15 Easter Cupcakes To Get Everyone Hopping To The Dessert Table

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos

Easter is one of the most important days on the Christian calendar, but it also marks the official start of spring for many. The pastel filled celebration is full of some of our favorite traditions from finding the perfect dress to going on an egg hunt, but the sweetest memory for most Southerners is most likely the dessert spread enjoyed after Easter lunch. While some of us enjoyed a Bunny Cake or lemon bars, no one can resist a pretty cupcake display on the sideboard. It’s just the treat to polish off a ham or lamb filled meal without being a decadent as a slice of cake.

We’ve pulled some of our most festive cupcakes together for this list from Sunflower Cupcakes to Easter Birds’ Nest Coconut Cupcakes. Regardless of how old you and your guests are, you are sure to appreciate the sweet details on these cakes that are almost too pretty to eat.

If you're intimidated by icing a large cake, these miniature cakes are the perfect place to start mastering the technique. While tiny, cupcakes will make a dramatic impact as a dessert centerpiece.

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Camellia Cupcakes

Camellia Cupcakes

Emily Mingledorff

The sweet Southern Camellia is the perfect inspiration for a cupcake. Everyone will be impressed by the cheery decorations on this two-bite sweets.

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Black Bottom Cupcakes

Southern Living Black Bottom Cupcakes on cooling rack

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

For those of us who are too busy to do a lot of elaborate decorating this Easter, these are a delicious, easy option. They are sure to satisfy adults and children alike with their combination of chocolate cake and cheesecake.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cupcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Melissa Gray Prop Stylist: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

The recipe for these pretty-in-pink cupcakes starts with a box of cake mix, but the results are so spectacular, no one will be the wiser. Garnish with freshly sliced strawberries.

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Key Lime Cupcakes

Key Lime Cupcakes
Photographer and props: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall

Sunshine takes on a rare and true from in these sand (graham cracker) covered treats. The bright pop of Key Lime adds a lovely touch to this confection.

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Mixed Berry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Cheesecake Cupcakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

Believe it or not, these cheesecake bites only take 25 minutes of hands on time, which means you have plenty of time to hide Easter eggs and fill those baskets. For topping these treats, you can choose whatever fruit your heart desires.

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Sunflower Cupcakes

Sunflower Cupcakes
Photographer: Alison Miksch Food Stylist: Erin Merhar Prop Stylist: Prissy Lee

For families all about the frosting, these cupcakes are the perfect choice. Just like the flowers, we'll pick the prettiest dessert first, and these are a clear winner.

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Lemon Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream

Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
Jennifer Causey

Raspberry and lemon are always a winning combination, and our Lemon Cupcakes With Raspberry Buttercream are no exception. The lemon zest in the batter and the fresh raspberry in the frosting make this recipe a new holiday favorite.

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Hummingbird Cupcakes With Candied Pineapple Wedges

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Instead of making a whole Hummingbird Cake, you might want to try these small bites instead. The candied pineapple wedges add a finishing touch that's sure to impress your guests.

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Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes

Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes
Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Coconut and Easter go together like eggs in a basket. The decoration of a coconut nest brushed with luster dust and some mini chocolate eggs make this treat especially festive.

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Micah Leal

Full of fresh and freeze dried strawberries, these treats show just how good going au naturel can look if you're a cupcake.

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Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes With Buttercream Frosting

Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Hector Sanchez Styling: Heather Chadduck

Serve these little beauties next to a bowl of your favorite punch. There's a reason it's been a winning springtime combination for generations.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes With Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Boxed cake mix plus a few add-ins make these bite-sized desserts came together in a snap. For a variation try our Pineapple-Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting.

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Coconut-Lime Cupcakes

Coconut-Lime Cupcakes
Greg DuPree; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

The batter is a wonder all on its own, but add a swirl of the Coconut-Lime Frosting and everyone will be getting up for seconds. Cake flour is the secret ingredient that makes these miniature cakes oh-so tender.

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Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes With Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Cheerwine, just like Coca-Cola, is excellent in baked goods. The pale pink crumb and the light cherry flavor make these treats a delightful addition to the sideboard this season.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes With Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Antonis Achilleos

If the Easter Bunny makes his way to your Easter meal, you might want to consider making a batch of these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. Every bunny will want to take a few home with them, along with all the other leftovers.

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