{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 made these last night for YW this evening. I couldn’t find Mini M&Ms (no idea why – probably because I was *looking* for them), so I used mini chocolate chips instead. And I decided to cut candy orange slices instead of Starburst or Tootsie Rolls for the beaks. They came out so cute! My husband couldn’t resist helping me with them – that’s how cute they are! Thanks, ladies, for such an adorable and easy recipe!

  2. My granddaughter and I made these today. So fun to have a food craft that is easy…even for an 8 year old. Now I love your website and I’ll be back.

  3. I made these for my son’s class this morning. (They were doing a project where they had to take care of, and design a house for a little puff chicken, and I made these for presentation day.) They turned out amazing! Thank you so much!! The kids all loved them. I made a few with just the lightly tinted yellow frosting and no coconut, and while not as cute, they actually still looked like chicks.

  4. I too am not super crafty. My mom ‘quit’ attempting to teach me how to crochet, she literally was like…I quit and refused to even discuss granny squares again! I love the idea, but I’m pretty sure my husband would walk past the wreath and umm…eat a peep. It wouldn’t take long before I had no peeps left.

  5. We made these for FHE, adorable. I am a sucker for chicks, so these were screaming my name when I saw them. Thanks for a simple and fun idea!!

  6. These are way cute. Hopefully I’m not just being blind, but I can’t find the search bar on your site anymore, do you still have it and where is it at?

  7. I was just about to buy another cookbook for my sister, but can’t seem to find it on Amazon.com is it still offered on the site, or is it just sold out?

  8. My 6 yo was with me when I saw this yesterday, and since he was in charge of the treat for FHE, we had these last night. They are very cute and very easy (easy is an FHE requirement for me!!). Thanks!

  9. This is amazing !!! i was thinking of a cheap way of decorating the house to make it more easter-like… i am just gonna make a bunch of these and put em all over the house !!!

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