These Easter Basket Cupcakes are almost too much fun. Seriously! And it’s hard to believe that every single thing that you see here is edible! Even down to the “dirt”. This one takes a little bit of an artsy eye but once you get to splattering chocolate onto those candy eggs, you’ll feel like the Easter Bunny himself. And speaking of hoppin’ into sweet goodness, today we are featuring some uh-mazing virtual bloggers making sweet and savory Easter greats. Earn some serious bunny points, and try these irresistible recipes.
Now, here’s how to create these super sweet and fun cupcakes.
You’ll need to buy some mini candy eggs for this one. Get a big bag, because, trust me, at least a few will be sacrificed in the name of quality control. You have a few options for the mini eggs and coloring them: either use cocoa powder, black dutch cocoa powder or brown food coloring with a dab of vanilla extract. All of these combinations will do the trick. I used The Cocoa Trader, Black Dutched Cocoa Powder.
Amp up your game with some chocolate chip cupcakes from Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar Bakery in New York. This gal really inspires me! She keeps it so real and puts sentiment and down-home baking above Escoffier and tradition. These cupcakes boast just enough chip to get you some serious brownie points with chocolate chip cookie dough lovers as it claims the classic chip’n’vanilla combo.
To give these easter basket cupcakes that speckled look, mix a little vanilla with your cocoa powder to create a chocolate “paint.” Then, brushing the concoction against your finger, you can flick the chocolate a la Jackson Pollock so that it splatters onto the candy.
I went with pastel blue for my easter baskets, but you can just easily go with pink or green – whichever your little bunnies will enjoy the most.
With your off-set spatula, make a little indent in the center of your frosting so you can drop in a little “dirt.” This cocoa crumb reminds me of brownie bits that are buttery and delicious. It is essentially cocoa powder, flour, and butter that get baked together to make chocolate crumbs. Dee-lish, right?
Then top each one with a few of your artfully decorated little easter eggs.
I kept some without the dirt and speckled the frosting instead. My youngest, Liam, is a purist and wants the frosting plain as day. I guarantee he will omit the eggs, but can’t blame a mom for gussying up the baskets, right?
These Easter Basket Cupcakes are a guaranteed hit. Kids (of any age!) will love them and you’ll look like the super mom that you are. Happy Easter!
Virtual Blogger List:
The Road to Honey, Chocolate Mini Easter Egg Brownies
Beyond Mere Sustenance, Maple Bacon Deviled Eggs
Girl Heart Food, Mini Egg Chocolate Bundt Cake
No Spoon Necessary, Spring Roasted Carrot Noodle Salad with Thyme Vinaigrette
Seasons and Suppers, Lemon Curd Pavlova
Beer Girl Cooks, Blood Orange Wheat Ale Pound Cake with Blood Orange Glaze
Salt & Lavender, Easter Mini Egg Cookie Bars
Keviniscooking, Ham and Cheese Scones
Sugarhero, Marbled Easter Egg Truffles
Seasonal Cravings, Spring Green Salad with Asparagus
Meg is Well, Angel Food Cupcakes with Compote Filling
From Scratch Mostly, Easter Hazelnut Meringue Layer Cake
Contemplating Sweets, Cookie Cutter Chocolates
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography
These are super adorable and my kiddos would go crazy for them. I especially love that there are chocolate chip cupcakes under there! My favorite!
I am a chip fan too! My kids loved anything chocolate, so hopefully this will go over well for your ‘big’ kids too.
So adorable and SO creative. And going that extra step to splatter the eggs with the chocolate. I love it. Thanks Cindy!
Yes, get the kids in the splatter game, they will love it!
So cute and what a great Easter treat! I’d definitely earn serious bunny points for making these 🙂
Bunny points can equal buy great things my friend! I am hoping that bunny points will get me into Nordstrom this year! HA. No really, thanks for the sweet comment.
These are absolutely adorable Cindy! So fun for the kids for Easter. Love the video. These would definitely be a hit on the Easter dessert table! I saw a few of your pics from your TRI this past weekend! Congrats! Such an accomplishment.! You should be so proud of yourself! Woot woot!
