Simple Easter Cupcakes and Cookie Toppers

I’ve shown you two pretty labor intensive Easter cupcake ideas, Bunny Ear Cupcakes and Bird Nest Cupcake toppers, but today I wanted to show a simpler version.  Although I like the look of them, in the end, you don’t really need picks and all the bells and whistles.  Sometimes, simple is best.

I made about a dozen of these little cookies from my last little bit of dough the other day.

Then, I whipped up the simplest but most amazing lemon poppy seed cupcakes using Tidymom’s “Doctored-Up Cake Mix Recipe” {which is now my new favorite thing} except that I used a lemon cake, added two tablespoons of poppy seeds, and substituted half of the liquid for lemon juice.

It made two dozen cupcakes and I only needed half of them for my project, so that left half for us.  I wasn’t sure how the lemon would go over with the kids, but between the five of us, we INHALED them =)  They were REALLY REALLY good!?

For the frosting, I used another super simple but delicious lemon frosting recipe from i am baker

On Monday I will talk more about the quickest way I know to decorate with royal icing.  It works on large and small cookies, and will hopefully free up enough time that ANYONE can do this.
I hope everyone is enjoying spring, and finding the time for a little weekend baking =)