easter chick cupcakes

Easter chick cupcakes

Easter chick cupcakes

Serves: 8
Time: 20 minutes plus 12 minutes baking plus 10 minutes decorating
Difficulty: Easy

Easter baking with kids can be really fun. There are loads of cute ideas and ways of incorporating fun ideas like Easter bunnies or Easter chicks. We took a simple vanilla cupcake and made them for Easter with the addition of a cute Easter chick on top. The kids loved them and we used cream cheese frosting for a change which can be a really nice addition to a cupcake if you find vanilla frosting too sweet. So whether it’s these Easter chick cupcakes, their friends the Easter bunny cupcakes or something even simpler like Easter chocolate nests, there are loads of ways of keeping your kids busy in the kitchen this Easter.

Ingredients

120g (1 cup) plain / All-purpose flour
140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar
1.5 tsp baking powder
A pinch of salt
40g (1/3 cup) unsalted butter, softened
120ml milk (whole milk if possible)
1 egg, large
¼ tsp vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting

250g cream cheese
90g butter, softened
250g icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Yellow food colouring

To decorate
Red sprinkles
Small chocolate drop sprinkles

Method

Preheat your oven to 170C / 160C Fan / 330F and line a muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.

Mix the dry ingredients

Measure the flour and caster sugar our and add them to a free-standing mixer or large mixing bowl.

While your kids are doing that, add the baking powder and salt.

Add the butter into the flour and sugar and mix it together using the k paddle of your mixer or a handheld mixer (or your fingers) until you have a sandy/breadcrumb texture.



Add the wet ingredients

Get your kids to measure the milk. The easiest and most accurate way of doing this is using the ml setting of your digital scales if you have them. Pour the milk into your mixing bowl.

Add the egg – get you kids to crack it first into a separate bowl in case they get any shell in, then add it your mixing bowl. Add the vanilla extract while they’re doing this.

Bake the cupcakes

Give everything a good mix until you have a nice smooth, runny batter.

Fill each of your cupcake cases with batter until they are about ¾ full. If you’ve got an ice-cream scoop it can be a great tool to get the batter in the cases without too much mess.

Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They’re ready when they have risen, and turned a nice golden brown colour. You can also check they’re cooked using a metal skewer – poke it in the middle and if it comes out clean, they’re done.

Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool in their tray for a few minutes. Then take them out and leave them on a wire rack until they are completely cool.

Make the cream cheese frosting.

Mix the butter together with the cream cheese in a large bowl or free-standing mixer until they are well combined and not lumpy.

Add the vanilla extract and a splash of yellow food colouring and mix it in.

Measure the icing out then add it to your bowl. Slowly mix it in until it is mixed in fully.

Decorate the Easter chick cupcakes

Pipe the cream cheese frosting on to the cupcake with a wide nozzle. We did a big spiral at the bottom then smaller ones on top to look like the Easter chicks.

We then raided our sprinkles box to find some to use as the beak and eyes. Luckily, we found some small round chocolate sprinkles and some long think red sprinkles to make the beak. Add these to your chicks (depending on the age of your kids, they might need a helping, steady hand for this job.)

Enjoy.

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Easter chick cupcakes

These cute Easter chick cupcakes are a fun bake for kids to make this Easter. They're sure to love turning simple vanilla cupcakes into something a bit special.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Decorating time10 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: cupcakes, easter
Servings: 8
Author: cookingwithmykids

Ingredients

  • 120 g 1 cup plain / All-purpose flour
  • 140 g 2/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 40 g 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 120 ml milk whole milk if possible
  • 1 egg large
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 250 g cream cheese
  • 90 g butter softened
  • 250 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Yellow food colouring

To decorate

  • Red sprinkles
  • Small chocolate drop sprinkles

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 170C / 160C Fan / 330F and line a muffin tin with paper cupcake cases.

Mix the dry ingredients

  • Measure the flour and caster sugar our and add them to a free-standing mixer or large mixing bowl. Add the baking powder and salt.
  • Add the butter into the flour and sugar and mix it together using the k paddle of your mixer or a handheld mixer (or your fingers) until you have a sandy/breadcrumb texture.

Add the wet ingredients

  • Add the milk, vanilla extract and eggs to your mixing bowl. Give everything a good mix until you have a nice smooth, runny batter.

Bake the cupcakes

  • Fill each of your cupcake cases with batter until they are about ¾ full.  Bake the cupcakes in the oven for 12-15 minutes. They're ready when they have risen, and turned a nice golden brown colour. You can also check they're cooked using a metal skewer – poke it in the middle and if it comes out clean, they're done.
  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and leave them to cool in their tray for a few minutes. Then take them out and leave them on a wire rack until they are completely cool.

Make the cream cheese frosting.

  • Mix the butter together with the cream cheese in a large bowl or free-standing mixer until they are well combined and not lumpy. Add the vanilla extract and a splash of yellow food colouring and mix it in. Measure the icing out then add it to your bowl. Slowly mix it in until it is mixed in fully.

Decorate the Easter chick cupcakes

  • Pipe the cream cheese frosting on to the cupcake with a wide nozzle. We did a big spiral at the bottom then smaller ones on top to look like the Easter chicks.
  • We then raided our sprinkles box to find some to use as the beak and eyes. We found some small round chocolate sprinkles and some long think red sprinkles to make the beak. Add these to your chicks (depending on the age of your kids, they might need a helping, steady hand for this job.)
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