And so begins the awaited Easter project!
Wait for it...
Wait for it...
Cupcake Easter Baskets!
Once I rescued my keys and purchased my supplies I was ready to start...
Step 1. Bake your cupcakes. You can use a fancy, made from scratch recipe or you can use a box mix. I used Betty Crocker, Super Moist, Triple Chocolate Fudge. And it was very tasty!
Make sure your cupcakes are completely cool before you begin decorating.
Step 2. Make the Buttercream frosting. Start with an unearthly/unhealthy amount of butter and add a ridiculous amount of powdered sugar. The result is delicious!
4 sticks of butter and 2 lbs of powder sugar= buttercream frosting.
Step 3. Dye the frosting fun Easter colors. I decided on pink and green.
The bottom bowl is dyed coconut...I bet you can see where this is going. I did not come up with the idea to dye coconut, I owe it all to World Market, yes, I know I've said it before, the most wonderful store in the world, who apparently hires the best people in the world. The story begins with me chatting away with a lady who works at World Market, I poured out my heart to her telling of all my aspirations to make adorable cupcake Easter baskets. In order for this desire to be fulfilled I needed mini chocolate bunnies. To my great despair, there was not a single mini Easter bunny to be found in the city of Knoxville . I searched every candy carrying store I could think of, and ended up at World Market. This sweet lady told me "Honey, I think it's time to give up on the mini bunnies." Probably true, but still hard to take. But this World Market employee was no Negative Nancy, no ma'am! She had a solution. And that was dying coconut to make grass (not really sure how that makes up for no mini Easter bunnies but I liked the idea nonetheless!).
Step 4. Time to begin decorating!
Lots of Frosting
Dab in sugar crystals
Insert Sour Punch Straws into the cupcake
Add your candy! And if you have mini bunnies be sure to add those too!
Now a green one!
Now one with grass!
Lots of cupcake Easter Baskets!
1 cup (2 sticks) butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 lb. powdered sugar
1-3 tablespoons milk, half and half or cream
- Using a mixer, cream softened butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
- If you want your frosting a little creamier, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.
- Then, just use food coloring to tint the frosting the color of your choice.
I doubled this recipe, but probably didn't need to.
Hope you had a Happy Easter!