Here comes Peter Cottontail – hopping down the bunny trail…Now that I have that song stuck in your head, let’s make some easy Bunny Cupcakes.
Easter is on it’s way, and you know what that means – it’s time to bake Easter Cupcakes. I kept these super simple for you, and the kids can even help with them too.
These Easy Bunny Cupcakes are perfect for Easter or even a Spring party! They start with a 3-color cupcakes, white frosting and marshmallow bunny ears and tail.
Let’s get started…
Instead of a plain cupcake, I decided these Bunny Cupcakes needed a bit of color. To stay with the Spring theme, I chose pink, blue and yellow. All of the batters start with a cake mix, the pink and blue are Duncan Hines Velvet Cake Mixes, and the yellow is the French Vanilla Cake Mix with yellow coloring added.
I added ingredients to the cake mix to make them taste more homemade – buttermilk, butter and eggs.
To make filling the cupcake liners, really easy, add the batter to plastic decorator bags. Because the cake batter is not as thick as frosting, I found that it’s easiest to put the bags into a tall glass and fold the top down around the edge of the glass.
Then add the batter to the liners. I added a small amount until I got all 3 batters in, then filled it to about 3/4 full.
Using a butter knife, you can swirl the cake batter if you want. I baked them both ways and found that I liked them better not swirled.
You can see how they look without the frosting. I think using the multiple colored batters is fun. The pink and blue would be really fun for a baby shower. Maybe even a party when parents reveal the gender of the baby.
While the cupcakes are baking and cooling, it’s time to make the Marshmallow Bunny Ears.
- Lay the marshmallow on the side
- Cut diagonally with a sharp knife
- You may need to open the marshmallow a bit to expose the sticky side
- Lay the marshmallow in sprinkles or nonpareils – cut side down
- Push down gently
- This is a great job for little helpers – the kiddos will love adding the sprinkles
I used three different sprinkles. You can find them in the cake decorating aisle at Walmart near the party supplies.
Then you can make the Bunny Tails.
- Dip a mini marshmallow in water – you don’t need much, just a quick dip
- Roll marshmallow in white sprinkle or jimmies
To frost the cupcakes, I used Wilton Ready to Use Decorator Icing. It’s a favorite of mine because it tastes good and stands up nicely when decorating cupcakes. It’s also very white, which is what I wanted with the bunnies.
- 1 box Pink Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 box Blue Velvet Cake Mix
- 1 box French Vanilla Cake Mix
- 12 eggs - 4 for each cake mix
- Buttermilk for cake mix - replace the amount of liquid on the box (2/3 cup or 1 cup) - splash of vinegar in the measuring cup, fill with milk and let set a couple minutes
- 2 sticks butter - 1 for each cake mix - follow directions on box
- ⅓ cup oil for French Vanilla Cake Mix
- To get really white frosting for bunnies, I used Wilton Ready to use Decorating Icing
- Regular size Marshmallows
- Sprinkles - your favorite
- Mini Marshmallows
- White Sprinkles
- Combine each of the cake mixes and move to separate bowls until all 3 cake batters are done
- Add a plastic decorator bag to a tall glass, and fill each with cake batter
- Add cupcake liners to muffin pan
- Heat oven to 350 degrees
- Fill each liner with a small amount of each color of cake batter until about ¾ full
- Bake at 350 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
- Cool completely
- Lay marshmallow on it's side and cut diagonally
- Dip the cut side into sprinkles
- Set aside
- Dip mini marshmallow in water quickly
- Immediately add white sprinkles to marshmallow
- Pipe on frosting or add with an offset spatula
- Add ears and tails