Easter Bunny Cupcakes
It’s easy to make these cute Easter Bunny Cupcakes! Inside are chocolate chip cupcakes mixed quickly in just one bowl. They’re topped with vanilla frosting and candy decoration Easter Bunnies.
What’s Easter without fluffy bunnies generously leaving chocolate eggs out for kids to enjoy? I loved the tradition as a child, a child who devoured chocolate by the kilogram no less. But what’s the connection between Easter, bunnies, and eggs?
I did a little investigation into the origins of the Easter Bunny. And I found the answer isn’t 100% known with certainty. Some think that bunnies and eggs symbolise fertility and new life. This is the explanation we were taught in Catholic school. But there’s also Anglo-Saxon pagan ties with Eastre and Ostara, the goddess of fertility, whose symbol was the rabbit.
With time and commercialisation, the coloured eggs laid by a fabled German hare called the Osterhase morphed into the chocolate eggs and bunnies we know today. The things you learn.
Of course, I had to pair chocolate and bunnies together in these Easter Bunny Cupcakes. The cupcakes themselves are a chocolate sponge with chocolate chips inside. I used a one-bowl chocolate cake recipe to made the process faster for you and minimise the number of dishes.
While the chocolate chip cupcakes are baking, prepare the decorations for the Easter Bunnies. I’ve used a mix of M&Ms, marshmallows and licorice straps to make my bunnies. Also get the vanilla frosting ready. The frosting is a “Vienna Cream” with a fair amount of milk beaten into the mixture. It gives a lighter frosting than traditional buttercream recipes. But feel free to substitute your favourite vanilla frosting here instead.
Once all the Easter Bunny cupcake pieces are ready, you can go to town decorating. If you have children you need to occupy during the Easter school break, this might be a great activity for them!
Let me know if you bake these Easter Bunny cupcakes, or if you put your own spin on them.