How to Make Easter Basket Cupcakes

by Mel Lockcuff

In just 2 short weeks, Easter will be here — a beautiful time of year really. During this season there is lots of hiding Easter eggs so that the kids can find them, nibbling the ear off a chocolate bunny, and of course making these adorable Easter Basket Cupcakes and decorating them to the hilt.

While out on a recent shopping trip, I found the most adorable candy handles for creating these cupcakes. I couldn’t resist making a batch and decorating them. Since I’m trying to lose weight right now, I made a few larger cupcakes and also a pan of miniature bite-sized cupcakes (perfect for a small sweet treat when you don’t want the extra calories). For these particular cupcakes, I decided to use my grandmother’s Lemon Cake recipe. I’ve included a printable recipe below for your convenience. Lemon just seemed perfect for a batch of spring cupcakes.

How to Make Easter Basket Cupcakes

After mixing up the batter, your first step is to add your cupcake liners to muffin pans.

Then pour the batter in, filling each liner 2/3-3/4 of the way full.

Bake cupcakes at 350° for about 18-20 minutes. Once the cupcakes are baked, remove from the pan and let them cool.

After the cupcakes have cooled, they’re ready to decorate. I used a simple Lemon Buttercream Icing from Wilton, and it was delicious. Be sure to have a few sprinkles, some jelly beans, food coloring, and, of course, your candy basket handles on hand.

You don’t have to have a lot of fancy cake decorating tools to make these cupcakes. To pipe the icing onto each cupcake, snip the corner off a sandwich bag or disposable pastry bag, and squeeze frosting onto cupcakes.

Use a circular motion when frosting the cupcakes.

Then just add decorations to your heart’s content. Start by adding a candy basket handle.

Then add jelly beans (for eggs), sprinkles, and more.

You can also add candy flowers for a colorful cupcake.

Peeps make the cutest cupcake toppers, along with candy flowers or sprinkles.

Just be creative, and have fun with it. Kids love to decorate too, so this is a fun way to get them involved in the kitchen.

Before you know it, you’ll have a colorful array of both spring themed and Easter Basket Cupcakes. So fun!

Easter Basket Lemon Cupcakes
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Lemon Cupcakes Recipe
  • 1 lemon or yellow cake mix
  • 1 lemon instant pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup salad oil
  1. Mix cake mix and instant pudding together; add eggs and water, beating for 2 minutes. Add salad oil, and beat for another 2 minutes.
  2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 18-20 minutes. When cupcakes have baked, remove from pan, and allow to cool.
  3. Once cupcakes have thoroughly cooled, decorate and enjoy!


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Mel is a wife and mom to two rambunctious boys. She works remotely from home as a Community Relations Manager for Collective Bias. She also enjoys homeschooling her boys. Mel blogs about food, crafts/DIY, travel, awareness, and more on MamaBuzz. You can also find Mel on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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1 Rachel March 21, 2013 at 6:34 am

These are adorable!! Mel is so creative… I love the candy basket handles… too cute!


2 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Thanks so much, Rachel! That means so much! I couldn’t resist the cute candy basket handles.:)


3 Run DMT March 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

I love it! Totally pinning this!


4 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Thanks so much for pinning!:)


5 Tammy S March 22, 2013 at 8:37 am

these are so cute! Thanks for the recipe!


6 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

You’re so welcome, Tammy! Thank you!


7 Lauren March 22, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Very cute idea! I will have to make these for my kids.


8 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

They’re definitely a lot of fun to make; thank you, Lauren!


9 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

Thank you so much!:)


10 Coco's Closet March 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Thanks Rachel for sharing this recipe. It looks so easy and fun to make it now. We will share it with other at Coco’s Closet.


11 claudia March 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Where did u buy the candy handles??


12 Mel {MamaBuzz} March 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Claudia, I found those at Walmart in their Easter section at the front of the store.


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