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Easter Cupcakes: A Recipe, Decorating Ideas, and DIY Cupcake Wrappers

Updated on February 24, 2017

Easter Cupcakes

Celebrate Easter with festive cupcakes!
Celebrate Easter with festive cupcakes! | Source

Celebrating Easter

In this house, every holiday must be celebrated with cupcakes, and Easter is no exception to this rule. It has become quite the family tradition for my boys and I to put our heads together and come up with new ideas on how to decorate our next batch of cupcakes.

For this year's batch of Easter cupcakes, we decided to go with the classics - bunnies, chicks, and colored eggs - all on top of a sprinkled cupcake. Of course, we couldn't stop there so we came up with an all new kid-friendly DIY cupcake wrapper.

So come on and join in on the fun and find out how to create this festive batch of Easter cupcakes!

How to Make Sprinkled Cupcakes

We wanted to try something a little different for the inside of the cupcake. Looking in the pantry, all we had was a white cake mix, but I remembered an idea that fellow HubPages author Cardelean gave me to add the longer colored sprinkles, also known as jimmies, to your cake batter. We tried it out and was really pleased with the results. The inside reminded me of a funfetti cake except the colors were a little more vibrant. Here is a list of supplies and step by step directions to making sprinkled cupcakes:

Supplies:

  • White cake mix

  • 1/3 cup of long colored sprinkles

  • Baking cups

Directions:

  1. Mix together ingredients according to directions on cake mix box.
  2. Stir in 1/3 cup of long colored sprinkles.
  3. Fill baking cups no more than halfway full.
  4. Bake in oven at temperature and time indicated on cake mix box.
  5. Let cupcakes completely cool before adding the icing.

Sprinkled Cupcakes

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An inside look of the sprinkled cupcake.Mix cake batter according to directions on package.Pour in 1/3 cup of long colored sprinkles and stir well.A look at our sprinkled cake mix.Our sprinkled cupcakes straight out of the oven.
An inside look of the sprinkled cupcake.
An inside look of the sprinkled cupcake. | Source
Mix cake batter according to directions on package.
Mix cake batter according to directions on package. | Source
Pour in 1/3 cup of long colored sprinkles and stir well.
Pour in 1/3 cup of long colored sprinkles and stir well. | Source
A look at our sprinkled cake mix.
A look at our sprinkled cake mix. | Source
Our sprinkled cupcakes straight out of the oven.
Our sprinkled cupcakes straight out of the oven. | Source

Easter Cupcake Decorating Ideas

To begin decorating your Easter cupcakes, you will need to prepare a bowl of buttercream icing. Below is a list of supplies and step by step directions to how we decorated our cupcakes:

Supplies:

  • White and green buttercream icing
  • Peeps marshmallow bunnies
  • Peeps marshmallow chicks
  • Jelly beans

Directions:

  1. Frost each cupcake with a white layer of buttercream icing.
  2. Cut the bottom half of the marshmallow peeps and place on top of desired number of cupcakes.
  3. Use an icing decorating tool or plastic bag filled with green icing to create the grass around your decorations. (I used the Pampered Chef Easy Accent Decorator with the drop flower tip.)
  4. For the jelly beans cupcakes, first create the bottom layer of green icing for the grass and then add 3 jelly beans on top. Fill in more green icing around the jelly beans as needed.

Decorating Easter Cupcakes

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The supplies needed to make fun Easter cupcakes.Cut the bottom of the marshmallow peeps so it appears to be hiding in the grass.Poor little bunny!Here is what they should look like when you are done.
The supplies needed to make fun Easter cupcakes.
The supplies needed to make fun Easter cupcakes. | Source
Cut the bottom of the marshmallow peeps so it appears to be hiding in the grass.
Cut the bottom of the marshmallow peeps so it appears to be hiding in the grass. | Source
Poor little bunny!
Poor little bunny! | Source
Here is what they should look like when you are done.
Here is what they should look like when you are done. | Source

DIY Cupcake Wrappers

While waiting on the cupcakes to cool, my boys worked on DIY cupcake wrappers for their Easter craft. Keeping their age in mind, I made it very kid-friendly and super easy to make. The finished project will look like a colorful assortment of Easter eggs. Here are the supplies and directions to creating these homemade cupcake wrappers:

Supplies:

  • White cardstock
  • Do-A-Dot art bottles (or washable paint applied with a circular sponge or cotton ball)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue

Decorations:

  1. Measure and cut 1 inch wide strips of white cardstock.
  2. Use the Do-A-Dot art bottles (or washable paint applied with a sponge or cotton ball) to paint colorful dots all over the strips of cardstock.
  3. Allow time for the paint to dry.
  4. Wrap around baking cup of finished cupcake. Cut off extra length if needed and tape or glue the wrapper securely around the cupcake.

