Instead of going all-out with a fancy layer cake this year for Easter dessert, I’m planning on getting my tweens to help me decorate some cute cupcakes instead. With everything else going on in the kitchen Easter weekend, I don’t want anything too complicated, so I’ve found 8 easy Easter cupcake recipes that will still wow everyone on the dessert buffet.

At top: Lamb pull-apart cupcake cake via Homan at Home

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Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Eggs in nests at Windy City Dinner Fairy

You could follow the from-scratch recipe for these basic vanilla cupcakes — or make them from a box mix then focus on the clever Easter Egg Nest cupcake decoration idea from Windy City Dinner Fairy. It’s just a simple vanilla buttercream with a chocolate nest for those candy eggs on top, and she’s got all the instructions to help. Looks to me like it’s everyone’s favorite flavors, in a can’t-resist, easy Easter cupcake design!

Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Easter chicks at Chelsea's Messy Apron

As someone who’s piping skills are decidedly lacking, I’m leaning toward these adorable easy Spring Chick Easter cupcakes at Chelsea’s Messy Apron. Even your littlest kids could help you dip your iced cupcakes into the yellow sprinkles before you finish them with those cute chick faces. So smart!

Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Cadbury Creme Eggs cupcakes at Ritzy Mom

It’s Cadbury Creme Egg season, and these Cadbury Creme Egg-inspired easy Easter cupcakes at Ritzy Mom are perfect if you’re a fan of those marshmallow-y treats. Filling the cupcakes isn’t nearly as hard as you might think, and they’re totally worth the payoff when you bite into them. Be sure to check out her tips about using UK chocolates vs US versions, and how they differ.

Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Easter Bunnies at Stylish Craving

Jasmine over at Stylish Cravings offers up easy, step-by-step instructions to create the fondant ears and noses on these Easter Bunny cupcakes. And seeing as how Jasmine has 7 kids at home (yes, seriously!), I figure if she can make these then I can too. I’m up for trying, at least.

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Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Carrot Cake cupcakes at Pola Baker

I love these sweet little garden cupcakes with chocolate bunnies on top. Don’t let that piping scare you off from Pola Baker’s Carrot Cake cupcakes recipe! I mean, sure you need three bags to pipe three different colors of  icing, but other than that it looks like a pretty easy Easter cupcake recipe the kids can help with. And using store-bought mini chocolate bunnies on top gives you the professional look without the work.

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Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Lamb pull-apart cake at Homan at Home

My kids love pull-apart cakes, and I find them slightly less terrifying than cutting into a sweet bunny sheet cake. Diane at Homan at Home makes this one really easy to master, since she offers templates for the layout and even links to video tutorials to show you exactly how to get the rosettes on this Lamb pull-apart cake perfect! It’s really just a bunch of cupcakes, all decorated a little differently then placed the right way. You can do it!

Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Jelly Bean Cupcakes at Parties for Pennies

If your kids want to help out with some easy Easter cupcake decorating, this Jelly Bean Cupcake recipe at Parties for Pennies is the perfect one to hand over. Just ice some cupcakes for them, and let them get creative with their favorite jelly bean colors in whatever designs make them happy.

Easy Easter cupcake recipes: Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting at Lovely Little Kitchen

I always crave carrot cake at Easter, and these easy Carrot Cake Easter cupcakes from Lovely Little Kitchen are so pretty. The decorating is minimal, other than the simple white-chocolate Easter bunnies on top, and you can even buy some and cheat. I think that if you can work a piping bag, even just a little bit, then you can pull these off no problem. And the results will be so worth it!

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