So I think we all know by now that Spring is my favourite season, I only go on about it all the time to which I can only apologise, but I’m just excited okay. I once did a Twitter poll rating everyone’s most loved season, and in my total shock Spring got the least votes… like… what, how, why! But even so I am yet to find a single person who doesn’t love the Easter baking (and eating of said Easter baking), which in my opinion is one of the best things about spring. If there was any time to bake something then Easter is the perfect opportunity as there are so many cute themes – think bunnies, chicks, and pretty florals, as well as yummy chocolate treats – oh hi Mini Eggs! So if you’re in the mood for some Easter cupcake baking, I’ve popped together six different decorating ideas whether you’re after something quick and easy, or a little more challenging.
Because anything in miniature form is adorable right?! The mini Malteser Bunnies are so cute and are the perfect size to top your cupcakes. They steal the show on their own, but to complete them I chopped up some Mini Eggs and sprinkled them around the bunnies, which I think makes them that little bit cuter and I love the pop of pastel it gives the cupcakes.
Mini Eggs are an absolute must have during Easter, not only are they delicious but the pretty pastel colours make anything you bake with them extra pretty. And even if you don’t end up baking with them, I promise I won’t judge if you just wanna eat a bag to yourself… The idea for these cupcakes is to make them resemble little chicks nests, so for the buttercream I used a curved star nozzle with 9 points (instead of my usual 6 point open star nozzle which gives a rose swirl effect) to create more of a circular nest shape. These would look even better and more authentic with chocolate buttercream! Pop three or four Mini Eggs into the centre of your cupcakes and crumble some Cadbury’s Flake chocolate around them. I like to keep a few bits of Flake a little bit chunky to make it look a little more like a nest.
Last of the chocolate treats is of course the Cadbury’s Creme Egg, because if you haven’t eaten at least one of these a week since mid February then you must have some serious control. Decorate your cupcakes with a halved Creme Egg (or two halves split open if you wanna be extra) and let the yummy filling ooze out over the cupcake. If you wanted to go a step further you could scoop out the gooey filling and drizzle it over the cupcake before you pop a fresh Creme Egg on top, or even fill the centre of your cupcakes with it before you ice them.
As you know I do love my fondant decorations as there’s just so many possibilities when you can make your own decorations. So for Easter, cute spring bunnies were of course my first go to. Create a little bunny face by rolling some fondant into a ball and then squash it down with your palm to make a raised circle. Add two small flat circles and create little indentations with a knife or cocktail stick to resemble whiskers. Add a little pink nose, eyes, ears and even a little a flower garland if you want her to be a ‘lil bit fancy.
For the bunny tails and feet simply roll a ball of fondant, add a smaller ball on top for the tail and create some texture by indenting it a little to look like fur. Then make two little feet and add little pink pads onto them. The outcome is super cute and looks like a little burrowing bunny!
Now there’s so many different options you could go for with an Easter egg theme, just a quick Google of ‘Easter egg decorating’ will come up with tons of fun ideas if you’re a little short of inspiration. Think stripes, zig zags, ditsy flowers, dots with a bow in the centre (which I so almost went for) or a combination of them all! I went for a twirled design which I made by rolling a piece of fondant into a long thin shape and then curled it around a couple of times until I got the effect I wanted.
For something a little more grown up but still totally pretty, florals are the way to go, and of course daffodils and daisies are the perfect spring combination. I have a selection of flower cutters which I used to create these decorations. For the daffodil I started by using a petunia flower cutter to make the main flower, I then rolled a small ball of the same yellow shade (or you can use orange if you want to be super specific) and pushed a round ended tool into it which created a deep hole in it, and then popped that into the centre which transformed it into a daffodil! For the leaves I simply cut out a thin leaf shape with a knife, it doesn’t have to be really neat as real leaves are all unique, and created an indent in the centre with the back of a knife. Finish them with daisies and hydrangeas in different colours!
Happy baking, hope you have a lovely Easter!