happy Easter :)


April 9, 2009 11:44 AM
Sherendipity said...

So, there’s NO WAY I would ever make these, unless you turned the clock back to when I was in my 20’s and had little ones, simply because I’m far too lazy to be this creative now, and my “little ones” are teenagers…BUT! my God, woman!! You are SO creative, and I absolutely love coming to your site to see your projects because they are fantastic. Even more fantastic is the photography.

April 9, 2009 11:44 AM
~Mary said...


I am not sure what the directions for the buttercream icing are? I mean, I’m living in the UK and we go by the metric system….do you think you could post with the recipe for us living across the BIG Pond?!

April 9, 2009 11:56 AM
VeggieGirl said...


April 9, 2009 12:07 PM
Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

Those are cute!

April 9, 2009 12:09 PM
Wendy said...

Your “Fresh Market” references are driving me crazy because WE DON’T HAVE ONE HERE! I’m sure in a city of 10 million people we have something equivalent, but I haven’t found it yet. Sigh.

These are so so cute. And the kid’s face? So great!

April 9, 2009 12:09 PM
Stefanie said...

FUN! I think this is something I could actually let my kiddos try to make themselves (with my help, of course ;))
Thanks for not only the beautiful Easter eye candy, but for the great idea!!
Happy Easter, Bakerella :)

April 9, 2009 12:10 PM
designer4ever said...

You come up w/ the greatest of ideas! i cant wait to see which ones next!!! :)

April 9, 2009 12:10 PM
shelby said...


April 9, 2009 12:12 PM
Paul, Anne, Éva and Isabela said...

Just found your site and I Love, love, love this idea! I was thinking about doing the same-ole short bread cookie routine this Easter, but I think this idea is just the ticket!

By the way, I tried the cake pops. How on earth to you get your white chocolate thin enough to dip the cake balls into it?

April 9, 2009 12:12 PM
Katrina said...

Key-ute! Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009 12:13 PM
Auntie Em said...

I love your version of these. Usually they are made with tinted coconut for the “grass”. No one in my family likes coconut. I love your site. You are so clever and have so many great ideas!

April 9, 2009 12:17 PM
Meninheira said...

Delicioso! y la cara del niño lo mejor :)

April 9, 2009 12:24 PM
StuffCooksWant said...

Adorable. Hey, you should check out PW’s favorite chocolate cake recipe as a possibility for your “go-to” chocolate cake. So divine!

April 9, 2009 12:26 PM
Punkyseed said...

I love these! I’m going to make these.

April 9, 2009 12:30 PM
Lindsey said...

Holy crap I am in love with these!

April 9, 2009 12:32 PM
Rachel F said...

You have totally sparked an excitement in me to get creative! Thank you!!!

April 9, 2009 12:32 PM
car01 said...

You know that those Lindt bunnies put on different foil coats at Christmas time and become Lindt reindeers? I just think they’re so cute! I actually have a plush Lindt bunny sitting on my bed – probably a bit big and chewy for a cupcake though :)

April 9, 2009 12:36 PM
cupcakesordeath said...

woman……you’re too creative!! me like!

April 9, 2009 12:38 PM
Bridget said...

Those really ARE eye candy! Love the pictures…looks like you had some HAPPY recipients!

Thanks for the tip about the dollop of frosting on the cake board!

April 9, 2009 12:39 PM
ConversationsWithACupcake said...

I am feeling so in luuuurve with those cupcake wrappers! Beautiful!

How do you remain such a clever gal?! You simply amaze and amaze and amaze!

April 9, 2009 12:40 PM
Amanda @ Fake Ginger said...

So cute! I wish I had time to make them for Easter!

April 9, 2009 12:43 PM
Susie said...

Happy Easter to you! Those are adorable!

April 9, 2009 12:44 PM
karenfae said...

those are so cool! if I had kids around I would sure give these a try they are delightful.
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April 9, 2009 12:50 PM
Christie Stump said...

These are the cutest easter basket cupcakes I’ve ever seen!! I was planning to make some this weekend using some shredded coconut dyed green for easter grass…but I think I like the look of yours with the sugar better! And those pictures with the children’s expressions are amazingly cute!

April 9, 2009 01:12 PM
Piccolina Designs said...

Very, very cute. If I weren’t already making your cake pops for Easter, I would definitely be making these.

April 9, 2009 01:16 PM
SimplySweeter said...

These are SO cute!!! I am working on my Easter cupcakes as we speak. Nice job!!!

April 9, 2009 01:17 PM
Art of Eating said...

I’m in awe, the cuppies looks really nice.

Happy Easter !

April 9, 2009 01:17 PM
Brooke - in Oregon said...

Ok, these have to be the cutest things ever! I don’t comment very often cause I figure you have to get tired of reading the same thing and I am kinda boring! lol But OH GOOD GOLLY I love these, thanks for sharing them and giving all the details on how to make them. Wish we had a fresh Market around here.

