I mean are you kidding? Bunnies, eggs, chicks and all things cute are my specialties.
This Easter had a sad spin on it, given the events of last week. But I tried my hardest to make it as nice & happy as possible, complete with pretty little cupcakes & desserts. The cake pops I made for Valentine’s Day were such a big hit I decided I needed to make some for Easter. I went with the easiest concept- eggs. Although I was going to attempt chicks, stylized chicks in a kind of “Peeps” look I didn’t get around to it. I ended up making tons of cake pops (and a few little egg-shaped cake balls) instead. Adorable! This time, instead of using white cake mix & frosting, I used chocolate fudge.
I’m sure you all know how to make these by now, but in case you don’t, I’ll leave it to the queen to explain; Bakerella‘s tutorial on cake pops can be found here. You can also make them without the lollipop sticks (look for the ‘cake balls’ tutorial on Bakerella.com). Just a word to the wise: chocolate cake mix is moister than vanilla or white, so use a bit less frosting when making the pops, or else they won’t firm up properly and they’ll collapse on ya. Is ‘moister’ even a word?
I’m still no expert at cake pops, but the more you make them the easier they get. I’m starting to get a little technique down. I’m sorry I don’t have pictures of the “chocolate egg” cake balls, but they were just the chocolate fudge egg-shaped cake balls dipped in light cocoa and blue candy melts, then I just used the opposite color to do drizzles on top. I wrapped those up in the little baggies with bunny ribbons too. I know it’s juvenile, but I have to stop writing ‘cake balls.’ It’s making me laugh too much. Cake balls. Bwahaha!
I also made cupcakes, and I topped them with a green buttercream “grass” and some pink and purple sugar flower posies (courtesy of Wilton). You could certainly make your own icing flowers, though, if you’re a bit more ambitious than I was. I had a shit week, you’ll have to forgive me. I made a cupcake recipe I made a few Easter’s ago which is one of my favorites for spring. I like to call them “Lemony Snicket’s” cupcakes because they’re a very light lemony-vanilla flavored cake (& frosting). The tulip cupcake liners are just the cutest thing ever, and I’ve been saving them for a while now. I knew I’d use ’em for either Easter or Mother’s Day! You can get them at Cupcake Social or get them at sweet estelle’s baking supply, or even at Bake It Pretty. Look at that- choices galore. God Bless America!
I used my super jumbo star tip for these… it’s my new favorite tip, sorry Wilton!
LEMONY SNICKET’S CUPCAKES
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 large lemon (organic)
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup milk
LEMONY SNICKET’S BUTTERCREAM
- 2 cups confectioners sugar (or icing or powdered sugar), sifted
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- Zest of 1 large lemon (again, preferably organic since you’re using the zest)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk or light cream
Preheat oven to 350° degrees F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
For the Cupcakes:
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla extract and lemon zest.
- In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the butter and egg mixture, along with the milk, and beat until combined.
- Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost with icing.
For the Frosting:
- In an electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter until smooth and well blended. Add the vanilla extract. With the mixer on low speed, gradually beat in the sugar.
- Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add the milk and beat on high speed until frosting is light and fluffy (about 3-4 minutes). Add a little more milk or sugar, if needed.
- Tint the frosting with desired food color (I use the Wilton icing colors in the little tubs, this color is ‘Leaf Green’).
If you have the tip that makes the frosting look like actual grass (Wilton tip #233), then that would be super cute too. I like to pipe my frosting a little on the high side (in case you haven’t noticed), so I always make a little bit more frosting than the recipe calls for. Oh, and obviously, I baked the cakes in plain white liners, then just stuck them in the tulip ones. It seemed as though the tulip liners were a bit short, so I used them as an accent. I think they’re really pretty though, don’t you?
In this one you can really see how cute the liners are…
I should also probably mention I always get 14 cupcakes out of this recipe. It’s supposed to make 12, but I never get less than 14.
Well, Happy Easter! If you’re still stumped for ideas for tomorrow, check out my Easter category & this little compilation of my favorite Easter-y cupcake ideas. On that note, I’ll leave you with pictures of my Easter eggs this year. I did a few different kinds, my favorite one being the pink one in the second picture with the gold sequins. Guess why.
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Your stuff is super cute! I’m kind of jealous though because your buttercream is so pretty. I’ve tried a couple of times to make buttercream that doesnt collapse but I just haven’t been able to do it. Do you have any tips as to how I can try and improve it?
Aw… first of all, don’t be discouraged!! I have two frosting tutorials, one for coloring frosting and one for piping it… the actual making of it is incorporated as well. Maybe they’ll help you out, let me know…
My friend told me about your wonderful cupcake site. I was really enjoying your pictures until I got to your FUCK YOU egg, I was appalled and will never visit your site again. This expresses your view of Easter and as a Christian women I am deeply offend and I will pray for you.
Thanks! Those were helpful. I think maybe shortening is the answer. I tried it once but I think it was too old to use. I live in Louisiana where the biggest obstacles are heat and humidity. I can totally throw down some cream cheese frosting so now hopefully I can start putting the smack down on buttercream!