How to Make DIY Cupcake Wrappers

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Wrap around baking cups and attach with tape or glue.Our finished Easter DIY cupcake wrappers!Cut strips of white cardstock paper.My sons painting their cupcake wrappers with Do-A-Dot bottles.
Wrap around baking cups and attach with tape or glue.
Wrap around baking cups and attach with tape or glue. | Source
Our finished Easter DIY cupcake wrappers!
Our finished Easter DIY cupcake wrappers! | Source
Cut strips of white cardstock paper.
Cut strips of white cardstock paper. | Source
My sons painting their cupcake wrappers with Do-A-Dot bottles.
My sons painting their cupcake wrappers with Do-A-Dot bottles. | Source

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Celebrate Easter With Cupcakes

Whether you need to make a dessert for an Easter party or just looking for an activity and craft to keep your kids entertained, try making a batch of festive cupcakes with our homemade wrappers.

Your kids will love the chance to make some yummy baked goodies while getting creative with the design process. Turn baking cupcakes into an Easter family tradition and make this holiday into one that your kids will be sure to remember!

I hope you have found some good ideas for how to decorate your Easter Cupcakes. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Wishing you and your family a very happy Easter!

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      I really like your wrapper idea and realized that you could use this with scrapbook paper too.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Cupcake Carrie! Hope you have a Happy Easter!

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      Cupcake Carrie 4 years ago

      Adorable ideas! Wanted to share some Easter Cupcake Wrappers here that I found (only because I'm not that crafty and prefer to just buy :) http://www.bellacupcakecouture.com/item_136/Pretty...

      Thanks again for always having amazing ideas!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi HawaiiHeart! Yes come back next year and try them out! I have found so many Easter ideas that I am definitely going to try out next year with my boys. In fact my Pinterest Easter board is overflowing with new ideas. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I wish I found this hub earlier! I'll have to revisit these ideas for next year. Those sprinkle cupcakes sure look like fun!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much editorsupremo! They were fun to make and my boys loved them. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      What a lovely hub with good tips. Love the pics of your bunny cupcakes, they look yummy!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks midnightbliss! Hope you enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Turtlewoman! So happy to hear you liked the ideas! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Great hub! I can't wait to get started. Thanks!! :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      I love the idea of using Peeps as a cupcake topper for these Easter cupcakes! Genius. You have some great ideas! Voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Veronica! Happy to hear you will be trying them out - hope you all enjoy them! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Veronica Sevilla 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      This is perfect! Will try it out! I'm sure my niece and nephews will be thrilled :)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much girltalksshop! Hope they enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      Very cute ideas for Easter. Love them all!! I need to pass them on to my niece, for her three little boys. : )

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      They do make decorating super easy! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Janice S 5 years ago

      Love using Peeps to decorate cupcakes for Easter - so easy!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Robin! Hope you and your family enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Very cute! I wanted to make your St. Patrick's cupcakes but we were traveling. These will be perfect for Easter! Peeps bring back such good childhood memories, too!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks Thelma! They would be super cute at an Easter egg hunt. Hope you get a chance to make some. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      This is a great idea for Easter cupcakes decoration! Thanks for SHARING. I love making cup cakes and they are so good for an Easter egg hunt.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh peep s'mores sound delicious! I do have some leftover from the cupcakes too - may just have to try that out! Thanks for the idea!

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I saw on blog-land somewhere that you can use peeps in place of marshmallows for some peep s'mores...what a great idea! (Sorry, not sure where I saw them, but they looked cute and yummy)

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much susanm23b! Peeps are delicious - broke my heart to have to cut them in half! Haha! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

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      susanm23b 5 years ago

      Love these! Adding your own wrappers makes them even better. Who doesn't love PEEPS! Voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much randomcreative! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      The cupcake wrappers are so cute! Thanks for all of the great suggestions.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much sunbun143! Yes you could leave it as one big piece of paper and then cut it into strips - a great idea if you have a little one! Appreciate you stopping by and sharing that tip!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Sherry! Happy to hear that. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      sunbun143 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Love these! I am working on cupcake hubs but haven't published one yet. I think my son could actually help with making the cupcake wrappers! If I let him draw on a big piece of paper, then we'll cut it up into strips and decorate the cupcakes. Thanks for the inspiration. And way to go getting your boys involved!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Those cupcakes are super cute. Great ideas.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Cara for the idea! Now I no longer have to buy funfetti cake mix. And look at you with another helpful tip - coloring coconut green for the grass is brilliant! Appreciate you stopping by and for sharing!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Fantastic tips! I'm so glad that you tried and liked the results of the sprinkles in the batter, they turned out great! Thanks so much for the links! I'm definitely going to make these with my kids. (I loved the poor bunny photo-too funny!)

      Another quick suggestion. For those who are not comfortable with using the decorating tips, coloring coconut green would be another way to show the green grass. I will be sharing this one for sure!