Easter Cupcake Roundup

These delicious cupcakes are perfect for Easter

These festive cupcakes are fun and easy to make.

If you’re looking for a fun, kid-friendly Easter dessert, there’s no better solution than cupcakes. If your recipe instructs you to make the cupcakes or frosting from scratch and you’re short on time, substitute store-bought versions and spend time decorating the cupcakes rather than baking them.

Peeps Chick Surprise-Inside Cupcakes

Easter surprises have never been so sweet. These festive cupcakes are filled with colorful sprinkles and Easter candies before being topped with frosting and a yellow marshmallow Peeps chick.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Who would have guessed that marshmallows, shredded coconut, and pretzels could create such an adorable Easter bunny cupcake?

Easter Flower Cupcakes

Turn boxed cupcake mix and store-bought frosting into an Easter-worthy confection by topping the finished cupcakes with colorful sprinkles and candies.

Little Lamb Cupcakes

These fluffy marshmallow cupcakes are almost too adorable to eat.

Nothing says spring like pastel colors and bright, refreshing flavors. They make these marshmallow Peeps chick-topped cupcakes perfect for Easter.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

Best Easter cupcake recipes

From hot cross bun cupcakes to a chocolatey wreath and Simnel-spiced cupcakes flavoured with grated marzipan, check out our top 10 cupcakes to bake at Easter.

‘Tis the season to get baking! A batch of simple cupcakes is a great way to celebrate the Easter break. Go classic with a chocolate-flavoured sponge, experiment with zesty ingredients, or even add grated marzipan to your batter to create a Simnel-like experience. If you’ve a little more time, try our Easter cupcake wreath or a fancy ‘bouquet’ made from orange-scented cupcakes.

1. Amazing chocolate cupcakes

It’s just not Easter without chocolate. This amazing chocolate cupcake recipe uses good-quality cocoa powder and is decorated with chocolate vermicelli, making it the perfect choice for springtime festivities. Decorate with milk chocolate buttercream.

2. Chocolate orange cupcakes

These chocolate orange cupcakes get a dozen flawless reviews. The sponge itself is flavoured with finely chopped dark chocolate and plenty of orange zest, and the orange-tinted icing is best piped on top in swirls.

3. Red velvet cupcakes

Cocoa powder is essential to a red velvet sponge, which is also usually flavoured with vanilla and tinted with red gel food colouring. Serve these red velvet cupcakes as a teatime treat at Easter time, with mounds of soft cheese frosting on top.

4. Pull-apart mini cupcake Easter wreath

The perfect Easter centrepiece, our pull-apart mini cupcake Easter wreath is made for sharing (if you can bear it). It’s a circle of frosted mini cupcakes topped with chocolatey treats, bunched together in a pretty wreath shape.

5. Chocolate puddle cupcakes

Bake a batch of chocolate puddle cupcakes to enjoy over the Easter break. It’s easy to make chocolate puddle decorations – just spoon circles of melted chocolate onto foil, then let them set in the fridge.

6. Bunny cupcakes

A perfect Easter-time project to do with the kids, these bunny cupcakes look as sweet as they taste. Decorate your lemony cupcakes with tufts of green frosting, then use balls of fondant icing to make the burrowing rabbits that sit on top.

7. Hot cross bun cupcakes

All the spicy brilliance of a hot cross bun, but in a cupcake instead! These clever hot cross bun cupcakes – flavoured with orange zest, raisins, apple, mixed spice and ground almonds – are even finished with a ‘cross’ of spiced soft cheese frosting.

8. Orange and almond cupcakes

Capture the zesty flavours of Easter with this orange and almond cupcake recipe. Ground almonds lend both flavour and a moist texture, and you can make the buttercream a shade of coral using food colouring. Feeling fancy? Turn your cupcakes into a pretty ‘bouquet’ with our step-by-step guide.

9. Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes

Melted white chocolate and desiccated coconut make these Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes utterly irresistible. They’re finished with a white chocolate frosting and you can use mini eggs, shredded coconut and yellow icing to make tiny edible birds to sit on top.

10. Cherry and almond Easter cupcakes

Like a Simnel cake but in miniature, these cherry and almond Easter cupcakes are flavoured with grated marzipan, almond essence and glacé cherries. Remember to toss the cherries in flour first, so they don’t sink to the bottom of your cupcakes.

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Cutest-Ever Easter Cupcakes

From sweet bunnies and chicks to sprouting springtime flowers, these almost-too-cute-to-eat cupcakes are perfect for any Easter celebration.

