Spring Chick Cupcakes



Cue: awwwwwwww!

Today, Eric and I are off to my brothers for a family get together! I wanted to make my niece some birthday cupcakes for an early birthday celebration so I searched Martha Stewart for some Spring Cupcake ideas. It wasn’t long before I came across her super cute Spring Chick Cupcakes!

My heart melted when I saw them. Red heart

And then I saw how easy they are to make and I loved them even more. And no chicks were harmed in the process. Well, except when I stuffed one in my mouth!


You won’t BELIEVE how easy these are to make!

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 cups sweetened shredded coconut (you want the thick shred)
  • 1 batch cupcakes
  • 1 batch frosting
  • Almonds + something black for the eyes (I used cacao nibs). Martha also used red licorice for feet and hair.


Spring Chick Cupcakes

Idea from Martha.

Step 1: Toast about 3-4 cups sweetened coconut at 300F until golden. Remove and set aside. Bake cupcakes (I used my favourite vegan chocolate cupcake recipe) and allow to cool. Once cooled, remove the liner from each.

Step 2: Meanwhile, make the frosting. I used my vegan almond buttercream frosting. Flip cupcake upside down and trim the top so it sits flat on plate. Eat scraps. ;)

Step 3: Frost cupcakes around sides and top. Roll in toasted sweetened coconut and use fingers to cover bare spots.

Step 4: Insert eyes, beak, and feet. I used an almond for the beak and feet and cacao nibs for eyes. See Martha for her suggestions.


These vegan cupcakes always rise so nicely. I had to trim the top a bit so it would lie flat on the plate. I didn’t mind eating the scraps either. :)

Flip the cupcake so the top is on the bottom of plate. Frost sides and top.


Roll in toasted and sweetened coconut (thick shreds) and then garnish with a beak, eyes, and feet.


I can’t handle how cute these are! And I really can’t look at them without laughing. They are a bit homely looking and I love them for that.

They would be really fun to make with kids for Easter too.


Some of you were asking how my back is doing so I thought I would give a little update. My sciatic nerve is feeling about 80-90% better after two massage therapy sessions. I am also keeping up with stretching, ab planks, and yoga. For my cardio, I have been doing the elliptical 5-6 days a week and also light weight lifting a couple times a week. I am hoping to try running sometime this week to see if I have any pain.

My RMT recommended that I pick up a stability ball to use as a deck chair because my posture is so poor and I always get a ton of shoulder pain. Anyone use one at a desk? Hopefully it helps. :)

Have a great Saturday!

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miss marian April 16, 2011

I used to use a fitball at my desk – definitely found it made me a lot more aware of my posture + muscles in use, etc. I found I had to swap throughout the day with my regular chair, though, as occasionally I needed the support – weak muscles I guess!
Good luck anyhow.


Sandra April 16, 2011

Those are some cute chicks! I think you get Aunt of the year award!!!

I have used a stability ball at a desk before. It did help my back, shoulders and abs! It helps build your core as you try to stabilize yourself and for fun bounce up and down on it. So much fun and softer than any chair!


JenATX April 16, 2011

cheep cheep!


Sasha April 16, 2011

I’ve been using a stability ball instead of a chair at my desk for a little over a year now. I enjoy it and I think it has helped my core in general, but not so much my posture. I plan to continue with it though!


Michelle April 16, 2011
Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc April 16, 2011

These are too adorable, Angela! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea. Love it!


Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 16, 2011

These cupcakes are too cute! I’m not a great cupcake decorator, but I think this is simple enough for me to do. Thanks for the idea!


Emily April 16, 2011

Too cute!!! I love them.


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit April 16, 2011

Cutest EVER! My Mom asked me to bring dessert next week for Easter. Maybe I can pull this one off? I used to have a stability ball at work, but people kept stealing it from my desk and playing with it, so I just use one in my home office. I was set out to improve my posture, but it also helped to develop my abs! No complaints here :)


J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 16, 2011

Awww, those are super cute!! Love them. :) And want to eat them! hehe


Katherine: Unemployed April 17, 2011

I couldn’t agree more!


