Red Vines Easter Basket Cupcakes
Optional! Free free to use a premade frosting instead. Otherwise:
In the bowl of stand mixer, combine the butter and salt
Beat the butter for 3 minutes, until very creamy
Add ½ of the powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined
Add the remaining powdered sugar. Mix on low speed until combined.
Turn the mixer speed up to medium-high, and blend until the frosting is very light and fluffy – about 5 minutes.
Place the shredded coconut in a zip-top plastic bag
Add a very small drop of green food coloring to the bag. A little color goes a long way! You can always add more later if needed
Seal the bag and start shaking
Shake the bag, massaging the coconut around with your hands, until the green color is distributed and the coconut is green
If you’d like a deeper green color, add more food coloring and repeat step 4
Place the dyed coconut in a shallow bowl
Frost each cupcake with frosting
Stick 2 candy eggs in the center of each cupcake
Roll the edges of each cupcake in the dyed coconut so that “grass” sticks to the outside edge of the frosted cupcake
Cut Red Vines Twists and Candy Straws in half. Using the halves, bend into arc shapes.
Stick the arcs into the frosting on top of the cupcakes to create your handles