Simply Beautiful Easter Cross Cupcakes (Carrot Cake Flavor)

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Perhaps you would like to step away from cute bunnies and sparkly easter eggs when you are doing your Easter baking and try something more traditional. These carrot cake-flavored Easter Cross Cupcakes are a delicious reminder of what Easter time is really about.

Carrot Cake cupcake with a pretzel stick"cross" inserted decorated with white icing and a flower. Green frosting is piped on the cupcake to look like grass with flower sprinkles. Text overlay says"Easter Cross Cupcakes". Same cupcakes featured throughout from various angles, with different text overlays, unless otherwise described.

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Easter Cross Cupcakes

The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Easter is a time when Christians around the world commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

It’s also a time for families to come together and enjoy some delicious food!

If you’re looking for a fun Easter dessert, why not try making these simply beautiful Easter cross cupcakes?

They’re actually really easy to make using a box of carrot cake mix, ready-made frosting, and sprinkles. The cross is made using pretzel sticks and cookie icing.

The pretty cupcakes are sure to impress your family and friends. So why not give them a try?

Ingredients for Easter Cross Cupcakes - carrot cake cupcakes, pretzel sticks, green frosting, white cookie icing, flower sprinkles
Ingredients for Easter Cross Cupcakes

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

For your convenience, any specialized or notable ingredients and equipment needed to make these cupcakes have been listed below and linked to Amazon or other stores if available online. Standard ingredients such as flour or sugar are not listed, as you are likely to have those in your kitchen. The full list with measurements is found in the recipe card.

Cupcakes & Frosting Ingredients

Decorating Ingredients

  • Wilton White Cookie Icing – this ready-made icing comes in bottles and is great for piping details onto cookies, cakes, and fondant decorations! If you want to make your own icing to pipe with, please be my guest, but this shortcut saves time! There are other brands that you can use too – use what is available in your area!
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Flower Sprinkles

Cupcake Decorating Equipment

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Easter Cross Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Easter Cross Cupcakes Recipe Tips

Cupcake Making Tips

  • These cupcakes are made using a box of cake mix – prepare them as directed on the box.
  • Use your choice of cupcake liners – themed to the cupcakes, plain white or black, or a complimentary color.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to equally divide the cupcake mixture between the cupcake liners. Fill them about three-quarters full.
  • The cupcakes should be ready in about 20 minutes – test their doneness by inserting a toothpick into the cakes. It should come out clean when the cupcakes are cooked all the way through. Bake for an extra 2 minutes and check again.
  • Cool the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely before frosting.

More Easter Cupcake Recipes

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How Do I Make Easter Cross Cupcakes?

Check out the printable recipe card below with full ingredients and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

How To Make Easter Cross Cupcakes

Easter Cross Cupcakes

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These carrot cake-flavored Easter Cross Cupcakes are a delicious reminder of what Easter time is really about.


  • 1 (15.25oz) box of carrot cake mix + ingredients listed on box to make it
  • 36 Pretzel sticks, 1 ½ for each cross
  • White cookie icing
  • Green frosting
  • Flower sprinkles


  1. To make the cupcakes, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 (or according to box instructions). Line cupcake pans with 24 cupcake liners and set them aside.
  2. Using an electric handheld or stand mixer, place the cake mix and other listed ingredients on the box into a large bowl and mix until combined and smooth.
  3. Use an ice cream scoop to divide the cupcake batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
  6. Gently snap 12 of the pretzel sticks in half.
  7. Assemble the cross by piping a line of white icing across the whole pretzel stick.

    Piping Icing on Pretzel Stick
  8. Place the half piece horizontally towards the top of the stick, as shown.

    Add half-piece of Pretzel to form Cross
  9. Pipe a line of white frosting on the half piece. Place a flower sprinkle at the intersection. Place in fridge to set.

    Adding Flower Sprinkle to Intersection
  10. When the cupcakes have cooled, place some frosting into a piping bag fitted with a grass piping tip, such as Wilton #233.
  11. Insert the cross into the back center of the cupcake.

    Inserting Cross into Cupcake
  12. Pipe grass around the cupcake, leaving a path to the cross unfrosted.

    Piping Grass Frosting around Cross
  13. Add additional flower sprinkles to the grass as desired.

    Adding Flower Sprinkles to Grass
  14. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

    How To Make Easter Cross Cupcakes
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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