Easy Easter cupcakes - great for kids!
This Easter I made fun Easter cupcakes with the kids. While it was super stressful baking with a toddler and a six year old, and there were a small amount of tears (mostly mine ha ha), we made it in the end and I am quite pleased with the results. Even better was that they were easy enough for my six year old to make, and she came up with a great idea for chicks in eggs, which I adapted for these cupcakes.
Scroll down for the recipe, and for the instructions and ingredients for decorations - although it is probably easy enough to make out from the pictures how to do these yourself. The lamb is especially easy for kids, and moulding little shapes from icing is sort of like playing with playdough, so fun for the kids to do.
The recipe I used was simple as well - makes for about 18 moist and delicious muffins you can then decorate when cooled down.
220g self-raising flour (1 and 3/4 cups)
1/2 ground cinnamon
1/2 cup or 115g unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup or 150g of sugar
2 large eggs (if no eggs, you could try a mashed banana, of ground flax seed or ground chia seeds)
1/2 cup (120ml) sour cream or plain yoghurt
1/4 cup (60ml) milk
1 and 1/2 ts vanilla extract
Mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then mix together, spoon batter evenly to cupcake cups on a muffin pan, and bake in 180 C for 20 to 25 minutes.
Let cool before decorating!
Ingredients for decoration:
White ready to roll icing,
Food colouring (yellow and green - gel gives the strongest colour but normal food colouring is fine),
Cake decorating pens,
White mini marshmallows,
and for the butter-cream, cream icing sugar, butter, and a splash of milk or lemon juice together.
For the lamb, smother the muffin with butter-cream. Cover with white mini marshmallows to make the wool, and use the icing and edible eyes to make a head. This was very easy for kids to do and makes for very cute cupcakes.
For the eggs, I rolled white icing into little eggs, and after letting them dry for a bit, decorated them with the cake pens. If the icing feels too wet, use a bit of icing sugar when rolling them. I then mixed a bit of yellow food colouring with icing and flattened it on top of the cupcake, before placing the decorated icing eggs on top.
For the chick, I mixed a bit of green food colouring on butter cream, piped it on top of the muffin. Then used white icing to make an egg cup, and yellow icing to make a mini chick - edible eyes top it off. You can mix a bit of yellow food colouring with the white icing to make yellow icing, just leave to dry for a bit before molding.
And I am sure if you've got all the ingredients out, you and/or the kids will come up with loads of other ideas for decoration.
What Easter baking have you done?
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