Hungry Happenings: Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes are sure to delight this Easter.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes are sure to delight this Easter.



Spring has come early here in Ohio. Over the weekend the sun shone brightly and warmed the air so that it was comfortable to be outside without a jacket. I did take some time to enjoy the great outdoors, but more of my time was spent in my kitchen. The next two months will be jam packed with blogging, chocolate making, and traveling, so I'm trying to get ahead and created 6 different Easter recipes. I couldn't wait to share this one with you. 

You will, over the next few weeks, notice a theme this Easter, as I've gotten a bit obsessed with bunny butts. Yep, I said bunny butts! Isn't the one on the cupcake just adorable? 

I am starting out with the most challenging of my Easter recipes. These cupcakes will each require quite a bit of time to hand sculpt the bunny and all those carrots. I'm not saying you should run screaming from this project, I just want you to be aware of the work involved before you decide to make these the night before you need them. Unless you, yourself are the Energizer bunny, you'll want to give yourself plenty of time to make all the modeling chocolate pieces, but the end result it so worth the effort.


Ravenous Rabbit Cupcakes (makes 12)

Before you begin, you will need to make 1 batch of white modeling chocolate. Click here for the recipe and directions on adding color, as well as, troubleshooting information. 

You'll need:

12 baked cupcakes
1 1/2 - 2 cups frosting
1 recipe white modeling chocolate (or use about 20 ounces white fondant)
orange, green, pink candy coloring
Wilton White Picket Fence Cupcake Wrappers
powdered sugar to dust work surface
corn syrup to glue the modeling chocolate pieces together (or use water)

Supplies needed:
 #12 round pastry tip and # 6 round pastry tips, optional
rolling pin, optional
fine tip paint brush (food only)
toothpick
knife
pastry bag and large round decorating tip, optional

Instructions:



Optional: Pinch off about two tablespoons of white modeling chocolate and color it light pink. Note: The pink candy coloring is vibrant, so use just a tiny amount of it to make your pink. Lightly dust work surface with powdered sugar. Roll out the pink modeling chocolate as thin as possible. Press the small end of the #6 round pastry tip into the clay, twist, then pull up. Continue doing this until you fill the pastry tip with small rounds of pink modeling chocolate. Turn it upside down and allow rounds to fall out. You'll need 72 tiny rounds. Do the same making 24 larger rounds using the #12 tip. 

Alternately: you could just pinch off very small amounts of the pink modeling chocolate and roll them into balls then flatten to make your circles. This will take more time, though.

Pinch off teaspoon size pieces of white modeling chocolate. Roll into balls, then flatten into an oblong shape creating 24 bunny feet. 

Dip a fine tip paint brush or toothpick into corn syrup. Brush onto the center of each foot. Press one pink round onto each foot. Brush three small dots of corn syrup around the edge of each foot and press on three tiny pink rounds. You can use water instead for this step. I think the corn syrup will hold the larger pieces in the next step a bit better than the water, though.


Pinch off 12 pieces of white modeling chocolate (a little less than a tablespoon) and roll them into balls for the bunny bodies. Pinch off 12 pea size pieces of white and roll them into balls for the tails.  Pinch off 24 slightly smaller pieces and roll into balls, then flatten on either side to make little legs. Brush the top of each large ball with a dab of corn syrup. Attach a tail. To make your tails look fuzzy, use a knife to jab at the ball pulling out little tufts of modeling chocolate all around it. Attach two legs with corn syrup then attach a foot on each leg.


Allow your bunnies to dry for a while before handling them.


Pinch off and color some modeling chocolate green. Color a large amount orange. Pinch off pea size pieces of orange and roll into balls. Then roll into carrot shapes. Pinch of tiny pieces of green and roll into very thin logs. Cut into 1/4" or so pieces. Use a toothpick to create a hole in each carrot. Dab a bit of corn syrup into each hole. Insert a green log into each carrot. Flatten and cut the green to look like leaves. Use a knife to make indentations across each carrot. You will need a lot of carrots to cover your 12 cupcakes. All of the carrots pictured above went onto one cupcake. You don't need green on each and every carrot, as you'll want to put some on your cupcake, upside down.


Wrap cupcakes with picket fence cupcake wrappers.  Frost cupcakes using a pastry bag and pastry tip or with a spoon. Set one rabbit in the center of the frosting. Surround the rabbit with lots of carrots.


Your cupcakes are ready to serve. Store in an airtight container for up to a few days.

If you like this idea, please share it with others by using the share buttons below. I really appreciate being Stumbled Upon and Pinned, and am always grateful to those of you that share my ideas on your website. I do request that you don't post my entire tutorial, but rather share a picture with a link. If you make this recipe, I'd love for you to send me a photo to beth@hungryhappenings.com so that I can share it in my Reader's Gallery. I link my recipes up to lots of websites that are listed hereThank you for visiting Hungry Happenings - Beth 


Items used to create this project found on Amazon.com

56 comments:

  1. These are so beyond adorable. Just fantastic work. Wow!

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  2. Oh my goodness, that little bunny is so adorable. He is too adorable to eat. I think, my daughter would eat these veggies without giving me the slightest problem. You certainly are a talented lady!

    Amy @ whilewearingheels.blogspot.com

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  3. These are gorgeous! Dont think I could ever create something so cute and artstic as this.

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  4. These are too cute! Great job.
    Blythe
    www.thedesperatecraftwives.blogspot.com

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  5. Who knew I'd love bunny butts so much?! You learn something new everyday. Love these!

