Baking fun for the children with Easter bunny butt cupcakes

With Easter imminent, these adorable bunny butt cupcakes are the perfect treat as the children while away their holiday time. Almost too cute to eat and super easy to make, the children will seize this springtime opportunity to don their aprons and immerse their hands in the ingredients listed as they prepare and bake with zestful enthusiasm.

Bunny Butt Cupcakes

Makes 12 medium orange and carrot flavoured cupcakes

Ingredients

For the cupcakes

120g Siúcra Caster Sugar

100g unsalted butter, softened

½ tsp cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

2 eggs, lightly beaten

70g grated carrots

1 medium orange, zest and juice

170g plain flour

2 tsp baking powder

60ml milk

For the butter cream

180g butter, softened

350g Siúcra Icing Sugar, sieved

1 tsp vanilla extract

Green colour paste

For the bunny tails

Siúcra Roll Out Icing Sugar

Pink colour paste

Edible glue

Disposable piping bag and a multi hole nozzle for piping the grass

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°C/Gas 4. Line a muffin tray with medium size cupcake cases.

To make the cupcakes, place the Siúcra Caster Sugar and butter, cinnamon and nutmeg into a mixer for whisk for to 3 to 4 minutes until pale and fluffy.

Pour in the beaten eggs and whisk until just mixed.

Add the grated carrots, orange zest and juice.

Fold in the flour and baking powder. Pour in most of the milk until a soft batter forms.

Using two spoons, neatly scoop the mixture into the cases and bake for about 15 to 18 minutes. They should be risen, golden brown and when a skewer is inserted into the middle it should come out clean. Allow to cool completely before decorating. The cupcakes should be level.

To make the buttercream, cream the butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a mixer. Add enough green colour for the grass.

To pipe, spoon the buttercream into the piping bag fitted with a grass tip nozzle. Pipe the grass over the top of the cupcakes.

To make the bunny tails, roll a piece of the Siúcra roll out icing the size of a €2 coin into a ball and flatten the one side – this is for the body and place it in the grass. Roll out a much smaller piece of Siúcra Roll Out Icing for the tail. Secure it on with a little edible glue.

Make the two bunny feet, small oval shapes. Colour a piece of Siúcra Roll Out Icing Sugar pink for the pads on the feet and make one a little larger than the other three. Place them in position using edible glue.

Now secure the feet into position as well. Repeat for all the other cupcakes.

 

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