Cupcake Easter Baskets

I made some Easter treats with the kids this afternoon. We made a recipe called “Cupcake Easter Baskets.” It was really fun and easy.

Here’s the recipe if anyone is interested:

Cupcake Easter Baskets

These are made from scratch, but you can substitute a box cake mix for the cupcakes and store bought frosting to make it quicker/easier.

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups cake flour (or regular flour sifted)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 4 drops green food coloring
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked coconut
  • Red shoestring licorice**
  • Jelly beans

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.

Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar; spread over cupcakes. Combine water and food coloring in a large resealable plastic bag; add coconut. Seal bag and shake to tint. Sprinkle over cupcakes.

Using a metal or wooden skewer, poke a hole in the top on opposite sides of each cupcake. Cut licorice into 6-in. strips for handle; insert each end into a hole. Decorate with jelly beans.

Yield:1-1/2 dozen.

*I had lots of leftover frosting, so you could probably half the frosting ingredients and still have enough.

**you can use regular licorice like Twisters, just cut lengthwise in half with kitchen shears.


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Erika is a happily married mom with four energetic children. With a love for Jesus, photography, organizing, and encouraging other moms, she stays busy and definitely does not have it all together.


  1. Cute cupcakes! Thanks for sharing!
    Wishing you and your family a Blessed Easter. He is Risen!

  2. Burkulater says:

    Adorable! What fun times!

  3. oh my gosh!! THOSE ARE SOOO ADORABLE! you are way too energetic to be so pregnant! LOL!

  4. Those look really cute!

  5. this are adorable! I thought about making those too!

  6. They are so cute! Pinned them! Thanks for sharing! She is having a fun time and very proud!

  7. They look yummy! I like the licorice handle.

  8. Those are so cute!! They would look great in the Easter Basket grass I grew

  9. This is incredible. It i had pin interest, I would pin it! Fantastic

  10. OH I love it – those are too cute!

  11. i dont bake cause i ruin everything lol but hubby bakes so maybe i can get him to do this lol

  12. Mellissa Hanks says:

    How cute :O) my kids will love these

  13. Those look yummy and fun! Pinned.

  14. Great cupcakes:) They looked so yummy, I’m on the Daniels Fast so its hard looking at them.

    • I hear ya – I’m doing medifast for a month (3 weeks to go.) It’s hard saying no to all the goodies – but it will be worth it, right?!

  15. These are sooooo cute! You have such great ideas!!

  16. andrejka says:

    this is so cute :)

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