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

Twirly McSwirl said...


Every time I think you can’t come up with something cuter… YOU DO!

You’re magic.

Plus, the Sour Punch Straws have the extra bonus of reminding me of the 6th grade when they were “THE THING” to have!

April 13, 2009 07:16 AM
Christine said...

These are so cute!!! I usually bring the desert for our family dinners. I love baking deserts. Lately I’ve been bringing cupcakes because the little ones love them so much. I usually make another desert for the adults. Next Easter, I’m making some of these. They are beautiful!


April 13, 2009 07:46 AM
Christine said...

Oh, one more thing. I saw a great hint about cupcake liners on TV. You just bake the cupcakes with the cheap liners and then put one of the pretty liners over the first one after it has baked. I’ve done it and it works great!

April 13, 2009 07:48 AM
Andrea said...

I love you! You are my hero :D

April 13, 2009 07:49 AM
Pioni said...


Greetings from Finland!

April 13, 2009 11:12 AM
Aini said...


April 13, 2009 12:46 PM
Anonymous said...

I made these to bring to the Easter dinner I was invited to. They were a big hit. People on the train asked me about them. Someone at my subway stop tried to buy one from me. Everyone at Easter dinner squealed over them.

The one thing I changed was I colored shredded coconut green, and used that instead of sanding sugar. I had 1/2 a bag of coconut on hand already, and wanted to use it up. ‘Twas cute.

April 13, 2009 02:10 PM
Anonymous said...

These are beautiful. Next up, Mother’s Day and Graduations. How about some flower cake pops for Mother’s Day. Graduation cake pops, too!

April 13, 2009 03:04 PM
Sara said...

We made these for our church social yesterday and it was almost (I said almost…) embarrassing how much attention they got. The kids squealed with joy! I gave you full credit for the creativity and hope you have a ton of new readers.

BTW, we got our Sour Punch Straws in the candy aisle at our local CVS Pharmacy. You’ll need 3 packs for 24 cupcake – there are about 10 straws per pack.

April 13, 2009 03:24 PM
Our Happy Family... said...

WOW!! You are so creative!! I am VERY thankful I found your blog!!

April 13, 2009 05:17 PM
The Chocolate Lady said...

I finally posted my pics, making your chick pops (in a less than perfect kind of way)

I love your ideas, thanks for sharing!

April 13, 2009 07:03 PM
Kayce said...

You are SOOOOO incredibly talented!! And you never fail to make my mouth water! = )

April 13, 2009 09:29 PM
The American Homemaker said...

Those turned out so adorable :)

April 13, 2009 10:48 PM
ccolopy said...


April 13, 2009 11:01 PM
Heather said...

When I made my St. Patrick’s Day cake pops I didn’t want huge bags like the ones I was finding. I went to the craft section of my local dollar store and found tiny ziploc bags in various sizes that you’d use for beads. I snipped the zipper part off 50 bags in minutes and voila! Perfect size for my needs. Another option is cutting the top off those fold/lock sandwich bags. They’d be cute done with pinking shears or another scrapbooking type of scissors.

April 13, 2009 11:10 PM
Sugar Diva said...

Love them!!! They are awesome!!
Have you tried Martha Stewarts One-Bowl Chocolate cupcake recipe?? It’s simple, really good and it’s my go to recipe!!
Let me know if you try them and like them.

April 14, 2009 02:29 AM
Eve said...

WOW! Came across your blog by accident and am SO HAPPY! My 2 favorite things Sweets and Photography! YOU RULE!!! My children will be thanking you !!

April 14, 2009 04:17 AM
tamela said...

These baskets were such a hit with the kids at the Easter decorating afternoon I put together on the weekend! Thanks so much for sharing!!

April 14, 2009 04:56 AM
Kitty said...

What a good idea, these are beautiful!

April 14, 2009 08:37 AM
Oh Sarah C. said...

Oh gosh. MUST HAVE POLKA DOT LINERS!!!!! Cupcake Zombie…. :)

April 14, 2009 03:03 PM
Christy said...

made these and I must say they were a hit with all theneighborhood kiddos. :)

April 14, 2009 03:41 PM
Liz Casstro said...

Ok, not only do I love seeing all your cute and creative edibles…but i love your pictures. I am in the market for a new camera and was wondering if you could fill me in on what you use? I was told a Nikon was my best bet but wanted to do some comparison shopping. Thanks so much and great job:)

April 14, 2009 05:55 PM
Sugar Bee said...

These cupcakes were a huge hit with my family this Easter! I also made the Hello Kitty pops for a gift and, I swear…they were the cutest things I have ever made!

April 14, 2009 06:17 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
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Im a big fun…
Great job…
keep up!!

April 14, 2009 06:38 PM
Susan said...

I would just love to get a look at your pantry closet. I think I have two med. sized tupperware containers with things I use for baking/decorating in it. I can’t even imagine what yours looks like.
You should post something for us all to use as a guide (or wish list).
You are mega talented!

April 14, 2009 06:59 PM
Wee said...

