14 Easy and Adorable Easter Cupcake Decorating Ideas

Dress up a basic vanilla cupcake this Easter with ingredients you can find at your local supermarket — no pastry bags, cake decorating skills or specialty ingredients required.

By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

Photo By: Liz Gray

One Cupcake Recipe, 13 Decorating Ideas

Use our lemon-scented cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting as the base for any of these decorating ideas. Get the recipe!

Pint-Sized Chicks

Turn bite-sized mini cupcakes into chirping spring chicks. Start with a layer of robin's-egg blue frosting, then top with a beak fashioned from fruit leather triangles and mini chocolate chip eyes. Present in a "nest" of shredded paper or Easter grass.

Little Lambs

Kids will love using chocolate chips, chewing gum and mini marshmallows to create their own lamb cupcakes. To create the lamb's ears, cut a slice of a full-sized marshmallow, cut it in half and then cut it into quarters. Attach to a frosted white cupcake alongside the eyes.

Spring Bird's Nest

Ring in spring with this brightly colored cupcake topped with a "nest" of edible Easter grass and a few speckled malted milk eggs. To make the nest, twist several pieces of the grass into a circle, then wrap another strand around to secure.

Simple Scrollwork

To create this professional-looking Easter cupcake design, roll both ends of green licorice strips in opposite directions to meet in the middle. Affix to a frosted cupcake; the frosting will help the licorice keep its shape.

Tiny Chicks + Coconut Nest

Chirp, chirp! Re-create these Jordan almond chicks by using food-safe decorating pens to draw eyes and a triangle-shaped beak. Roll a frosted cupcake in toasted coconut, then make an indentation in the center with your thumb. Tuck three decorated almonds inside the "nest."

Cheerful Spring Flower

For an even simpler Jordan almond decoration, create this bright flower design. Put a lemon drop in the center of a frosted vanilla cupcake, then add Jordan almond petals in the color of your choice.

Fruit-Slice Flowers

This stunning cupcake is deceptively simple to make. Cut a sugared citrus slice into three pieces lengthwise, then affix to the cupcake, facing the same direction and cut-side up, in a flower shape. Cut the bottom of a gumdrop and affix cut-side down to form the center of the flower.

White Chocolate Butterflies

All you need for this butterfly-embellished cupcake? A bag of white chocolate pretzels. To make your own, snap off the bottom of two pretzels, then tuck them into the cupcake as "wings," leaving a small gap in between. Use one of the bottom pieces as the butterfly's body.

Edible Easter Basket

Turn a cupcake into an edible Easter basket kids can fill with their favorite treats. Use a paring knife to cut a well in the center of the cupcake. Fill with a thin layer of frosting and a few strands of edible Easter grass, then add a braided licorice handle. Here, jelly beans and a circus peanut-turned-marshmallow bunny fill the basket.

Garden-Fresh Cupcakes

This year, re-create the garden atop an Easter dessert. Start by dipping a frosted cupcake into crushed chocolate graham crackers. Push chunks of a coconut-peanut butter candy into the cupcake to stand in as carrots. Then use a dot of orange frosting to affix small pieces of green licorice as leaves. A craft stick marks the type of crop; this could also be personalized and used as a place card for each guest's spot at the Easter table.

Springtime Greeting

Use candy dots to spell out a springy greeting atop frosted cupcakes. A jellied fruit slice flower fills in the extra space of this "Happy Easter!" message.

Candy-Corn Flower

Candy corn isn't just for Halloween celebrations: In springy pastels, the confection can also dress up your Easter cupcakes. To re-create this look, add a ring of candy corn around the bottom of a frosted cupcake, alternating colors. Continue adding the candy corn bottom-side down until you reach the center.

Lemon Curd-Filled Cakes

To make this dinner party-worthy spring dessert, bake a classic vanilla cupcake in a greased and floured cupcake tin with no liner. Turn cooled cupcakes upside down, cut out a piece of the center and fill with store-bought lemon curd. Garnish with a dusting of powdered sugar and a mint leaf, if desired.

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