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Chicken and Egg Cupcakes

Little Lamb Cupcakes

Mini Egg Carton Cupcakes

All it takes is a good idea to turn mini vanilla cupcakes into an adorable pastel-colored Easter dessert.

Chick Cupcakes

Be sure to grab one of these little cuties for yourself before you set them out for your guests &mdash something tells us these cupcakes are going to quickly "fly" off your table.

Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Sprouting Carrot Chocolate Cupcakes

Looking for two ways to impress your guests this Easter? These sprouting carrot cupcakes are sure to do the trick. To make the surpise filling, cut a cone-shaped chunck out of your baked cupcakes with a paring knife and fill it with a heaping pile of orange icing. And be sure not to discard the cake pieces you cut out &mdash you'll want to use them to create your crumbly and fudgey faux-soil topping.

A Simple Easter Cupcake

I t’s fair to say I’ve done some research in the area of cupcakes. Besides baking for my own enjoyment, I’ve organized city-wide tours to search for the perfect cupcake, and created hundreds of versions for wedding showers, birthdays and other events.

I’m shocked at how many cupcakes sold from fancy boutiques come up short. It only takes a few dry mouthfuls of cake and a heavy frosting-induced belly ache to realize that you have just wasted $3.25 and …

it’s hard to beat a homemade cupcake.

That is not to say that every homemade cupcake is delicious and perfect in every way, or that all boutique creations are dry and crumbly, but great homemade cupcakes are definitely attainable, even for the novice baker. And for much less cost than a dozen from the local bakery.

Without disclosing just how many of these sweet treats I’ve consumed in one day (how many are in a baker’s dozen again?), I’ll pass along a winning cupcake recipe that has served me well!

With the baking tips I’ll share, the recipe you’ll find below, and a bag of Cadbury mini eggs, you will be well on your way to the perfect cupcake and a simple Easter dessert everyone will love.

Tips for Baking and Frosting Cupcakes

  • Begin with all ingredients at room temperature.
  • Do not over beat the batter.
  • Lightly grease the cupcake pans edges in-case of sight overflow.
  • Fill muffin cups slightly over half-way.
  • Bake in the middle of the oven.
  • Bake muffin tin on a cookie sheet to prevent cupcake bottoms from getting too brown
  • Cool cupcakes completely before frosting
  • Only frost cupcakes on the day you intend to serve them

Practice makes perfect. Once you make a recipe a few times, you’ll be able to make adjustments to improve on your cupcake, be they filling the liner less or more, or frosting techniques.

Go ahead, make a few batches. I don’t think you’ll hear anyone complaining about the leftovers!


Everyone should have a reliable cupcake recipe in their repertoire a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for people of all ages. Today I’m sharing mine: classic yellow cake and rich chocolate frosting.

Sure, I’ve baked many cupcakes in my time, but when it comes to the ultimate authority on the subject, I easily defer to Martha Stewart. These recipes are 100 percent hers there is no need to adjust them.

The simple little Easter decoration, however, is mine. It’s easy enough for the amateur cake decorator and kids can help place the mini eggs into the ‘nests’.

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23 of the Cutest Cupcake Recipes for Your Easter Table

Celebrate the season with pastel hues and sugary sweets.

Holidays are the perfect excuse to indulge in the flavors of the season, and Easter is particularly fun because it ushers in a whole new springtime flavor palate. After you've polished off your plate of Easter appetizers, sides, and mains, enjoy a sampling of delicious cupcakes, flavored with the light, zesty, and fruity tastes of spring. And don't worry, chocolate is always in season.

Sophisticated, flirty, and bright, this is not your average cupcake, making it all the more fitting for a special holiday celebration. The frosting decorations are inspired by hydrangeas (a flower we are more than ready for come spring) and the carrot cake base (a nod to the Easter Bunny) is perfect for the season.

These little angel food cupcakes have a light and fluffy base with a decadent topping. The coconut flake bird nests topped with egg candies will animate your Easter table spread.

There's nothing like a little passionfruit to get you in the mood for spring. This recipe also happens to be vegan, so whether you have dietary restrictions or you just want to try out a new foodie favorite this Easter, this one will not disappoint.


To make the grass, you’ll use the grass icing tip. It makes it really easy. Pipe the frosting around the outer edge of the cupcake. I piped about 2 rows. Fill in the center of the cupcake with a swirl of chocolate frosting. You want to pipe two swirls/circles – one directly on top of the other, sort of stacked – with a opening in the middle. In the opening, you’ll add the eggs.

