In most aspects of my life, I am not a perfectionist. My car is a mess, my house is passive-agressively referred to as “lived-in” by relatives, and I am frequently disheveled in my own manner of dress. Where I exhibit my inner control freak is through my attention to detail in cooking and baking. I can recount many nights staying up to get the mini roses for the top of a carrot cake–made from peeled carrot strips boiled in a sugar mixture and hand sculpted–juuuust right. I am reminded of my compulsion by my husband when he sees my work “the day after.” I can gauge the defcon-level of over-the-top by how many “coo coos” he says to me when he looks at my creations.
This morning, when he saw the Easter bunny basket cupcakes, I got one coo coo, but really, it should only have been 1/2 coo coo–a “coo,” if you will. First off, the kids can assemble these with little to no support, they look good even if they are not perfect, and they are fun to make. When I make desserts for kids, with kids, it’s very difficult for me to not try to but in to make the end product neat and well, perfect. But these cupcakes turn out perfectly put together by kids–in fact probably better–and you can let go of any of that control you might have over these sorts of things (read: you = I).
You and the kids should try them!
Easter Basket Cupcakes
You will need:
1 can of prepared icing
Green food coloring
One batch of baked cupcakes
1 bag of licorice strips (I used Twizzlers brand “Rainbow” veriety)
Candy eggs or jelly beans
Because these are so easy, I’m just going to post a series of pictures to help you assemble the finished product.