Cupcake wreath with chocolate eggs and bunnies on platter

Best Easter cupcake recipes

From hot cross bun cupcakes to a chocolatey wreath and Simnel-spiced cupcakes flavoured with grated marzipan, check out our top 10 cupcakes to bake at Easter.

‘Tis the season to get baking! A batch of simple cupcakes is a great way to celebrate the Easter break. Go classic with a chocolate-flavoured sponge, experiment with zesty ingredients, or even add grated marzipan to your batter to create a Simnel-like experience. If you’ve a little more time, try our Easter cupcake wreath or a fancy ‘bouquet’ made from orange-scented cupcakes.

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1. Amazing chocolate cupcakes

It’s just not Easter without chocolate. This amazing chocolate cupcake recipe uses good-quality cocoa powder and is decorated with chocolate vermicelli, making it the perfect choice for springtime festivities. Decorate with milk chocolate buttercream.

2. Chocolate orange cupcakes

These chocolate orange cupcakes get a dozen flawless reviews. The sponge itself is flavoured with finely chopped dark chocolate and plenty of orange zest, and the orange-tinted icing is best piped on top in swirls.

3. Red velvet cupcakes

Cocoa powder is essential to a red velvet sponge, which is also usually flavoured with vanilla and tinted with red gel food colouring. Serve these red velvet cupcakes as a teatime treat at Easter time, with mounds of soft cheese frosting on top.

4. Pull-apart mini cupcake Easter wreath

The perfect Easter centrepiece, our pull-apart mini cupcake Easter wreath is made for sharing (if you can bear it). It’s a circle of frosted mini cupcakes topped with chocolatey treats, bunched together in a pretty wreath shape.

5. Chocolate puddle cupcakes

Bake a batch of chocolate puddle cupcakes to enjoy over the Easter break. It’s easy to make chocolate puddle decorations – just spoon circles of melted chocolate onto foil, then let them set in the fridge.

6. Bunny cupcakes

A perfect Easter-time project to do with the kids, these bunny cupcakes look as sweet as they taste. Decorate your lemony cupcakes with tufts of green frosting, then use balls of fondant icing to make the burrowing rabbits that sit on top.

7. Hot cross bun cupcakes

All the spicy brilliance of a hot cross bun, but in a cupcake instead! These clever hot cross bun cupcakes – flavoured with orange zest, raisins, apple, mixed spice and ground almonds – are even finished with a ‘cross’ of spiced soft cheese frosting.

8. Orange and almond cupcakes

Capture the zesty flavours of Easter with this orange and almond cupcake recipe. Ground almonds lend both flavour and a moist texture, and you can make the buttercream a shade of coral using food colouring. Feeling fancy? Turn your cupcakes into a pretty ‘bouquet’ with our step-by-step guide.

9. Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes

Melted white chocolate and desiccated coconut make these Easter nest coconut & white chocolate cupcakes utterly irresistible. They’re finished with a white chocolate frosting and you can use mini eggs, shredded coconut and yellow icing to make tiny edible birds to sit on top.

10. Cherry and almond Easter cupcakes

Like a Simnel cake but in miniature, these cherry and almond Easter cupcakes are flavoured with grated marzipan, almond essence and glacé cherries. Remember to toss the cherries in flour first, so they don’t sink to the bottom of your cupcakes.

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