Easter Cupcake Ideas

What came first: the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old question, which has been pondered by philosophers for millennia. There is a scientific response, of course, as well as a metaphorical one. But with Easter nearly upon us, we have come up with an answer of our own: it doesn’t matter which came first when you can use both to create some delightfully adorable Easter cupcake.

We start with decadent dark chocolate cupcakes, which we take to the next level by adding a homemade vanilla bean buttercream frosting, made with real Madagascar vanilla. Topped with some pastel-colored candy eggs and chocolate chicks, these tasty treats make for a unique Easter cupcake idea and a perfect way to celebrate Easter, the arrival of spring, or simply your desire to devour something delicious.

The Chicken or The Egg Easter Cupcake Recipe

Yields 5-6 cupcakes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder Dutch-processed
  • 7/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons Madagascar vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup hot water
  • Candy coated pastel eggs
  • Chocolate Chick


Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a large muffin tin with pan spray and set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt in medium bowl. Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture alternately with water. Pour ¾ full into a prepared muffin pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan(s) for 15 minutes; invert onto wire racks to cool completely.

Vanilla Bean Buttercream Frosting


  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans (cut and scraped)
  • 2 teaspoons Madagascar Bourbon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3-5 tablespoons heavy cream


Combine butter, shortening, and vanilla bean scrapings, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar, one cup at a time, until incorporated. Add heavy cream until desired consistency is reached.

Decorate cupcakes with frosting, and top with candy eggs and chocolate chicks.