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Easter Basket Cupcakes - Decorated

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It's fun to dress up these cute cupcakes for Easter. They have a mild orange flavor. Perfect for bake sales, church functions and kids love to help decorate them too!

What You Need:

(Makes: 1 & 1/2 dozen)

For the Cupcakes:

1/2 cup of butter, softened

1 cup of sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon of grated orange peel

2 cups of cake flour

3/4 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

1/4 teaspoon of salt

2/3 cup of buttermilk

For the Frosting:

3/4 cup of butter, softened

2 packages (3 ounces each) of cream cheese, softened

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

3 cups of confectioners' sugar

1 teaspoon of water

Garnishes:

4 drops of green food coloring

1 & 1/2 cups of flaked coconut

Red shoestring licorice

Jelly beans

What to Do:

STEP 1) In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk.

STEP 2) Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

STEP 3) In a small bowl, beat butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar; spread over cupcakes. Combine water and food coloring in a large re-sealable plastic bag; add coconut. Seal bag and shake to tint. Sprinkle over cupcakes.

STEP 4) Using a metal or wooden skewer, poke a hole in the top on opposite sides of each cupcake. Cut licorice into 6 inch strips for handles; insert each end into a hole. Decorate with jelly beans.

STEP 5) Happy Easter & Enjoy!

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