Earth Day Cupcakes Recipe – Celebrate Arbor Day with an edible


These Earth Day Cupcakes are the perfect sweet treat! Not only are they a tasty way to celebrate Earth Day but they’re easy to make as well. These Arbor Day Cupcakes are made using a cake mix – which makes this simple cupcake recipe even easier!

Save yourself time and stress and give this easy dessert a try. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the beauty of the Earth by making these beautiful cupcakes right at home!

Earth Day / Arbor Day cupcakes

What I love about this Earth Day cupcake recipe is that it’s unique compared to other recipes out there. The top of the cake actually looks like “soil” and has such a fun and flavorful texture.

Because when it comes down to it – isn’t that what Earth Day is all about? Slowing down to appreciate all the layers of Earth while figuring out a way that we can help?

If you’re ready for a simple dessert to share with family and friends, you can’t pass up on this one!

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Fast and simple using a cake mix
  • Festive and fun to celebrate Earth Day
  • Cupcakes make the perfect treat to grab and eat on the run!

How do you know when cupcakes are done baking?

The last thing that you want to have to deal with is cupcakes that are raw in the center. The good news is that you can easily test the doneness of these cookies!

Grab a clean toothpick and stick it into the center of the cupcake. If the toothpick comes out clean and doesn’t have any wet batter on it, you can rest easy that the cupcakes are done baking and ready to be pulled.

What happens if I add toppings to my cupcakes without letting the cupcakes cool?

You need to be sure that you’re patient and let the cupcakes cool down before adding on any type of toppings. If you add anything on the top of the cupcakes while they’re hot or even warm, the toppings will melt right off and create a bit of an issue.

Ingredients Needed For Earth Day Cupcakes

  • Chocolate cake mix + additional ingredients per box instructions OR your favorite recipe 
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Fresh mint leaves on stems 

How To Make Cake Mix Cupcakes for Earth Day

  • Bake cupcakes per recipe and cool completely 
  • Crumble a couple of cupcakes to use as “soil” 
  • Pipe frosting on each cupcake 
  • Cover cupcake with crumb soil 
  • Place a mint leaf stem on each cupcake to represent a seedling 
  • Enjoy! 

Earth Day Cupcakes – Variations

If you want to change up the flavor of this simple cake mix recipe, just change up the type of cake mix that you use. Chocolate cake mix is great but there are literally dozens of other options and flavors!

If you don’t want to add crumbled cupcakes to the top. use chocolate frosting instead. As long as you’re creating that soil look with a darker color, it’s perfectly fine.

How do you store these special Earth Day cupcakes?

No one wants to deal with stale cupcakes so making sure that you store leftover cupcakes correctly is key. Once the cupcakes are cooled down, you just need to store them in an airtight container.

Keep the air away to keep the cupcakes nice and soft.

Can you freeze cupcakes?

You can! A lot of times a cupcake recipes makes too many cupcakes to eat all at once, so you can easily put a handful in the freezer. Be sure to freeze them without any toppings or frosting as that can be added later whenever you decide to eat them again.

More Dessert Recipes

We only have this one special planet that we humans can live on (for now). Not only is it important to take care of this home we have, but also teach kids to appreciate and love on it too. This simple Earth Day cupcake recipe is something you can make with your kids to help them learn how valuable a resource our planet is. Or if you are super into earth day make the cupcakes and share with your office. Either way, I hope you have a fabulous Earth Day / Arbor Day!

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Thena Franssen