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Easter Chick Cupcakes

Chick cupcake on a plate with a spoon. A glass of milk is in the background with sprinkles strewn around the sides.

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Your Easter festivities are sure to be every bit as sweet as they are bright with these easy chick cupcakes. With a moist vanilla cupcake topped with a rich vanilla buttercream, these cupcakes are sure to appeal to even the pickiest eaters.

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Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

For the frosting:

For decorating:

Instructions

  1. Stir together the dry ingredients for the cupcakes.
  2. Slowly beat in the butter, beating until the mixture has a fine, crumbly texture (about 3 minutes).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, eggs, oil and vanilla. Whisk into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  4. Add the milk, whisking until lump free.
  5. Pour the batter into a lined cupcake pan, filling the liners about 2/3 of the way full.
  6. Bake at 350F for 14-16 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar for the frosting.
  8. Bring the syrup to a boil and cook until it’s completely clear.
  9. While the syrup cooks, whip your egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  10. On high, pour the hot syrup down the side of the bowl and into the egg whites. Continue to whipping until the mixture has cooled to room temperature (about 10 minutes).
  11. On low, begin adding 1″ slices of the butter until all the butter has been added.
  12. Whip the frosting on high until it becomes a thick frosting (it’ll look curdled first, but don’t worry. Just keep on whipping).
  13. Turn the mixer down to low, add the vanilla extract and yellow food coloring, and continue whipping until the frosting is completely smooth.
  14. In a small bowl, melt your orange candy melts with 1/4 tsp vegetable shortening in the microwave using 10 second increments.
  15. Pour the melted candy melts into a piping bag, clip a small opening in the tip and pipe your feet and beaks onto parchment paper.
  16. To assemble the cupcakes, spoon your yellow frosting into a piping bag with a large round tip (I used an Ateco 809).
  17. Pipe a large dollop onto each cupcake, and then go back and pipe a smaller dollop on top of it.
  18. Press two black sprinkles into the front of the smaller dollop of frosting, add a candy melt beak and two of the candy melt feet.

Notes

Vanilla cupcake recipe adapted from Cupcake Project

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