Easter peeps cupcake recipe
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Bring Fun to the Table with Our Colorful Easter Peeps Cupcakes

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.

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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)

Related: Simple and Fun Salt Dough Easter Craft for Kids 

easter peeps cupcakes

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.

easter peeps cupcakes

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.

Related: Bring Spring to the Table with These Colorful M&M Candy Cookies 

Easter Peeps Cupcakes

Easter Peeps Cupcake Recipe

Colorful Easter Peeps Cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 Cupcakes

1 Cupcake

Colorful Easter Peeps Cupcakes


    For the Cupcakes:
  • 1/2 C butter, unsalted (softened)
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 C greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/4 C milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C organic flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 C butter, unsalted (softened)
  • 1/3 C shortening
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 C powdered sugar


    For the Cupcakes:
  1. Combine butter and sugar in stand mixer until light and fluffy. Pour egg whites into butter mixture and add vanilla & milk. Fold greek yogurt into mixture with a spatula.
  2. In separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Pour dry ingredients slowly into butter mixture and blend until just combined.
  4. Fill cupcake holders 3/4 full using a scoop to measure each portion for even sizing.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes. Using a toothpick check the center of cupcake to determine if done. The toothpick will come out clean if done. (Oven times can vary so be sure to keep an eye on them)
  6. Let cupcakes cool completely before icing.
  7. For the Icing:
  8. Combine butter and shortening in stand mixer. Blend until smooth consistency. Add in vanilla flavoring and blend again to mix evenly throughout.
  9. Using 1/2 - 1 C at a time begin adding powdered sugar to butter mixture. Blend on high until smooth consistency is reached.
  10. Top with candy of choice


For a thinner icing 1-2 T milk can be added to mixture. A Wilton Star tip was used for creating the "grass effect" in the icing. Wilton icing coloring gel was used for the green shade of the icing.


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!)

Happy Baking!

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Ghastly is a paranormal historian living in Arkansas. She writes on mental health, chronic illness, crafting (or at least trying to), and her love of cupcakes when she isn't herding cats or homeschooling her special needs daughter.

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