These mini egg cupcakes for Easter are not only adorable but also delicious and so easy to make with a helping hand from a boxed cake mix.
Decorating cupcakes is the fun part I think, so when I need a way to get some cupcakes made quickly, so I can focus my time on decorating them, I reach for a boxed cake mix.
With a big Easter dinner to prepare, I need every tip and trick I can to save time and energy, but I still want my dessert to taste delicious.
Beginning with a boxed cake mix, and doctoring it up a bit to give it some extra flavor is the answer!
Let me show you how I made two flavors of beautifully decorated, show-stopper cupcakes and still pulled off a full Easter dinner for 9 people.
How to Make Mini Egg Cupcakes for Easter
For flavor one, I began with a white cake mix from a box and mixed it according to the package directions.
Then, I added approximately 15 Oreo cookies that I had crushed thoroughly using a meat hammer and zipper bag, and gently mixed them into my prepared batter.
For flavor two, I used a yellow cake mix from a box, and simply added 2 teaspoons of pure almond extract to give the cupcakes some extra flavor.
Any kind of extract would work here, vanilla, lemon…. use whatever you prefer.
I baked all of the cupcakes as directed on the package until a toothpick inserted in the center came out clean.
I used some super cute Rae Dunn cupcake cups (similar to THESE). This is another trick that makes your simple boxed cake mix more special.
Using a pastry bag and star tip, I piped a beautiful swirl of Easy Homemade Buttercream (recipe below) on top of each cupcake and then topped each one with pretty Easter candies.
Some got three mini Cadbury chocolate eggs tucked on top…
And some got a tiny Lindt chocolate Easter bunny.
The Oreo cupcakes that I made with the white cake mix also got a “cookies ‘n’ cream” frosting by mixing a few crushed cookies into the buttercream.
I displayed my mini Cadbury egg cupcakes and mini Easter Bunny cupcakes on this three-tiered serving rack, and also put one at each place-setting at the table.
I used these adorable Rae Dunn cupcake holders to make them look extra special.
You can see my entire Easter tablescape with vintage China HERE.
If you need an easy napkin ring idea for your Easter table this year, be sure to check out this DIY napkin ring idea that requires only 3 things: ribbon, cardstock, and a piece of Easter candy.
Easy Homemade Buttercream Frosting
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- 2 tsps vanilla
- 2 TBSP milk or cream
- Add softened butter to the mixing bowl and mix with stand mixer until completely fluffy.
- Add vanilla and mix until combined.
- Add powdered sugar and beat on low until it is incorporated. Turn mixer to medium-high speed and continue to blend, stopping to scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
- Add milk a teaspoon at a time until frosting is the proper consistency.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be viewed as an estimate. Ingredients can vary and The House on Silverado makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information
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