Happy Easter once again! For this year’s Easter Party at my daughter’s preschool, I decided to make Easter Bunny cupcakes. After searching the internet for ideas, I settled on an Easter Bunny cupcake design, but changed it a little so it would fit the ingredients I had already at home.
First, I baked 24 cupcakes following a recipe for a chocolate oil cake I found on Allrecipes.com. As always this website is an excellent source for new recipes.
Next, I mixed up Buttercream icing. For this, I used the icing recipe from Wilton, flavoring it with vanilla and almond extracts. This recipe only uses Crisco instead of butter and therefore the icing is pure white. Using a spatula, I iced all the cupcakes with a relatively thin layer of buttercream. If you do not want an overpowering sweetness, ice the cupcakes just enough to cover the brown color of the chocolate.
I purchased a bag of big marshmallows, which made the bunny ears. Using regular scissors I cut up the marshmallows into 4 slices. The slices automatically curve themselves, so there is no need to shape them into ears. With a little paintbrush dipped in finely ground cinnamon, I colored the inside of the marshmallow ears to give it a more natural appearance. The cinnamon will stick to the sticky inside of the marshmallow slice. You can also use pink sugar, which I just did not have at that time. Then you attach the ears to the iced cupcake.
For the eyes I used semi sweet chocolate chip morsels. You cannot go wrong with a little bit of chocolate. At this point the marshmallow ears shrank a little already and I was afraid that the Easter Bunny would look more like an Easter Mouse. I guess, next time I will use the pink sugar for the ears.
Finally, I tinted some leftover icing pink to pipe the nose and mouth of the bunny. I also colored some piping gel black and added the bunny’s whiskers. I used piping gel, because it is easier to achieve a rich black starting with a transparent base. Coloring white icing black can be a challenge. You will mostly get a grey tint. Starting out with chocolate icing will make it easier to get a nice black.
The Easter Bunny cupcakes turned out cute, in my opinion. The kids loved them and the adults as well…the cupcakes were gone fast, I mean really fast. Happy Easter everyone and happy baking!