This cute lamb cupcake cake is perfect for spring and would be fun on your Easter table as well. When it’s time to eat, everyone just pulls off a cupcake to enjoy!
Though Mother Nature seems to be lagging a bit behind, spring is definitely springing around here! MiMi and Pop’s little farmstead, Windy Acres, is definitely showing signs of spring. MiMi and Little Dude have been patiently waiting for the eggs they put in the incubator to hatch and now they have!
When MiMi heard pecking going on, she called and we had to get Little Dude out there right away. He spent the next two days keeping very close tabs on the peep peeps and keeping me (and my office!) updated with how things were going. The mailman must not have known how many little chicks were going to hatch, because he showed up with boxes of babies as well. So now my parents’ basement is loaded with baby chickens and turkeys.
Add to that the fun of the sheep having lambs. This is their first lambing season, so it has been quite an experience. The babies are soooooo cute! One of the mamas had twins, which is abnormal for her breed. She’s a first time mama and was only taking care of one of the lambs. So my mom adopted the other.
Quite a few years ago, when they had lived in the country previously, they bought some bottle fed calves. So bottle feeding the lamb isn’t completely foreign, but this baby is much younger and smaller than those calves. She is becoming a regular member of the family!
So Little Dude and I thought we should probably make a fun treat to celebrate Mary the little lamb. He loves cupcakes. Well, mostly he loves putting cupcake wrappers in the pan. So we thought a cupcake cake would be a perfect way to celebrate.
The cupcakes we made need a little tweaking before I share the recipe. They were pretty good, but I want to make a few changes. Really you could make this with any cupcake recipe you’d like. Ours were a variation of white cupcakes that I will definitely share once we get them perfected.
You could always make banana cupcakes or chocolate banana cupcakes like we tend to do. My friend from House of Nash Eats has a great chocolate cupcake recipe. Or Caroline’s Cooking has a yummy gluten free lemon almond cupcake if that is more your style.
Once the cupcakes are baked, it’s time to make some frosting! (YAY!) I used a classic buttercream this time. I made 1 1/2 batches and had a little left over. One batch may do it, but you might be stretching at the end.
I was really tempted to use white chocolate buttercream, but I have plans to make that for something else soon. Marshmallow buttercream would be fun as well. You definitely want something white, fluffy and easy to pipe.
You’ll want a large board or platter that is both big and sturdy enough to support the cupcakes. The one I used is 18×24″ but you could get away with one a little bit smaller than that. Now it’s time to place the cupcakes!
Start with the five across the center of the body. Then four each above and below the five. Add two cupcakes for legs.
The head is made of three cupcakes formed into an upside down triangle. Then cut one cupcake in half, paper and all for the ears. Use the rest to make some grass under the lamb’s feet.
Next I piped some frosting onto the head cupcakes and a bit on the ears. Be a little bit generous as you are going to want it to be able to span the gap between the cupcakes. Smooth it all out.
After that it’s time to pipe the wool onto the body. We did rosettes, but you could do whatever pattern you like best. Give your little lam some legs as well and she is really starting to come together.
You could pipe on green frosting for grass if you’d like, but we thought it would be fun to go ahead and frost the cupcakes in white and then cover them in green coconut for grass. Just mix a teaspoon of water and a few drops of green food coloring in a bag.
Toss in some coconut and mush it all around until it’s colored. Press it into the frosting and ta-da! A nice bed of grass is formed, ready for your lamb.
We dyed some frosting black to pipe on the lamb’s face and made little balls of black frosting for her hooves. After that we just piped on some extra buttercream around her head, down her ears and between the cupcakes to bring her all together and make her extra fluffy.
Little Dude and I had the best time making the lamb cake and it was even more fun to arrive at MiMi’s house with it. I think Mary the little lamb was quite impressed and so was everyone else. Of course my brothers couldn’t help but to add a few extra decorations 😉