A couple of years ago, the Easter Bunny brought me this book:

Have you seen this book?  It has some of the most adorable cupcake creations I have seen.  The materials and details that are put into each cupcake design are incredible.  Although I think the cupcakes in this book are so cute, I have been too intimidated (lazy?) to spend the time making any of them myself.  Until now.

With spring having sprung, and Easter right around the corner, I have green grass, flowers and baby animals on the brain.  I could no longer resist these little cotton tails

peaking out of grassy egg-filled patches.

I tried a new chocolate cupcake recipe from Sweetness Delicious Baked Treats for Every Occasion by Sarah Levy (which was super moist and chocolatey) and stuck with my favorite vanilla buttercream frosting from Magnolia Bakery.

For the bunny cupcakes, I frosted cupcakes with buttercream and then dipped the frosting in crushed Oreos.  The bunnies’ feet are cut out from the flat Kraft Stacker Marshmallows, with jellybeans and chocolate covered sunflower seeds for the “pads” of the feet.  The tail is a mini marshmallow coated in thinned out buttercream and rolled in decorating sugar.

For the grass cupcakes I used a Wilton #104 icing tip and topped the frosting with Whopper Eggs.

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combine cocoa powder and boiling water

combine dry ingredients in large bowl and add butter and cocoa mixture

add eggs and vanilla and mix well

pour batter into cupcake liners 3/4 full

bake, then cool completely before frosting

Vanilla Buttercream

by Adapted from Magnolia Bakery

Keywords: no-bake dessert frosting

 

Ingredients (Enough frosting for ~16 cupcak)

  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) butter, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup + 1/8 cup milk
  • 5 cups powdered sugar
  • food coloring (optional)

Instructions

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter and vanilla together.

Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with milk a little at a time after each powdered sugar addition.

Add desired food coloring if using.

If frosting is too thin, add more powdered sugar. If too thick, add more milk.

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Happy Easter!

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3 Comments ( Reply )

  1. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

    Happy Easter Mercedes! Hope you had a good weekend.
    These are ridiculously adorable! I’m sure they were a hit!

    Reply

  2. Loveforfood
    Apr 10, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    These flavors sound so perfect!

    Reply

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