Oh, I don’t need prayers Jackie, thanks. As a matter of fact, 6 years of Catholic school means I can pray rings around you, I just don’t drink the Kool-Aid. 🙂 Nor would I ever get offended by someone else’s beliefs or jokes… you must be very sensitive. The world must be a very harsh place for you if my one little Easter egg photo is so offensive, so I feel bad for ya. The Crusades sort of offend me, so do all the people who’ve killed in the name of religion, so that’s where we differ and I just have to agree to disagree with you there. Did you ever think maybe you should pray for yourself? On top of all that, you should do some research on Easter and it’s origins- it was a holiday before Christians took over, so to speak, and the egg itself used at this time of year isn’t JUST a Christian symbol. The next time you want to come & preach on someone’s blog, make sure it’s someone who doesn’t know more than you about your own religion (not to mention many others). Similar to everyone who got their panties in a knot when Sinead O’Connor ripped up a picture of the pope, you just made yourself sound insane because you got offended by a PINK EGG WITH A CURSE WORD. Sounds whacky to me. But then again, it’s insane to me to be so uptight that you can’t take a joke & take things so seriously. But thanks for the compliment on my “wonderful cupcake site”! And thanks for the comments… more than one means you liked me enough to stay & write on TWO different posts! SWEET!
Jamie- you’re so welcome! I hope you can start smackin’ down the buttercream too 😉 If you need any more help, you can feel free to shoot me an e-mail anytime.
Oh and by the way, Jackie, it’s “offended” not “offend.” Knowledge is power, and Hooked on Phonics can work for you, with or without Jesus!
OH MY G*D JACKIE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POINTING OUT THE PINK EGG WITH A CURSE WORD FOR ME AS WELL… I TOO WILL DEPRIVE MYSELF OF G*D-WORTHY RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS MEALS AND DESSERTS, AND YOU CAN BE SURE I WILL NEVER VISIT THIS HORRIFIC SITE FILLED WITH OFFENSIVE FROSTING TIPS AND SWEAR WORDS WITH GOLD SEQUINS AGAIN… FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!!! FIRE AND BRIMSTONE!!!
@Cupcake Rehab…Haha! Are you weeping because out of your 900+ followers each day 1 psycho was appalled & will never visit your site again?? Plus, I’m always deeply offend (ed) when people leave ridiculous comments without having proper command of the English language or a basic knowledge of the facts to have credibility. This “Christian” woman thinks you & your website are awesome. You show more spirit for every holiday & more compassion for humanity than any other blog I’ve ever read..Keep on keepin’ on, honey…There’s always a few nuts in the world, thank goodness most people are decent and have a sense of humor..Jackie is the type that gives good Christians a bad name. Take it from where it comes, a mean spirited place where slapping a label on yourself means more than being a good person. Shame on Jackie for a ridiculous post, even Jesus is ashamed of her. I hope you enjoyed your Easter..
Is she for real? What an idiot! It’s YOUR BLOG, you can write what you damn well please..THIS is how she honors Easter by being a fool? Well, she provided me with my laugh of the day. Just think of how dull & boring the world would be without the crackpots. Love your blog (even more now..)
You know what? My theory on people like Jackie, which sums it up perfectly, is something I saw on a t-shirt a long time ago: “Jesus may love you, but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.”
Obviously, she can have her opinion, but no one else can have theirs. I’m personally way more offended by the image of a dying man hanging on a cross with nails through his appendages, bleeding to death than an image of a pink egg with a word on it. I’m also more offended by extremist so-called Muslim people flying planes into the twin towers in the name of “religion.” I’m offended by so-called Christian people who picket soldiers funerals with signs that say “GOD HATES FAGS.” So yeah, THAT is what offends ME.
Not that anyone asked me what offended me, but no one asked Jackie either. I love my Christian friends, my Jewish friends, my atheist friends, my Muslim friends. I believe in every single persons right to believe in whatever they want, and also in my right to believe in what I want… which might just be pink eggs with FUCK YOU on it. What difference does it make? I mean let’s face it, it’s pretty sad when a cupcake blog is the most offensive thing you’ve seen recently, isn’t it? LOL.. intolerance of other people SUCKS, and it’s a fucking drag, and if you can’t live & let live or take a joke or LAUGH AT YOURSELF then you’re a sorry excuse for a human. The End.
Well, shit. I was just stopping by to say thanks for the great recipe. You saved my Easter dessert from certain doom 🙂
Haha you’re very welcome. Nevermind the drama here *rolls eyes*
Where are my comments? They are not showing up..or are they? Sorry if they posted twice…
Ok let me try this again…Marilla, I was looking for a recipe for lemon cupcakes and I knew that I should check your site! I am gonna make these for a friend who requested lemon cupcakes, and I didn’t want a HUGE batch, so these are perfect…thanks! Oh, btw, loved the F U egg..hilarious! So stupid that someone would get offended….some people have NO f’ng sense of humor! 😉 haha!
You’re welcome Lisamaria 😛
Some people not only have no sense of humor but are just big useless piles of flesh who apparently have nothing better to do than comment on sites they DON’T LIKE.
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