Momma Told Me: Coconutty Chick Cupcakes for Spring + Easter Celebrations! What April Means To Me.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Coconutty Chick Cupcakes for Spring + Easter Celebrations! What April Means To Me.

Coconutty Easter Chick Cupcakes
Momma Told Me: A holiday is about the people you spend it with, not the food you eat.

I often wonder how slow time would move without seasons- without those little celebrations peppered throughout the year to look forward to and plan. Granted, as a grown adult with not kids of my own, yet, I celebrate holidays a little different than I once used to as a little girl. Though, much like the eb and flow of seasons, everyone around me is now beginning their own little families in a cycle that is as old as time. Cousins, friends form high school, and current best friends are settling down and hatching their own little chicks. I suspect it will still be several years before I begin my own flock, but, for now, I indulge in celebrating the beginning of new life with the ones I love.
When I was a little girl, and actually the eldest grandchild of our family, we would venture up past Los Angeles every Easter to spend the afternoon with Momma's parents, Sister, and her family. Sometime after church we would arrive in town, stiff from the ride, and I would spill out of the mini van making a beeline for my grandma's foyer. Without fail, every Easter, the baskets would get larger and larger- she was always sure to see that our Easter baskets outdid us in size! Then we'd scour the front yard, side porch, and backyard for carefully colored eggs. I'd peek my head in the old outhouse (where Grandpa was always certain to hide at least one or two), peer between the lily pads in the pond, and check the cow-shaped mailbox. (Grandma's house was the most magical place!)
Nobody in our family cooked on Easter, it was a tradition. Any other holiday you would find Great Aunt Bea's famous fruit salad, Grandpa Vince's Peanut Sauce Pork Kabobs, and Grandma Pony's famous Glazed Ham. But Easter, Easter was a family holiday where we all put down the hustle and bustle of entertaining to come together over a hearty meal. As unconventional as it was, our entire family, from across the state, would file into the local City Of Industry Marriott, where a live piano would serenade us, and a buffet  that wrapped through two halls was waiting for us to feast. Every year, for 15 years, we would eat our Easter brunch at that Marriott.
Coconutty Easter Chick Cupcakes
As a child, the coolest thing about this tradition was trying to make the professional pianist laugh, and piling my dessert plate full of fruits and sweets to be dipped in the massive chocolate fountain. Truth be told, the food was never much to raise a glass too- I always preferred Grandma's cookies and Grandpa's burnt ribs to anything they ever served at those banquets. But the joy in my grandmother's eyes at seeing her entire family gathered before her, and the sparkle of knowing she wold not have to wash one, single, plate- was priceless.

As we approach Easter, no matter your religious background or personal beliefs- I feel EVERY holiday is a chance to take stock of what truly matters. A moment marked on the calendar to remember all which we are so very thankful for; my baby cousin all grown up and now with a baby of her own, my grandfather growing stronger every day in his journey without my grandma, and all of the wonderful memories of that special woman, still so very much alive in my memories today.
Coconutty Easter Chick Cupcakes
Coconutty Easter Chick Cupcakes
 Spring traditionally marks the beginning of something new and young- This year will be filled with many new life's in my family, personal and extended. To celebrate the spirit of the season I whipped up these Coconutty Chick Cupcakes. Much like a giant snowball, these inverted cupcakes are frosted on individual plates (with a daub of frosting as 'glue,' then turned upside down and rolled in colored coconut for 'feathers.' Creative liberties can be taken, but I found an almond serves as a fine beak, mini chocolate chips make great eyes, and fruity licorice can be thin slices for feet and accents. Whether you're a fan of coconut or not, it's hard not so smile at these little chicks sitting on your Easter table, this Spring!

What Daughter Says: Make some new memories over food, and craft these chick cupcakes with your family and friends.


27 comments:

  1. I love the story of all of you at the buffet. No matter the quality of the food it's the quality of the company that makes all the difference in the world.

    I like your little peepers. Quite adorable!

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  2. I have very fond memories of Easter as a child as well, and I'm so excited to celebrate my daughter's first Easter this year. I love your little chicks. They are precious.

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  3. That is so cute!!! And before you made them all fluffy and yellow, they looked like Halloween cupcakes

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  4. Those are so cute! They look delicious too.

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  5. OMG! Once again an adorable creation from you! I totally need to make these.

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  6. how stink in cute and adorable are these cupcakes!!! LOVE

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  7. These are cute. Thanks for sharing about your memories. We used to have such big together celebrations but the family is dwindling dying off I guess. I still have those memories and they are great to have too!!

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  8. These cupcakes look amazing. And I have to say that sometimes the traditions that seem the simplest are the ones we look forward to and remember for years to come. My grandmother would always serve pizza on Christmas - super non-traditional but such a great memory! - Katy

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  9. oh these are to dang adorable. Need to try making these with my daughter for sure!

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  10. Oh my gosh, those are darling! Thanks for the GREAT tutorial. Pinning!

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  11. those chicks are incredibly cute and turned out really well. my son would love to try this

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  12. You always come up with the most creative recipes. We love coconut.

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  13. These are adorable! Will have to try my hand at it for the family.

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  14. You missed your calling girly , your blog always has the coolest and most intricate as well as super creative recipes . I love how you combine your love of art and color into everything you really have an eye for detail it's amazing. I always look forward to seeing what you have to post on all different occasions :)

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  15. So adorable! I have to try these with my son.

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  16. How cute and creative! I love coconut too. Going to pin this. Thanks.

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  17. Lovely! Thanks for sharing the recipe and photos. Happy Easter weekend!

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  18. They are so cute! I would make them without coconut though no one in my family likes it. yellow frosting perhaps. They came out awesome though!

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  19. These are adorable and how fun to make

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  20. Love the cupcakes. They are both cute and have a variety of foods which some picky eaters might try eating for the first time.

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  21. I love your cupcakes but I always enjoy your stories. As you get older and people are no longer around you look back on those memories. This year my birthday was on Easter and we went out.

    ellen beck

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  22. yum! super simple to make and a cute design as well. can't wait to try them out, even if it is after Easter, my grandsons would really enjoy these no matter what time of the year.

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  23. The cupcakes are so cute. I would love to make them but am highly allergic to coconut and cannot be near it at all.

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  24. The cupcakes are so cute. I have fond memories of all the holidays with my family. I still have the cast iron rabbit mold to make cakes with.

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  25. The cupcakes are so cute. I have fond memories of all the holidays with my family. I still have the cast iron rabbit mold to make cakes with.

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  26. These are absolutely adorable. Love the simple directions & we can totally make these.

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  27. Oh my gosh, how cute! A friend of mine had someone abandon 3 baby chicks on her front porch a few days before Easter...I think I need to make these for her!

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