Easy Easter dessert


Although today is technically a holiday, I wanted to post an Easter dessert idea. For those of you who are hosting a crowd sometime this weekend, you may want to make this bright and cheerful pull apart cupcake dessert that I created for the Homemakers magazine Bakefest booklet last year.

Cupcake pull-apart cakes are trending up with consumers everywhere. In fact Laura Mandracchia, owner of Little Laura Sweets in L.A. notes that in the last 7 weeks 25% of her orders have been for cupcake cakes for kids parties, baby and wedding showers, adult birthdays and as an alternative for groom’s cakes at weddings. Since cupcakes have been deemed the recession resistant treat of choice, expect this trend to continue!

My Black Eyed Susan version is fun and easy to make (you can use a cake mix and coloured bought frosting) and it’s easy to serve as well. In fact, no knives, cake lifters, plates or forks are required. Just present this sweet arrangement on a tray and let everyone grab a cupcake and a napkin!

Feeling a bit more ambitious but not close enough to Laura to have her whip up something gorgeous for your table? Try this Very Hungry Caterpillar pull-apart arrangement of cupcakes. Isn’t it fantastic?

What’s on your Easter Feaster menu this year?


14 Responses to Easy Easter dessert

  1. Rosa says:

    So pretty! A genius idea!

    Cheers and Happy Easter!


  2. Heather says:

    Love it! Mini cupcakes would look nice for the stem…and be a vehicle for the icing…yes, I LOVE my sweets. A friend and I made a carrot cake one time just so that we had a reason to make cream cheese icing…that cake ended up being a triple layer cake, so that there was more space to put the icing! 🙂

  3. megan says:

    Love the flower! Those cupcake pull aparts are so darn cute!

  4. cheryl says:

    Lovely, Dana! I’m a bit daft when it comes to cake decorating, but it looks like I may be able to pull this off. Filing away the idea for the next kid’s birthday, in June.

    And the Very Hungry Caterpillar one is indeed adorable. Eric Carle would be proud.

  5. danamccauley says:

    Heather – I love your mini cupcake idea for the stem!

  6. Melanie says:

    I love this–such a great idea and so beautiful.

  7. What a great idea. We don’t have any little ones in the family any more and so a lot of the Easter whimsy has been diminished. We still do an egg hunt.

    I think this would make a perfect birthday cake for a gardener. Hmmm… My birthday’s in June. I garden…

  8. danamccauley says:

    Charmian, is that a hint?

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  10. Jude says:

    Never tried serving cupcakes this way. Might not be a good idea for me because I’m a klutz when it comes to piping frosting. 😦

  11. danamccauley says:

    Jude – don’t sell yourself short! As you can see, my piping isn’t perfect. It will be great even if you just use a ziptop bag with a corner cut out to do the frosting!

  12. lyndsay says:

    holy guacamole!!! i was reading your blog for kicks as i surf food blogs often, but never noticed a link to MEEEE! how cool! thanks dana!!! also… lovin’ how the sunflower looks like it has giant peanuts for petals.. ! how bout peanut butter, jam-filled cupcakes?? mmmmm… !

  13. danamccauley says:

    Well earned link – your hungry caterpillar is so beautiful!

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