Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Cupcakes, Kid Style

The girls and I made Easter cupcakes.. they turned out so cute. I helped with some of the decorations, but they did them mostly by themselves.

Original recipes taken from Better Homes and Gardens, New Cook Book, 14th edition
Adapted by Something Different For Dinner

Basic white cupcakes:

*for whiter cupcakes, use shortening instead of butter, and clear vanilla instead of regular vanilla

Oven: preheat to 350 degrees F

4 egg whites
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking power
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter or shortening, softened
1 3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups buttermilk

First start by letting your eggs, reach room temperature. About 30 mins sitting out.

In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; and set aside.

In large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds.

Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add egg whites one at a time, beating well after you add each one.

Alternate adding flour mixture and buttermilk to butter mixture. Beat on low speed after adding each.  At this point I added in 1/4 cup of multi-color sprinkles to the batter, to give it that confetti look.

Spoon batter, into cupcake baking cups. I use an icecream scoop, it just seems easier and the portion is perfect.

Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until done. Mine took 17 minutes exactly. :-)

Set on wire rack until thoroughly cooled.

Butter Frosting:

3/4 cup butter, softened
2 pounds powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in 1/3 cup milk and vanilla. Slowly mix in remaining sugar.

Beat in remaining milk, until your frosting gets to a spreadable consistancy.

I added a few drops of red food coloring to get a pink color.

For the decorations, the girls used mulit-colored and pink sprinkles; as well as coconut colored green (for grass) with a few drops of green food coloring.


  1. Cupcakes sound great! I'm going to have to bake some. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi, I'm a friend from FB and stopped by to say hello and catch up on your blog. Cupcakes are always the right food at any time. My wife and I listened to "Water for Elephants" on audio. Great reader for a great story. Enjoyed your post. Take care!

  3. Hi! Thank goodness for FB, huh? Cupcakes are all the craze around here and I need to jump on the bandwagon ~ Yours looks so darling! (I wish I had girls in my house, but I'm surrounded by boys who will happily eat!)

  4. Your girls did a great job! So pink and so cute! I don't see an option of Name/URL under Comment as, so I guess I use Google Account?

    Nami @ Just One Cookbook (

  5. Cute as heck. The girls did a beautiful job.


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