Bunny Cupcakes Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 40 MINUTES

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 sticks butter, room temperature, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups coconut, shredded
  • 18 large marshmallows, cut in half
  • 36 mini marshmallows
  • 8 cups confectioner's sugar
  • black licorice laces, for whiskers
  • candy coated chocolate pieces, or jelly beans


Preheat the oven to 350°.


In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.


In another bowl, whisk together the 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 cup milk and vegetable oil.


Cream together the 1 stick butter and sugar with a hand-held mixer in a large bowl. Add the eggs 1 at a time and mix to combine. Alternate the dry and wet ingredients to the egg mixture, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.


Pour the batter 2/3 full into paper lined cupcake tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before frosting and decorating.


Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:


In the bowl of a standing mixer, cream 2 sticks softened butter and confectioner's sugar, 1/2 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Beat with paddle attachment until smooth gradually add the rest of sugar to reach frosting consistency


To Decorate:


Frost tops of cooled cupcakes with a thick layer of frosting and dip into coconut (pressing down into the coconut). Place one half of each large marshmallow on an angle for each ear (note: you might have to use a little frosting as glue). Add colored chocolate candies for eyes and nose. Add two miniature marshmallows for cheeks. Cut 6 small pieces of rope licorice for whiskers. Share with “somebunny” you love!

Bunny Cupcakes


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