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In Your Pantry: Cute & Easy Easter Cupcakes

Get even the youngest kids into the kitchen this Easter with these cute and simple recipes from pillsbury.com.



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Easter Chicks Cupcakes



Prep Time: 30 Min Total

Time: 1 Hr 25 Min

Makes: 24 cupcakes

Ingredients



Cupcakes

24 yellow paper baking cups

1 box yellow or devil's food cake mix with pudding

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box

 

Frosting and Decorations

2 1/2 cups shredded coconut

Yellow liquid food color

1 container (1 lb) vanilla frosting

48 brown miniature candy-coated chocolate baking bits

24 small orange gumdrops



Directions

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes using water, oil and eggs; cool completely.



Place coconut in resealable food-storage plastic bag. Add about 8 drops yellow liquid food color; seal bag and shake to mix.



Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Top with yellow coconut. For eyes, add brown baking bits. Cut orange gumdrops to resemble beaks; place on cupcakes.



Tester tip: I used mini chocolate chips for the eyes and I couldn't find gumdrops so I used orange Jelly Belly's cut in half for the beaks.



Bird's Nest Cupcakes



Prep Time: 30 Min

Total Time: 1 Hr 30 Min

Makes: 12 cupcakes

Ingredients



Cupcakes

24 pastel-colored paper baking cups

1 box milk chocolate cake mix with pudding

Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box



Frosting and Decorations

1 cup milk chocolate creamy ready-to-spread frosting (from 1-lb can)

36 pastel-colored candy-coated chocolate pieces

1 bottle (1.75 oz) chocolate decorating decors (1/3 cup)



Directions:

 

Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cups in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for cupcakes using water, oil and eggs; cool completely.



With 1/2 cup of the frosting, frost remaining 12 cupcakes. Place 3 candy-coated chocolate pieces on center of each to resemble eggs.



In small resealable food-storage plastic bag, place remaining 1/2 cup frosting; seal bag. Cut small hole in one bottom corner of bag; pipe frosting around chocolate pieces to create ridge on each cupcake.



Carefully spoon chocolate decors onto frosting ridge and around chocolate pieces to resemble nest.



Tester tip: If the kiddos aren't skilled with piping techniques, you can just sprinkle the chocolate decors on top to resemble the nest. Also, I didn't freeze 12 of the cupcakes like the recipes suggests and one tub of frosting was just fine to frost all 24.



Source: www.pillsbury.com



Photo: Heather Witherspoon

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