Easter is almost here, and what better time than to be in the kitchen with your kids?  Many parents make an afternoon out of hard boiling eggs and dying them, but why not include a baked treat as well?  Here are two simple recipes for cupcakes and Easter egg cake bites.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  •  24 waffle ice cream cones
  • 1 package (2 layer size) white cake mix (or make your own favorite white or yellow cake recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food color
  • 3/4  tsp pure lemon extract
  • 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting (or make your own)
  • Green food coloring
  • 24 pieces red string licorice cut into 4 inch lengths
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • Assorted colored small jelly beans, speckles eggs, little ball sprinkles or any other little candy to decorate your cupcake with.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Trim off the bottom of the ice cream cones (perhaps 2 to 3 inches).  The cones should be slightly taller than the cups in your muffin tin)  Wrap bottom of cones in small pieces of greased foil.  Spray the muffin pan with no stick cooking spray and place cones in muffin pans.  This is the most tedious step!  If you can find small waffle bowls, those are definitely easier.
  3. Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding yellow food color and lemon extract.
  4. Pour batter into cones.  About 2/3 of the way to the top of the cone.
  5. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack. Remove any excess cake from bottom of cones and top of cones to flatten them out.
  6. Place the coconut and some green food coloring in a plastic bag and mix it up.  Spread it out on wax paper.
  7. Frost the cupcakes in any decoration you want.
  8. Press some of the green coconut into the frosting.  Attach string licorice for the basket handles (I used toothpicks to hold the licorice up until it hardened).
  9. Decorate cupcakes with the candies.

Add to your display these egg-shaped cupcake bites.  Use any type of cake mix for the inside of the cake or use white cake and dye it different colors at the time you add the marshmallow crème.

Easter Cake Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 package (2 layer size) white cake mix (or make your own recipe)
  • Assorted food colors or egg dye substitutions
  • Assorted neon food colors or egg dye
  • 1 cup marshmallow crème (or make your own recipe)
  • 1 14 ounce bag white confectionary coating wafers
  • ½ cup confectioners’/powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp water
  • Assorted food colors (or neon) or egg dye substitutions
Directions:
  1. Prepare cake mix as directed on package.
  2. Bake as directed on package for 13×9-inch baking pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
  3. Crumble cake into large bowl.  If you want the cake to be different colors, separate the crumbled cake into as many colors as you want and add the food coloring.
  4. Add marshmallow crème and mix until well blended.  If you separated the cake into different batches, split the crème equally as well.
  5. Shape into 1-inch balls then roll to form an egg shape. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Melt coating wafers or white chocolate as directed on package.
  7. Using a fork, dip 1 cake bite at a time into the confectionary coating or chocolate. Tap back of fork 2 or 3 times against edge of dish to allow excess to drip off. Place cake bites on wax paper-lined tray.
  8. For the decorating glaze, mix confectioners’ sugar and water in small bowl until well blended. Tint with desired food color. Using a fork or piping bag, drizzle glaze over cake bites. Let stand until glaze is set.

I just used a chocolate cake mix and didn’t add extract or food coloring to it.  I also bought the pastel confectionary chocolate and the eggs ended up so cute.

These are just two fun ways of making some really cute Easter desserts.