AdrienneCarolyn April 16, 2011

Aw I love these! Adorable. Although they look like they’ve been left out in the rain or just got outta bed or something haha which makes them 10 times cuter! I am going to make these and bring them to work! Maybe I will try to make bunnies too!


Bridget April 16, 2011

Those little cupcakes look too cute to eat! But…I’d eat em’ anyways :)

Hopefully you find a solution for that pesky nerve :( Those things can be a pain!


Bronwyn April 16, 2011

Awwwww! Adorable. :) Hope your back feels better soon as well.


Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 16, 2011

That is the cutest thing I have EVER seen on a blog! I am definitely using that idea for Easter festivities :) Too adorable — my heart hurts.

I have known for a while that I need to just bite the bullet and buy a ball to use as a chair — I’m similar in that my posture is poor, and my shoulders hurt all the time from hunching over a laptop all day, lol! I find it strengthens my core and it really does help my sciatica as a result. Major props for being so proactive about your back issues! :)


Baking 'n' Books April 16, 2011

Have you always had a gym membership?

Those are so cute – you should enter “Cupcake Wars” ! Easter theme :)


Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 16, 2011

HOW ADORABLE! I think my students would adore these.. I may make these for my class!


Sarah April 16, 2011

Those are way cute! Nice job, not sure mine would turn out that good.


Shannon April 16, 2011

They are so cute!


Carissa April 16, 2011

I used a stability ball for a desk chair in college and LOVED it. It kept me moving a little and did improve my abs and my posture.


Jackie April 16, 2011

These are adorable. They make me think of Furby’s


Gail April 16, 2011

I used to use a stability ball at my old job and I really liked it a lot. Unfortunately, I don’t use one at my job now because the jerks I work with will probably mess with it. I remember years ago they used to sell a type of “office” chair where it didn’t have a back rest, and you sort of kneeled on it. I can’t remember what it was called, but I think it was made to help people’s backs too.


Stefanie April 16, 2011

Too cute!


Christine @ Burning It Off April 16, 2011

Those cupcakes are so cute I don’t think I’d have the heart to eat them… then again, there is coconut involved… yeah, I’d probably eat them.


Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit April 16, 2011

Too cute!!!
I used a stability ball as a desk chair all through university and LOVED IT. Plus, by the end of my degrees I could sit cross legged on one in the middle of a room, great party trick!


JL goes Vegan April 16, 2011

Oh, yeah, that’s cuteness overload (in a good way) Very clever!


Fanta April 16, 2011

Now if only I wasn’t at work today so I could bake these little chickies :)


Nikita April 16, 2011

I can’t believe how cute those are! They remind me of these little toys we used to get in our Easter baskets… these little chicks that cheeped when you put them on your hand. Anybody remember those?
Glad to hear your back is doing better!


Elle April 16, 2011

Angela, your chicks are adorable! I want to pop one in my mouth.


Nicole @ Fresh & Fit April 16, 2011

Those are almost to cute to eat!


Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher April 16, 2011

Almost too cute to eat!! ;)


Erin @ The Grass Skirt April 16, 2011

These are almost too adorable to eat! Almost. ;)


hippierunner April 16, 2011

Absolutely adorable! I love the almond feet!


Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 16, 2011

They really are adorable, I bet your niece will love them!


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 16, 2011

Oh wow, these are SO cute!!! What a perfect treat for Spring, and a great idea to bring to an Easter get-together!


Jess@atasteofconfidence April 16, 2011

those are so cute!


kate@ahealthypassion April 16, 2011

awwww im so making these for easter!


Tara April 16, 2011

Awwww is right. So cute!! I bet your family will say the same :)


Ashley April 16, 2011

So cute!!! Must make this week sometime! :)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 16, 2011

These are adorable! What a great idea for your niece. :D


Amber K April 16, 2011

Glad that you’re feeling a bit better!!

Oh my gosh, you can make the cutest stuff out of coconut. I wish I liked the stuff! But at least I can decorate :)


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