Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Bunny Butt Cupcakes make me giggle. Much like making Melted Snowman Cookies or Deviled Egg Chicks, I smiled and talked to these little bunny bums the entire time I made them.

bunny butt cupcakes


 

So perfectly cute you almost don’t want to eat them! But here I am again – making the cutest Easter cupcakes you ever did see.

And I will eat them, cause I have zero self control when it comes to cupcakes. Who are we kidding?

Easter Cupcakes

I’ve told my foodie friends before and I’ll tell you again: I am the worst cupcake and cake decorator in the history of decorators. Two-year-old children put me to shame. Seriously.

So I find ways to make cute baked goods that don’t involve artistic ability, skill or even much time. Using premade ingredients and just a few moments, they come together with ease.

These adorable Bunny Butt Cupcakes, complete with lush jelly bean grasses, were the perfect addition to my Easter dessert display that also included Cadbury Egg Cupcakes and a Lemon Yogurt Pound Cake.

Why You’ll Love These Bunny Butt Cupcakes

Super simple cupcakes that are festive and perfect for Easter- what’s not to love!

  • Easy enough for any novice baker – We all know that I am no expert cake decorator, but you don’t need to be to make these cupcakes!
  • Great for allowing kids to help – Little hands love helping add on all the elements of these adorable cupcakes.
  • Festive and fun – These cupcakes are perfect for any spring or Easter gathering- sure to impress.
bunny feet cupcakes

Ingredients

All you need to make these bunny butt cupcakes are easily found at your local grocery store.

  • Box of cake mix – In addition to the mix, you will also want the ingredients to prepare it (eggs, oil & water.)
  • Cupcake liners – Not really an ingredient, but crucial for making sure your cupcakes don’t stick to the pan when baked.
  • Frosting tubes – Of course, you can always make your own, but for ease I buy the tubes. You’ll need black, pink and green.
  • Tub of frosting – Again, you can make your own frosting if you’d like, but these cupcakes are meant to be easy. You can use vanilla or chocolate.
  • Jelly beans – I find that jelly beans are the easiest to use, but feel free to use other candy like M&Ms or robins eggs.
  • Circus peanut candy – The shape of this iconic candy perfectly mimics that of a bunny foot- perfect!
ingredients for easter bunny cupcakes

How to Make Bunny Butt Cupcakes

You are going to love how easy it is to make the perfect Easter treat!

  1. Bake cupcakes. Prepare cupcakes according to package directions. This should yield 24 cupcakes. Allow to fully cool.
  2. Frost cupcakes. Frost all of the cupcakes with vanilla, chocolate or a mixture of both frostings.
  3. Make “feet.” Cut circus peanuts in half lengthwise. Discard (or eat) the side with the “peanut” indentations. Press the cut side into the edges of the cupcake with the smooth side facing up.
  4. Decorate feet. Using black frosting and the small circle tip (usually used for writing), pipe out the pads of the bunny feet.
  5. Make tail. Using the star tip attached to the pink frosting, pipe out a bunny tail on the opposite side. I went back with a fork, using the tines to spruce up the bunny fur a little.
  6. Make grass. Using the star or leaf tip (I did half and half, but you can’t really tell the difference) pipe out the grass. Decorate with jelly beans to represent Easter eggs.
  7. Serve. Arrange on serving platter so it looks like the bunnies have their heads stuck in the ground.
frosted cupcakes on a baking sheet

How To Make Bunny Feet for Cupcakes

Yep, those adorable little thumper feet are just Circus peanut candy cut in half using kitchen shears.

If you’ve never had Circus peanuts, they are just marshmallows in a pale orange that look like peanuts, but oddly enough, they taste like bananas.

Use the smooth side for bunny feet and either eat or discard the rough, textured side.

Use black frosting to make the center pads and three little lines for the toes. Secure two to the bottom of each cupcake, pressing firmly into the frosting.

