I’m sure Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes need no real introduction, bunny butt cupcakes can be seen all over Pinterest at this time of year! These cute fondant bunny butt poking through the buttercream grass and pretty flowers shout out Easter and springtime loud and clear. So if you want to have a go at making your own look no further.
Despite the detail in our Easter themed cupcakes, the fondant bunnies are actually relatively easy to achieve as most of the shapes are merely balls of fondant of varying sizes. The body, fluffy tail, and pink pads on the oversized feet are just balls of fondant. Even those bunny feet started off life as a ball! , in fact, these fun cupcakes are incredibly easy to make.
There’s no need to source a fancy cutter or tool as your hands do the hard work. Not that it’s hard work. And as for the coloured fondant, well that can either be bought ready coloured or colour a white yourself with suitable paste colourants. I found the most cost effective way, though, was to purchase a multi-pack of Dr Oekter’s coloured icing as the five coloured fondants (yellow, red, green, blue and black) can be combined to increase the colour pallet available. So for instance, the soft pink used for the pads on the feet was simply created from a generous amount of white and a small amount of red which was kneaded together. Likewise, the orange carrot was created with red and yellow fondant.
The springtime and Easter cupcake scene were finished with a few shop bought blossom flowers left over from our ‘Loveheart’ Styled Shortbread biscuits, and a fondant carrot! Well, Walt Disney’s Bugs Bunny leads us to think that bunnies eat carrots, so surely our fondant bunny would be happy with a fondant carrot!
Finally, a spare chocolate cupcake was crumbled up and scattered over the buttercream grass to represent the soil kicked up by the rabbit!
Imagine the children’s (and the big kids) faces when they catch a glimpse of these fun Easter Bunny cupcakes!
How to make Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes
Easter Bunny Butt Cupcakes!
for the cupcakes
- 175 g (6oz) butter softened
- 175 g (6oz) golden caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 large eggs lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp milk
- 140 g (4½oz) self-raising flour
- 40 g (1½ oz) cocoa powder
For the Buttercream
- 175 g (6oz) butter softened
- 350 g (12oz) icing sugar
- green colour paste we used Dr Oetkers
- splash milk
For the Bunny Butt & detail
- white fondant icing
- pink orange & green coloured fondant (see note a below)
- icing sugar
- mini sugar flowers we used these from Sainsbury's
To make the cupcakes
- Preheat the oven to 190℃ (170℃ fan)/375°F/gas mark 5. line a muffin tray with 11 paper muffin cases.
- Beat the butter and caster sugar together until very pale and fluffy, then beat in the vanilla extract.
- Gradually add the beaten egg a little at a time, beating well after each addition. Followed by the milk.
- Sieve the flour and cocoa powder into the mixture. Use a spatula or large metal spoon and fold in gently until well combined.
- Fill the muffin cases with the cake mixture filling them half to two-thirds full. Place the muffin tray in the centre of the oven and bake for 20 – 22 minutes or until springy to the touch. Place the muffin tray onto a cooling rack and allow to cool.
To make the buttercream
- Beat the butter until soft and creamy. Sieve half of the icing sugar into the butter and slowly beat in, then sieve the remaining icing sugar into the bowl and beat well to create a creamy frosting.
- Add some of the green colour paste and mix until well combined and not streaky. Add a little milk as necessary until it is the softness you like.
- Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag fitted with a ‘grass’ nozzle. Pipe the buttercream over the cooled cupcakes to resemble grass (remember to keep one aside for the ‘soil’). Keep some of the frosting aside.
- Prepare the fondants. Knead the white fondant until soft & pliable. Also knead the pink, orange & green fondants keeping the fondants separate to avoid colour contamination. If the fondant is particularly soft and sticky, work a little icing sugar in.
- Make the bunny body. Pour some boiled water into a cup & allow it to cool. Take a piece of white fondant for the bunny’s body. Roll it between your hands to create a ball. Sit it on the work surface and gently press down to create a dome with a flat base. Position the dome on the cupcake.
- Take two smaller pieces of white fondant, of equal size, to create the feet. Roll one into a ball between your hands and then apply a little pressure to one side (whilst still rolling it) to create a teardrop shape. Place the teardrop on the work surface and gently flatten it.
- Use a small brush to apply a little of the sterile water to the bunny butt to affix the foot. Position the smaller end of the flattened tear drop to the butt. Repeat for the second foot.
- Take another piece of white fondant for the bunny’s tail. Roll it between your hands to create a ball. Apply a little water to the bunny butt and affix the tail to it. With a small paring knife or cocktail stick (or similar) use the point to create a little texture to the tail. Repeat with the remaining cupcakes.
- Add detail to the bunny feet. You will need to create four small pink balls for each foot. One will be larger than the other three. Apply a little water to one of the bunny feet. Roll the slightly larger piece of pink fondant into a ball and affix it to the heal area of the foot. Gently squash it to make the pink pad flat. Roll each of the three smaller pink pieces of fondant into a ball and position to the edge of the foot for the toes. Gently apply a little pressure to flatten the balls in position. Repeat with the remaining bunny feet.
- Apply a little more frosting. Use the remaining buttercream to pipe around the fondant bunny body where it touches the cupcake. This will help to hide the join making it look a little more natural.
- Break up the spare cupcake in a bowl, rubbing the sponge to create fine crumbs. Carefully scatter some of the crumbs around the edge of the bunny to resemble soil that the rabbit may have dug out of the ground. Use a dry brush to clean the white of the bunny as necessary.
- Make a carrot with a small amount of orange fondant. Roll the orange fondant into a ball. Apply a little pressure to one side to create a carrot shape. Use a fondant tool or tooth pick to make a hole in the frosting and use the tool to help guide the fondant carrot into position so that it is sticking up through the grass a little. Manipulate a small piece of green fondant into a short sausage shape. Apply a touch of water to the top of the fondant carrot. Affix the green fondant centrally over the ‘carrot’. Use a fondant tool or the length of a cocktail stick to press the green fondant down gently. This will help to pull the edges of the green fondant up slightly as though they are the carrot’s leaves.
- Finally position a few flowers over the grass to complete the cupcakes.
- 11 or 12 x Muffin Sized Paper Cases (Note: one cupcake will be sacrificed to create to ‘soil’ around the bunny butt.)
- 12 hole Muffin Baking Tray
- Piping Bag
- Piping Nozzle with small holes usually used to create grass effect Small
- Brush, used only for food preparation