If you’re just making the nest and leaving off the grass, you’ll use the same motion of piping with the chocolate frosting, but it’ll be a larger circle/swirl. I actually piped a little dallop right the in the middle of the cupcake and then added the swirl. The dallop kind of keeps things in place, so the frosting doesn’t collapse into the center. You can see a picture of what I mean about the dallop in my tutorial for how to frost cupcakes. The first method I show uses the dallop.

Just fill in the nest with your favorite Easter egg candy and you’re all done! I used mini Cadbury eggs, but Whoppers Robins Eggs are awesome too. And I’m not gonna lie, jelly beans are a weakness. They’d be great on top as well. Whichever candy you use, these Easter Egg Chocolate Cupcakes are sure to be a hit!

More Easter desserts for you to enjoy:

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perfect for spring celebrations—or really any time of year—this moist cake is topped by a rich cream cheese frosting that pairs perfectly with the mildly sweet flavor of grated carrots and warm spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The carrot tops “planted” in the frosting add a whimsical touch.

For the cake:

3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) canola oil, plus more for greasing
2 1/4 cups (111/2 oz./360 g) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. kosher salt
5 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
3 large eggs
2 1/4 cups (18 oz./560 g) sugar
3/4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. (185 g) crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups (15 oz./470 g) grated peeled carrots
3 carrots, with tops attached
1/2 cup (2 oz./60 g) chopped toasted walnuts

For the frosting:

16 Tbs. (8 oz./250 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 cups (12 oz./375 g) confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lb. (500 g) cold cream cheese
2 Tbs. heavy cream

55 Best Easter Cakes to Make for a Fun, Festive Dessert

There are plenty of ways to make your Easter celebration feel special, including beautiful Easter table décor, cooking a delicious Easter brunch, and spending quality time with family. But if you&rsquore looking for a grand finale to really set your Easter apart, we suggest giving one of these gorgeous Easter cakes a try. These Easter desserts will make an impressive (and sweet) ending to any springtime celebration. The good news is that all of these cakes are easy to make. While some are better for project-baking with decorated layers, others are simple sheet cakes or bundt cakes that even a novice baker could make. It&rsquos a great way to get your kids can get involved in the fun. They&rsquoll love helping to make these cute, easy Easter cakes almost as much as they&rsquoll love to eat them. Grab your cake decorating supplies and get baking!

Many of these showstopping desserts feature seasonal favorites, like chocolate eggs, marshmallow Peeps, and colorful Easter candies. While others simply highlight the flavors of spring&mdashlike lemon and blueberry, strawberry shortcake, and coconut cream. Either way, these best Easter cakes are guaranteed to steal the show at your table. Looking for more ways to satisfy your sweet tooth? Bake some cute Easter cupcakes or try one of these candy-filled Easter basket ideas.

This glazed lemon bundt cake is great for an Easter brunch, whether it's part of the meal or served after.

Coffee and brunch go hand-in-hand, so why not make a gorgeous java-infused layer cake for Easter this year? Coffee-enthusiasts, like Ree Drummond, will love it!

This beautiful, fruit-filled cake is so easy to make&mdashyou won&rsquot even need to turn on your oven! It&rsquos perfect for an outdoor holiday.

Ree got this recipe from her mom&rsquos friend Sigrid. &ldquoShe used to make it in a bundt pan, wrap the cake in foil, and deliver it to us,&rdquo she says. This layer cake version is a beautiful addition to your Easter table&mdashor gift it to a friend, like Sigrid used to do.

This cake gets its moist texture from three sources: heavy cream, evaporated milk, and sweetened condensed milk. If you&rsquore feeling extra festive, add a splash of rum to the mixture.

An ethereal cake like angel food is perfect for Easter. Serve it with strawberries and whipped cream for something light and fruity or try it with cherries and chocolate syrup for a little more indulgence.

This twist on the old fashioned 7UP pound cake gets a boost of zingy flavor from fresh lemon and lime zest. Use a pretty bundt pan for a holiday-ready presentation.

Ree&rsquos simple chocolate cake works for just about any occasion. Instead of frosting, she uses layers of Nutella and whipped cream, plus fresh strawberries&mdashperfect for spring.

Hosting an outdoor Easter gathering? These cake jars are the perfect dessert. They&rsquore zesty, portable, and fun to eat. You can even use cut up store-bought pound cake to save time.

The sweet coconut topping on this cinnamon-spiced oat cake is perfect for Easter. It&rsquos a wholesome cake that the whole family will love.

