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Lion and Lamb Cupcakes

We all know the old saying that March “comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb” and we’ve got the cupcakes to match. While the adage may not always be true, the lion-like snow and cold is nearing an end, and we’re looking forward to calmer, lamb-like weather across the country. Perfect for March gatherings, these adorable cupcakes will help you usher in springtime (while bidding good riddance to winter.) They’re easier to decorate than they look. Just follow the tips above, and you’ll see making these cute cupcakes is a breeze.

Friendly Lion Cupcakes

Yield: 16
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • Vanilla (White) Buttercream Frosting
  • Chocolate Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with baking cups.
  2. Sift flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set mixture aside.
  3. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  4. Alternately add flour mixture and milk until combined.
  5. Fill baking cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  7. Tint 1/2 cup of Vanilla (White) Buttercream Frosting pink. Tint remaining frosting yellow.
  8. Frost cupcakes with yellow frosting. Use a small round decorating tip to make nose and ears. Add inner ears and bottom of nose with pink frosting.
  9. Use a small round decorating tip and Chocolate Frosting to create the facial features.
  10. Use a leaf decorating tip to create the furry mane.

Notes

We recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer to create these friendly lion face cupcakes at home.

Fluffy Lamb Cupcakes

Yield: 16
Author: Hamilton Beach Test Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Vanilla (White) Buttercream Frosting

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with baking cups.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set mixture aside.
  3. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, until well blended.
  4. Alternately add flour mixture and milk until combined.
  5. Fill baking cups 2/3 to 3/4 full.
  6. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
  7. Tint 1/4 cup of Vanilla (White) Buttercream Frosting pink.
  8. Frost cupcakes with white frosting. Using a small round decorating tip, pipe on detail for nose and mouth.
  9. Add mini chocolate chips for eyes.
  10. Place mini marshmallows around edge of cupcake for wool.

Notes

We recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer to make these fluffy lamb cupcakes at home.

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Comments

  1. They look so good to eat. I wonder if I could do the same thing using vegetables. califlower for the sheep or something? Make it easier for them to be eaten 🙂 Love these two cupcakes.

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