Festive Easter Cupcakes

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Celebrating the joys of spring with these whimsical Easter cupcakes! 🌈🧁✨ May your day be filled with sweet moments and colorful memories. Happy Easter! 🐣🌷🎉

Vanilla Cupcakes:

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ cup whole milk

Gradient Whipped Cream Frosting:

2 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gel food coloring in your chosen colors


Preheat Oven & Prepare Pan:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Mix Dry Ingredients:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream Butter & Sugar:
In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Add Eggs & Vanilla:
Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.

Combine with Dry Ingredients:
Add the dry ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients and mix just until the batter is smooth.

Fill Cupcake Liners:
Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each about 2/3 full.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Cool Cupcakes:
Remove from the oven and let cupcakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Make Frosting:
While cupcakes are cooling, make the frosting. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form.

Divide for Colors:
Divide the whipped cream among different bowls for however many colors you want to use.

Color Frosting:
Add a different gel food coloring to each bowl and gently fold to create the shades you want.

Prepare Piping Bag:
Place a star tip in a piping bag. Carefully spoon each color of frosting into the bag, side by side. Twist the top of the bag to secure the frosting inside.

Frost Cupcakes:
Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes in a circular motion starting at the outer edge and working toward the center to create a swirl.

Immediately add sprinkles on top of the frosting.

Serve the cupcakes once the frosting is applied, or chill them in the refrigerator if serving later.

Enjoy your colorful and festive cupcakes!

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