Cupcake Easter Baskets

This is a treat everyone, young and old will love, and a fun project to do with kids as they get to make their own personalized Easter basket cupcake.

Fun and festive Easter treats.
Photo by Iris K.
Fun and festive Easter treats.
Fun and festive Easter treats.

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

18

cupcakes

PREP TIME

15

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

18

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup butter, softened

  • 1

    cup sugar

  • 1

    egg

  • 1

    teaspoon grated orange peel

  • 2

    cups cake flour

  • 3/4

    teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2

    teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 2/3

    cup buttermilk

  • FROSTING:

  • 3/4

    cup butter, softened

  • 2

    packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

  • 1

    teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract

  • 3

    cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon water

  • 4

    drops green food coloring

  • 1 1/2

    cups flaked coconut

  • Red shoestring licorice

  • Jelly beans

Directions

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°F for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center 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.

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