It’s easy for grown-ups to make these cupcakes look like real baskets using the twisted rope candy and colored grass, but it can be just as fun to let the little ones go to town decorating how they’d like to.
Scroll lower in my recipe to see examples of slightly less fancy cupcakes that are no less festive!
1 cup milk or non-dairy alternative (like vanilla coconut, soy, hemp, rice, etc. “milk”) – I used So Delicious® Vanilla Coconut Milk
to make chocolate cupcakes
1/4 cup cocoa powder
replace 1 cup of milk listed for white cake with 1 1/4 cup chocolate milk, dairy or non-dairy (I love chocolate almond milk in this recipe!)
Pre-heat oven to 350º F (static) or 325º F (convection).
To make cupcakes, oil or line 24 - 28 cupcake pans with cupcake papers.
Whisk together the flour, powdered milk, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar and beat well with your mixer’s paddle attachment, until the mixture is very light and fluffy (approximately 3-4 minutes).
Add the eggs next, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla with the last egg addition. Slowly add the milk, alternating with the flour mixture and beating in between the additions.
Beat until smooth and pour into the prepared pans.
Bake for 20 minutes, then test for doneness by inserting a cake tester or toothpick in the middle and be sure it comes out clean, with very few crumbs attached. Add time if necessary to fully bake the cupcakes.
Frost the cupcakes only when fully cooled, or in the alternative, you may wrap them with wax paper or plastic wrap and seal inside freezer bags to freeze or refrigerate until ready to use.
**For egg-free, omit 4 large eggs. Add 4 tablespoons arrowroot powder to dry ingredients. Add 4 tablespoons applesauce to beaten butter and sugar mixture. Proceed with recipe instructions.
Gluten Free Easter Candy for Decorations
Use gluten free twisted fruit and toothpicks to form the handles for the Easter baskets.
Decorate with gluten free Easter Candy like jelly beans (Jelly Belly brand are gluten free), twisted fruit or Peeps! Other marshmallow shaped candies are also typically gluten free, but read labels.
To make the Easter “grass”, add a couple drops of food coloring or all natural food coloring to a zip-top sandwich bag with coconut flakes – shake to color the coconut into green grass.
Stay away from ANYTHING MALTED! Malt = barley = gluten unless otherwise indicated. Also, Cadbury Creme Eggs are not considered gluten free by their manufacturer, Hershey’s. As with other holiday shapes, Reese’s egg shapes are not considered gluten free, although regular Reese’s are gluten free.
Organic, gluten free and naturally flavored jelly beans and lollipops make Easter candy sweet without artificial dyes or colors.