I hope you have the best Easter Ever :)

April 9, 2009 01:18 PM
Megan said...

Wow. Brilliant and inspiring, as always!

April 9, 2009 01:19 PM
Jennifer F. said...

You know you could’ve done flaked coconuton top dyed green aswell. Either way ADORABLE as ever. Good job! :)

April 9, 2009 01:28 PM
The Un-Organized Mom said...

Love these!!!

April 9, 2009 01:28 PM
Snooky doodle said...

really cute cupcake :))

April 9, 2009 01:31 PM
ModestGirl said...


Every time I think you have out done yourself and there is nothing that could be better-cuter-more original…you do something better-cuter and more original.
If you and Martha Stwart were facing each other in a dark alley you would so totally kick her butt. Like wipe the floor with it.
You are a goddess!!

April 9, 2009 01:49 PM
mymlb said...

These are so stinkin’ cute! I may have to make them for the cafe I work at. Thank you for the great ideas!

April 9, 2009 01:58 PM
The Duchess of Wessex said...

Ahhh-mazing! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your ideas… And, that you are such a sweetie, so down to earth and share so openly is truly a Gift!

Many thanks, best wishes and Happy Easter!


April 9, 2009 02:08 PM
Deb said...

This I think I could handle…so cute!

April 9, 2009 02:14 PM
farmerjulie said...

Those are lovely, cute!!! Thanks for showing how!! xo

April 9, 2009 02:17 PM
RebekahC said...

Adorable! I wish we were allowed to take homemade snacks to school, and I’d totally do this. Alas, we can only bring store bought/store made snacks.

Also, thanks for the tip on where to buy the bags. I’ve been looking for some and haven’t found them anywhere. Never occurred to me to check Hobby Lobby. Too late for today’s goodies (your cake balls) that went out to daughter’s teachers, but I’m going to get some to have on hand for the next time.

April 9, 2009 02:21 PM
Nicole ( said...

Oh my goodness, these are so adorable! I am definitely making these for Easter!

April 9, 2009 02:23 PM
PinkLittleCake said...

Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyy Goddddddddddddd!!!! They look delicious Bakerella, love the candy.
Have a Happy Easter.

April 9, 2009 02:38 PM
riddle me that said...

oh my gosh I can’t wait to make these! I’ve been trying to figure what kind of “white” cupcakes I was going to being making for easter and these are for sure the winner!!

Thank you!

April 9, 2009 02:40 PM
supermom said...

just stinking adorable. :O)

April 9, 2009 02:42 PM
Heather said...

I love these!! I wish I had time to make them for Easter. They are on the agenda for next year. I am doing cake pops this year.

April 9, 2009 02:50 PM
Lori Roberts said...

Brilliant! Have a wonderful Easter!
Peace and Light

April 9, 2009 02:54 PM
Katie said...

These are *adorable*! You are so creative!

April 9, 2009 02:56 PM
Blissful Babe said...

You’re amazing. I *heart* you. :D

Hoppy Easter!!

April 9, 2009 02:57 PM
andreaberg said...

THIS IS AWESOME!! And it looks so difficult, yet it is so easy! I am going to try these, for sure!

April 9, 2009 03:01 PM
Eva said...


April 9, 2009 03:03 PM
Jenn said...

AWESOME!! I wish I had your baking talent!

April 9, 2009 03:16 PM
Karenpie said...

These are great! Wouldn’t they look cute on each plate on your Easter table? I was going to make the 3-D Easter cookies using the William-Sonoma cookie cutters but I may not be able to resist these . . .

April 9, 2009 03:16 PM
Nancy said...

I know you say they’ve been done before, but I’ve never seen them, so cute, I love them! Bake on Bakerella, Bake on!

April 9, 2009 03:22 PM
Rainy Day Farm said...

Thanks so much for such a cute idea. I have Easter dinner this year and this is a perfect treat I can make with the kiddo’s and give away as a take home gift. Love all your cute ideas!

April 9, 2009 03:46 PM
Shirley said...

those are too stinking cute!

April 9, 2009 03:53 PM
Kate @ Life As I Live It said...

Those are precious!

April 9, 2009 03:58 PM
Thirty-Five, Forty said...

These are adorable! And much easier than decorating cookies! I will definitely try this at some point. On a photography note, what do you use to get the different colored backgrounds in your pictures? They look GREAT.

April 9, 2009 03:59 PM
Mooy oh Mooy! said...

everything you make is so darling and I love the photography as well!

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April 9, 2009 04:04 PM
Mel said...

I am in charge of dessert for our Easter Dinner. THIS is what I am going to do. Thanks for inspiring me!

April 9, 2009 04:10 PM
Heather said...

I <3 you Bakerella! You are so creative and I love reading your blog. The hubby and I are going to be making your cake pops for Easter.

April 9, 2009 04:17 PM
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