While many of the cakes on this list are bright and colorful, the simplicity of a coconut cake still manages to feel extra special&mdashmaybe it&rsquos the fluffy, sugary shreds of coconut covering the outside?

Get the recipe at Sugar and Soul.

This is a cross between a strawberry shortcake and a strawberry cake. You can decorate it simply with frosting or add strawberry halves on top for a nice presentation.

This simple cake is a classic at church potlucks. It&rsquos a doctored-up cake mix dessert that deserves a spot on your Easter table.

This family recipe comes from Ladd&rsquos great-great grandmother. It has a surprise fruity filling that&rsquos sure to make your holiday table sparkle.

Sandwich layers of homemade white cake with coconut Swiss meringue buttercream and lime curd. Talk about flavorful!

Get the recipe at Bakes by Brown Sugar.


Turn this vanilla cake into an Easter masterpiece by coating it in a robin's egg speckled icing.

Get the recipe at Mom On Timeout.

With coconut sponge cake, coconut milk, and toasted coconut on top, this tres leches cake will be a delicious bite!

Get the recipe at Hummingbird High.

You'll love these moist malt cake layers complemented by a sweet white chocolate Swiss meringue buttercream.

Get the recipe at A Cookie Named Desire.

For another lemon pound cake idea, try this Southern-inspired recipe. The thick lemon glaze brings it all together.

Get the recipe at Vintage Confections.

With graham crackers and a carrot cake-flavored whipped cream filling, this no-bake treat will come together so easily!

Get the recipe at Joy the Baker.

Anyone who wants to put their cake decorating skills to the test can try and mimic these elderflower frosting rosettes!

Get the recipe at A Cozy Kitchen.

Up your carrot cake game with this easy poke cake. It's soaked with a sweet buttermilk glaze and then topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Get the recipe at Julia's Eats and Treats.

For a fun Easter treat that the kids will love, make these adorable mini Easter cakes. They'll bring a smile to your face too!

Get the recipe at Oh My! Sugar High.

Can't decide between a coconut cake or carrot cake? Make this layered dessert that incorporates the two spring favorites.

Get the recipe at The Baker Mama.

Try this simple, elegant yellow "naked" cake for just about any celebration! It's layered with frosting and strawberry preserves.

Get the recipe at Isabel Eats.

It's all about the details for this coconut nest cake. Fill the middle of a bundt cake with Easter candies and watch them pour out when cut into!

Get the recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

For a twist on a regular lemon cake, try this version that has dollops of rich Italian lemon pastry cream baked into it!

Get the recipe at An Italian in My Kitchen.

The buttercream on this layered cake is made with a handful of Cadbury Creme Eggs. It'll be a hit at any Easter celebration.

Get the recipe at Liv for Cake.

The kids will jump for joy over this adorable dirt cake. Dot the top with orange frosting dollops that will look just like the real deal.

Get the recipe at Lauren's Latest.

True lemon lovers will be obsessed with this lemon cheesecake topped with lemon curd. It doesn't get more citrusy than that!

Easter Chocolate Cupcakes

These cute carrot patch cupcakes are the perfect treat for spring. They are pretty easy to make and even start with your favorite box cake mix (unless you want to make a cake from scratch). We go for the box mix right now in our busy house, because it makes it so much easier.

What you will need to make these Carrot Patch Cupcakes is in this picture below. However, I have it displayed in a recipe list form to print out towards the bottom of the page.

Carrot Patch Chocolate Cupcakes

Make your favorite boxed chocolate cupcakes or buy store bought chocolate cupcakes for this recipe.

Melt orange chocolate discs according to package directions. We like to add a little coconut oil into the melts to make them heat well and give it an extra creamy flavor.

Pull up the stem of the strawberries but keep them intact. Dip each strawberry into the chocolate and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Place the remaining chocolate into a sandwich size baggie and snip off the corner. Drizzle chocolate over the strawberries in a zig zag motion. Let dry.

Break apart the Oreo cookies and scrape off the white frosting and discard. Place cookies into a baggie and crush.

Frost each cupcake and dip into the crushed cookies.

Place one “carrot” into the middle of each cupcake and they are ready to enjoy.

Serve these delicious chocolate cupcakes for an Easter celebration or a class party and enjoy!

Forget about large layered Easter cakes or crazy desserts that take 25 ingredients. These little dirt cupcakes will make every Easter bunny fan happy.

If you are going for a Carrot Patch Theme try out these delicious pudding cups.

Carrot Patch Chocolate Cupcakes for Easter

Easter Treats

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