Mini Pastel Bunny Ear Cupcakes

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I’m fairly certain these mini cupcakes will be the hit of your Easter Celebration this year!

They are easy to make. They are bite-size. They are cute as all get-out.

You’ll see how easy they are when you glance at the recipe. I just whipped up the batter from a box of Duncan Hines white cake mix. Super easy! They are baked in a MINI muffin pan to make them “bite-size”. I don’t mind my kiddos eating sugar, but I’ll often split large cupcakes in half so they don’t hit sugar-overload and become too fussy to enjoy the day. Or maybe it’s so I don’t become too fussy and can enjoy my day! HOWEVER… I think it’s fun for kids (and adults!) to have a WHOLE cupcake instead of splitting one. There’s something indulgent about having a cupcake all for yourself. With these mini cupcakes the kids can each have their own and you don’t have to worry about sugar OVERload! {Well… you have to worry less anyhow}. And the adults can feel less guilty about having one all to themselves too.

I used SEVERAL boxes of Duncan Hines and made SEVERAL batches of batter. I experimented and experimented and experimented with dying the batter until I got the pastel colors just the way I wanted them. The pastel colors are one of the things that makes these extra special. The other special touch are the bunny ears!

You could easily leave off the ears if you were not using them for an Easter celebration. These would be perfect for a Spring or Summer party or get together.  Or they’d be cute for any party with a pastel color scheme!

Another cute idea for Easter are these adorable, no-fuss Rice Krispies Nests. Both the cupcakes and the nests are mini-sized! Kids can have both and not get an overload of sugar on top of the other candy they will inevitably be consuming. And the adults will not feel so guilty indulging in more than one treat because they are bite size. Guilt-free! Well, sort of.

Easter Brunch is such a fun occasion for families, but I think sometimes the stress-factor in making, coordinating, and facilitating such an event can be overwhelming. Hopefully these cupcakes and the rest of the EASTER BRUNCH ideas this year help make your planning less stressful!

Ready to bake these cupcakes?

Here we go!

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Start with WHITE cake mix. I used Duncan Hines. And you’ll need all the other accoutrements needed to make your batter. My box called for water, vegetable oil (I used Canola), and egg whites. I can’t guarantee your color-dying results if you don’t use the same kind and brand, but I assume any white cake mix will do.

Pastel Mini Cupcakes with Bunny Ears for Easter | ApplestoZiti.com

After mixing up the batter I divided it equally into five different bowls.

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Then it was time to dye these babies!

Clockwise from the TOP LEFT:

Pastel Yellow {2 Yellow drops}

Pastel Purple {2 Red drops; 2 Blue drops}

Pastel Green {2 Green drops}

Pastel Pink  {2 Red drops}

And BELOW… Pastel Orange… kind of a peach color {1 Red drop; 2 Yellow drops}

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And here are the finished colors!

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Line a mini muffin pan with mini paper liners. I think I like white liners best so that the pastel colors really STAND OUT, but you can use any colored or patterned liners you want! Be sure to spray each of the liners lightly with cooking spray.

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Scoop the batter out by heaping teaspoon-full into each of your liners.

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Sorry…. I couldn’t stop taking pictures of these. Just one more.

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Okay ONE more.

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Bake the mini muffins at 350°F for 12 to 15 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Then, as soon as you can, transfer all the cupcakes to a plate to cool completely. If you leave them in the pan they will continue to cook and might not stay as moist as you had hoped. Just BE CAREFUL not to burn yourself when getting them out of the hot pan!

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I had WAY too much fun taking pictures of these cutie pies.

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Now for the frosting!

It’s just a basic buttercream. Butter + Cream + Confectioners’ Sugar. I usually add vanilla extract but I didn’t have any on hand when I took these step-by-step photos {sigh}. Be sure to add it!

3 cups powdered sugar…

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One stick of butter at room temperature…

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3 tablespoons heavy cream….

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And now… picture me adding 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. It’s just not the same without the vanilla.

You can use a piping bag or a zip top bag to pipe your icing one. Just slice off a small bit of one of the bottom corners of your zip top bag if you’re using that method and Voila!… a piping bag!

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The picture above is me using a homemade piping bag, but I’m using a different icing… but I didn’t share the recipe in this post. It’s made with egg whites and confectioners sugar. Still working on it. Hopefully I can nail down a recipe and post it soon!

Now for the Bunny Ears!

I used white Jordan Almonds and Wilton Food Writers. They are Edible color markers you can use for lots of your decorating adventures! A small investment for a lot of possibilities!

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First I paired up the Jordan Almonds according to size and shape. They’re all pretty close but they do vary a bit.

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Now to draw on the inside of the ears! I just went with pink and purple for this batch.

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Stick the ears in your frosting so it looks like there’s a bunny buried beneath the surface. It’s best if you have the ears ready to go before you frost your cupcakes, because you don’t want the frosting to set too much until the ears on in there. After sticking all the ears in you might want to stick all the cupcakes on a plate or pan and stick them all in the fridge to set. Just to be sure your ears don’t fall out. I didn’t take the time to do this and they stayed just fine, but if you want to be certain you can definitely do it!

Pastel Mini Cupcakes with Bunny Ears for Easter | ApplestoZiti.com

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Here’s the printable recipe for you.

Make extras!! These will disappear fast!

love, Jenna

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