If you are looking for a fun, easy Easter activity to do with your kids, then give these Easter cupcakes a try. After they are decorated they look like they have a little bird nest with eggs in it sitting on top of each cupcake.
You can easily substitute a store-bought cake mix and pre-made frosting for homemade, but if you have the time, your children will enjoy the work it takes to make homemade cupcakes. Baking with your kids teaches them an important life skill, and it’s also a great way to spend time together as a family. Decorating the cupcakes is the fun part. This recipe is very simple, and your kids will enjoy creating little bird nests on top of their cupcakes.
The bird nests are make out of flaked coconut. You will be coloring the coconut green to look like grass. The bird eggs are jelly beans.
Your children will really enjoy coloring the coconut. First have them put a handful of coconut into a ziploc bag. Next have them dip a toothpick into green food coloring and then have them stir the coconut with the toothpick to distribute the food coloring throughout the coconut. Next help your children seal the ziploc bag and have them gently knead the bag until the coconut is completely green.
After the cupcakes are cool, they will be ready to decorate. Have your children spread on the frosting first then sprinkle with green coconut. Your children can then arrange jelly beans or “bird eggs” on their coconut nests.
Vanilla Cupcake Recipe
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
Paper baking cups
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper baking cups. Stir dry ingredients together first. Next add shortening, milk, and vanilla. Beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Scrape side of bowl with a spatula. Add eggs. Beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Fill baking cups 1/2 full. Bake for 20 minutes. Place cupcakes on wire racks to cool. Makes approx. 36 cupcakes.
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
With a mixer, blend the powdered sugar and butter. Stir in vanilla and milk and mix until smooth. If necessary, add more powdered sugar or milk to get desired consistency. You can add food coloring if you want to change the color of the frosting.
Baking can be one of your family’s new Easter traditions. Activities like these are something your children can look forward to from one holiday to the next.
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more crafts, recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.