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

Cali Cakes said...

Oh those are soo cute! I am totally making them this weekend!

April 9, 2009 04:18 PM
Kerstin said...

Adorable!! So super cute!

April 9, 2009 04:31 PM
Joiner Family said...

I love them! So cute! I am am new to your site and I can’t get enough. Just love all your cute ideas!

April 9, 2009 04:33 PM
(defiant)conviction said...

I’m in love with all the colors. *_*
They make me happy lol

I LOVE YOUR WORK!!! I’m attempting my first cakepops today! I’m going to a drive in to see Monsters vs Aliens and Fast and Furious [its a double feat for the price of one]..

So I’m making a blue blob w’ an eye for one type of pop. Then the 2nd type will be a shift knob =)

The boys [we have a racing crew] are obsessed with anything I bake.. so these will be gone in no time.

Wish me luck!! and keep up the good work!! :D

April 9, 2009 04:35 PM
Lauren said...

Oh my goodness, these are adorable!!! I am also a huge sucker for anything mini! I am dying to know where you got those mini chocolaye bars!!! Great job by the way. I’m definitely going to make some!

April 9, 2009 04:42 PM
Heather said...

Thank you so much – I have to make some cupcakes tomorrow for my daughters birthday and these would be great – thanks for the inspiration!!!

April 9, 2009 04:44 PM
Amy said...

These are so adorable! I wish I had some “little ones” arond to make them for. Guess I’ll have to file these away in my “I’ll be a Grandma someday” notebook, lol.

April 9, 2009 05:01 PM
Globetrottingbride said...

What a fun idea!! And I love the polka dot cupcake cups!!

April 9, 2009 05:01 PM
katie said...

You kill me! Adorable as ever. Seriously, can you teach a class already?

April 9, 2009 05:18 PM
Angel said...

I just read your entire blog this morning! My mind is still reeling and my cake just came out of the oven. You are my “Sweet Tooth Hero.”

Just blogged about you too. Hope you don’t mind I posted some of my favorite pictures to go with it.


April 9, 2009 05:34 PM
Kati's Kupcakes! said...

Too cute–you are so talented–thanks for sharing!

April 9, 2009 05:59 PM
rissykay99 said...

Have you tried Martha’s one-bowl chocolate cake recipe? That’s my go to for chocolate cupcakes. It’s super easy and more delicious than any other chocolate recipe I’ve tried. Be careful not to overfill though- they rise like crazy (fill only 1/3 full).

April 9, 2009 05:59 PM
Didi said...

Toooooo adorable! That is why you ARE Bakerella! hahaha!

April 9, 2009 06:15 PM
DeLaceynkyle said...

You still continue to amaze me.. Can’t wait to see what you do next!

So I have a question, do you think it would be possible to make cake pops in a rose type of form? Asking because my daughter is having a Belle(Beauty and the Beast) Party and I would love to hand these out instead of cupcakes!! Thank you for making such awesome creations!!
Can’t wait to hear your ideas!!

April 9, 2009 06:24 PM
claire said...

LOVE these! They are so adorable!

April 9, 2009 06:36 PM
Lisa S. said...

Your life is just so much better than mine!! I wish I had such a creative bone in my body. Love your site and ideas….keep ‘em coming.

April 9, 2009 07:02 PM
BeachMama said...

These are fantastic, what a great idea. You always have the sweetest treats.

April 9, 2009 07:08 PM
Lara said...

My kids will flip out for these. Thanks again!

April 9, 2009 07:10 PM
Kim said...

These are sooooo adorable and I wish I had about 2 dozen of then right about now! Thank you for sharing your brilliant ideas. Happy Easter

April 9, 2009 07:12 PM
Kathy said...

You make it all loook SO easy! These are gorgeous…

Happy Easter!

April 9, 2009 07:21 PM
Rhea@mommy23monkeys said...

Those are THE cutest things ever! I love them! :) Thanks for all the great idea’s. I’m making chicky cake pops today!

April 9, 2009 07:24 PM
The Artisan Mama said...


After checking out these fun cupcakes I scrolled down to see who won the Nintendo DSi and was shocked to see it was me! Wow! I’ve never won one of these blog contests, so I have no idea what do I do next? Tried emailing you but it bounced saying the address wasn’t recognized. Let me know. Can’t wait to get my new toy!

