Easter Egg-stravaganza – Frugal Novice

Easter Egg-stravaganza

Why is it that I felt compelled to use the word “egg” somehow in the post title? I tried to stop myself, really I did… but in the end, the cuteness factor got me and I went with it. I’m not even talking about eggs in this post, really.  I think it’s because I’m on a sugar-high from eating my sugar cookies that turned out really ugly. Don’t ask… just beware of a) cookie cutters that claim to be “egg-shaped” but are actually pretty much circles, and b) over-saturating icing with food coloring, making it freakishly bold and way too thin.

Today was J’s Easter party at day care, and we were supposed to bring a dessert treat. I initially decided to make the aforementioned cookies, but then a coworker showed me some cupcakes that I just had to make, too. Want to see how cute these cupcakes are?

See? How could you not want to make these? You know you’re about to run off to the supermarket to pick up supplies. And they’re so easy, too! I just used a box mix for the cake, because really these cupcakes are all about the decor – and I doubt two-year-olds are very discerning about cake quality.

So, your cupcakes are baked. Now it’s time to make ’em pretty. Here’s what you need:

• Rabbit Peeps

• Mini Robin’s eggs (made by Whoppers)

• Icing (I made buttercream but you could very easily use some out of a tub if you’re in a pinch)

• Green food coloring to dye the icing

• Toothpicks

You could also dye coconut green if you wanted to have more texture to the “grass,” but if you’re making them for small kiddos I’d leave that off. Like I did. Oh, and I have to mention – these don’t cost much to make, either! One thing I love about baked goods is that you can still give something special without spending a fortune.

I piped the green icing on, wishing I had the right tip to make it realllly look like grass, but I think this turned out just fine. Then I stuck a toothpick into the bottom of each rabbit until it was about halfway in, and then stuck each rabbit on to the top of a cupcake, placing it over on the side to allow room for eggs. I put two eggs on each cupcake, and voila! Adorable cupcakes complete, in record time. One thing to note – when putting the eggs on your cupcakes, do it pretty quickly before the icing “crusts” over, or the eggs won’t stick on very well.

Once I finished the cupcakes for J’s class, I had some leftover supplies so I made a few for Brian to take to work with him. I mixed the green icing with some of the white I hadn’t colored yet, and I wished I’d done that to begin with! The color for the grass turned into a pastel, which I think was much prettier. I was also feeling lazy by this point, so I just spread the icing on. I also used three eggs, which fills out the space a little more. I think I actually like the way the second batch turned out better. What do you think?

J’s party went really well – I got to stick around for it, which was fun. The best part was probably watching all of the kids at the egg hunt (probably about thirty 2 & 3 year olds) run around like crazy, having just finished treats galore. J only ended up with a few eggs, but a teacher confided in me that at nap time they spread the eggs out evenly among the baskets. He came home today with several goody bags and an adorable visor one mom had made – she glued on foam letters for the kids’ names, and two foam eggs – perfect to wear while you’re out in the sun egg-hunting, right?

We’ll dye eggs later this weekend, but I don’t know that we’ll do much else craft-wise since the boys are really too little to appreciate or enjoy that kind of thing! I still had fun looking around online to find ideas – here are a couple of my favorites that I came across:

A gorgeous, modern take on dyeing eggs

Cute, simple (and free!) templates for making your own Easter crafts

Don’t want to dye eggs? Here’s a different approach to decorating them.

Let me know if you try making these cupcakes, or if you have any other great Easter ideas!

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  • debbie March 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Those are so cute. I’ve never seen the peeps on them. I may have to try my hand at these.
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    • Christi March 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks, Debbie! You could also try doing blue icing with the “chick” peeps – I think that would be adorable too.

  • Amber Rader March 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I like both sets of cupcakes. It’s probably good that the kids got less candy :) What a cute idea, and I LOVE your blog!
    .-= Amber Rader´s last blog ..MS Walk =-.

    • Christi March 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      Thank you, Amber! :) And yeah, you’re probably right about the candy – I can tell a HUGE difference when J has sugar.

  • Charla March 30, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Love the cupcakes! Who can resist a cute little Peeps bunny?
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  • Marsha March 31, 2010 at 5:42 am

    These cupcakes are soooo cute!! You are soooo talented!!

  • Michelle March 31, 2010 at 7:45 am

    The cupcakes are precious. And I am sure they were a big hit at J’s party and at Brian’s work.

    • Christi March 31, 2010 at 7:55 am

      Thank you! Trust me, anyone could make them. J’s class was pretty cute with them – they all ate the ears off of the Peeps while they were still on the cupcake. I think it’s just inherent to eat the ears off first! :)

  • alexis March 31, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I love the cupcakes, the photography on the first photo is also amazing!

    • Christi March 31, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Thanks! Brian got a lens for our Nikon at Christmas that I am in LOVE with.

  • Ally March 31, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Oh I am so making these on Sunday! My mother-in-law makes dinner and I usually take dessert! Can’t wait!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    I love your site…gonna go subscribe now :)
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  • Jen @ Little Bit This n That April 2, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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