I can't believe Easter is almost here. I'm not ready! I know that's pretty ridiculous because I'm not hosting Easter here at my house but I really feel like it snuck up on me this year. Whenever I think of Easter I think of my mom's birthday and I certainly haven't found anything to buy her yet this year. What do you get the woman who has everything she wants? I have no idea. The only thing I have for her so far are PEEPS®. She loves them so I got her a huge package of them this year for her birthday.
First thing I wanted to do was to make a fun Easter dessert that could double as a birthday cake or cupcake for my mom and I turned back to the PEEPS®. I wanted to make a cute cupcake but didn't know how I wanted to make it. I started with a vanilla cupcake batter but before I poured the batter into the muffin tin I decided it needed some color. I dyed the cupcake batter half blue and half pink. It looked so much better with those bright colors.
While the cupcakes baked I worked on a decorating scheme. I wanted to put the PEEPS® on top but I needed something for them to sit on. After a lot of thinking I determined I wanted them to be sitting on a birds nest complete with eggs. Easier said then done.
I whipped up a batch of vanilla buttercream frosting and colored it brown. You can just as easily make chocolate frosting but I gave up chocolate for Lent and my brother can't eat chocolate so I usually try to make at least one non-chocolate dessert for family holidays. I spread a thin layer of frosting on top of each cooled cupcake then used a small tip to pipe on a "nest". I put a few chocolate eggs in the nest and set the PEEPS® chicks on top.
The cupcakes were totally adorable! I loved the little nest with the eggs inside and the PEEPS® on top. Plus, it's a surprise biting into them and seeing the bright pink and blue colors. They are totally perfect for the Easter holiday.
For the Cupcakes:
- 1 ¼ c. flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ c. butter, softened
- ⅔ c. sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ c. milk
- blue and pink food coloring
For the Frosting:
- 1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3-4 c. powdered sugar
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- 2-3 Tablespoons milk
- brown food coloring
- 1 bag chocolate eggs
- 12 PEEPS® chicks in assorted colored
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners. I used half blue and half pink to match the cupcakes.
- In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and beat until smooth. Stir in the vanilla.
- Add in half the flour mixture and stir well. Mix in the milk and stir until combined. Stir in the remaining flour mixture.
- Divide the batter into two bowls. Color one pin and the other blue.
- Pour into cupcake liners, filling ⅔ of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Meanwhile, beat the butter in a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Stir in the vanilla and milk and beat until smooth.
- Add in brown food coloring.
- Place a thin layer of brown frosting on top of each cupcake. Place remaining frosting in a piping bag with a small tip. Pipe it on in a circle, making a nest. Fill each nest with 3 chocolate eggs.
- Top with a PEEPS® chick.
A Hezzi-D Original Recipe