These are the cupcakes that make me the most proud!
I made them for Easter 2012 and I actually drew a picture outline of my idea!
Talk about taking baking seriously!
Since my brother, sister-in-law and I all live in Chicago, my parents come to us to celebrate. However, since we are no... old.. and there is a 6hr trip involved, we no longer get Easter baskets. These cupcakes were the perfect compromise (and I don't think anyone realized the baskets were missing!!!!)
These cupcakes can be, easily, copied and I will make them again in the future.
Cupcakes: I used a yellow mix from Elinor Kilvan's book: Cupcakes! (but you could use a box mix!)
Frosting: I did a vanilla cream cheese frosting because it is less sweet than butter cream.
Bake the cupcakes and let the cupcakes cool COMPLETELY before frosting. Refrigerate cupcakes for an hour or so to allow frosting to firm up. This will make the decorating process much easier.
With a toothpick make a small hole in the cupcake and lightly push the Twizzler into the cupcake (only about a quarter of the way down) and then repeat on the other side. It should look like a handle to a basket.
Next, sprinkle colored sprinkles to the frosting.
Add a couple of jelly beans (I used JellyBellies!) and add a chocolate egg (I had mini Resee's eggs and mini Cadbury eggs)
And voila.. a perfect Easter Basket Cupcake