Spring Cupcakes for Kids

EASTER CUPCAKE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY!

When it comes to cupcakes, the only thing kids love as much as eating them is decorating them!

Here are three of our favorite springtime decorating ideas for cupcakes that are as cute as they are delicious. This makes a great boredom-busting spring break activity – suitable for children of all ages.

The completed cupcakes also make a charming Easter centerpiece – if they don’t get eaten first!

Bunny Cupcakes

These fuzzy bunny cupcakes are almost too adorable to eat!

Decorating Ingredients:

  • Coconut Flakes (for fur)
  • Chocolate Chips (for eyes)
  • Marshmallows (for ears)
  • Colored Sugar (for ears)
  • M&Ms, Cinnamon Hearts or other candy (for nose)

Preparation:

  • Spread coconut flakes on a large plate
  • Spread colored sugar on another plate
  • Have an adult cut marshmallows diagonally with scissors & “pinch” one end (see illustration)

Decorating Instructions:

  • Let kids dip the frosted cupcakes into coconut flakes to coat with “fur”
  • Moisten one side of marshmallow “ears” & let kids dip in colored sugar
  • Kids can make a bunny face with chocolate chip eyes, candy noses, and marshmallow ears!

 

Nest Cupcakes

These are easy enough for even the littlest kitchen helpers to make. Substitute jelly beans for the candy eggs to really add a pop of bright color.

Decorating Ingredients:

  • Coconut Flakes Colored with a few drops of Food Color
  • Candy Eggs or Jelly Beans (or even Peeps Chicks!)

Decorating Instructions:

  • Let kids shape coconut flakes into a nest on top of frosted cupcake, and
  • Place as many eggs (or Peeps) as they like into the nest!

Dirt Cupcakes

Kids always think it’s hysterically funny when they get to eat “dirt”! With this fun decorating project, they’ll be so amused, they won’t even realize that they’re also eating healthy strawberries.

Any flavor of icing can be used – but the “dirt” looks most realistic on fudge frosting.

Preparation: 

  • Wash several large strawberries, pat or air dry completely. Leave leaves on!
  • Remove filling from Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Seal cookies in heavy zip lock bag, and roll with rolling pin until the consistency of coarse “dirt”. Spread on large plate.
  • Heat white chocolate on medium high in the microwave for about 1 minute. Remove, stir and repeat at shorter intervals of 15 to 20 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
  • Add a few drops of yellow and a drop or two of red food color to the melted chocolate (to create orange) and stir until it has a smooth consistency, and color is evenly distributed.

Decorating Instructions:

  • Let kids dip the frosted cupcakes into the cookie crumbs to coat with “dirt”
  • Older children can dip the strawberries in the melted chocolate (once it cools slightly) to create “carrots”
  • Place dipped berries on waxed paper to cool and harden
  • Kids of any age can push the “carrots” into the cookie-crumb “dirt”, to create a garden for the Easter Bunny!