Minecraft Cupcakes with Easy Grass Frosting

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How to make fluffy chocolate Minecraft cupcakes and decorate them with an easy buttercream grass frosting. Ideas for wrappers and toppers too!

I'd be lying if I said I didn't love these easy Minecraft cupcakes just as much as my boys. And not because of Minecraft, probably more so because they are so soft and fluffy!

I love the green buttercream frosting too, and making grass frosting has never been easier with my handy little secret, which I'll share with you as you read on.

Minecraft cupcakes with Minecraft cupcake wrappers and Minecraft TNT cupcake topper on white marble countertop with blue burlap

This recipe makes wonderful Minecraft birthday cupcakes or cupcakes for whatever occasion you're celebrating. You don't even have to have an occasion to make them; you can simply make them just because.

While I like to make my favorite chocolate cupcake recipe with homemade buttercream frosting, you can use a cake mix to make it even easier. I am partial to homemade, though, because they bake up ultra soft and fluffy, with loads of chocolate flavor.

If it's a Minecraft cake you're after, I've got ya covered with a few simple choices:

I don't know about you, but I'm ready to make some chocolate cupcakes. Let's get baking!

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my cupcake decorating tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the Minecraft cupcakes recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

BENEFITS OF CUPCAKES OVER CAKE

Cupcakes are just easier to make. Simply mix up the batter, pour it into cupcake cups, and bake it!

Whereas big cakes require a little more work. Everything has to be just right, including the cook time, batter consistency, frosting, etc. Cupcakes are simply more forgiving.

chocolate cupcake with green grass buttercream frosting, with white liner pulled away from cupcake

If diet is a concern, it is much easier to control your portion size with cupcakes. Believe me, it is easy to pig out on a big cake, eating way more than you should.

However, cupcakes are already portioned out of the oven. This eliminates the temptation to slice off a bigger piece of cake!

As I said before, making cupcakes is far more forgiving than baking a large cake. Because of this, you can often be far more creative with all of the different flavors you have to choose from and try.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

FOR THE FROSTING:

FOR DECORATING:

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

Minecraft birthday cupcakes wrapped in Minecraft wrappers and topped with Creeper cupcake topper

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU NEED FOR CUPCAKES:

Mixer – I prefer to use my KitchenAid stand mixer for both cupcakes and frosting.

Egg separator – for separating the whites from the yolks.

Cupcake batter scoop – Makes putting batter into cupcake liners so much easier and less messy.

Cupcake liners

Muffin tin – I love my 6-cup Wilton cupcake tins. They bake the perfect regular-sized cupcake.

Large grass tip and pastry bag – This is my handy little secret tip for piping grass frosting… I switched to a larger tip for piping grass, and it is amazing! So much more efficient, so much quicker, and so much easier! (Also, I don't use a coupler because I just don't see the need.)

We'll talk specifically about cupcake wrappers and toppers as you keep reading.

HOW TO MAKE MINECRAFT CUPCAKES

Making these cupcakes is fairly simple, and decorating them is even easier. We'll go through the entire process here.

FIRST LET'S MAKE SOME BUTTERMILK

We almost never buy buttermilk. We just never use it because I know I can make my own when I’m baking.

Just add about a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to a cup (or two) of milk; I usually use a tablespoon for every 1 to 2 cups of milk. Stir and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

making buttermilk in Pyrex measuring cup with vinegar and milk

Before you know it, you have sour milk or buttermilk. Works like a charm!

HOW TO BAKE THE PERFECT CUPCAKE

Now we need to mix up our batter, and if you follow these steps to a t, you'll come out with the softest, fluffiest cupcakes you've ever had.

  1. Cream (or mix) together the butter, canola oil, and sugar for a good 5 to 8 minutes.
Butter, canola oil, and sugar in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white countertop
  1. You should have already separated your eggs at this point, so go ahead and add the egg yolks and vanilla extract in with the sugar mixture, and mix well.
egg yolks and vanilla extract with butter and sugar mixture in KitchenAid mixing bowl
  1. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, including the cake flour, dark cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
cake flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in silver mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Begin by adding a small part of the dry ingredients to your creamed mixture, mixing well.
adding dry ingredients to cupcake batter in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Then alternate adding buttermilk with dry ingredients, mixing after each addition, and ending with the dry ingredients.
adding buttermilk to chocolate cupcake batter in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Finally, when everything is mixed together, fold in the egg whites and mix together just until the batter is blended.
adding egg whites to chocolate cupcake batter in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Add cupcake liners to your muffin tins (you'll need about 24 muffin cups), and pour or dispense the batter into each liner, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.
using white cupcake scoop to dispense chocolate cupcake batter into white cupcake liners in muffin tins
  1. Bake at 350° F for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  2. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes; then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling before frosting.
dark chocolate cupcakes in Wilton muffin tin

HOW TO MAKE GREEN BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

  1. Mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.
mixing together butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Add in the powdered sugar, and mix everything together for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing well.
mixing powdered sugar into buttercream frosting in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop
  1. Using Wilton Leaf Green (or a similar coloring), add green coloring to your frosting, and mix until well blended. Be sure to follow instructions for your specific food coloring.
green buttercream frosting in KitchenAid mixing bowl on white marble countertop

You'll end up with a smooth, creamy, beautifully green buttercream frosting to use for decorating your cupcakes.

