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Colourful Easter Surprise Cupcakes #Recipe

| April 17, 2014 | 73 Comments

Easter eggs

I am so happy to finally see grass! It’s still yellowish, but at least there isn’t any snow left! Spring is finally here! Maybe if it’s warm enough, I will be able to wear my high heel shoes rather than my booties for Easter on Sunday. I am looking forward to spending quality time this weekend with both my husband’s family and mine. When my kids were younger, we started an Easter egg hunt every year. Even if they are now teenagers, we still have one in our house. I add chocolate eggs and/or candies into colourful plastic eggs and hide them all over the house. It’s a bit hard to hide them outside as we live on one acre lot that is pretty much an open field, so not too many places to hide the eggs. The kids wait patiently in their room as I hide the eggs and then the race is on! They look on top, behind, and under the furniture and move around the decorations on the shelves. Now the best part is counting how many eggs they have and opening them to see which chocolate or candies I bought this year. I try to purchase different chocolate and candy brands every year. After the hunt, we get ready to head out for a succulent brunch!

Another tradition on Easter is to make a special homemade desert. This year, I opted for a Colourful Easter Surprise Cupcakes. I decided to add food colouring, so the cupcakes would be green, blue and pink in the spirit of Easter!

Colourful Easter Cupcakes

The surprise is an M&M egg in the centre of the cupcake.

Easter eggs in cupcakes

What are your Easter family traditions?

Please let me know by writing a comment below!


Colourful Surprise Easter Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 15-18 cupcakes

Colourful Surprise Easter Cupcakes


  • Cupcake:
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup Gay Lea Spreadables Butter with Canola Oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 18 small chocolate covered eggs, like M&M eggs
  • Add food colouring to batter (blue, red, or green) optional
  • Butter Icing:
  • 1/3 cup of Gay Lea Spreadables Butter with Canola Oil
  • 3 cups of icing sugar (add more if needed)
  • 3 tablespoons of milk (add more if needed)
  • 1 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 10 drops of food colouring (blue, red or green)
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup of shredded sweetened coconut
  • 10 drops of blue and 10 drops of yellow food colouring (you can add or omit a few drops to make your preferred green colour)
  • Jelly beans
  • M&M chocolate covered eggs


  1. Cupcake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Use 18 colourful paper liners.
  3. In a small bowl, add together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Cream together the Gay Lea Spreadables butter, brown sugar, and white sugar in a large bowl until well blended.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla.
  6. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated.
  7. Fill each muffin cup 1/3 full, and place a chocolate egg in the center of each. Top with remaining batter until cups are 2/3 full.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until you insert a toothpick in the middle of the cupcake and it comes out without any batter.
  9. Leave on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
  10. Icing:
  11. Beat the butter, the icing sugar, the milk, and the vanilla until desired consistency.
  12. Add food colouring (start with a few drops and add until desired colour).
  13. Apply the icing on the cupcakes.
  14. Topping:
  15. Mix the food colouring in a small bowl and add coconut.
  16. Mix together.
  17. Add on top of icing.
  18. Top with jelly beans or M&M chocolate covered eggs.

Colourful Easter Surprise Cupcakes in a pyramid


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Category: Desserts, Easter, Easter, Food, Holidays, Recipes, Themes

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

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  1. beth says:

    Our family uses butter in and with everything toast, pancakes, waffles, baking cookies, frying eggs, a pat on a steak, butter chicken

  2. Jonnie says:

    Chocolate fudge is my favorite recipe using butter

  3. Glogirl says:

    I like shortbread made with butter!

  4. sabina edwards says:

    I don’t actually think I’ve even seen that stuff in the stores

  5. sarah sar says:

    I love to use butter in everything, especially baking. Chocolate chip cookie dough is my favourite!

  6. My kids still love their Easter Egg Hunt. Your cupcakes are so nice, I like that there is a special treat inside. Happy Easter!

  7. Heidi C. says:

    I love making shortbread with butter!

  8. lori b says:

    shortbread cookies for me 🙂

  9. Lynda Cook says:

    good ole shortbread cookies and buttercream icing

  10. Joy says:

    baked cinnamon rolls

  11. Victoria Ess says:

    I love making thumbprint cookies.

  12. lisa bolduc says:

    making beaver tails. use dough, fry it, and then place in melted butter and then coat in cinnamon and sugar

  13. Carol M (Lushka S) says:


  14. jan says:

    I too love shortbread cookies

  15. kathy downey says:

    i love butter tarts

  16. charityk says:


  17. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    I use it in banana bread. yum

  18. Veronica S. says:

    We’ve made everything with butter you can make, I think. I love making brownies best though. I’ve bought Gay Lea spreadables for my eldest son while he was away at university. It’s so easy for him to use & spread.

  19. nancy chartrand says:

    I love how gay lea makes everything taste better, I love it in chocolate chip cookies, in pies, on toast. It is the BEST

  20. Eleanor says:

    I use Gaylea butter in pancakes, waffles, baking desserts and on top of toast and steamed vegetables

  21. Darwin says:

    I like shortbread cookies made with butter.

