Easy Chocolate Cupcakes with Easter Treat Topping

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This post has been sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Easter is the perfect time to get baking and share treats! These easy chocolate cupcakes are made even better with a topping of your favorite candy. Enhance the Easter celebrations with the value you get from Mars Spring Minis Mix and STARBURST® Original Jellybeans from Sam’s Club! So simple, anyone can create a cupcake candy masterpiece!

Easy Easter Chocolate Cupcakes with M&Ms

Some days I enjoy an advanced level recipe. I’ll spend a whole Sunday crafting and baking a masterpiece. Somedays however, you have a party to get to, eggs to fill, kids to coordinate and acelebration dinner to plan. If you still want to turn up at the party with the perfect home bakedtreat,these easy Easter chocolate cupcakes are for you!

This quick chocolate sponge recipe is a baking staple. It is so fast, and all mixed in a single bowl with a spoon. I’ve made large layer cakes with it and little cupcakes… either way it never fails; so soft, fluffy and moist. Simple pastel colored buttercream frosting, and a topping of your favorite Easter candy complete them for the season.

Mars Spring Minis Mix & STARBURST® Jellybeans Topping

You’re going to need plenty of those sweet treats to fill eggs for the hunt, so stock up at Sam’s Club because they provide the best value, with members-only prices on all your Mars candies for Easter baking.

Mars Spring Minis Mix offers the perfect size candy to top these chocolate cupcakes, plus they are the perfect size for filling eggs. Win, win!

Top your cupcakes with TWIX® minis and fill your candy dish with M&M’S® candies. Mars Spring Minis Mix features a mix of individually-wrapped mini-sized SNICKERS®, M&M’S®, TWIX®, MILKYWAY® and 3 MUSKETEERS®

You can get as creative as you like with your candy cupcake toppings. Stick to one topping for uniformity or make a mix for variety. Everyone has a different favorite!

Easy Easter Chocolate Cupcakes Ingredients

For the Chocolate Sponge (makes 12 cupcakes):

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • ½ milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hot water
  • (You will also need 12 cupcake liners)

For the Easter Themed Frosting:

Easy Easter Chocolate Cupcakes Method

For the Chocolate Sponge (makes 12 cupcakes):

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Mix in the canola oil, milk, egg and vanilla extract until combined.
  • Add the hot water and stir the mixture into a smooth, thin batter.
  • Fill the muffin cases to a half inch below the top.
  • Bake for around 20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow your cupcakes to cool completely before frosting.

For the Easter Themed Frosting & Decoration:

  • Cut the butter into pieces and whip the butter with an electric mixer (low-medium speed) for 3-5 minutes, until the butter looks light in color.
  • Add the powdered sugar gradually, one cup at a time and mix on low speed until combined with butter. In between each cup of sugar, add a little of the vanilla extract and cream until all combined.
  • On a medium-high speed beat the frosting for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Split your frosting into three bowls (or however many colors you are making). Mix food coloring into each with a spatula… only add a little color for those Easter pastel shades! Use a piping bag to frost your cupcakes.
  • Top your easy Easter chocolate cupcakes with your favorite Mars Spring Minis and STARBURST® candies from Sam’s Club!

The cupcakes turned out great, and I still have plenty of candy left to fill eggs for our Easter egg hunt. They are the perfect size for placing inside those little plastic eggs, and if you’re decorating baskets, festive colored wrappers make Mars Spring Minis Mix the perfect festive treat!

The Sam’s Club bag of Mars Spring Minis Mix contains 165 pieces of chocolate candy, and it’s the great value I rely on at Sam’s Club.

STARBURST® Original Jellybeans are a delicious combo of flavors: Cherry, Orange, Strawberry, Lemon, Green Apple, and Grape. Sure to bring smiles to friends and family this Easter, STARBURST® Original Jellybeans candies are perfect in a basket or on top of a cupcake too.

I hope you enjoy making these fun but easy Easter chocolate cupcakes. The perfect addition to any Easter party!

Nutritional Facts:

For detailed ingredient and nutrition information for each product, refer to packaging.

This post has been sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Katherine is an electrochemist, hiking enthusiast, and family lifestyle blogger. As a mom of three, including twins, she enjoys DIY, travel, and eating good food. British born, Katherine moved to the US in 2014, and now called Las Vegas home.

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