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Easter Cupcakes, what great memories. From the time the kids were little I have always loved making Easter cupcakes. I love decorating them with marshmallow bunnies, coconut, and jelly beans. We always had such a good time making our masterpieces. They might not have been worthy of serving in a restaurant, but the kids always had a blast making them. I have never proclaimed to be a baker. My cupcakes were from a box and the frosting was from a tub. We have kind of let the tradition slide, but Maddie has decided to resurrect it this year.


Now when I made Easter cupcakes with my young kids it was all about the experience and very little importance was put on the finished product. That is not the case with Maddie’s version. They have to look adorable and taste amazing. She told me she would keep to one of my traditions. The cake would be from a mix, but it would be amped up a little to make it a tasty treat. However, her frosting would never come from a tub. She always says homemade frosting is so easy and tastes way better than store bought.  Mads definitely made me happy with her decoration choices which included Peeps marshmallows, green dyed coconut, and jelly beans. Maddie did make her own version of a birds nest to top the cupcakes. It is too cute and super simple.




1 Box of White Mix

1/2 Cup of Sour Cream

1/4 Cup of Flour

1/4 Cup of Sugar

1&1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

1/4 tsp salt

3 Eggs

1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil

1&1/4  Cups of Water


2 Stick of Unsalted Butter (1/2 Cup)

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

1&1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

4 to 6 TB of Milk


1 Cup Pretzel Pieces

1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips

2 TB Heavy Cream



Pre-heat oven 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Using a hand mixer, mix until all ingredients are well blended.  Place cupcake liners in cupcake baking pan. Fill each liner 2/3 full(Maddies uses an ice cream scoop in order to keep the amount equal) Bake for 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when you can put a tooth pick in center and remove it without residue.  Remove from pan and place on cooling rack. Frost when completely cool.


In mixing bowl cream softened butter. Begin adding the powdered sugar a cup at a time. Once each cup is completely incorporated add the next cup. Add in milk a TB at a time until frosting reaches the consistency of your choice. Stir in vanilla extract.


Place chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwaveable container. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir mixture to make it smooth. Put pretzel pieces in a plastic zip lock bag. Add the chocolate mixture to the bag and combine with pretzels.  Spray cooking spray in a min muffing baking pan. Spoon out mixture in to min muffin tins, making sure to push down the center to form a nest. Place in freezer for 10- 15 minutes. Remove from freezer and take each nest out of tin.


Maddie loves to neatly apply the frosting using a pastry bag and star tip. But, that is where all of the formal technique ends. Have fun, experiment, do what makes you happy. Our kitchen stayed pretty neat during the baking phase, but it kind of exploded during decorating. That was okay. We can clean up, and boy was it fun. Maddie kept thinking up ideas and then we just tried them out. After all, isn’t memory making was the whole purpose of this baking expedition any way. Have fun and enjoy some delicious cupcakes without the work of making them completely from scratch.

Don’t forget to check out Maddies other posts, Vegan Brownies and Cranberry Bread.  Let us know if you tried out Maddie’s semi-homemade cupcake recipe. What is your favorite way to decorate holiday cupcakes?



  1. Sometimes we can’t just make everything from scratch. I like using a box of mix every now and again. These look delicious, perfect for Easter!

  2. These is really cute, I love baking. I love baked goods. This year I will make individual sweet potato pise and I’m super excited about it.

    I’m thinking of making festive cupcakes for the daycare kids. They would get a kick out of them.

  3. I make and keep a white cake master mix in the cub]pboards all the time. I can make these cupcakes today, except I would have to run to the store for the cute cake top decorations.

  4. These are adorable! I need to get a little more creative when I make cupcakes lol. I just make them, throw icing on and call it a day lol.

  5. This looks so good and they’re so adorable! I would love to make these for our Easter party this year. Your simple and they look delicious.

  6. These Easter cupcakes are so cute. I love adding sour cream to cakes to make them moister.

  7. They look nice and cute, but all that sugar! My dentist would be happy and I would suffer with open wallet surgery! 😀

  8. These are so cute. I love making cupcakes with my kids and I know they’ll love doing some up for Easter!

  9. These cupcakes look so delicious. I am what I would say an average baker, but I really do not do well with decorating cakes and cupcakes. I just can’t! I will make these cupcakes and ask my sister to help me with the frosting and toppings.

  10. These cupcakes look so cute and delicious. I am going to have to make these nest Easter cupcakes for Easter treats. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  11. I love the fact that these are semi-homemade. I love the idea of making and decorating cupcakes but sometimes, baking can take lots of time! I love decorating and these are totally up my alley.

  12. My kids are absolutely going to love these! Who wouldn’t love something with a peep on top?

  13. This would be a fun last minute activity to do with my kids before Easter. My 4 year old loves baking and decorating cakes/cupcakes.

  14. You make this sound and look easy but I bet it’s a lot of work to create such beautiful cupcakes. Delish!

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