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Bunny Cupcakes

Being a busy Mom coming up with cute, delicious desserts for Easter can sometimes be a daunting task.  These semi-homemade Bunny Cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are sure to make everyone jump for joy on Easter!

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I have realized that sometimes, it’s okay if everything I bake isn’t 100% homemade.  It doesn’t make me less of a baker, less of a mother and it surely doesn’t mean what I bake isn’t going to taste delicious! So for Easter this year, I decided to focus on making my cupcakes super cute by turning them into bunnies!

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Here are a few of the things you’ll need for these cupcakes.  You don’t have to use exactly these items or these brands… just use what you have access to at the stores near you!

You’ll need:

  • Cake mix & all the ingredients to make the cake
  • Marshmallows
  • Black sugar pearls, spring colored jimmies, and pink sugar crystals
  • Small pink jelly beans
  • Sweets & Treats Boutique pink dot Bake Bright cupcake liners
  • Scissors
  • Frosting (not pictured)

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After the cupcakes are baked and before you begin frosting the cupcakes, you’ll need to prepare the marshmallow ears for the bunnies.

  1. Hold the marshmallow by the flat edges.
  2. Using clean scissors, cut across the marshmallow from one corner to the opposite corner.
  3. Press the exposed side of the marshmallow into a bowl of pink sugar crystals.
  4. Set the two halves aside in pairs so they can be easily placed onto the cupcakes later.

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Putting together the Bunny Cupcakes is super simple! Pipe a dollop of frosting to the top of each cupcake, use the tweezers to place each black sugar pearl eye and press in a pink jelly bean for a nose! Easy peasy!

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You don’t have to do accent cupcakes, but I couldn’t resist buying these spring colored jimmies at the store when I saw them.   I only did 4 of the cupcakes covered in these jimmies, but it really adds a fun pop of color to the cupcakes!

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I have been obsessively buying cake stands since moving back to the USA.   Home Goods, Michaels and Target have both had some inexpensive and super cute stands that I had to have!  The pastel colors coordinate perfectly with the Bunny Cupcakes.

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A bouquet of fresh cut daffodils, a few porcelain bunnies, and a few decorative eggs from Germany completely the display.  The best part about putting together a display like this is that you don’t have to do it exactly like mine. Use what you have in your home, put out the decorations you love and make it beautiful!  No need to go out and buy anything new!

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I shared these cupcakes with my new neighbors.  They have 3 girls and she reported back to me that they were a huge hit! That’s always the best feeling when you make something and your friends and family get true joy from them!

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I really hope you give these a try for your family!  They’re perfect for Easter, Spring or the bunny lover in your life!

Happy Baking!

Bunny Cupcakes

Bunny Cupcakes

Yield: 24 cupcakes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • Sweets & Treats Boutique Pink Dot Bake Bright Liners
  • 1 box of Pillsbury Spring Funfetti Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Frosting

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2lb powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt

Decorations

  • 24 large marshmallows
  • pink sugar crystals
  • black sugar pearls
  • small pink jelly beans
  • Spring colors jimmies

Other Supplies

  • large round piping tip
  • large piping bag
  • scissors
  • tweezers

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Prepare the cupcake batter according to the directions on the box.
  2. Line cupcake pan with Sweets & Treats Boutique Bake Bright liners.
  3. Fill the liners 1/2 full and bake according to box directions.
  4. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before decorating.

Frosting

  1. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla, salt and half the cream and mix until combined.
  3. Pour the remaining cream in and beat on high for 4 minutes.

Decorations

  1. Pour the sugar crystals into a bowl.
  2. Cut each marshmallow in half from corner to corner. Press the exposed area into the sugar crystals. These marshmallows will be the bunny ears. Set the ears aside in pairs so when you put them on the cupcakes, the ears match.

Assembly

  1. Fill the piping bag fitted with the large round tip with frosting.
  2. Squeeze a dollop of frosting multiReplace" id="1133" data-gr-id="1133">onto the top of each cupcake.
  3. Press a pair of ears onto the frosting.
  4. Using the tweezers, place two black sugar pearls on the "face" for eyes. Press a pink jelly bean almost all the way in under the eyes for a nose.
  5. For accent cupcakes, squeeze a dollop of frosting onto the top of a cupcake. Completely cover the top of each cupcake with Spring colors jimmies.

