The Easter Bunny will be excited to get his paws on these delicious Easter Carrot Top Cupcakes! Each chocolate cupcake looks just like a real carrot popping out of the dirt. The cupcakes are wrapped in orange chocolate clay, are topped with orange frosting and sprigs of edible grass, and are served in chocolate cookie crumb dirt.
Cakes are often completely covered in fondant but you don't see too many cupcakes decorated that way. Why not? Probably because fondant is way too sweet or just plain awful tasting, but an alternative, modeling chocolate, tastes, well, like chocolate, and works almost exactly like fondant. What's not to like about that?
These burning questions got me thinking about clever ways to make and use modeling chocolate cupcake wrappers for Easter and these Easter Carrot Top Cupcakes were my first experiment. It's always so wonderful when my first try at something works. I had three recipe flubs earlier this week, so these made me so happy.
Watch the video to see how these Carrot Top Cupcakes are made.
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Edible cupcake wrappers offer so many fun possibilities and I am sure you will be seeing more of them here at Hungry Happenings.
Their only downside is that they do take away some of the reasons for making cupcakes, and that is eating the tiny cakes with your hands. The wrappers will melt, so you'll need to serve your cupcakes on a plate. This problem actually worked in my favor with this project.
My Easter Carrot Top Cupcakes needed to be in the dirt anyway, so I poured some chocolate sauce on a plate, added a sprinkling of crushed Oreo Cookies, and set a cupcake on top. Not only does the edible chocolate dirt complement the look of the cupcake, but it also adds layers of flavor that turn an ordinary cupcake into a special dessert for Easter.
Each cupcake is wrapped in a strip of orange modeling chocolate, topped with orange frosting, and has a wisp of edible candy grass sticking up out of the top.
In person, the edible grass has more green color, but each strand is so thin it shows almost transparent in pictures. If you've never made modeling chocolate, it only requires two ingredients and comes together pretty quickly. Read my modeling chocolate recipe and all my tips on my Chocolate Making Tips page before you begin.
- white modeling chocolate colored orange
(either use orange candy melts to make your modeling chocolate or color the white chocolate using orange food coloring - see instructions and recipe, here.)
- corn syrup
- carrot greens - edible candy grass (make them out of green modeling chocolate, if you prefer)
- baked cupcakes
- frosting tinted orange
- chocolate sauce or chocolate ganache - Scald 1 cup heavy whipping cream and stir in 8 ounces of chopped chocolate until melted. Allow to cool until slightly thickened.
- crushed chocolate cookies (I used Oreo Cookies)
- rolling pin
- non-stick mat, optional (or dust work surface with powdered sugar)
- cupcake wrapper template (print and cut out around template)
- pizza cutter or knife
- muffin tin
Print the cupcake wrapper template.
- Cut out around the template.
- Set it in your muffin tin to see if it is the right size. Adjust the template as needed. I found that my muffin tins aren't all the exact same size. I had to add length to my template and cut ¼ inch off the width. Be sure to use the same muffin tin to make your cupcakes as you do to make your edible cupcake wrappers.
TIP: I have finally found the perfect way to roll out modeling chocolate without having to dust your work surface with powdered sugar, which can be messy and make your modeling chocolate dry. Roll it out on a non-stick mat. It works great!
- Roll out the orange modeling chocolate.
- Set a cupcake wrapper template on the modeling chocolate and use a pizza cutter or knife to cut out around the template. Be careful not to cut your non-stick mat.
- Set each modeling chocolate cupcake wrapper in your muffin tin.
- Use corn syrup to glue the two ends together.
- Allow your edible cupcake cups to dry for at least an hour in the pan.
- Set a cupcake in an edible modeling chocolate cupcake wrapper. If you want, you can spread a bit of frosting on the outside of the cupcake before placing it in the wrapper, but it's not necessary. Use a knife or metal spatula to create indentations across the cups to give the carrots a more realistic look.
- Frost the tops of your cupcakes with orange frosting making sure it goes all the way to the edge.
- Cut edible candy grass at varying lengths and stick it in the center of each cupcake top.
- Spread some chocolate sauce or chocolate ganache on a dessert plate.
- Sprinkle on some crushed chocolate cookies.
- Set an Easter Carrot Top Cupcake in the center of each plate.
I do recommend making these the day you serve them for the best results, but you can make these ahead and store them in an airtight container for a few days. The modeling chocolate will soften in the container, so be careful lifting them out to plate them.