Everything is better when it’s packaged in a sweet little Easter basket, and that’s especially true when you’re looking for something special for your Easter celebrations this weekend. This easy twist on the classic cupcake are made 1000x sweeter thanks to these paper basket cupcake wrappers I found at Golda’s – especially when you note that these cupcake wrappers are completely customizable, so you could keep those littles busy after your egg hunt with decorating their own dessert baskets!
Don’t worry though, if you can’t find your own cupcake wrappers these Easter egg cupcakes look just as cute on a platter or packaged in little clear bags for take aways – and you can still get the kids involved. Why not ask for help decorating each “egg” before you wrap them up, or have them help pick your icing colours? You have to love dessert options that come with built in entertainment.
The trick to making these Easter egg cupcakes durable is to use royal icing instead of your typical frosting. It makes for a much stronger canvas, plus you can place them in baskets or bags without getting your hands dirty (my ultimate pet peeve).
To make your own, start with a cake. I baked mine in a small cake pan, but really whatever shape you choose will work. Once your cake is cool, carefully slice the cake horizontally, as though you were creating layers. You want slabs of cake that are thin enough for your cookie cutter, so use that as a measurement. Once you have the slabs you need, use an Easter egg cookie cutter (available literally everywhere right now, but if by chance you live in the woods you could easily hand cut an egg shape as well) to create cake “eggs”. Place them on a wire rack, with parchment paper under the rack to catch your icing.
Next, mix up a batch of royal icing. If you don’t have your own favourite recipe, feel free to use mine here. Depending how many eggs you’re doing, you’ll want to divide the icing into smaller bowls before dying them. Then, pour your icing over your cakes. The royal icing should be runny enough to spread easily, and you can use a butter knife to carefully spread the icing towards the edges, so that they’re covered. Decorate however you like, and let the icing harden before packaging them however you choose.
That’s it! Happy Easter!