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Bake Bright Grease Proof Liners – See the Difference!

Why settle for cupcake liners that allow the oil and grease of your cupcakes to soak through?  Why settle for a beautiful cupcake liner that you can’t enjoy after you bake in it because the design has disappeared?  You don’t have to settle any more!

Wilton Liners vs Sweets & Treats Boutique Liners - Whose are the best? Find out on JavaCupcake.com

I have tested hundreds of liners over the last 6 years of baking cupcakes and I have come to several conclusions.  Not all cupcake liners are made the same!  The past weekend I made my rich dark chocolate cake in Wilton cupcake liners and in Sweets & Treats Boutique liners.  I wanted to see the difference side by side and really compare the pros and cons of the two liners.

Wilton Cupcake Liners:

PRO:

  • The Wilton cupcake liners come in hundreds of colors and patterns for all holidays and occasions.
  • They are sold in almost every grocery store, craft store and baking supply store.

CON:

  • The Wilton cupcake liners are NOT grease-proof.
  • The grease/oils from the cake seep through the paper making the outside greasy and messy.
  • The color and design of the liners do not stay bright and/or visible when baking a dark color cake batter because of the oils that have seeped through the paper.Wilton Liners vs Sweets & Treats Boutique Liners - Whose are the best? Find out on JavaCupcake.com

Sweets & Treats Boutique Cupcake Liners:

PRO:

  • The Sweets & Treats Boutique cupcake liners ARE grease-proof.
  • When baking dark colored cake, these liners keep their color and pattern with little to no oil soaking through the paper.
  • The STB liners come in a large variety of trendy patterns and colors.
  • These liners are priced reasonably for the amazing value of the product.

CON:

  • The STB liners do not come in many floral or holiday patterns.  (This is just my personal preference – although it doesn’t take away from the awesomeness of the product.  I’d just like to see some cute snowflakes at winter or eggs at Easter, etc).

THE VERDICT:

Personally,  when I purchase cupcake liners that have colors or patterns on them it’s for a reason – to coordinate with the theme of the cupcake and/or party they are for.  I hate spending money on a product that is useless.  And that’s how I feel the Wilton liners are… useless.  You can see the difference in the photo above.

The Wilton liner on the left is wet from grease and has not maintained it’s color or pattern.  However, the Sweets & Treats Boutique liner is almost completely dry and it’s color is bright!  Why would you ever want to bake your cupcake in anything other than STB after seeing this?

FULL DISCLOSURE:

I met the owner of Sweets & Treats Boutique, Shannon, online a few years ago through a fellow baking blogger and we instantly became friends.  Shannon has sent me so many of her liners over the years to try that I’m pretty much stocked for life, but let me reassure you that our friendship does not change the fact that I think her liners are better than any other on the market.

Shannon has a passion for her business and she works every day to make it better.  Shannon saw how dark my chocolate cake baked in her liners and she was determined to come up with a product even better than what she already had.  A cupcake liner that could stand up to even my chocolate cupcake recipe.  And guess what… Shannon did it.

MEET THE NEW STB LINER:

Wilton Liners vs Sweets & Treats Boutique Liners - Whose are the best? Find out on JavaCupcake.com

The cupcake on the left is baked in a mini Wilton cupcake liner and on the right is the new and improved grease proof bake bright liner from Sweets & Treats Boutique.  ZERO grease comes through this paper leaving 100% of the color and design visible.  How amazing is that?

Don’t worry… the cupcake liners will be folded and formed when they’re ready to be sold to the public… I tested the paper out for Shannon with my chocolate cake recipe and giving her feedback on the results.  But seriously though, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…

Sweets  & Treats Boutique Bake Bright Grease Proof Liners time and time again prove to be the best in the industry at keeping their shape and color, even with the toughest of batters like my chocolate cake!

And one more awesome thing… all the new liners in the new #BakeBright Grease Proof liners will be made 100% in the USA! How amazing is that!?

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Wilton Liners vs Sweets & Treats Boutique Liners - Whose are the best? Find out on JavaCupcake.com

Sweets & Treats Boutique provided me with the mini cupcake liners to test but all the opinions are my own.

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