These deliciously chocolate Easter cupcakes are perfect for your Easter Brunch dessert or for a school or playgroup Easter celebration. Carrot Patch Cupcakes are classy but cute Easter desserts at the same time! Oh, and I said chocolate, right?
This flavorful homemade cupcake recipe is quick to whip up and the batter bakes beautifully. You could also use any of your favorite box cake mixes for these carrot patch cupcakes for ease! I love the flexibility.
If you are making these for young children, you can substitute the greens for buttercream with green food coloring. Kids as well as adults love this tasty treat.
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Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
- Flour – All-purpose works best for this recipe
- Sugar – White granulated
- Cocoa Powder – Unsweetened cocoa powder for the chocolate flavor. The sugar above will give it sweetness!
- Butter – butter makes everything better :) Room temperature is best for mixing
- Vanilla Extract – This adds a layer of flavor to the cupcakes
- Eggs – Room temperature, these help bind the batter
- Milk – helps keep the cupcakes moist once baked. I have used both skim and 2% in this recipe with great results.
- Baking Powder & Baking Soda – these are the leavening agents for cupcakes.
- Salt – seems strange to add salt to a dessert but it adds another layer of flavor like the vanilla
The cupcakes whip up as expected. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and then the wet ingredients. Add the dry to the wet in half-cup increments, mixing well. Fill the cupcake pan, lined with cupcake liners, 2/3 full. Bake at 350.
How to Decorate Easter Cupcakes
We are making two different types of icing for these cupcakes. Chocolate icing will hold our cookie “dirt” and orange icing will represent our carrot.
Cover the entire cupcake in the chocolate icing and add the crushed chocolate cookies to the top as dirt.
Pipe the orange icing in the center vertically to create a carrot. Garnish with a mint leaf for the stem of the carrot.
Serve these from a tray or set them in small terracotta plant pots for a fun display!
How to Store Carrot Patch Cupcakes
These Carrot Patch Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week. I recommend storing the container in your refrigerator however you can also leave them on the counter.
Can you Freeze Carrot Patch Easter Cupcakes?
Yes! I recommend freezing the Easter Chocolate cupcakes before you ice them. Allow them to completely cool and then place them in a freezer bag. These can be kept for up to 3 months. They can be defrosted in the refrigerator overnight.
Carrot Patch Cupcake Recipe
Carrot Patch Easter Cupcakes
- Cupcake Pan
- Rolling Pin
- 1A decorating tip
Chocolate Cupcake Ingredients
Chocolate Icing Ingredients
Chocolate Cupcake Instructions
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line cupcake tins with paper backing cups
- In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.1 ½ cups All Purpose flour, ¼ tsp baking soda, 2 tsp baking powder, ¾ cup cocoa powder
- In a large bowl, mix butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs and milk on low speed until creamy.4 tbsp butter, 1½ cup granulated sugar, 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract, 2 each eggs, 1 cup milk
- In ½ cup increments, mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients being sure to incorporate fully before adding next ½ cup. Do this until all the dry ingredients are mixed in.
- Fill cupcake liners until they are ⅔ from the top.
- Bake on center oven rack for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the ceter comes out clean.
- Let sit in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Icing Instructions
- While cupcakes are cooling, combine butter, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy.4 tbsp butter, 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, ½ cup cocoa powder, ¼ cup milk
- Note: If Icing is not correct consistency you may add either more powdered sugar or milk if you need it thicker or thinner.
- When cupcakes are completely cool, spread icing on cupcakes.
Orange Icing Instructions
- Combine butter, powdered sugar, milk, vanilla extract and food coloring in a large mixing bowl. Beat on medium speed until creamy.4 tbsp butter, 2 ½ cups powdered sugar, ½ tsp Vanilla Extract, ¼ cup milk, food coloring
- Note: If Icing is not the correct consistency you may add either more powdered sugar or milk if you need it thicker or thinner. You will want it on the thicker side to create the illusion of a carrot.
- Place chocolate graham crackers in Ziploc bag and crush with a rolling pin. Sprinkle on top of chocolate icing.¾ cup chocolate graham crackers
- Fill a piping bag with orange icing and add a 1A tip. Twist the bag and pipe icing in the center of the cupcake and stack it vertically to create the carrot top.
- Add mint leaf to top of orange icing.Mint leaf
More Easter Cupcakes Ideas
- Lemon Cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting from Preppy Kitchen
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Easter Egg Cupcakes – a cute nest with mini eggs from Taste & Tell
- Easter Bunny Cupcakes with marshmallow bunny ears from Your Cup of Cake
- Strawberry & Cream Cupcakes – like strawberry shortcake in cupcake form