April 9, 2009 07:33 PM
Erin said...

could be cute w/ green colored coconut on top too – although sugar is super easy and funky.

April 9, 2009 07:40 PM
tchris said...

you are so awesomely genius! thanks for sharing your ideas! :-)

April 9, 2009 07:54 PM
Michelle said...

Ok you are THE most creative person EVER! I just picked up my supplies to make these. I'm using the same sugar, only it's already colored. I couldn't find the same 'basket handles' you used so I'm using your plan B – the colored twizzlers. It cost me over $30 for all the baking supplies & decorating supplies, so I hope mine turn out as cute as yours!

April 9, 2009 08:00 PM
Micah Weir said...

Good. I thought you were going to stop with the Easter stuff, and we were all obviously depressed with that news! Thanks for giving in to entertain all of us, and hopefully getting some small joy out of it as well!

April 9, 2009 08:14 PM
Southern Momma said...

I am in LOVE, Bakerella! These are adorable. I hopped over to show my 4 yr old DD the cake pops that we’re going to make today (bunnies and eggs) and saw this masterpiece of cuteness! You amaze me!! Keep up the good work and have a Blessed Easter!

April 9, 2009 08:15 PM
PetalsYoga said...

Way too cute! Thanks for the inspirations.

April 9, 2009 08:23 PM
Pamela Kramer said...

You are killing me! I want to eat one so badly. Yummy!

April 9, 2009 08:49 PM
Cakespy said...

Heck yea! What a great use of easter candy. It’s so much better to eat several candies at once, on a cupcake, than to eat each separately (that would be piggish! This way, it’s just ONE unit!).

April 9, 2009 08:51 PM
kim3timemom said...

These are so adorable. I wish I had more time…I’d love to make these for the kiddos. We were invited to a friends house for Easter Dinner..and these would be so great for the children…but alas..I’ve got way to many projects going on right now. Thanks for the inspiration!!

April 9, 2009 09:07 PM
Monika said...

I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog! :) So many ideas! You`re so creative!

Monika -from Norway

April 9, 2009 09:25 PM
Michelle said...

I can’t stand it. I’ve coveted your camera set-up from the first time I visited the blog.

These pics just make me want to run right out and buy one now! Fantastic cupcakes Bakerella.

Happy Easter everyone!

April 9, 2009 09:51 PM
L8YCHEF said...


April 9, 2009 09:55 PM
Robin said...

Okay, these just make me happy. I am finding myself reopening your post just to look at them again. Thanks much for sharing your creativity. You are simply delightful!

April 9, 2009 10:06 PM
Sara said...

I have used this cake on more than one occasion and it’s super delicious. It’s definitely my go to chocolate cake recipe. :)

and the cupcakes look delicious.

April 9, 2009 10:37 PM
adoptionroad said...

I would love to be one of your children or at least a neighbor that gets to be the recipient of all these yummy and beautiful treats! Thanks for the great ideas. My daughter has requested a ballerina cake for her 5th birthday party. Any ideas on how to do this?

April 9, 2009 10:50 PM
Jeloso said...

I couldn’t comment on the Pikachu Peeps but I did some of my own and they look horrible but if anyone wants a laugh… you can go look here;

April 9, 2009 10:53 PM
sharyl said...

oh my gosh! so adorabled! i have a baking “date” with my cousin tomorrow and i can’t wait to show her these.

April 9, 2009 10:57 PM
Peabody said...

I am so making these. Love them.

April 9, 2009 11:14 PM
tamela said...

oh my, oh my!! these are amazing! thanks so much for sharing!! i'm putting on a cupcake decorating afternoon this weekend and this will be perfect for the kids to make.

Happy Easter! <3

April 9, 2009 11:35 PM
Becky said...

Very Very cute! You are so talented…it’s amazing to see how you use everyday objects for baking. My fave is still the Wii cupcakes those were AWESOME!

April 9, 2009 11:43 PM
Bakerella said...

Cindy – I emailed you at the address in your blogger profile on Wednesday.

Just send me a message back from that email and I’ll get the Nintendo right out to you. My email is in my blogger profile.

