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Spring Chick Cupcakes

This treat is modeled on one of the symbols of the season -- baby chicks. With their coconut feathers, nutty beaks, and confectionery details, the cakes aren't just eye candy; they're delicious, too.

To hatch one of these, you don't have to be an expert baker. Making a batch of chick cupcakes is a perfect task for novices, and kids will love to help. The result will be a whimsical hit at the table.

Makes 20 cupcakes.

Tools and Materials

  • 20 Vanilla Cupcakes
  • Buttercream Frosting
  • 4 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted 
  • 1 piece (10 inches) black licorice lace, cut into 40 (1/3-inch) pieces 
  • 20 whole almonds 
  • 140 red candy-coated licorice pastels (about 1/3 cup), or pieces of snipped red licorice laces

Spring Chick Cupcakes How-To

1. Bake cupcakes and cool completely. When turned upside-down, each cupcake becomes the body of a chick. Spread buttercream frosting on a cupcake to anchor it to the serving plate while you are working. Use a small offset spatula to coat the sides thickly with frosting, and then mound more on top to create a dome shape.

2. Press toasted shredded coconut into the frosting -- it stands in for fuzzy feathers. Hold the plate at an angle while applying the coconut so the excess falls back into the bowl.

3. Place eyes (made from snipped black licorice laces) on chicks using tweezers. Use a whole almond for the beak and red licorice for the feet and comb; both can be pushed into the frosting by hand.

Comments (5)

  • Amanda Warren 19 Apr, 2014

    Use a cake mix! I normally love to bake from scratch, however decorating these cute little Easter chicks can take a fair amount of time. This will be my third year making these...with the last two by request from various family members! For the eyes I have found that mini chocolate chips work well! These are fun for all ages and can bring interest to your dessert table!

  • Bobbie Mastromatteo-Aubel 14 Apr, 2014

    ALTHOUGH I have NOT made these adorable desserts yet, to the person who said theirs "sucked" (which is a harsh word), did you not think to try these ahead of time to see just how they tasted?? Plus, this would give you prep and planning time so you weren't so frantic and angry on Easter. No where in the recipe does it say to use Martha's cake just says to use a yellow cake recipe. You are partially to blame.....

  • sharynn 7 Apr, 2014

    Regarding the comment made about "the cup cakes sucked". Buy a box of cake and make cupcakes then decorate. Thats what I plan to do this easter. they look so cute. My guest will love them.

  • wnuehring 31 Mar, 2013

    Every time I use a Martha Stewart recipie whatever I'm making SUCKS! The idea and decoration part is never the problem! Its the damn vanilla cupcake part! They had a flour taste just like the cookies I made from another recipie on here! I followed directions word for word! My cupcakes were dense and tasted like flour! Weren't very sweet at all! Thanks this ruined the dessert I was supposed to bring to easter brunch! I had to throw them away & go buy something from Safeway bakery ! Thanks a lot

  • dalves 27 Mar, 2013

    these are so cute! will be on desert table this easter.