I made these cupcakes and they were a huge hit! They didn’t come out as perfect as yours but they sufficed! Thanks for the idea and check out my blog for pics of mine! (I tagged your blog)

April 14, 2009 08:13 PM
mhb said...

Oh, wow, that kid’s reaction is so perfect. The children in your life must adore you!

April 15, 2009 12:38 AM
andirotc said...

I made these and they were DELICIOUS. And adorable. And a HUGE hit with my entire family as well as my boyfriend’s.

April 15, 2009 01:16 AM
katy said...

Hi Bakerella,

Sorry if this idea has already been commented on. I tried to read through your comments, but man, you have a lot! :) My friend lisa made Easter basket cupcakes too and used waffle cone bowls as the cupcake liner. Super duper cute. Not that yours are lacking in cuteness. . . seriously you are the queen of cute.

I’m surprised to see that they have Heidel chocolate in the states. I live in Luxembourg and bought it here. Funny how everything is available all over the world.

Thanks for all the wonderful eye candy. Your blog is beautiful. Your creations are amazing.

Here’s the link to lisa’s post in case you have a sec to check it out.

April 15, 2009 05:55 AM
takeitallaway said...

I did my take on these. Find them at my blog: Jess’ Journal

April 15, 2009 01:59 PM
mle said...

I had to make these! They turned out really well, very tasty and cute. Everyone loved them.

April 15, 2009 03:02 PM
mrs. origami said...

his reaction is priceless. that made my day :)

April 15, 2009 03:33 PM
Courtney de Craen said...

Made these for Easter, and they were a big hit with the in-laws and at my office. Thanks so much for the great idea!

April 15, 2009 05:28 PM
Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Are you freaking kidding me….I am sooo glad I didn’t see this before Easter…I love the look on the kids faces that got them…What fun!!

April 15, 2009 09:43 PM
Bakerella said...

Sara – I would have loved to see everyone’s reaction.

Heather – Creative!

Sugar Diva – Yes. I must try it again. You’re right. easy and yummy.

Liz Casstro – here ya go

Susan – think plastic storage containers.

katy – I’ve used them as baskets, too. But for pops.

April 17, 2009 01:29 AM
Kerry said...

Thanks for posting the cupcake liners! My daughter’s having a cupcake birthday party this year and I want some really vibrant liners.

Have an idea for cake pops! I just made some watermelon picnic invitations and thought it would be too cute to do some watermelon pops!!!!

April 17, 2009 11:49 PM
Eric said...

i made these for easter and my nieces and nephew loved them. thanks for the idea bakerella! :)

April 18, 2009 04:46 AM
Puanani503 said...

these are awesome!!

April 19, 2009 02:21 AM

Sorry my english is not very good !!!
Your little cup of easter are very fabulous. It’s a good idea.
Bye bye

April 29, 2009 05:47 AM
Diane said...

No idea if you're still looking for the "go to" chocolate cake, but this recipe is pretty top notch, plus super easy. (:

July 8, 2009 11:13 AM
Becca said...

How is the go-to chocolate cake recipe coming? I'm looking for one as well!

August 4, 2009 08:39 PM
Bakerella said...

Still keeping my eyes open, but Martha's One bowl chocolate cupcakes are pretty good so far.

August 5, 2009 01:22 AM
Becca said...

hopefully you'll get this soon because I'm making Martha's chocolate cake – do you add the 1.5C of warm water or leave it out? thanks!

August 9, 2009 08:07 PM
Bakerella said...

For these I used this recipe. For Martha's One Bowl Recipe I used whatever was listed for that one too.

August 12, 2009 04:05 AM
Kelsey said...

Haha! My mom made something like these back when I was in first grade, but used tinted coconut instead of sprinkles (and maybe peeps, too, I don’t remember).They’re so CUTE! :3 I love them!

January 23, 2010 02:20 AM
mehwish said...

awwwwwwwwwwwww these r u cute :D
i just discovered ur site and its adorableeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee..

January 29, 2010 02:26 PM
Alessia said...

I can’t find the recipe for the green buttercream frosting!!!!
Any help?!?

March 14, 2010 02:11 PM
Cassie said...

Making these this year!!

March 25, 2010 06:36 PM
Jessica said...

Where did you find the mini Heidel bars??? They are perfect!!

March 25, 2010 11:22 PM
Dianne said...

I have THE best choc cake recipe. It is ALWAYS moist. Easy to make and I have used it for years ALWAYS getting rave reviews! If you want it – email me and I will attach as a file

March 25, 2010 11:37 PM
Sandra Williams said...

I made these for an Easter party today and they were so stinking cute I could hardly help myself!! Thank you so much for what you do on this blog-helping the creatively challenged of us make adorable goodies!!! You’re awesome!!

March 27, 2010 02:16 PM
Sarah said...

Next Easter. This Easter’s in a week and I don’t have the extra money!

March 29, 2010 10:39 AM
Barb said...

please add me to your e mail list.

March 30, 2010 12:00 PM
Tara said...

Love this! I am going to try this tonight!!!

March 31, 2010 12:09 PM
Van said...

