If anyone knows us here at MAK, (Mom Always Knows) we love love love us some cupcakes! It doesn’t matter what flavor batter or what flavor icing or what the occasion is; we just love cupcakes! In my pursuit for AWESOME Easter and spring inspired recipes, I came across these yummy pretties from Lauren at Delicious Little Bites and I had to share. Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it! Enjoy and you’re welcome!
TRY THESE SPRING INSPIRED VANILLA CANDY CUPCAKES FOR A DELICIOUS TREAT THAT IS PERFECT FOR ALL THIS SEASON’S PARTIES AND HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS!
Who doesn’t love a vanilla cupcake? Cupcakes are my go-to dessert for just about any season or holiday throughout the year, but these Spring Inspired Vanilla Candy Cupcakes are the prettiest – almost too pretty to eat!
When I developed this recipe, I knew I wanted them to have both a Spring and Easter feel to them. There is no better way to do that than to make them pretty pastel colors and add a little candy touch!
We have a few smaller family gatherings this Spring that I’ll be making these cupcakes for. The recipe in this post is for 12 cupcakes. It is the perfect amount for all the mini moments we will have this season!
I found these MARS® Mixed Mini’s bags at Sam’s Club to use on top of the cupcakes. There is 165 pieces of candy in each bag! You get a great variety too! Sam’s Club is the perfect place to shop early to stock up on all of your Easter needs! All of my holiday shopping is already done now!
VANILLA CANDY CUPCAKES
This vanilla candy cupcake recipe is rich and full of vanilla flavor! I use heavy cream in place of some of the butter and reduce the amount of sugar as well. This results in a really moist cupcake that’s just sweet enough. The icing on top is the perfect compliment!
To color the cupcakes and icing, I use yellow, pink, purple, and blue gel food coloring and add just a little bit at a time to get the perfect pastel shades! I use the leftover icing to decorate the candy from the MARS® Mixed Mini’s bag. Then, I place the candy on top of the cupcakes by using a little bit of icing on the bottom as “glue!” On the square candies (SNICKERS®, MILKY WAY®, and 3 MUSKETEERS ®), I draw flowers, Easter bunnies, and eggs using a very small circle piping tip and extra cupcake icing. On the longer TWIX® candy I write the words “Spring!” and “Easter” to make things even more fun.
Alternatively, you can hollow out the middle of the cupcakes and place about 4 of the Peanut Butter M&M’S® inside for a little surprise! Then, pipe on the icing in pretty Spring colors and designs.
NEED MORE INSPIRATION?
Need more ideas for the upcoming Easter holiday and Spring season? Head over to Sam’s Club to pick up a bag of MARS® Mixed Mini’s and then check out this website where you will find more yummy recipes and fun, creative tutorials!