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Spring has officially arrived and it feels oh so heavenly. While it may have just turned Spring-ish outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest it has been Spring in our kitchen for weeks.

Each new season brings its own excitement. Rich Hot Chocolate in the Winter, loads of pumpkins and squash in the Fall and enough fruit to fill a truck-load of pies in the Summer. For those of us who have practically hibernated during the last six months we are nearly bursting with excitement at even the hint of new produce and fragile buds hoping for a chance to break through.

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While snow was still on the ground our little temporary kitchen has been turning out Spring edibles in hopes of summoning the long lost sun. We began with something sweet, as I usually do.

I am not typically much of a “girly girl” but there is something about Spring that summons my inner pig-tail wearing, pink loving princess that seeks out everything petite and adorable. Maybe it’s the inundation of baby chicks, happy hopping bunnies, and pastel coated sugary eggs that flood every corner of every store these days but whatever it is inside me happened to fall in love with this edible craft found at MarthaStewart.com.

And really can you blame me? Such a simple craft that is both cute (dare I say that word) to look at and incredibly delicious – which is really why we are here after all.

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My nearly three-year-old son, Baron and my niece Emma who is 4 helped me create these sweet little chicks. Baron’s is the one covered in candy (definitely his mother’s son) and Emma’s is pink – everything with Emma is pink. :)

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I chose to create my little chicks out of a Carrot Cake Cupcake. A little spiced cake that is as moist as the dew covered grass and most importantly, is topped with a very lightly sweetened cream cheese frosting.

Even if you don’t fall for the pastel rainbow that hovers above the chick and bunny populated earth during these happy, sunny Spring days I still encourage you to eat these petite cakes. You can skip the crafty part and dive right into the consuming of the cake. You won’t be sorry and heck, you might even find yourself wearing pink.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes

3 cups All-Purpose Flour

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 Tbl. Baking Soda

1 Tbl. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Salt

3/4 cup Olive Oil

3/4 cup Canola Oil

4 large eggs

1 Tbs. Vanilla

1 cup Sweetened Coconut

2 cups finely grated carrots

1 cup drained crushed pineapple

Makes approximately 24 cupcakes

Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake paper. Pre-heat your oven to 350*

Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl using a whisk. Combine the oil, eggs and vanilla in a separate bowl and beat well. Carefully combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in the carrots and coconut.

Fill each cupcake 3/4 full and bake 20 minutes until toothpick comes out nearly clean.

Let cool in pan for five minutes then continue to cool on a wire rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)

4 oz. Butter (softened)

1/4 tsp. Salt

1 tsp Vanilla

1/4 cup Powdered Sugar

Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth. To avoid lumps make sure the butter and cream cheese are very soft.

Transforming the cakes to chicks!

2 cups (more or less) coconut (dyed or simply toasted. To dye – mix coconut with a couple of drops of food coloring. To toast – bake coconut on a sheet tray in a 350* oven for about 10 minutes or until golden)

Assorted candy for facial features. We used black gel color for the eyes, almonds for the beak, tic tacs and good and plentys for the feet and hair-do.

Remove the cupcake paper from the cupcake once completely cool. Cover the cupcake with cream cheese frosting. Then cover the cupcake with coconut. Add candy embellishments. Finally, devour – if you haven’t already done so.

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22 Responses to “Just hatched”

  1. Tea

    I’m not a girly girl either, but those are adorable. I’ll give you that.
    Seeing as I have two pink-loving niecelets, I might have to give these a go!
    Hasn’t the weather been glorious? I think we all feel reborn.

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  2. MG

    These are just adorable! Much cuter than my imagination conjured up! Nice photos too…Gabe better be looking over his shoulder. :)

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  3. StuffCooksWant

    OMG…those are so cute!! Have boys, but they’d gobble them up just the same!! They don’t care if their food is cute, just that there’s lots of it!

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  4. Ashley Rodriguez

    Tea – thanks for commenting! I’m sure the girls would LOVE this project as long as there is an abundance of pink coconut.

    MG – well, Gabe did take a couple of these shots so he still takes the cake when it comes to photography in our family.

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  5. Elyse

    What precious little crafts!! And, I bet they’re totally delicious, too. What a perfect way to bring out the inner pig tail-wearing self! Sounds like a great project for your son and your niece, too. Glad everyone enjoyed celebrating spring!

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  6. MG

    Thanks for this Ashley. Today Ty and Tutu made chick cupcakes. I colored the coconut, made minis and regular size and was so excited for our brood to appear. Ty was anxious to make them, and then I discover 1. He doesn’t eat jelly beans. ewwwwww
    2. spit out the coconut…ewwwwwwwwwwwww Tutu!
    He likes his plain…oh well, I’ll send you a picture of what we did, but not what I had hoped for!

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  7. Mélanie

    These are too cute! I love them! Out of all the elaborate things I’ve seen on the blogs for easters, they’re my favorites (maybe because I love carrot cake too ;-)
    Great idea!!!

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  8. Mary

    Oh my, these are lovely. You are so talented. I’d be tempted to keep these on the counter just to look at. But that temptation would likely pass really quickly.

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  9. yoana

    These were my first muffins ever. They are increadibly good. The combination of dry pineapple and coconut is amazing! Thank you for sharing the recipeI

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  10. Ruben Rehberger

    Hello! I’ve been reading your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the fantastic work!

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