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  6. This is just the cutest idea and execution, but I am not surprised to come here only to find this sweet bunny behindy! PS - the pot of gold caramel apple is so neat! hope the leprechaun brings you some gold!

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  7. these are mind blowing!!super cute..........and your explanation rocks!great work

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  8. I love your creativity. This is delightful!

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  9. I love the little bunny butts! :) Thanks for stopping by my blog...glad we found eachother!

    Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik

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  10. OMG these are sooooooo cute!!! VERY creative!!!

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  11. These are absolutely the cutest things i've seen in a long time! The *end* result is definitely worth the work! Love 'em! :)

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  12. These are the cutest things EVA!! Although I will be a total cheater and use Lindt white chocolate balls (truffles whatever they are called) and make the rest by piping white chocolate for feet and tail and orange colored chocolate for the carrots. Thank you for sharing your idea!! <3 it!!

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  13. Oh my goodness, I love these so much!! And your pot of gold caramel apples... and everything else you post! I just found you & I love your blog! :) I would also really love for you to link up some of these ideas on my link party called Sharing Time, here: http://www.raisingmemories.com/search/label/sharing%20time
    I hope you will!
    Have a great night :)
    ~Heather

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  14. How stinkin' cute are these!? Love them! I can't even imagine the time that went into making them. (bowing down to you)

    Stopping by from What's Cooking Wednesdays. Thank you so much for sharing these adorable little bunny bottom works of art! (pinning this)

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  15. You are so talented! I absolutely love these!

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  16. Absolutely adorable! Would you be willing to link this up to my Springtime Holiday Link Party? I'd love to have you! Thanks, Michelle http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/02/springtime-holiday-link-party.html

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  17. These are amazing! I can't even believe it. You are incredible!!!!!! So pinning these!

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  18. These are so cute. I am thankful for the photos of the steps. The bunny's tail is the best!

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  19. these are awesome and your tutorial is fantastic! Love love love. I pinned it

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  20. wow! wow! these are incredible! I invite you to my linky party on Tuesdays and it's still open if you'd like to link. I am visiting for the 1st time on your blog..love it! ~nancy~

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  21. Oh my goodness are these cute! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday! I hope you'll stop back soon :)

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  22. These are so stinkin' cute! I love the butts, but also the little carrots. The detail in these is amazing! I'm following.

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  23. These are just WAY TOO CUTE, Beth! You've done it again! :)

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  24. Are you kidding me with this??? So freaking adorable! Just pinned this one! LOVE! Thanks for sharing on Mom On Timeout!

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  25. This is amaizing. You realy got the talent. Not only for baking but for decorating and the photos are great. Beautifull post.

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  26. These are so flipping adorable! (I pinned them too on my own account, hopefully I will get brave enough to attempt them)!

    Thanks for linking up to Friday Food at Momtrends.com!

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  27. Oh my word! Those are so cute and creative!

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  28. These are crazy CUTE!! WOW!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week & I'll see you Friday =-)
    Beth

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  29. How could I not feature these on Thursday at Bacon Time, so incredibly cute!

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  30. You're being featured tonight - thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. Oh wow, these are SO incredible! Thanks for sharing!

    Jacki

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  32. Your cupcakes are so cute! I found you on pinterest and I'm featuring you as my Pinterest pick at my Friday Favorites party this week. Come by and check it out!

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  33. These are too cute. I would love for you to link up to my Linky Party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/03/show-me-what-you-got-linky-party-6.html

    Mrs. Delightful
    www.ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  34. Had to feature this today...so cute! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/03/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_22.html

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  35. These are absolutely my most favorite Easter treat ever!!! EVER!!!!!! So stinkin' fabulous!

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  36. I love the way you do it. Will surely try it this Easter. Thanks!

    Rabbit Breeds

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  37. Just stumbled on your site - So clever! Love it!!

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  38. Bonjour,
    C'est très très joli. Bravo
    10/10
    Bon wek-end
    Mirinda

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  39. Absolutely adorable! The "end results" are cute -- and you make the steps so easy to follow and very doable. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

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  40. So fun...and a great tutorial! Thanks! I found your site by following the bunny trail from this week's Sweet Sixteen Collection! Congrats on being featured!

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  41. So cute...and a great tutorial, too! Thanks! I found your site by following the bunny trail from this week's Sweet Sixteen Collection! Congrats on being featured!

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  42. Just wanted to come back and let you know we were inspired by you once again. Thank you :)
    http://joandsue.blogspot.ca/2012/04/easter-treats.html

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    1. You two did it again. What an amazing bunch of festive Easter food. I would love to spend a day in the kitchen having fun with you! Your cupcakes are adorable and I've posted a picture them in the Reader's Gallery.

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  43. These cupcakes are so clever and adorable, Beth. I gotta include them in my Easter sweets roundup next month!

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    1. Thanks, Janine. I appreciate you sharing the cupcakes with your readers:)

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  44. These cupcakes are fantastic! I'm going to have a go at making some this Easter! Thanks for sharing the tutorial x

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  45. These are gorgeous, so so cute! Pinned!
    I've seen some of your other Easter recipes and your work is amazing :)!

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  46. are they easy to make? how long?

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    1. This is a time consuming project, that's for sure. Making enough carrots takes quite a while. Sculpting the bunnies and the carrot is pretty easy, as you just use simple shapes, it just takes time.

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