  22. Wendy hutton says:

    butter tarts are my favorite.

  23. Erika E says:

    Shortbread is my favourite recipe using butter.

  24. Francine says:

    I use butter in ALL my baking – I’d have to say pie crust

  25. suzi says:

    shortbread cookies

  26. Chocolate Chip Cookies & Buttered English Muffins

  27. Karla Sceviour says:

    classic chocolate chip cookies,,hmmm!

  28. May says:

    I like using butter in my roast recipe!

  29. Brianne Hager says:

    My favorite recipe using butter is waffles.

  30. sarah sar says:

    I love to use butter in everything…I’ll be doing a lot of baking this weekend…cookies, pies, cakes.

  31. Sunshine says:

    Ginger cookies – the best thing ever with a cup of tea on a rainy day, and never skimp with the butter!

  32. Viv Sluys says:

    My favourite butter recipe is spicy garlic biscuits. They taste so much better made with real butter!

  33. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Waring Pro Double Belgian-Waffle Maker.
    In response to your questions of What is your favourite, most creative way to cook with Gay Lea Spreadable Butter? Do you have unique recipes?
    My favorite way to cook with Gay Lea Spreadable Butter
    is making Shortbread cookies and i don’t have any unique recipes.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  34. Wayne Lecoy says:

    I am entering your giveaway.
    It would be great to win a Year of free Gay Lea Butter.
    In response to your question of
    What is your favorite recipe using butter?
    Shortbread cookies is my favorite recipe using butter.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!

  35. Sunshine G says:

    Ginger molasses cookies are my favourite butter recipe.

  36. caryn s says:

    I love making cinnamon buns with butter!

  37. amber y says:

    My favourite recipe using butter is banana bread. The recipe only take 1/3 cup of butter but a little extra on each slice after serving is delicious.

  38. andie says:

    My fave to use it in would be shortbread cookies – yum!

  39. Sarah says:

    any sweet baked goods

  40. Sarah Stickney says:

    i like any sweet baked goods

  41. Eldon L says:

    Butter chicken is my favourite recipe with butter.

  42. NickyJ says:

    there`s so many.. I`ll say my favorite is fudge

  43. Jana L. says:

    Has to be garlic butter shrimp!

  44. maria says:

    shortbread cookies

  45. Julie Dyer says:

    My favourite is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

  46. Darlene Wissenz says:

    I use it to make Pineapple Upside Down Cake, one of our Easter favourites.

  47. Darlene Wissenz says:

    Any sort of cookie can be made with butter, the taste is so good

  48. Natalie says:

    My favourite way to use spreadable butter is to make cinnamon fairy toast toast – I butter it then add cinnamon and sprinkles!

  49. Natalie says:

    My absolute favourite recipe with GayLea butter is shoretbread cookies! So simple, so easy to make, but the fun is endless. You can cut them into any shape you want, add yummy things like chocolate chunks or peanut butter chips, cover them in sprinkles, decorate them with icing….they’re the perfect canvas for your imagination 🙂

  50. Fan R says:

    I use GayLea Butter in our strudels.

  51. Fan R says:

    My favourite recipe using butter is Lemon Tart.

  52. Laurie B says:

    I love using Gaylee Butter for my cookies and pie shells. As well as plain jane on my toast 🙂

  53. Leah Lucas says:

    I love making banana bread! It is so good!

  54. M Gibb says:

    My favorite are chocolate chip cookies

  55. angela m says:

    I love to make thumb print cookies

  56. l p says:

    hot cross buns. thanks

  57. Diane says:

    If you want a sauce that tastes special, add a pat of butter at the end, and just stir until it melts. Butter makes it taste rich, adds an extra oomph!

  58. Rick F says:

    Butter tarts is my fave recipe using butter

  59. Angela Mitchell says:

    I like making chocolate chip cookies and lemon squares.

  60. Pat B says:

    My favourite recipe using butter is krumkake

  61. Cheryl Grandy says:

    My favourite recipe is “Mudpies” more formally known as NoBake Chocolate Cookies.

  62. Katy Emanuel says:

    We use butter in all baking. I would never use any of the butter substitutes, only the real stuff for us. It adds the best flavour to waffles in the batter.

  63. Michelle B says:

    Chocolate shortbread is my favorite recipe using butter.

  64. AndreaHR says:

    I LOVE to bake – cookies, buttercream, etc. but I love butter most on soft fresh bread….nom.

  65. AndreaHR says:

    I also love to make buttertarts with SALTED butter – so yummy!

  66. holly o'gorman says:

    My favorite is a piece of warm baked bread with butter, yum!

  67. joanna botelho says:

    chocolate chip cookies! YUM

  68. kathy downey says:

    shortbread made with butter is so so good

  69. Amy Lovell says:

    These look super cool! Thanks!

  70. Cheryl says:

    These are super cute!! Easter is not that far away now must remember and make with the kiddies!! 🙂

  71. kathy downey says:

    Thanks for the recipes,these look yummy

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