Can you believe that Easter is right around the corner? It seems as though we were just celebrating Christmas and here we are in spring already. This year has been flying by so far for our family! Before we know it summer will be here and it will almost be too hot here in Arkansas for baking. (keyword: almost lol)
I’ve had quite a few ideas for Easter cupcake recipes bouncing around in my head for the past few weeks. However, these Peeps bunny Easter cupcakes have been at the top of the list for a while now.
Now, I know there are some out there who don’t like Peeps. Quite frankly though, nobody needs that kind of negativity in their life. I love Peeps and will take any excuse to add them to a recipe (or eat a few…or five)
Unlike some of my other cupcake recipes like the Strawberry Patch Cupcakes, I’m not even going to pretend that these Easter cupcakes are anywhere near healthy. Once you add the peeps, chocolate eggs, and everything else there is just no getting around the fact that they are kind of a sugar overload. It’s ok once a year or so though, right?
I did use a greek yogurt in the batter to add a little bit of healthy-ness into it. If you would like you can use Turbinado sugar in this recipe as well. However, it can change the shade of white cake slightly.
The icing used on these cupcakes is made from a butter and shortening blend as in many of my other cupcake recipes. I have been working on a few different versions of this buttercream recipe but think I have finally come up with the perfect blend. You can use full butter if you don’t like or don’t have shortening available. If you do use a shortening I highly recommend using an all-vegetable shortening. Others can give you icing a slightly off flavor.
When it comes to the vanilla I was recommending the use of pure vanilla extract. In most recipes, I still highly recommend using pure vanilla extract when possible. However, for icing, I have found Wilton’s Clear Vanilla Extract.
Easter Peeps Cupcake Recipe
This Easter cupcake is decorated with a Wilton Decorating Star Tip to make the pattern of the grass using the icing. For the coloring, I used Wilton Icing Coloring in green. For a darker shade of green simply add more of the coloring. Use a little less if you prefer a lighter shade of green.
There are a ton of different ways that you could go about arranging the candies on the top of the cupcake. If I make them again I will most likely use the Robin Eggs in the small milk carton container as they are slightly smaller in size. However, the big ones work just as well. Cadbury Mini Eggs or even the Reese’s Pieces Eggs would work great too! If you try either of them let me know how they turned out. I might need to try another batch to test them. (Hey, any excuse to make more cupcakes!)
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