Easter Cupcakes

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Easter Cupcakes
Blue tinted Buttercream Frosting provides a fun contrast to the green tinted coconut grass topping these classic vanilla cupcakes. Nestle a few colorful Easter candies in the grass for an easy to make Easter treat.
Recipe type: Cupcakes
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Recipe Notes
Pan: 12-Cup Muffin Pan Pan Prep: Paper Liners Oven Temp: 350° Yield: 12 Cupcakes Storage: Covered, Room Temperature

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Ingredients
Batter:
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk (preferably whole milk)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk or half and half cream
  • Blue Food coloring
Coconut Grass:
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • Green and yellow food coloring
Topping:
  • Small colored Easter Candies, such as jelly beans, M&Ms, or malted eggs
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare one standard 12-cup muffin pan; line with paper cupcake liners.
Batter:
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt; sift or whisk together to mix. Set aside.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, stir the milk and vanilla together. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Tip: To cream, start by placing the butter in the bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed begin by beating the butter about 1 minute until it is smooth and light in color. With the mixer still on medium speed, slowly add the sugar to the butter, either one tablespoon at a time, or in a very slow steady stream, taking from 4 to 8 minutes to add all of the sugar, and beating until the butter and sugar are fully incorporated and the mixture is a light, or pale yellow color, with a fluffy texture. While adding the sugar, stop the mixer occasionally to scrape the mixture off the paddle and scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula so the mixture blends evenly.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, beating until thoroughly mixed. Tip: For each egg, crack the egg into a small bowl and whisk with a fork to thoroughly break up the egg before adding to the creamed mixture. Start with the mixer on low speed so the liquid from the egg doesn’t splatter, once the egg is partially mixed increase the speed to medium. Each egg should be fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg, taking about one minute to blend in each egg.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, add about one third of the flour mixture, mix just until the flour is almost completely blended. Scrape the bowl down, and add about one half of the milk mixture, blending just until mixed. Scrape the bowl down again and continue alternating with the flour mixture and milk mixture, ending with the last portion of the flour, and stirring just until blended.
  6. Spoon the batter into the cupcake liners. Fill about ⅔ full, using about ¼ cup of batter per cup. Tip: Avoid over-filling the liners which may cause the batter to run-over the sides when baking. It is better to bake any remaining batter separately after the first pan of cupcakes has finished baking.
  7. Bake: Bake, rotating pan halfway through, 18 to 20 minutes, or until the cakes are just firm and spring back when gently pressed, and a toothpick, wooden skewer, or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool slightly in cupcake pan, and turn out of pan when cool enough to handle. Repeat process with any remaining batter. Cool cupcakes completely on a wire cooling rack before frosting.
Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  1. In a medium bowl and using an electric hand mixer or wooden spoon beat the butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and 2 tablespoons milk or half and half cream; beat until frosting is smooth and creamy. Add additional milk if necessary to make a good spreading consistency. Tint the frosting with blue food coloring.
Coconut Grass:
  1. Place coconut in a plastic ziplock bag
  2. If using liquid food coloring, add just 1 or 2 drops of each color. Use a little more green than yellow to make a pretty grass color. If using paste color, dip the end of a toothpick in the paste to get just a very small amount of color on the end of the toothpick. Swirl the toothpick around in the coconut. Tip: Use very small amounts of food coloring to start and to produce pastel colors. The more color you use the darker and more vibrant the coconut becomes. Food coloring is so concentrated that usually just a drop is enough to achieve the desired color.
  3. Close the bag, removing as much air as possible. Shake and knead the bag to evenly disperse the color. Tip: It may take a few minutes to make sure all of the color is evenly distributed. If you see little clumps of concentrated color left, continue kneading the bag to disperse the color.
  4. Assembly and Topping: Use a small offset spatula to frost the top of each cupcake. Press a small amount of coconut grass on top of the frosting. Nestle the small colored Easter candies on top of the grass.

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