Happy Sunday, my darling honey bees. Just one week to go until easter. It's mad just how quickly easter has come around.
Any way, I'll keep this one short and sweet. As I'm neck deep in baking... the madness!! So much baking to do, and so little time. Onwards and upwards. Cakes don't bake themselves!
Let's talk fondant. You can of course by pre-made, but what's the fun in that. If you want to craft something fun, absolutely go with pre-made if you wish (you won't get any judgement from me), but as they say: the more you try new things, the happy one is (or something to that effect). If you are that bee, here are a few things you will need. And also a quick helpful guide to help you along the way.
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Prep time: 60 minutes
Total time: 1 hours 30 minutes
Yield: 6 jumbo cupcakes 12 cupcakes
What you will need?
How to make your bunny and carrot topping
What you will need to do?
Pinch of an almond sized ball of orange fondant, then roll until it ia a tube about an inch and a half long that tapers at the end.
With a sharp knife or razor, score lines in the top of the tube.
Poke a hole in the top of the tube using a toothpick.
Take a small piece of green fondant and pinch one end into a point, and flatten out the other end, then use a knife to feather it. Now Insert the point of your green fondant into the carrot.
Using your colored fondant, make 3 balls (one large for the body, two small for the feet). Also, using white fondant, create a ball for the tail, and 4 tiny balls for the pads of the feet.
Flatten out your the two small feet balls into an elongated foot shape.
Poke a skewer in the medium ball (for the tail) - don't prink yourself. Lightly wet then roll the ball in sugar. Attach to the body with a dash of water if it has trouble sticking. Remove the skewer.
Make small pads of white fondant, for the bottom of your bunnies feet, (also with a little water to help them stick).
You can now attached you feet to the body. I did mine the day before to allow them to harden slightly, however if you're assembling everything on the same day, attach the feet after the body is already on your cupcake.
What you will need?
What to do?
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line your cupcake pan (I'm using 6 cup muffin pan).
Start by mixing your dry ingredients together in one bowl, Flour (sifted), baking soda, baking powder, salt, unsweetened cocoa, and sugar.
In another bowl, whisk together your eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, melted unsalted butter, and leave your hot water to one side.
Pour your dry ingredients into your wet mix, then gently combine. Don't worry if its a little dry, add a little hot water, and stir again, until well combined.
Spoon your batter mix into your cupcake liners/paper cases. No more than 2/3rds full.
Pop them into the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Once baked, place on a backing rack ( watch those pinkies), and allow to cool completely before you decorate.
What you will need?
Also extra Chocolate Liqueur to soak on top of the cupcake (optional).
I had so much fun decorating theses cupcakes - probably because decorating is always my favorite part! I decided to go for a garden theme, and I also wanted to make my bunnies pop so I went with three spring easter colors. To achieve these colors it simply takes two drops of each.
What do you need to do?
Using a handheld or standing mixer, beat the butter until creamy (about two minutes), then stop and add your powdered sugar one cup at a time - mixing on a low speed between each cup. Once done add in your alcohol or vanilla extract, then mix on high speed for three more minutes until nice and fluffy. Add 2 small drops of green food coloring.
Divide your buttercream frosting between two bowls. I left more green frosting in one of the bowls than the other. Now add two drops of brown in the other, and half teaspoon of Chocolate Liqueur
Get your piping bag and tip (I used a grass tip - link below), then with your spatula put your brown frosting around the inside edge of your piping bag, leaving the middle free, Then add in a good-amount of your green frosting (be careful not to overfill the bag as it will make it tricky to hold).
With a tooth pick, slightly prick your jumbo cakes a few times, then with a small spoon add some more chocolate liqueur (this part is optional of course).
Now you're ready to pipe, get your piping bag and have fun piping your grass detail. I tend to go around the edges then work my way inwards. Once you're happy with the look of your grass, add your bunny bum and carrots, then pop her in the fridge for at least 15-20 minutes for your frosting to set.
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