April 2, 2015

Cute Easter Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Now's the time to unleash your creative side and make adorable Easter-theme cupcakes! I followed two classic recipes: a simple vanilla cake and Swiss meringue buttercream for the frosting. I made mini cupcakes for added cuteness factor, but larger cupcakes are probably easier to decorate. 

Recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes 
from "Good Enough to Eat" 
by Carrie Levin and Ann Nicosia

1 cup (16 tablespoons) of unsalted butter
2 cups of sugar
4 extra-large eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 cup of buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
2. Cream the butter and sugar.
3. Mix in the eggs, one by one; then add the vanilla.
4. Combine all the dry ingredients and sift. 
5. Using a wooden spoon, alternatively stir in the dry ingredients and buttermilk.
6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes for regular cupcakes or 20 minutes for mini cupcakes.

1 1/4 cups of sugar
5 large egg whites
1 pound (32 ounces) of unsalted butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1. Combine the sugar and egg whites in a heatproof mixing bowl.
2. Over a pan of simmering water, whisk the eggs whites until they become frothy and pure white in color. The temperature should reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Remove bowl from simmering water; continue to whisk until mixture is stiff and glossy. 
4. Add the butter slowly by the tablespoon, then whisk in the vanilla extract. 
5. Use immediately or refrigerate (for up to 3 days); use at room temperature.

For the frosting, I used all-natural food colorings from India Tree, which are made from ingredients such as turmeric, annatto, beet juice and vegetable juice. (These coloring are best for creating pastel colors rather than vivid primary colors.) The bunny noses and pupils were made from tempered (melted) dark chocolate.

India Tree Decorating Set made with all-natural ingredients

Once you've baked your cupcakes and made your frosting, prepare your mise en place for decorating. Create several piping bags out of parchment paper. Here's how: Cut triangles of parchment paper and then wrap them into cone shapes. Mix up your colors in the desired shades; you can make any color of the rainbow by combining red, yellow and blue. 
Mise en place for decorating my cupcakes
For design inspiration, I recommend searching for "clip art" on Google Images. Look for simple shapes to copy. Keep your designs simple for best results. 

Buttercream bunnies with dark chocolate noses
I used a "royal icing" (because it's whiter and smoother) for another batch of chick cupcakes. 

Below are some charming Easter creations my favorite cupcake shop, Sibby's Cupcakery in San Mateo. Hope this provides you with inspiration to decorate your own!
Easter cupcake decorating inspiration from Sibby's Cupcakery! {photo credit: Sibby's}

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@the_bear_clan said...

Yes! I wanted to plan a fun activity to do with my niece, you make this look so fun and easy so I will try it next time I see her!!

Miss Patisserie said...

Please let me know how your cupcake-making activity goes! I'd love to see photos!