HOW TO PIPE GRASS FROSTING ONTO YOUR CUPCAKES

  1. Place the cooled cupcakes in the Minecraft liners of your choosing before decorating.
chocolate cupcakes in Minecraft cupcake wrappers on white marble countertop
  1. Using this large grass tip (or a similar grass tip), add grass to each cupcake with your green buttercream frosting. Make sure the icing is thin enough to squeeze through the tip but not so thin it'll just melt away. Your technique should be to squeeze thru, and pull up or away (see my technique video).
how to pipe grass frosting onto chocolate Minecraft cupcakes
  1. When finished, plop a cupcake topper into each cupcake if you want.
Minecraft TNT cupcake topper in Minecraft birthday cupcake

SPEAKING OF MINECRAFT CUPCAKE WRAPPERS AND TOPPERS

I used these cupcake wrappers and these Minecraft toppers. They are affordable and sturdy and worked really well.

Plus my boys love them, so that right there is the real winner.

HOW TO STORE MINECRAFT BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES

Because of the buttercream frosting in this recipe, I recommend refrigerating these cupcakes after they have completely cooled. I think these cupcakes taste better cold anyway!

bite out of chocolate Minecraft cupcake sitting on white cupcake liner

EASIEST WAY TO TRANSPORT CUPCAKES

This collapsible cupcake carrier (and cake carrier) holds 24 cupcakes, making it easy to transport your cupcakes wherever they need to go. I love that it's collapsible, so it's easy to store too.

WHAT CAN YOU PUT IN THE MIDDLE OF CUPCAKES?

  • You can try piping frosting into the center of cupcakes. Use a cupcake corer to core the cupcake and pipe frosting, berry jam, or whipped cream into the center. This can be a delicious surprise to anyone who takes a bite!
  • Try layering fruit in your cupcake cups before filling them with batter. For this recipe, strawberries come to mind.
  • Add small candies to the center, like mini M&M's or peanut butter cups.

Get creative and have fun with it!

MINECRAFT PARTY IDEAS AND SUPPLIES

Minecraft Party Ideas and Supplies

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Yield: 24

Minecraft Cupcakes with Easy Grass Frosting

Minecraft Cupcakes with Easy Grass Frosting

How to make fluffy chocolate Minecraft cupcakes and decorate them with an easy buttercream grass frosting. Ideas for wrappers and toppers too!

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Cupcakes:

Buttercream Frosting:

Instructions

  1. Cream (or mix) together the butter, canola oil, and sugar for a good 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. You should have already separated your eggs at this point, so go ahead and add the egg yolks and vanilla extract in with the sugar mixture, and mix well.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, including the cake flour, dark cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Alternate adding the dry ingredients with the buttermilk to your creamed mixture, mixing after each addition.
  5. Finally, when everything is mixed together, fold in the egg whites and mix together just until the batter is blended.
  6. Add cupcake liners to your muffin tins (you'll need about 24 muffin cups), and pour or dispense the batter into each liner, filling each cup 3/4 of the way full.
  7. Bake at 350° F for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes; then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling before frosting.
  9. To make green buttercream frosting, mix together the softened butter, vanilla extract, almond extract, and heavy whipping cream.
  10. Add in the powdered sugar, and mix everything together for 2 to 3 minutes, mixing well.
  11. Using Wilton Leaf Green (or a similar coloring), add green coloring to your frosting, and mix until well blended. Be sure to follow instructions for your specific food coloring.
  12. Place the cooled cupcakes in the Minecraft liners of your choosing before decorating.
  13. Using this large grass tip (or a similar grass tip), add grass to each cupcake with your green buttercream frosting. Make sure the icing is thin enough to squeeze through the tip but not so thin it'll just melt away. Your technique should be to squeeze thru, and pull up or away (see video above).
  14. When finished, plop a cupcake topper into each cupcake if you want.

Notes

*To make your own buttermilk or sour milk, just add about a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar to a cup (or two) of milk; I usually use a tablespoon for every 1 to 2 cups of milk. Stir and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes.

*You can use a good gluten-free flour, along with xanthan gum, instead. This is my go to brand of gluten-free cake flour.

HOW TO STORE MINECRAFT BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES

Because of the buttercream frosting in this recipe, I recommend refrigerating these cupcakes after they have completely cooled. I think these cupcakes taste better cold anyway!

EASIEST WAY TO TRANSPORT CUPCAKES

This collapsible cupcake carrier (and cake carrier) holds 24 cupcakes, making it easy to transport your cupcakes wherever they need to go. I love that it's collapsible, so it's easy to store too.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 336Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 268mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 2g

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