{Easy} Spring Chick Cupcakes

Last winter when Kate posted her darling Candy Penguin Cupcakes, my favorite part were the cute little beaks.  I started thinking about what other sorts of animals you could make with beaks like that (not that there’s tons of choices) and remembered doing these cute little chickies (auto spell-check really wants me to write “sickies” right there…) when I was a kid.  (Okay, I swear I’m done writing in parenthesis now.) I sort of have a love-hate relationship with fancy cupcakes.  They’re so fun to look at, but some of them are SO labor intensive that when you’re all finished creating your little pieces of art it almost hurts to see people bite into them.  So I LOVE projects like this that literally take an extra 2 minutes of your time, but look totally adorable.

The other great thing is that you don’t have to search high and low for specific hard-to-find candies.  (If you’ve done a lot of themed cupcakes, you know what I’m talking about…)  I grab a tube of mini M&M’s by the check stand at the grocery store.  You can check the baking isle too and see if they have the bags near the chocolate chips.   The other thing you’ll need is something orange and squishy, like Starburst, or those orange Tootsie Rolls.  Laffy Taffy, Airheads, etc.  would work too.  I noticed my WinCo store sells the orange tootsies in the bulk section right now so I just bought 4 or 5, which totally beats having to buy one of those giant bags full of a few orange ones and then a bunch of the non desirable tootsie roll flavors.  You know, like the normal ones.  Does anyone even eat those things?

If you’re using Starburst, one pack should be plenty.  Unless you get a freak pack with only one orange.  You could easily use the yellows too, so you should be good with one pack.  You can 12 beaks out of just 2 starburst.  Just use a knife to cut the candy into small pieces and use your hands to mold a little triangle shape.

For the top of the cupcakes you’ll need some tinted coconut.  Just drop 2 or 3 drops of liquid food coloring into the coconut and stir with a fork.

At first it just looks weird and all of the color clumps together, but keep on stirring and I promise it will turn a lovely shade of baby-chick yellow.   I’m also sure someone in the comments will tell me to just put the coconut in a ziplock bag and shake, but I think it’s much easier to distribute the color with a fork.

Then just grab a cupcake and spread on some frosting.  I tinted my frosting a pale yellow so it would blend in with the coconut.

Cover the top with coconut, and place your little eyes and beaks on. See?  Instant cuteness.

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{Easy} Spring Chick Cupcakes


These sweet little chicks are a fun addition to any springtime spread and, as an added bonus, they only take a few minutes!


12 cupcakes
frosting of your choice (we love this one)
3/4 C shredded coconut
23 drops yellow food coloring
mini M&M’s
orange starburst, tootsie rolls, or other soft moldable candy


Mix coconut and food coloring with a fork until color is evenly distributed.  Cut orange candy into small pieces and mold into beak shapes.  Frost cupcakes (tint frosting yellow if desired) and cover with coconut.  Place 2 M&M’s on for eyes and a candy beak.

Keywords: cupcakes, spring, coconut



  1. I see a snowman variation for winter… bigger orange for a carrot nose and if we want raisins for the eyes?? Maybe chocolate covered raisins? Surely they make good coal!

  2. My family has a traditions Easter cake – simply white or yellow cake with a vanilla pudding/crushed pineapple frosting that is naturally a pale yellow color and looks kind of downy. I’m thinking it would work wonderfully with these, and how cute would they be for an Easter Dinner centerpiece?? Darling idea, thanks for posting!

  3. Those are adorable. I wish my family enjoyed coconut!! I have a random question. I am looking for a yummy hot pastrami sandwich recipe for my husband’s birthday this Thurs. I told him I have no idea where to get a good one, so I thought that I would try you guys. Let me know if you have one. Thanks!

  4. hmm….. do you think these would be just as cute without the coconut and just tinting the icing yellow? these would be great for my son’s birthday cupcakes (for school) this Friday …… granted it’s not very boyish or cool but it’s springy!! 🙂

  5. These are so easy and so cute! I feel the same way about cake decorating. I hate when I spend tons of time and energy decorating a cake, for people to look at it only a few minutes before devouring my beautiful cake.

  6. CRAZY CUTE! I can totally see myself getting stuck with one of the freak packs with one orange. Isn’t that just how life goes? haha! I love your blog! 🙂

  7. The mini M&Ms are in Winco’s bulk section too if you don’t want to buy a whole tube, or if you want to just pick out one color or not eat the rest of the tube. I like the mini m&ms for cookies.

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