Most of my cooking and baking adventures start off with a “brilliant” (read: hair brained) idea that I just can’t resist and I charge ahead with little knowledge of what I’m about to get myself into. It never even dawns on me to do some research before I get started… what could possibly go wrong?
But it always makes for an interesting story and tons of lessons learned. And today’s kitchen shenanigans is no exception. It all started when I found these faux terra cotta baking cups.
I quickly snatched them up and knew I had to share them with you here. Easter Bunny Cupcakes are on the agenda… no further investigating required. I’m thinking white chocolate covered Oreos turned into a cute bunny cake-pop, perched atop an Easter egg adorned cupcake makes for the most adorable Easter treat… am I right?
Adorable Easter Bunny Cupcakes for Spring
These baking cups are made of silicon and are dishwasher safe for using on multiple occasions. I’ve got a ton of ideas in mind, but first up are Easter Bunny Cupcakes. Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
Supplies for Easter Bunny Cupcakes
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- Faux Flower Pot Baking Cups
- Oreo Cookies (I used the limited edition Peeps flavor because… Easter)
- Ghirardelli Chocolate Melts
- Easter Peanut M&Ms (These are speckled like Easter Eggs)
- Edible Easter Grass
- Lollipop Sticks (Cut to fit into baking cup)
- Easter Cupcake Embellishments (Similar)
Easter Bunny Cupcakes
First things first… we need our cupcake base. As this was my first time baking with these cups, I wasn’t sure how full to fill them. If you follow me on Instagram and caught my IG Story last week, you’ll discover exactly what happens when you overfill these cups. It’s not pretty.
For a flat top cupcake, fill your cup with batter to just under the first line as demonstrated in the photo. Any fuller and you’ll have a mound rather than a meadow for your bunny to sit on.
A couple of other tips when using these cups…
The manufacturer instructions say to place on a cookie sheet for baking. However, I opted to use my muffin pan to minimize the opportunity of the cups flopping over as I move them in and out of the oven.
I also found that the cupcakes needed to bake a little longer than if you are using traditional paper cupcake liners. I baked these for about 5 additional minutes.
Chocolate Dipped Oreos
While your cupcakes bake and cool, you’ll want to make your chocolate dipped Oreo bunnies.
Now here’s where the story gets interesting…
I have Facebook and I’ve seen all those videos that show super cute chocolate dipped cookie creations. Seemingly all you have to do is swirl the cookie through melted chocolate and add some adorable embellishments. Easy, right?
Not so much.
My Oreos began to crack as soon as I inserted the lollipop stick. I’m thinking that double stuff cookies might work better next time.
Also, as soon as the cookies hit the melted chocolate, they began to separate. This meant no easy swirling. I utilized the less glamorous spooning melted chocolate over the cookie and then carefully fishing it out method.
You’ll need to set the chocolate covered cookie on wax paper to dry… TWICE. The melted chocolate will ooze all over the first sheet of wax paper and give your cookie a jagged edge as it hardens. When this begins to happen, quickly run a knife around the edges and scoop the cookie on to a fresh sheet of wax paper to finish setting.
Add candy accents to create a bunny face before the melted chocolate hardens.
At this point I was starting to wonder why I didn’t just buy white chocolate covered Oreos and be on my merry way.
But you live… you learn. And I’m pretty stubborn so now I’m determined to figure out the BEST process for chocolate dipped Oreos. More on that in the next few weeks.
In the meantime… let’s get back to our cupcakes.
Assemble Easter Bunny Cupcakes
Begin by frosting your cupcake.
Add edible grass.
Edible grass comes in a variety of colors and flavors. I went with traditional green grass that is green apple flavored. The kids loved it!
Add Easter M&M eggs.
These are super cute with just the eggs and grass if you want to omit the bunny cookie.
TIP: Add a little frosting to the underside of the M&M to act as a “glue” so that your “eggs” don’t go rolling off your cupcake.
Add bunny ears to your cooled Oreo and insert into cupcake.
Is it just me or are the background bunnies talking smack behind the foreground bunny’s back?
Even with the added dynamic of dipping your own Oreos to make the bunny cookies, these Easter treats are super easy to create. And even better, the kids can help with the process making for a dessert that will please everyone during your spring entertaining.
Have you seen these faux flower pot baking cups? Have you ever dipped Oreos in melted chocolate and did you have a better experience than I did? What kind of Easter treat are you baking up this season?