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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20 thoughts on “Mini Egg Cupcakes”
These cupcakes look so beautiful. You’ve inspired me to make some for Easter this year. I’ll have to look out for the Rae Dunn cupcake holders. So cute!
I’m so happy you like them, Ruth! I’d love to see pics of yours, too! Happy Easter!
were the cupcakes baked in the cup holders or placed in them after baking!
Hi Joan, I baked them right in the cupholders. They are oven-safe.
Table is beautiful and cupcakes are beyond cute. But, I confuse easily – why it there a picture of Almond extract when you are saying you added
Vanilla? Am I missing something?
Since I started with a boxed mix, it is so easy to customize in any way you like. You can any kind of extract that you like–vanilla, almond, even lemon or orange! Customize them to your liking. 😁
Niky, these are the cutest Easter cupcakes EVER! love the RD holders. pinned and pinned. I’m featuring this post Monday evening on All About Home. Thanks so much for joining in on the party!
Hi Niky! I have some “doctored” cake mix Easter cupcakes scheduled for an upcoming post, too. 😉 I adore your cookies and cream option and those darling cupcake holders! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm–pinned!
So happy to have discovered your blog and your adorable cupcakes. I’ve created a new Pinterest board to share them with my followers.
Thank you so much, Karen! So happy you found your way here. I’ll have to check out Back Road Journal, too. 🙂
These look absolutely darling, and I love that you start with a cake mix! Makes life so much easier. Question: you mention adding vanilla extract to one of the cakes, but the photo shows almond extract. . . just want to be sure! Anyway, I’ve pinned this to my Easter board.
Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!
Your cupcakes look so yummy! Those adorable cupcake holders are the best! They make such a statement on your gorgeous table setting! Happy Spring, Donna
These look so delicious and are absolutely adorable! They are little decorations in themselves. I’ll be featuring them this Thursday on Crafty Creators. I’ll feature your post across my social media accounts where you’re following me over the weekend or right before the next week’s party. If you haven’t grabbed your “I was featured” button, you can do so now. I’ve already pinned this post!
Thank you, Niki! I’m thrilled to be featured on your lovely site and socials!
They look delicious and so sweet. Love your table.
Thank you so much, Elizabeth. 🙂
Those look delicious and so festive!
Thanks, Joanne. 🙂
Those cupcakes are just adorable Niky! I loved this entire post. Such a gorgeous table too! Thanks so much for sharing. Pinned!
Thank you so much, Denise. 🙂