{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. Sarah!
    You found my blog….Check it out again. I made something for Ben for his birthday that I think your boys would love! Especially since they love the dinosaur eggs! Yes we need to chat. Want to send me your email address? Or I think that mine might be attached to this note. Oh, these are super cute cupcakes! Will definitely have to make these 🙂

  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU for posting a cake/cupcake/holiday recipe that doesn’t take so much work. I love looking at all the super-uber-ultra creative and intricate cakes and desserts out there, but that doesn’t mean I want to make them. This, on the the other hand, I can totally do! And I showed my kids the picture and they thought they were adorable, plus they can help with them since they are not too difficult!

  3. I have the same question about using coconut that Jennifer McCormick did. Is there any other option? Mine is not b/c of a school reason. I just don’t care for coconut. 🙂

    1. I tried these with yellow frosting and they were super cute. You could probably also use a star tip (I’m not sure if that is the right term) to frost the cupcakes and it would look more like “feathers”. I just didn’t have the drive to do that at the time, but I think I will try that next time since my kids are not coconut fans. Hope this helps!

  4. These are adorable and sound so easy. Our family had a blast trying your April Fools day cupcakes. We just might have to try these out too!

  5. My sister and I were at Winco on Saturday. We picked through the gumballs because we needed only red, white and blue gumballs. I can just see you picking through the mini M&M’s for the brown ones!
    I made the elephant, monkey, penguin and lion cupcakes from a certain cupcake book (hmm, I wonder which one?) last year for my granddaughter’s third birthday, then several of the dog cupcakes for my grandson’s second birthday. They took forever and exactly what you said- when they started getting eaten I almost wanted to smack them out of the people’s hands!
    (P.S. We don’t mind your parenthesis usage.) 🙂

  6. I made these for a barnyard theme party for my little boy last year. But I didn’t think about making them for Easter—great idea! Good candy suggestions for the beak, too!

  7. Every time we see my grandpa he asks us what the magic word is. If we tell him he gives us tootsie roll, the regular old chocolate kind. No one eats them; we just leave them on a table in his house to find later. The other flavors of tootsie rolls would be great though. Also, the cupcakes are super cute 🙂

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