Congrats again!

April 10, 2009 12:32 AM
Daisy said...

Great minds think alike. I just made strawberry cupcakes with green frosting with green sprinkles and covered with starburst jellybeans for daughter to take to school for her party. I only wish i would have seen yours first, the chocolate bunnies would have been adoreable touches. you blow my mind with your creativity. your a geniuous. keep em’ coming. p.s. i wanted to make cakepops but didn’t have the time. maybe next time.

April 10, 2009 12:53 AM
Tabitha (From Single to Married) said...

oh my goodness – you are truly beyond creative! These are absolutely adorable!!

April 10, 2009 01:14 AM
Christina said...

These are adorable. You are so creative, how do you have the energy?

April 10, 2009 01:28 AM
Tina said...

So cute! and something I think I can actually do :)

April 10, 2009 01:28 AM
Kelly Krenshaw said...

Overbaked a bit and now they have the texture and taste of…Devil Dogs! What have I done!? Any Recipes for that cream filling?

April 10, 2009 01:30 AM
Baking Monster said...

Those are soo cute!

April 10, 2009 02:41 AM
Tamikka said...

Once again, Amazing!

April 10, 2009 02:48 AM
Pony Girl said...

So creative! I love the photos that you use to illustrate your creations. They are so bright and just pop off the screen. I am now craving sugar, thanks! :)

April 10, 2009 02:54 AM
Mixing Bowl Mama said...

You are so darn talented…these are really adorable!

April 10, 2009 03:32 AM
Anonymous said...

Ugh, Bakerella, those are just TOOOOO adorable. omg, i love them. I almost wish I celebrated easter to make ‘em myself.

mmm, they look yummy too… send me one?!

April 10, 2009 04:22 AM
Lee-Ann said...

Just love your website, but I have a question for you…

when i melted the coloured chocolate for the cupcake pops -wilton brand…it was far to thick to dip…any suggestions to thinning it ?


April 10, 2009 04:54 AM
WineCountryWife said...

ACK! I have to make these now! Yet, I’m already making some easter cake pops. . .Too many amazing desserts! You’ll be the death of our family!! :)

April 10, 2009 05:08 AM
156 said...

Aw, gee, these are sooo cute. I absolutely love his expression at the back of the photo. How wonderful!

April 10, 2009 05:26 AM
Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

These are the cutest! I just made some today after seeing these…I posted them (and linked back to you) if you want to see how mine turned out. Anyways, I am fairly new to your blog and loving all your adorable creations! Thanks for the great idea!
Ashley :)

April 10, 2009 07:54 AM
Andrew's Mom said...

Reynolds has those vibrant colors out now – their Party line – 1.29 for a pack – I just picked some up – cute cupcakes.

April 10, 2009 11:02 AM
Carolyn said...

Such Inspiration, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT! One of these days I will drag out all my baking things, dust them off and have a go with fondant and cakes again you have inspired me. Except somewhere along the way I lost free time, AHHH what happened! The reality is this will only happen if a client wants them and I can’t find someone to make them LOL! Love your site, awesome photography.

April 10, 2009 02:32 PM
Jen said...

Adorable! again…again…again!
Happy Easter!

April 10, 2009 03:12 PM
Desirae said...

So adorable! I’ve been lurking for awhile now, but I had to come out of hiding to say how amazingly creative you are. The awesome photography just adds to the yumminess of your creations!

Happy Easter!

April 10, 2009 03:43 PM
Nori said...

An expression and reaction like that is priceless!!! How fun to bake and create for your little ones who love and appreciate it so much! :)

April 10, 2009 04:22 PM
christy sheffield said...

These are adorable! I will have to make these next year for my kindergarten class.

April 10, 2009 04:39 PM
Darlene said...

I have made your Easter cake pops twice now, and everyone raves about them, including me. Imagine my delight when I saw the easter basket cupcakes! I dreamed about them last night, and am making them now. I cannot contain my excitement. They are SO CUTE!

April 10, 2009 04:40 PM
K. said...

I was trying to think of something cute to bring to this Sunday’s easter party that would be good for both the kids and adults…ding, ding, ding! You nailed it on the head…can’t wait to see everyone’s faces when I come in with these.

