35 Easter Cupcakes That Are Easy to Make *and* Adorable
When it comes to Easter treats, you have a few options. You could set out baskets with bunny-shaped Peeps and call it a day. Or you could put in a little effort and whip up a dozen bunny cupcakes that will make you look like a regular Martha Stewart. Need some springtime inspo? Try one of these 35 ideas for Easter cupcakes that are as cute as they are easy to make.
1. Angel Food Cupcakes with Chocolate-Whipped Coconut Frosting and Crispy Phyllo Nests
This is what we like to call “spring in a cupcake,” just in case you weren’t already sold at the sight of Cadbury Mini Eggs.
2. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Finally, our darling strawberry is in season again. What better way to celebrate than with this dessert mashup? (The homemade strawberry filling is a game-changer.)
3. 30-Minute Angel Food Cupcakes
They taste like strawberry clouds and take less time to make than an episode of The Great British Bake-Off. Need we say more?
4. Bunny Butt Cupcakes
We can’t decide what we love most: the chocolate cookie “dirt,” the bunny booties or the 20-minute baking time. This triple threat is one for the books.
5. Double-Chocolate Nutella-Carrot Cake Cups with Malted Cream Cheese Frosting
We bet you never thought to stuff chocolate carrot cake with Nutella. Or to make chocolate carrot cake in the first place. (Or to bake cupcakes in terra-cotta pots...)
7. Cheater’s Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Cups
No eggs, no dairy, no problem. And no one will know they’re plant-based, promise.
8. Spring Flower Cupcakes
Green-dyed sweetened coconut shreds = the tastiest edible grass you'll ever see. The spring-colored peanut M&M's on top also make it the cutest.
10. Coconut Carrot Cake Cupcakes
It’s Easter, so carrot cake is kind of a given. Kick it up a notch (without a ton of effort) by topping them with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.
11. Coconut Banana 3-Milk Cupcakes with Nutella Buttercream
Which would you rather eat: sad chocolate eggs or these guys? (In case you need help mulling it over, the cupcakes are soaked in milk, coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk before being frosted.)
12. Lavender Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
The tangy frosting is just the thing to complement these lightly floral cakes, while the non-treated lavender sprigs are a pretty seasonal finishing touch.
13. Meyer Lemon Rosemary Cupcakes
A word to the wise: Soak a few fresh rosemary sprigs in the milk overnight—it adds a ton of herbal flavor to the batter.
14. Easter Bunny Cupcakes
Consider these cuties like Easter baskets for adults. Each is topped with a Ghirardelli milk chocolate-caramel bunny.
15. Vegan and Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Pistachio Cupcakes
If you’re not so into kitschy decorations, let the season's flavors inspire your menu instead. (Oh, and you'll want to make a double batch of the lemon buttercream.)
16. Hydrangea Flower Carrot Cake Cupcakes
We wouldn’t mind finding a patch of these in our garden. And while they look totally fancy, the frosting design is as simple as using the right pastry tip.
19. Easter Cupcakes Baked in Real Eggshells
If we can’t crack open a plastic egg and find a $20 bill inside, we’ll settle for cake.
20. Banana-Carrot Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
Use banana and carrot together in the batter for an ultra-moist cake. And whether you use Cadbury Mini Eggs or malted chocolate eggs on top, you truly can’t go wrong with either.
21. Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes
This is another one that will win over your kids and, even better, can be made with their help. Have lots of pastel sprinkles on deck for decorating.
22. Coconut Cream Easter Bunny Cupcakes
The floppy ears are nothing but cookie-cutter slices of fruit, like pineapple, mango, cantaloupe and apple. In the words of Ina Garten, how cute is that?
25. Two-Toned Rose Cupcakes
Feel free to start with your favorite boxed mix—these beauties are all about the gorgeous frosting toppers. (The roses are easier to make than you think.)
26. Chocolate Cupcakes
This ingenious recipe only makes four cupcakes, so you'll have just enough for your quarantine pod (and no leftovers to demolish before bed).
27. Blackberry Limeade Cupcakes
Use coconut milk instead of whole milk in the batter to up the tropical ante.
28. Vegan Peach Cupcakes
We're so down with the plant-based honey buttercream frosting, but we really fell hard for the crunchy addition of ice cream cones.
29. Orange Carrot Cupcakes
This flavor pairing never gets old. Greek yogurt in the batter also ensures the cupcakes will turn out moist and tender.
30. Gluten-Free Butterfly Cupcakes
No celebration is complete without sprinkles. Ring in spring with confetti cupcakes topped with pink frosting and jelly bean-pretzel butterflies.
31. Vegan Beet Strawberry Cupcakes
How is dairy-free buttercream possible, you ask? Plant-based butter, powdered sugar and almond milk. (Just a dash of beet purée gives it its vibrant color.)
33. Lightened-Up Hummingbird Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting
This Jamaican confection-turned-Southern delicacy is loaded with banana, pineapple, pecans and cinnamon. The coconut frosting merely gilds the lily.
33. Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
A taste of summer in just 30 minutes flat? You'd better believe it. Feel free to top them with candied lemon peel instead of fresh berries (or use both).
35. Key Lime Cupcakes
Get in, we're going to Florida. Fill each cupcake with key lime curd for an extra punch of sweet-tart citrus flavor.