Bunny ears Easter cupcakes are made of moist vanilla cake with homemade buttercream frosting, topped with sugar sprinkle coated marshmallows. These decadent handheld treats are the sweetest and most flavourful dessert you'll have this Easter. Satisfy those sweet tooths with a fluffy vanilla cake that locks in moisture and crumbles delicately. The melt-in-your-mouth taste will have you coming back for more each year. These bunny ears Easter cupcakes are creative, tasty, and fun!
Why You'll Love These Bunny Ears Easter Cupcakes
- The festive design is pretty sweet. Cute bunny ears top these vanilla cupcakes with festive fun. Customize your coloured sprinkles and unleash your creativity. You can even use food colouring to dye the icing for some Easter pastels!
- Decorating for the whole family. Decorating these bunny ears Easter cupcakes is so easy, your kids can do their part before eating them! Dessert can be just as fun to make as it is to eat.
- Who doesn't love moist, fluffy, sweet vanilla cupcakes? The texture and flavour of these bunny ears Easter cupcakes create a decadent treat that everyone will love this holiday.
- Homemade buttercream frosting. What more is there to say? It's fresh. It's sweet. It's to die for. Celebrate Easter the right way with homemade buttercream frosting atop your bunny ears Easter cupcakes.
To make these adorable and delicious bunny ears Easter cupcakes, you will need the following ingredients:
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
- plain yogurt - this is a secret ingredient that keeps these cupcakes moist for days.
- whole milk
- buttercream frosting - made with butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract, and milk.
- sugar sprinkles - I used gold sprinkles because I love the luxurious look of these cupcakes. Feel free to use pink sprinkles for a more classic look.
How to Make the Best Bunny Ears Easter Cupcakes
- Make the cupcake batter. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer or stand mixer with the paddle attachment to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until incorporated. Add vanilla and yogurt, beating until combined. Add one-third of the dry ingredients and beat until just combined. Then, add half of the milk, and beat until just combined. Repeat, until you end with the dry ingredients. Scrape down the bowl as needed and beat until just combined and smooth. Do not overmix. The batter will be thick.
- Bake the cupcakes. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop up the batter and into a 12-tin muffin pan lined with cupcake liners, filling the liners ⅔ full with batter. Bake in a 350 F preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean.
- Cool. Allow the cupcakes to cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes, then transfer into a wire cooling rack to cool completely before icing.
How to Decorate Bunny Cupcakes
- Make the buttercream. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter using a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Add in confectioners' sugar one cup at a time and continue to beat until incorporated. Add milk ad beat until light and fluffy. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth until you are ready to use the icing to prevent it from drying out.
- Pipe on the buttercream. Use a couplers to secure a no. 2D decorating tip onto a piping bag. Fill the bag with icing and pipe the icing onto each cupcake starting at the edges and move in an overlapping circular motion until you reach the center and gently lift up.
- Prepare the bunny ears. Prepare a small shallow plate of sugar sprinkles. Then, use a pair of kitchen scissors to cut each of the marshmallows diagonally and dip the sticky cut edges into the sugar sprinkles, pressing down gently to coat. Place the marshmallow halves standing up in the frosting to form into bunny ears.
Tips and Tricks
- Use room temperature butter. Using the right temperature butter is about having the right consistency. Your butter should still be cool to the touch and should hold its shape well. If you poke it, your finger should leave an indent—not slide into it. Leave your butter out for about an hour to achieve this.
- Use room temperature dairy products. Don't skip this step! Allow your yogurt, milk, and eggs to warm up a bit to room temperature before making your batter. You end up with a fuller batter and fluffier, lighter cupcakes.
- How to store. Allow cupcakes to cool completely, then store iced bunny ears Easter cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- How to freeze. You can freeze these cupcakes either before or after icing.
- Before frosting: You can freeze unfrosted vanilla cupcakes by wrapping them tightly with plastic cling wrap, and then placing them in an airtight container and freezing for up to 3 months.
- After frosting: Place frosted cupcakes on a baking tray and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Then wrap them tightly in plastic cling wrap, and then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
- To serve: Allow them to completely thaw overnight in the refrigerator, or for a few hours at room temperature, before icing or serving.
More Easter Dessert Recipes
- Easter Egg Sugar Cookies
- Mini Egg Easter Cookies
- Carrot Cake Shortbread Cookies
- Easter Egg Caramel Brownies
- Carrot Cake with Cheesecake Topping
- Bird's Nest Cookies
- Spiced Carrot Muffins
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