Thanks for the great idea!

April 10, 2009 04:47 PM
fabelicious said...

Great pictures! And I love the fact that they are so easy to make!

April 10, 2009 06:29 PM
Sue daisy said...

great idea for packaging cupcakes…those plastic cocktail glasses…someone used them at a bakesale recently and they were awesome…, then wrap the celophane around these…and tie with ribbon

sue daisy

April 10, 2009 06:55 PM
Seanna Lea said...

Those look like a lot of fun, and if I had kids I would be all over making those!

April 10, 2009 06:57 PM
The Gomes Family said...

I love these you are great!

April 10, 2009 09:01 PM
Sierra said...

i’m really excited to make these…but instead of using chocolate bunnies i’m using peeps! :) happy easter!

April 10, 2009 10:08 PM
thereddeer said...

So cute – and such a great idea!

April 10, 2009 11:15 PM
Andie said...

I tried out your decorations for my son’s class. Didn’t turn out too bad!

April 10, 2009 11:52 PM
MommyAmy said...

So very cute! You always have the best ideas!

I’m trying out your cake pop chicks tonight… wish me luck!

April 11, 2009 01:32 AM
Christy said...

My kids saw these and are dying to make them tomorrow. Cant wait! :) Thanks for the always clever ideas.

April 11, 2009 01:51 AM
Carol Fádel said...

This is absolute awesome!!! My God, you are amazing and so creative..
Happy Easter!

April 11, 2009 02:17 AM
* TONYA * said...

Absolutely. Adorable.

April 11, 2009 05:24 AM
Saucy said...

I am so glad that you like those cupcake papers because I just placed a fairly large-ish order from Confectionary House, based on nothing but the website description… hearing them described as opaque made me oh so happy.

April 11, 2009 05:44 AM
Girl Japan said...

Lindt is the BEST ever, Lovely colors to ring in SPRING, I am so jealous, being here in Japan I am missing all those lovely goodies = ( you are truly very talented.

April 11, 2009 10:08 AM
Anonymous said...

oh my! i am in love with these! i’m gonna make them today! i’ll probably use green sprinkles instead of the sugar just because i already have them.. hope they come out half as cute as yours!

April 11, 2009 11:17 AM
Chocopink said...

You’re always have so great ideas! happy Easter!

April 11, 2009 02:34 PM
Heather said...

I made these (and some Pikachu’s) last night as therapy (so I don’t get grumpy at my family) and it worked! I love the cupcakes, my pikachus look very remidial, and make cake pops? Well, those will be consumed in private, I can’t show those things in public. But they’re delish!
Thanks for all the fun stuff!

April 11, 2009 03:17 PM
Lisa S. Luckey said...

Those are so cute! You are so talented. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.

April 11, 2009 04:12 PM
Dawn said...

I just love your photos. Had to comment and tell how wonderful they are.
Thanks for that bakery supply link, I was looking around for one.

April 11, 2009 04:31 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks Y'all!

Marmoset – probably. the other kind we have here is self-rising.

LaDue & Crew – you're so sweet!

The Chocolate Lady – do you work there?

Val – if you try it, you'll probably need to add shortening to thin it out.

Auntie Em – I don't like it either.

StuffCooksWant – yeah, that's good. But I want one without the extra step of boiling water.

Brooke – in Oregon -THANKS!

Jennifer F. – Yeah, but that's messier and I don't like coconut. Yuck.

ModestGirl – nah – I think she would take me down.

Nancy – thank you

Thirty-Five, Forty – colored paper

(defiant)conviction – perfect

Lauren – Heidel bars at the Fresh Market

rissykay99 – Actually, those are pretty good. I need to try them again.

DeLaceynkyle -hmmm. I don't know.

The Artisan Mama – check your email again

Michelle – Twizzlers might be too big. I found the pink straws at Walgreens

Sara – cool, thanks

Jeloso – They're cute. I think you just need better markers. Try the Americolor ones.

Daisy – awesome

Kelly Krenshaw – not sure what you're referring to.

Lee-Ann – try shortening or paramount crystals.

Desirae – HI!

Andie – hush up! those are super cute. Only difference is the camera :)

Dawn – No problem

April 11, 2009 04:55 PM
Jessica said...

