04 Apr

DIY Tutorial: Sparkling SURPRISE Carrot Cupcakes

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

In a few days, Peter Cottontail will be hoppin’ down the bunny trail… so we better have some carrots ready for him! But not just any carrots. Really, how many boring carrots can one bunny eat? I say we go for sparkling carrots with a surprise inside!

Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration. I’m happy to be back at HWTM today, sharing a different kind of carrot recipe – just in time for EASTER! Sure to make your little egg-hunters squeal with delight, these carrots are actually cupcakes!! Cake batter is baked inside an ice cream cone, topped with icing and then coated in orange candy and oodles of sprinkles. Edible grass provides the finishing touch on top. Just look inside!

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

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SPARKLING CARROT CUPCAKES – A DIY TUTORIAL

by Carrie Sellman
makes 12 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

– Ice Cream Cones (12)
– Chocolate Cake Batter (made from mix or from scratch)
– Buttercream Icing (store bought or homemade)
– Orange Candy Melts (2 packs)
– Orange Sprinkles (2 jars)
– Green Edible Candy Grass

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place an oven-safe wire rack on top. Stand ice cream cones upright in slots of wire rack. Cones must fit snuggly or they will fall over when baking. Some batter may leak out the bottom of cone while baking (but that’s why we’re lining our baking sheet with parchment).

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones

2. Fill each cone 2/3 of the way full with cake batter. Bake approximately 15 minutes at 350 degrees, until toothpick comes out almost clean. Let cool completely.

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones

3. Top each cone with a small mound of icing. Return to wire tray and place in freezer for 15 minutes.

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones

4. Meanwhile, melt orange candy coating in a tall microwave-safe container. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat until candy is completely melted.

orange carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter

5. Dip chilled cone into melted orange candy, holding the pointed end of cone with your fingers (icing goes down). Cover as much as possible. Pull up and out of candy coating slowly.

orange dipped carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

6. Before candy coating hardens, hold cone over a bowl and coat with orange sprinkles. Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle until all areas are covered. Let excess sprinkles fall into bowl so you can reuse.

7. Set cone onto parchment paper, icing side down, until hard. This is a good time to touch up any areas you missed, especially the tip. They firm up quickly and will actually be quite solid once set. Do not worry if they are a little wonky or knobby. Real carrots aren’t perfect either!

8. Using a toothpick, make a small hole in the top center of the carrot. Insert a few pieces of edible grass and trim to desired length.

carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

ENJOY!

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carrot shaped cupcakes made with sugar cones and sparkles for easter with oreo dirt

STYLING IDEAS:

– Stand carrots upright in a popcorn cone holder. I attached a white wooden fence to my popcorn holder for an extra little touch. Spoon crushed Oreo crumbs around the carrots to look like dirt.
– Bake extra cake batter in a loaf pan. Cover this cake with icing and crushed Oreo crumbs. Use this as your ‘display stand’ by inserting carrots into cake.
– Simply lay carrots on a plate covered with crushed Oreos or extra edible grass.
– Place carrots in individual cellophane bags and tie with a green ribbon to create favor or portable treat.

Happy Easter!

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Emicely Carbó Class SAYS:

Cute and perfect for kids. Thanks for sharing.

April 11, 2014 at 5:58 pm

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April SAYS:

will the cone become soft after baking if stored in freezer

April 11, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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Tawshiana SAYS:

did anyone make the night before and refrigerate? if so how did they turn out??

April 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

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Michelle Bote SAYS:

i could not get the cones to stand up no matter what I did (day before Easter) if I can salvage them atleast this ideas has inspired a different direction but kind of like this.

April 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

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Bethany SAYS:

What did you use for the holder as I fond it so neat and would you be able to show a demo?? xx

February 15, 2015 at 8:15 pm

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Iris SAYS:

great idea!

March 20, 2015 at 9:51 am

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Deena SAYS:

Adorable! How do you dip the cone with the frosting on? I would think the frosting won’t keep its shape.

March 24, 2015 at 8:24 pm

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Holly SAYS:

WOW! Carrie! Great idea!!

April 1, 2015 at 6:54 pm

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mary finch SAYS:

cute idea but doesnt turn out so well. i could not get the cones to stand (apparently) sturdy enough as they ALL fell. Big mess.

April 4, 2015 at 10:53 am

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Erin SAYS:

How far in advance could I make these? Planning on making some for my son’s barnyard/farm themed birthday party. Trying to knock out some of the prep work.

October 27, 2015 at 9:09 am

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Mandy SAYS:

Love it. Such a cute idea… very original

February 29, 2016 at 9:46 pm

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Dell Perkins SAYS:

LOOKS LIKE FUN, THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT!!!!!!

March 2, 2016 at 7:10 am

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Shan Marie Burgan SAYS:

I MAKE MY OWN…Just get a bag of coconut, put in some green food coloring and shake it up…viola!! Green edible grass.

March 13, 2016 at 6:09 pm
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