We made it! Spring is finally here. When I looked at my calendar last Sunday and realized Winter was officially over, I jumped for joy. Literally. Maybe I’ve been cooped up inside too long?
Anyway, I decided I wanted to celebrate with some sweet treats. Let me tell you, there are some awesomely creative Spring dessert recipes out there. I really love these Birds Nest Cookies which look just like the real thing, but are made with chocolate, hazelnut and coconut. Yum! I also found these adorable Cherry Blossom Cupcakes which have Spring written all over them.
But my favorite Spring dessert recipe was this one for Hello Flower Cupcakes. Just one look at these colorful treats put a spring in my step (pun intended, of course). I love how the flower petals are made from marshmallows and the centers are gumdrops. To me, it doesn’t get more creative than that!
So, without further ado, here’s the recipe:
Preparation Time: 30 min
- colored sprinkles, sugar or coconut (recipe follows)
- 30 large marshmallows
- 1 container (16-ounce) vanilla frosting
- McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or
- McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye
- 24 yellow cupcakes baked in white paper liners
- 1 cup green-colored sugar (recipe follows)
- 24 yellow spice gumdrops
- Place colored sprinkles, sugar or coconut in small bowl.
- Cut several marshmallows crosswise into 4 slices with sharp scissors. Press 1 of the cut side of each marshmallow piece into colored sprinkles to coat. Place coated side up on baking sheet. Repeat with remaining marshmallows and sprinkles to makes 120 marshmallow petals. For variety, use different colored sprinkles, sugar and coconut to decorate the marshmallow petals.
- Tint the frosting bright green, using 1/2 teaspoon green food color and 4 drops blue food color.
- Place the green-colored sugar in a shallow bowl.
- Spread top of each cupcake with green frosting. Roll the edge of each cupcake in colored sugar.
- Arrange 5 marshmallow petals on top of each cupcake to resemble a flower, pressing the marshmallows into the frosting.
- Place a gumdrop in the center of the cupcake to complete the flower.
Colored Sprinkles, Sugar or Coconut:
- Place white sprinkles or nonpareils, white decorating sugar or coconut in large resealable plastic bag.
- Add food color. (For 1 cup sprinkles, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon food color. For 1 cup sugar, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon food color. For 1 cup coconut, add 1/4 teaspoon food color).
- Seal bag. Knead sprinkles, sugar or coconut until the color is evenly distributed. (Add additional drops of Food Color for darker shade).
- Spread colored sprinkles, sugar or coconut on large rimmed baking sheet. Let stand 15 to 30 minutes or until dried. Store in airtight container.
For more awesomely creative desserts that celebrate Spring, you should check out these blogger recipes:
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from Butter + Cream
- Spring Sugar Cookie by Green Girl at A Little Bit of Everything
- Red Wine Italian Meringue Clouds with Sweet Strawberries from Form5Artisan
And some of our Springtime dessert recipes:
I hope these sweet Spring treats put a smile on your face. And if you have a minute, let me know which ones are your favorites!