If you have trouble getting them to stick (Circus peanuts are oddly heavy), break a small toothpick in half sticking one end into the foot and securing the other in the cupcake. Just warn your diners they are in there before taking a big ole bite!

how to make bunny feet for cupcakes

How to Make the Bunny Tail

Place a large dollop of frosting towards the top center of the cupcake. You can use a rose tip or even a star tip for this.

If you don’t have any frosting tips, no worries, just dollop it on there and use the tines from a fork to “fluff it up”.

close up of bunny feet and tail on cupcakes

Bunny Grass

You can’t really get the full effect of a bunny bum sticking straight up at you without grass surrounding it.

And what else would Easter grass be surrounded by other than Jelly beans?

I used a star tip for the green grass, but even if you just used an offset knife and slathered it in, then placed your Jelly Beans, you’d be all good.

Flaked coconut tinted green with a drop or two of green food coloring also does the trick easily. I just happen to not be a fan of coconut.

how to make grass and easter eggs on cupcakes

Variations

There are plenty of ways you can make these bunny butt cupcakes your own. Here are a few ideas.

  • Cupcakes – Make these cupcakes whichever flavor you want. Don’t want to use a box mix? Make your own homemade batter. Just allow them to cool on a wire rack before frosting.
  • Bunny feet – If you’re a circus peanut hater, try using Nutter Butters instead. Keep in mind that they are slightly larger than circus peanuts, so might not fit correctly on the cupcake.
  • Decorating icing – If the color black on a cupcake throws you for a loop, try using melted white chocolate instead. Microwave melting chocolate in a pastry bag or bowl and pipe it on.
  • Bunny fur – In addition to using homemade buttercream, try adding some shredded coconut to give these bunny bum cupcakes some texture.

Storage and Freezing

How to Store Bunny Butt Cupcakes

Store any leftover cupcakes in an airtight container. You can either store in the refrigerator or at room temperature.

Can I Freeze Bunny Butt Cupcakes?

Ha! Yes- this is my favorite thing to do! You can also wrap the cupcakes individually, unfrosted, in plastic wrap. It will take about 20 minutes at room temperature to thaw.

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Easter Bunny Cupcake Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Bunny Butt Cupcakes are the cutest Easter cupcakes you ever did see. They are SO easy that anyone can decorate them with just a few pre-made ingredients.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix and ingredients to prepare
  • 1 16-ounce can vanilla or chocolate frosting
  • 1 tube pink frosting
  • 1 tube black frosting
  • 4 tubes green frosting
  • Screw on tips for frosting star and small circle tip
  • 16 Circus Peanut candies
  • Assorted Jelly beans

Instructions

  • Prepare cupcakes according to package directions. This should yield 24 cupcakes. Allow to fully cool.
  • Frost all of the cupcakes with vanilla, chocolate or a mixture of both frostings.
    overhead of frosted cupcakes
  • Cut Circus Peanuts in half lengthwise. This should leave you with a "figure 8" shape. Discard (or eat) the side with the "peanut" indentations. Press the cut side into the edges of the cupcake with the smooth side facing up.
  • Using black frosting and the small circle tip (usually used for writing), pipe out the pads of the bunny feet.
    bunny feet
  • Using the star tip attached to the pink frosting, pipe out a bunny tail on the opposite side. I went back with a fork, using the tines to spruce up the bunny fur a little.
    pink bunny tales
  • Using the star or leaf tip (I did half and half, but you can't really tell the difference) pipe out the grass. Decorate with jelly beans to represent Easter eggs.
  • Arrange on serving platter so it looks like the bunnies have their heads stuck in the ground.
    bunny butt cupcake
  • If you've tried these, come back and let us know how they are in the comments or ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 177 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Sodium: 160 mg, Potassium: 10 mg, Sugar: 12 g, Calcium: 45 mg, Iron: 0.5 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 177
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bunny butt cupcakes, easter cupcakes
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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Questions and Reviews

  1. The title caught me off guard, but then gave way to a big giggle. These are adorable.

  2. OMG, these are entirely tooo adorable to pass up and not make a comment. I adore this idea. Thanks for sharing.