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Easter Garden Cupcakes And a Cookbook Giveaway for Cupcakes and Scoops

By Angie McGowan |

Easter is just a short time away and I’ve been brainstorming all the recipes that I want to make this year. On the top of the list is cute little sweet treats like these adorable Easter cupcakes shown above. These recipes are part of the new cookbook from Royal Caribbean, Cupcakes and Scoops. This book is a collection of mouthwatering cupcake recipes and ice cream flavors that can be enjoyed at the cruise line’s sweetest eateries, The Cupcake Cupboard – a vintage style 1940s cupcake shop, and the classic Ice Cream Parlor – featuring homemade ice cream, churned right on the ship.  The cookbook is also available at Royal Carribean’s Gift and Gear online shop here. For every cookbook sold, $1.00 will be donated to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.

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Giveaway ends April 3, 2012.

And here’s the recipe for those cute cupcakes shown above.

Easter Garden Cupcakes

Makes 36 mini cupcakes


1 batch vanilla cupcake mix
Red food coloring
Green food coloring
Yellow food coloring


1 batch light buttercream frosting
Red food coloring
Green food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Purple food coloring


Colorful chocolate curls (purchased)
Mini M&Ms (purchased)
Mini Easter eggs and other Easter candies (purchased)
Paper flower sticks (purchased)


Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C.

Line muffin cups with chosen paper liners.

Divide batter into 3 separate glass bowls.

Fold batters with a few drops of food coloring into each batter. Only use a couple drops at once as food coloring is very strong.

Spoon batters into plastic sandwich bags. Snip a ¼-inch corner from the bags and fill the liners two-thirds full.  Repeat operation until all the batter has been used.

Bake for 16 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcakes comes out clean.

Remove cupcakes from the baking pan and let cool on a wire rack.

Divide buttercream into 3 or 4 separate glass bowls.

Mix each buttercream batch with a few drops of food coloring.

Spoon colored buttercream frostings into piping bags or sandwich bags fitted with a small leaf like tip, a small open star tip, a small round tip, or just drop a spoonful of frosting onto each cupcake and gently spread around.

To make flower cupcakes, pipe colored buttercream onto each cupcake starting at the outside edge of the cupcake, in a circle with slightly overlapping leaves. Repeat the motion until the entire cupcake is covered with leaves. Decorate with mini M&Ms or other candies of your choice.

For flower pots, spread colored butter frosting around the cupcake and dip into a dish full of colorful chocolate curls. Gently pat curls onto frosting to adhere.

Photo and Recipe from Royal Caribbean.

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Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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67 thoughts on “Easter Garden Cupcakes And a Cookbook Giveaway for Cupcakes and Scoops

  1. Tammy Meyers says:

    Absolutely LOVE the cover of this book!!!! Please, pretty please??? I would love to win this book!!!

  2. KimberlyJ says:

    I am in charge of desserts this year for our family Easters… I have to make and Easter cake and 2 birthday cakes for my side and cupcakes for my husbands side. These are too cute… thanks for the inspiration :)
    (please enter me in the draw… I could use the help.)

  3. Sheila aka "foodiediva" on twitter says:

    These are stunning and yet look delectable too! Not sure I could replicate them in a way that would do them justice but it might be fun try!

  4. Olivia De Hamilton says:

    I would love this! Im 28 and really just starting out baking!

  5. Leslie says:

    I am in love with cupcake cookbooks. My 3 year old and I flip through them to see all the amazing decorating techniques and colors. This would be awesome to add to our cupcake cookbook collection.

  6. Mike says:

    These look like they would brighten anyone day.

  7. holli hagan rice says:

    Those are beautiful! My mom loves to make cupcakes!

  8. Judy R says:

    They are so cute. I’m always looking for new recipes and decorating ideas for cupcakes.

  9. Judy R says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway @harleylady1200

  10. Barbara says:

    Adorable cupcakes! And thanks for your generous donation to the Make-A-Wish® Foundation!

  11. The frozen fairy says:

    Those cupcakes look great!!

  12. Kimiko says:

    I love cupcakes! I’ve never been on a cruise before, but I’ve always heard good things about the Royal Caribbean. Now that I know they have a cupcake shop on board, I REALLY want to go! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. kazue says:

    THanks for this giveaway!

  14. dave says:

    My wife would love this!

  15. txcookiemomster says:

    Would love to win this cookbook! I love making cupcakes, cookies, desserts and on and on and on!

  16. txcookiemomster says:

    I tweeted the linkl!

  17. txcookiemomster says:

    I Facebooked the link!

