Here we are again, rapidly approaching a holiday meant to celebrate the most incredible event in the history of mankind. It’s almost Easter Sunday! Jesus died and rose again for you. And while lots of families around the world choose to celebrate with bunnies and flowers and chickens, in our home we like to enjoy a Christ-focused Easter. If you are looking for ways to bring your family’s focus back to Jesus, this Cross Cupcakes Recipe is a tasty reminder of God’s sacrifice.
Keeping a Christ-Focused Easter
It’s not easy to put your head down and ignore the commercialization of Easter. When big companies go looking for a way to market this holiday, they are not looking for religious ideas. They aren’t celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. So you will find precious little in stores that will help your family focus on Jesus. That’s one of the reasons I love Christ-focused baking, because it is something you create yourself, for your family, as a way to celebrate what matters most to you.
Cross Cupcakes Recipe
Our cross cupcakes are super easy to make.Use any boxed cake mix to make the cupcakes. Let your kids pick the flavor or pick your husband’s favorite! I like to use Duff Goldman’s mixes because, honestly, the taste and texture is unrivaled in boxed mixes. I just buy the tie-dye mix and then leave out all the dye so I have a basic white cake mix.
You might want to make the crosses first, as they take a little bit of time to set completely. The crosses are put together with pretzels and melted chocolate. Broken pretzel halves are “glued” to the center beam (an unbroken pretzel) using melted chocolate and a heart shaped sprinkle. I love how these turn out!
Once the crosses are fully set, complete your cupcake decoration to make these gorgeous cross cupcakes. You will need either a star tip or a grass tip to make the grass. Piping grass onto your cross cupcakes is pretty straightforward.
- Twist your decorator bag at the end to keep frosting from coming back out the open end.
- Hold the twisted end with your fist and press gently to squeeze out frosting.
- STOP squeezing before you lift the bag away from the cupcake to break the flow of icing.
That’s the key to perfectly formed grass using the grass tip. Using the star tip as shown below, you would just squiggle the flowing frosting all around to fully cover the cupcake top.
Once the cupcakes are fully frosted with grass, add the flower sprinkles pressing gently to attach. Next, carefully press the finished crosses into the center of each cupcake. The finished cross cupcakes recipe is the perfect finale for your Easter meal, and the perfect complement to any Christ-focused Easter party or celebration.
Cross Cupcakes Recipe
Beautiful Cross Cupcakes for Easter or Baptism or Confirmation
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- 12 cupcakes (your favorite box mix or recipe)
- 1 cup green frosting (your favorite recipe or can)
- 20 pretzel sticks
- Heart sprinkles
- Flower sprinkles
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips, melted
- Grass or star decorator tip
- Disposable decorator bags
- Break 8 pretzel sticks into three equal pieces. Place remaining solid pretzels on waxed paper.
- Lightly dip one tip of each broken pretzel into the melted chocolate. Press tip against a solid pretzel and repeat on the opposite side of the solid pretzel to create a cross shape. Press a heart sprinkle against the middle of the cross. Allow to set completely.
- On cupcakes, pipe green frosting to resemble grass.
- Sprinkle flower sprinkles over the green icing and press lightly to attach.
- Gently press a pretzel cross into the middle of each cupcake.