My go-to chocolate cake recipe is Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate cake. You can find the recipe on You won’t regret trying it out!

April 11, 2009 06:38 PM
Robin said...

OK, I just made these….but they don’t look quite as cute as yours. I had a hard time having enough room for the bunny and the sour straws to fit. I think your cupcakes must have been just a tiny bit bigger.

This is such a great idea, and NEXT Easter, I’m going to make my own cupcakes….so I can make them larger!

Thank you so much for this idea!

Robin :o)

April 11, 2009 10:49 PM
Sheila said...

My 12 year old daughter and I made these cupcakes today. They turned out beautiful. We delivered some to the neighbors and they thought they were fabulous. Thank you for the great ideas!!! You are amazing!!!

April 12, 2009 03:14 AM
houseofestrogen said...

I made these tonight, but I couldn’t find the sour straws anywhere (after searching two grocery stores and a drug store). Bummer. I was stuck with Twizzlers which weren’t nearly as cute. They are still fun though, so thanks for the idea! I enjoyed working on them. I’ll let you know when I get some pics of them up.

April 12, 2009 04:20 AM
Cance said...

i don’t know if you’ve tried the recipe that comes on the back of the little hershey’s cocoa tubs, but their chocolate cake recipe is AMAZING. it’s the one i use every time i make a chocolate cake from scratch. …along with their frosting recipe too.

love the surprise joy photo :D and of course all your creative goodies. thanks for sharing!

April 12, 2009 05:37 AM
Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Those are darling Angie! I love his expression too.
Have a Hoppy Easter!

April 12, 2009 06:46 AM
Coleen's Recipes said...

Absolutely adorable and I can see other possibilities for other holidays as well. This is my first visit to your web site…it is beautiful!

April 12, 2009 01:25 PM
Bakerella said...

Jessica – thanks!

Robin – they were just reg size cupcakes.

Sheila – glad you had fun.

houseofestrogen – Yeah, the twizzlers were a bit too big.

Cance = thanks

Rachelle @ “Mommy? I’m Hungry!” – Hoppy Easter to you, too.

Coleen’s Recipes – Come back any time.

April 12, 2009 02:50 PM
Linda said...

cute idea..
but even cuter is the boy in the picture. real precious moment caught in picture even though it’s not focused on him. haha…
Happy Easter!


April 12, 2009 03:25 PM
Vinay Rai said...

very very good ideas. I liked all the candy making ideas.

April 12, 2009 03:54 PM
Koko said...

These are BEAUTIFUL. Such a great idea and what a wonderful surprise for the kids.

April 12, 2009 04:50 PM
CraftyRia said...

Thank you for this great idea! My husband and I made these cupcakes. The recipe you posted is delicious! I posted them on my blog:

We shopped too late to find the cute foil wrapped bunnies – the stores were very picked over, so we had to make do with what we found.

April 12, 2009 07:31 PM
Muriel said...

I am in the process of making these right now (yikes!) and used store-bought buttercream frosting with some green food coloring. (And Trader Joe’s vanilla cake mix.)

Major fail.

The frosting is too soft, so now I’m chilling it in the freezer, pulling it out, decorating some, putting it all back in the freezer, then transferring some to the fridge – round and round we go.

But they are beautiful, and so creative! Even my not-so-cute ones. ;D

April 12, 2009 08:35 PM
Kati's Kupcakes! said...

These are so cute Bakerella-I have so much Easter candy supplies lying around that I may also have to make these-bunnies are still cute in spring, right! I don’t know what I’ll do with all these Eastery supplies now that within twentyfour hours Easter is over, but I think they’ll be good for “spring”-love your cupcakes!! They look adorable!

April 12, 2009 09:40 PM
houseofestrogen said...

Thanks for the fun recipe! These were a huge hit today! I really wish I could have found the Sour Punch Straws (I even tried Walgreen’s where you found yours), but no luck. I had to make do with the Twizzlers. Here are the pics!

April 12, 2009 09:40 PM
Past Expiry said...

Check out this cartoon about Easter Eggs!
Feel free to post on your blog or “tweet”

April 13, 2009 02:26 AM
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