A complete tutorial on how to make cute Easter chicks cupcakes for your spring party! Baby chicks are piped onto vegan chocolate cupcakes for a cute kids craft.
Author: Julie Clark
For the Cupcakes
1 1/2cupsall purpose flour
1cupwater (room temperature)
For the Frosting:
1cupunsalted butter*(room temperature)
Yellow, orange, and black gel food color
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, cocoa powder, and baking powder until well combined.
In a separate bowl whisk together vegetable oil, vanilla, water, and vinegar.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
Fill lined muffin tins 3/4 full and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until a center cupcake springs back when lightly tapped.
While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting by beating the butter until pale and fluffy. Add in the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until it reaches a piping consistency. Mix in the vanilla.
Spoon 1/4 cup of frosting into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and mix well. Add some black food coloring and mix until well combined.*
Add 1/4 cup of frosting into a 2nd bowl and color it orange, mixing well.
Color the remaining frosting yellow, mixing until well combined.
Make the chicks using a Wilton 1A piping tip. Frost the body to your desired size making sure to leave enough room on the cupcake for the feet, let it crust for about 5 minutes, and then frost the head.**
Add the black eyes with a small Wilton #1 piping tip.
Add the beak with a small Wilton #2 piping tip by applying more pressure at the base and pulling away to form a small triangle. Pipe the legs by drawing a line out from the bottom of the body and adding 3 toes.
The frosting tends to bleed the longer you let it sit so serve immediately or wait to add the eyes and feet until just before serving.
*You can skip the cocoa powder in the black frosting but I found I needed less black food coloring when I added it**I used a damp, food only paint brush to tap down the pointed top I got from pulling away the piping bag but feel free to skip this step.The calories shown are based on the recipe making 12 cupcakes, with 1 serving being 1 frosted cupcake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.