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Every Easter growing up in my home there were two guarantees, the first being that my siblings and I would wake up Easter morning and hunt through our home to find our hidden Easter baskets. The second guarantee is that many of those eggs in our baskets would be filled with pretty pastel Easter M&M’s®. My parents were (and still are) huge M&M’s® fans, and I would always run to their bedroom and knock on their closed door when I heard the familiar sound of M&M’s®being poured out of the crinkling bag that was hidden in their room.
I have such fond memories of M&M’s® in my childhood, and so I am very excited to share with you today some Easter table ideas and a delicious carrot cake cupcakes recipe!
If you are on the hunt for some decorating or treat ideas for your Easter celebration, then I can definitely help. I set up a pretty pastel Easter table for some friends and family recently, and it was filled with my favorite treats and lots of spring goodness.
For the party I picked up lots of M&M’s® at Walmart, including the new M&M’s® Carrot Cake, which tastes absolutely just like carrot cake!
I don’t know how they did it, but all of the complex flavors of carrot cake are inside that pretty little colored candy shell. The colors of the M&M’s® Carrot Cake are fabulous and are perfect for spring!
I found all of the spring and Easter M&M’s® in the Easter candy aisle at Walmart.
The main attraction of my Easter table and party was the homemade carrot cake cupcakes. Each cupcake is topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, crushed M&M’s® Carrot Cake, and a chocolate carrot.
They tasted SO good, and everyone was in awe of the M&M’s® Carrot Cake! The recipe and directions for the carrot cake cupcakes can be found at the bottom of the post.
I found the cute yellow flower cups at Walmart and knew they would be perfect for displaying the cupcakes on the green cake plate.
When putting together a party table, wreaths are a great way to add a pop of color, especially when placed around the base of a cake stand. I love the bright cheery yellow flowers in this wreath, and it really draws attention to the cake stand and the cupcakes on top. Full pink flowers add some extra height, color, and texture to the table.
On the two smaller cake plates I filled some cute little treat cups with M&M’s® Milk Chocolate. I love how they are already in perfect little portion sizes, which makes it easy for guests to just grab and snack on.
I also filled two matching apothecary jars with M&M’s® Carrot Cake and M&M’s® Milk Chocolate packages. I can’t get over how gorgeous this spring colored M&M’s® are!
All of my family and friends agreed with me, too! 😉
I found the cutest little clear plastic bunny eggs at Walmart that I knew I had to have, so I filled each egg with M&M’s® Peanut that I sorted by color and placed them on two white rectangular plates.
Adding M&M’s® to the base of a plate or tray is a great way to add texture, color, and fun to the table.
Now they are just too cute to resist!
Carrot cake cookies with cream cheese frosting tasted great, too, and were a fun addition to the carrot/carrot cake theme.
Mini cakes with fresh-cut strawberries on top added some color and fruit to the table.
Milk is essential when eating chocolate, so I had four large bottle of milk for pouring into cups.
One little friend thought that cups weren’t necessary though, and since he was so cute, we let him… 😉
We had such a wonderful time together at our party, and I am vowing to do it all again soon! If you would like a delicious spring treat for your get-together or for Easter, you’ve got to try these yummy carrot cake cupcakes…
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 3 cups shredded carrots (about 5 medium)
- Cream cheese frosting
Step 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake liners in a muffin tin, or use baking cups that you can cook the cupcakes right in (like I did).
Step 2. Place all the ingredients in a Kitchen Aid or medium-bowl and mix on low-speed for 30 seconds, making sure to scrape the bowl. Beat on high-speed for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl occasionally. Pour into baking cups.
Step 3. Bake between 45-50 minutes, removing from the oven when a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool thoroughly, then frost with cream cheese frosting.
Step 4. Use a large knife to chop the M&M’s® Carrot Cake into large pieces, and place on top of each cupcake. Add a chocolate carrot to the center of each cupcake and serve.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s carrot cake recipe.
Thanks for letting me share my party with you! I hope you got a few ideas or learned a few tips for putting together your own Easter celebration!