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You will need: 1 small bag of Cadbury Mini Eggs 1 box of Peeps (any color) 2 pints of decorator icing pastel or flower themed cupcake cups assorted color non pareils For the cake: 1 box of Duncan Hines cake mix 3 eggs 1 1/4 cups of water 1/2 cup of vegetable oil lemon or vanilla extract (use sparingly!)
let’s decorate! Spring is a time for bright colors, family-filled cookouts, blossoming trees and of course, desserts! Unfortunately, springtime cakes can get a bit expensive, especially if you are planning on feeding all 30 cousins that came out of the woodwork. I recently took a trip to my local grocery store and picked up some cheap, spring-themed goodies and combined them with some other basic ingredients I had around my kitchen. The result was 24 delicious, festive cupcakes for under $20! And I can show you how to do the same. One of the most important aspects of decorating for Spring is paying attention to the colors. Lots of pastels and brighter shades work perfectly! To achieve these shades, use just a tip-of-a-toothpick size drop of Wilton’s cake dyes in plain, white decorator icing. Do not be afraid to add some flavoring, also! Among my favorite cupcakes that I made were the garden cupcakes with Cadbury Mini Eggs on top. All it took was just green icing dye and those yummy eggs to make a cute little cupcake that my friends and family fought over. I also picked out
some Peeps as simple cupcake toppers with a Springy feel to them. Another simple and cheap way to spruce up your cupcakes for the season is the Wilton flower cups for cupcakes. It gave my cupcakes a little extra flair and color to really get everyone in the spirit of Spring! The process was simple: I followed the instructions on the cake mix, let the cupcakes cool, dyed the icing, and carefully decorated each cupcake individually. Finally, I added the special “topper” for each one and presto: sweet treats for Spring! Upon checkout at the grocery store, my grand total was $11.30, not including a few things that I already had in my kitchen at home. I made 24 cupcakes, invited the gang over, and kicked off Spring with some tasty treats, great friends, and some extra cash for easter baskets! springtime
(above) My goodies after leaving the store, along with some basic supplies A cute Peeping topper!
Published on Mar 27, 2012