Just bought all the ingredients to make these lovely easter cupcakes! Can’t wait! Long live Bakerella! xo

March 31, 2010 02:23 PM
Amelia said...

These look AMAZING!!! me and a friend are making them for this easter!!! we can’t wait!!! you are soooo creative!!!

April 1, 2010 10:41 PM
Crazy Sweet Life said...

When I have little ones, I’m so making these! Too cute for words.

April 3, 2010 09:09 AM
Jennifer F. said...

Just made these for my bf’s family Easter cookout! They are totally adorable! I waited all last year for Easter to come back ’round to make ‘em. :D

April 4, 2010 01:13 AM
De said...

These are so super cute and what’s even cooler is a little change in colors/decor you can make them for Halloween too. Squee! :o)

April 5, 2010 09:54 AM
Rachel said...

Super Super Cute! Your amazing!

April 6, 2010 12:21 PM
karla said...

price less to see a child smile when his or her mother bake something for them memoris for ever

April 10, 2010 01:39 AM
SEIKA said...

Hi Bakerella i loved you recipes i’ am from México and this cupkake is my favoryte my sons are litlle, 3 and 2 years old, and my doughter wen see this cupcake wanted to eat up them of the screen JEJEJE

Excuse I do not speak the English to 100 %

April 22, 2010 09:32 PM
Maggie said...

theses are great for the classroom like an easter party.

April 23, 2010 09:34 PM
Ginger Cangelosi said...

I am dying from the cuteness!!! DYING!!!

March 29, 2011 10:42 PM
Teddi said...

The baskets are darling! One question, though. Where do you get the “straws” for the handle? Tjamls/

April 10, 2011 09:46 PM
Jaime said...

Making these are Easter this week!! Thanks for the idea!

Teddi-straws are candy. Check the candy isle.

April 18, 2011 01:26 PM
Kathryn said...

These are absolutely amazing! Please share your recipe with our readers by linking up at Muffin Monday. Thanks!

April 18, 2011 07:31 PM
Melissa said...

Made these last night, and they are really cute when you make them. But, if you are going to take them somewhere, make them just before you go. If you leave them overnight, the sour punch straws break! It could just be the Texas humidity, but beware! Luckily, I had enough time to run out and buy more sour punch straws.

April 21, 2011 10:14 AM
DizzyD said...

That is actually to cute! think I just exploded from cuteness <3 so creative to!

April 22, 2011 01:19 PM
Vicki Bensinger said...

These are precious. I’ve never seen those candy straws anywhere but then again I haven’t looked for them. The kids will definitely get a sugar rush from eating these but will enjoy every minute of it. Thanks for sharing.

April 24, 2011 07:59 AM
Lia said...

Thanks so much and Happy Easter!!! I hope you get good news about your kidney soon!

April 24, 2011 08:19 AM
Kristin said...

May I say thank you for always making me look like a rock star when I walk in a room w/one of your treats!

I made these cupcakes and most were gone BEFORE the meal was eaten!!!!

Thanks much, and much love and hugs Bakerella-I love you dearly!!!!!

April 26, 2011 12:07 PM
lila said...

Hey, you could put a thin layer of frosting and then roll out a ton of green peeps and cut them into circles instaed of the sugar and butter cream.

April 27, 2011 02:15 PM
Kristin said...

Yea are soooooo creative!!! Love love the Easter basket cupcakes can’t wait for Easter!

June 28, 2011 10:47 PM
Dona said...

I saw these on google not realizing that they were from this site. I made them at Easter and it was a huge hit. I did do a few things different tho…..I put Ganoche (sp) inside the yellow and chocolate cupcakes and then to tell the difference between them I made chocolate handles for the chocolate cupcakes. It made it interesting and fun. I do like however the wrapping them up individually. I will have to do that next time.

September 11, 2011 10:51 PM
Natilie said...

This is super cute, I can’t wait to make these cupcakes! You are to talented and creative!

October 19, 2011 04:27 PM
silvia said...

Adorei…vou fazer pra criançada aqui de casa… valeu a dica!;)

March 6, 2012 02:12 PM
Maggie said...

They’re so so adorable and colorful! I love the creative design for the Easter cupcake. Good job! I’m trying to make the exactly cupcake this year and wonder where did you get the Heidi mini chocolate? Does it sell in the US? The mini size of every decorations are too cute to try. ^^ Thanks for sharing!

March 8, 2012 12:52 AM
maa said...

its very nice I want to learn how can do that

June 22, 2012 01:47 AM
maa said...

when I saw that , I say I will do that in my house

June 22, 2012 01:52 AM
Lydia said...

I’m SO making these for my friends! These are just the cutest things EVER! But I think that whenever I go onto your blog, so I’m not sure… Great job!

March 15, 2013 02:06 AM
Britania said...

Where did you find the Heidl mini bars?

March 27, 2013 06:29 PM
Catie said...

Now that is very,very clever!

March 29, 2014 12:54 PM
Lydia said...


March 29, 2014 12:55 PM
Tuija said...

How many eggs you put for cupcake recipe and I don’t find icing recipe? They look awesome!

April 15, 2014 12:08 PM
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