How to Make Fun Spring Cupcakes

Spring has sprung with these cute cupcake recipes and decorating ideas!

Karen Tack and Alan Richardson, best-selling authors of the book Hello, Cupcake!, spent a few days here in the Taste of Home Test Kitchen creating some unbelievably impressive cupcakes—no special tools or talents required! Get started with these basic recipes:

Easy Cake Mix Cupcakes Recipe

For this recipe, there are no rules. The only thing required is a creative imagination. Get Recipe

Royal Icing Recipe

This classic royal icing sets up and dries quickly. It's especially nice to use when cookies will be stacked on a plate. Get Recipe

Cupcake Cookie Pops Recipe

Take sugar cookie dough to a whole new level. Using purchased refrigerated dough allows more time for the fun stuff—decorating! Get Recipe

Decorating the Cupcakes & Cookie Pops

1. How to Make Marshmallow Flower Petals

With kitchen scissors, cut pastel marshmallows in half. Dip each cut side in colored sugar. Arrange marshmallow petals on cupcakes, forming flowers.

2. How to Make Cookie Pops

When making the Cupcake Cookie Pops, place lollipop sticks 2 in. apart on foil-lined baking sheets. Place cutout cookie dough on each; press down gently.

3. How to Decorate Cookies with Royal Icing

Using a pastry bag and plain Royal Icing, outline each cookie; let dry. Tint remaining icing with colors of your choice. Working one cookie at a time, fill in the center with tinted icing; spread to the edges of the outline with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let dry completely.

4. How to Make Cutout Cookies with Candy Centers

Place cutout cookie dough on foil-lined baking sheets. Cut out and remove centers of each. Carefully fill the centers with crushed hard candy.