Thanks so much Mary Ann. I feel a little tired, but it was such a great cause that I am just happy I got it done! Whew.
These bring me back to those worm mud cupcakes I used to love when I was little only SO MUCH BETTER! I would have so much fun going all Jackson Pollack on those eggs!
Right? There is something incredibly cathartic about flicking paint (or vanilla and cocoa). I am hopeful you won’t have to wear any scratchy dresses this Easter!
So fun! Love those mini eggs too and could eat by the handful so I have to restrain myself 🙂 If your son is a purist and rather them not on the frosting, that just means more for you 😉 These definitely earn bunny points!
Thanks Dawn. Yes, my kiddos kill me sometimes when they retort, “Uhhh, no thanks I will skip the frosting!” Whhhhaaaat? Fine, more for me, eh?
I would love to wake up and find these cupcakes in my basket! They are absolutely adorable!
Awww thanks. They were super fun to make. OMG, I was gushing over your blood orange pound cake. Still licking my chops.
Oh my gawsh, girlfriend, I just LOVE all your desserts!! They are always so fun and sooo stinkin’ cute!! These cupcakes are just fabulous! I’m kinda obsessed with that “dirt”! And those little eggs! And, I mean, to top it all off these are CUPCAKES! YESSSSS!!! Is it bad I want to eat a dozen of these for breakfast!? LOVE IT! Pinned! Cheers!
No not bad at all. “Bad” would be NOT eating breakfast. Don’t you know that is the most important meal of the day? So I say, as long as you eat breakfast, all is well in the world!
Yep – to find these in my Easter basket would make me one happy lady! These are almost too adorable to eat! Almost! 😉
I chuckled with the “almost.” I agree, these make me smile too! Thanks for always leaving such sweet comments.
Holy cow! These little guys are just so cute! And look SO delicious! I’ll probably have to buy two bags of the mini eggs though 🙂
That is funny. Me too. I love mini eggs and splashing some vanilla and cocoa on them just made me feel like I was ‘entitled’ to eat them all. YIKES.
Ohhh I just love these! I always get excited when I see cupcakes, and these are just too cute. Perfect for Easter. I love the animation too!
Thanks Natasha. I think we should have a cadbury egg party as we both found some awesome uses for them! Cheers –
These are ALMOST too cute to eat! 😉
Shucks. I wish I had thought of that. I ate them all! Thank Kevin for the sweet commenting. Now, I am off to make some awesome scones.
These are so adorable!! I am getting some ideas here for a dinner party on the Easter weekend. I can eat that chocolate dirt by the handfuls.
Right? “Dirt never hurt” is what my momma always told me. No really, I am a C.Tosi fan, and I love her crumble add-ons.
These are sooo cute down to the edible “dirt”! Thanks for all the other blogger reccos. Will have to check them out!
You are so welcome! Edible dirt is underrated…. it is like your cupcake took a brownie bath. YUM!
These cupcakes are sooo cute! and fun to make with the kids! love these!
Shucks, thanks Gaila. My kiddos loved them – I even put one inside a secret compartment in the refrigerator for after the kids went down, and they found it. Buggers! Ha.
Everything you make is so adorable! These cupcakes are especially great because they seem like something I can for sure do! Yummmmm
I am a sucker for chocolate chips. If you like chocolate, you are me are insta-friends! Please post any pictures if you make them, ok?
Having raised 4 sons (and now gramma to 2 grandsons), I have to chuckle at the dirt… These are such a fun and festive treat for Easter and springtime! I love your creativity Cindy!
Thanks Tamara. Dirt don’t hurt is what I tell the kids! HA. Wow, you don’t look like a grandma and boy I bet your family LOVES their grandma’s cooking. Lucky guys.
I always wondered how people did the speckled look! Cocoa powder and vanilla extract huh? Love the touch it adds!
These are so darling! Finally a use for mini eggs that doesn’t involve me throwing them down my gullet by the handful! 😛 They look so delicious.
These cuppies are the cutest. I love how you took those plain old Cadbury eggs and jazzed them up with the cocoa powder. I’m definitely going to have to remember that for next year. This would be such a fun project for the kiddos too (but I can only imagine the mess 😉 )