  18. Kathy Hanley says:

    I would love to win this cookbook!

  19. Stacy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  20. Cheryl says:

    Absolutely love anything to do with cupcakes!!

  21. Valerie Dore says:

    Great giveaway!!

  22. Donna Priolo says:

    First let me say “adorable”…ok, now I love cupcake baking and I love gardening! How lucky can I be to do both at the same time with the same result! To share and enjoy with my family! Thanks for the opportunity!

  23. Martha says:

    So cute and sounds delicious!!

  24. Vicki Lynn Truitt says:

    We have cruised on Royal Caribbiean,loved their food, I also love baking for family and friends a lot.It would make my day to win this cookbook, our family has had two sad losses, My Dad died Sept 25,2011 from someone hitting the front of his car and my dear daughter Sarah passed at 23 on Feb 16,2012 from being very sick, we baked a lot with each other.

  25. Vicki Lynn Truitt says:

    I also shared this on my facebook too!

  26. Marlenny Marte says:

    I love baking with my little one. My 5 year old loves to bake and this would give us even more things to experiment with!

  27. Jessica Baer says:

    Absolutely love your page!

  28. Marlenny Marte says:

    I posted the link of Facebook.

  29. Becky says:

    Those are so cute and look delicious!

  30. Risa says:

    These look amazing! My children love to bake with me. This cookbook would give us more ideas for our baking.

  31. marg atchison says:

    I know what I’m making for Easter dessert table!

  32. Cassie says:

    I would love to win this book!

  33. Cassie says:

    I tweeted giveaway

  34. Donna says:

    I make cupcakes all the time for my sons class. This would give me great ideas

  35. Vicki Lynn Truitt says:

    I bake all the time for friends and family,birthdays,get well, just for fun, It would make my Day to win the cookbook!

  36. Pam Sharp says:

    would love to win this book!

  37. Lynne says:

    those cupcakes are ADORABLE!! I feel like baking my own Easter Garden of cupcakes after looking at those! Please, I would love a book!

  38. Erin Rigoni says:

    I would LOVE this cookbook!!! I started baking about a year ago,and I have fallen in love with it. This cookbook would help spread more of my creativity :)

  39. Erin Rigoni says:

    I shared this post of my Facebook :)

  40. Marcia Suminski says:

    Those cupcakes are too beautiful to eat.

  41. Kim Simon says:

    I want to make these cute cupcakes!!!

  42. Sandy Contois says:

    I have a 5 year old grandson whose Dad (my son is serving our country in afghanstan) spends everyday with and loves to cook and bake (he has his own chef’s jacket and hat) that book would give us some great ideas. Thanks for the recipe

  43. abigail says:

    thanks for this giveaway!

  44. ALLISON DOCKEN says:

    I LOVE Easter and LOVE to bake! This book would be perfect for me!! PLEASEEEEEE!!!

  45. Ben S. says:

    I would love to learn how to create these wonderous treats! These aren’t just cupcakes, they are works of art! It would be a shame to eat them (thankfully, I’m shameless!)

  46. txcookiemomster says:

    I tweeted this giveaway!

  47. txcookiemomster says:

    I liked you on Facebook!

  48. txcookiemomster says:

    I’m a cookie and cuppycake baking freak! I’d love this cookbook!

  49. Cynthia Cunningham says:


  50. Rosa maravilla says:

    I absolutely live this!

  51. tiffani minnick says:

    these are just so cute i wouls love to win this i make all my childrens cakes and or cupcakes for thier birthday’s the ice cream recipes would b an added bonus :)

  52. Dolores says:

    These are too cute! Would love to win!

  53. Dolores says:

    I also posted it to my facebook – Hope to win!

  54. Carol H says:

    Having a pre-Easter potluck tonight and I had signed up to bring cupcakes. I will be using some of your ideas. Thanks

  55. Lori says:

    Looks like a great cookbook.

  56. jenny h says:

    Just got into cake decorating, these cupcakes are so cute!! I’m going to try to make some for Easter! :)

  57. Connie Bolick Lee says:

    I would really like to win this, thanks!

  58. Roxanne says:

    I’d love to win a copy!

  59. Helen says:


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  61. Deb says:

    What cupcake fun! A delightful cookbook!

  62. Mar says:

    I’d like to enter the giveaway please!

  63. Carmen says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  64. patty says:

    Love their cookbooks. Their food is awesome and I would just love to win this cookbook!

  65. Angel Heinbach says:

    I love making cakes, cupcakes and cake pops!! A new cookbook with great ideas would be wonderful! Please enter me into this fun contest!

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