Bunny Cupcakes

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Bunny Cupcakes Bunny Cupcakes

Servings: 18
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
3 eggs

For Decorating:
3 cups coconut, shredded
18 large marshmallows, cut in half
36 mini marshmallows
Black licorice rope, for whiskers
colored chocolate candies or jelly beans

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
8 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract





Preheat the oven to 350º F.

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

In another bowl, whisk together the vanilla extract, milk and vegetable oil.

Cream together the 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 softened butter and add 4 cups sugar, milk and 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!

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Hi Paula, I was happy to find this recipe this morning on Facebook so my daughters and I decided to make them today for our Easter brunch. We found that the frosting was too runny and even when we added additional confectioner's sugar it did not thicken. When my daughters started to decorate the cupcakes the frosting ran down the sides of the cupcake and the marshmallow ears did not stick. Sadly we ended up throwing the frosting away. When the family finally tasted them we were disappointed at how dry the cupcakes were.

By Adrienne on April 20, 2014


Happy Easter Paula! We love you! Thanks for thinking of us on this special busy holiday weekend

By Roy & Juanita Findley on April 19, 2014


I like to see you and your sons cooking. Praise The Lord wonderful family. From Susie Koo.

By Anonymous on January 02, 2013


Hi Paula, I found this recipe for Easter Bunny cupcakes on your 2012 Calander and made them for the employees of Friendly's in East Longmeadow, MA. They came out great and everyone loved them. Only thing, I couldn't find the shoestring licorice so first I broke up some thin spaghetti to use for whiskers then I used the red Twizzler licorice and tried to slice it in thins strips. wasn't easy but it did the trick. Loved the Buttercreme frosting too. Thank you Paula.

By Roberta Cyr on April 08, 2012


thank you paula for your wonderful recipes and decorations glad you are home and have a happy easter with your wonderful family i just love those boys they have such kindness in them and i know where that comes from the momma love maryanne

By mary anne zeug on April 06, 2012


These cupcakes soynd great. I'll be making them for Easter Bbq. I love your cooking show! I love when your son's. I also cook with my teenage son, it brought us closer. Thanks for your great recipes! Whenever I need a recipe I look up Paula Deen. recipes.Com!! Love and Best Dishes y'all

By Rachael Motilla on April 02, 2012


Love your cooking show! You bring a sense of warmth, and delight in the kitchen. I love seeing you cook with your son's. Teaching my teenager, brings us closer and I would like to thank you for that! LOVE AND BEST DISHES!!

By Rachael Motilla on April 02, 2012


those sound good but i dont have the stuff , jesus put us on earth to eat cook love the lord

By joe on September 20, 2011


hi i'm looking for really really cute easter cupcakes ,but my cuz is allergic to coconut so I can't have any coconut. what should i do?

By Kimmy on April 16, 2011


Love these cupcakes. I take 2 circus peanuts (those orange marshmallow things) cut about 1/4 off each on and insert a toothpick and then poke the toothpick into the cupcake so they look like huge feet. Also if you cut the marshmallows on an angle then they come to a point. Most recently spent an afternoon at the school my daughter teaches at decorating these with a classroom full of energetic 2nd graders.

By carolyn baker on April 09, 2011


By Carol on April 09, 2011


Hi I was looking for a easter bunny cupcake recipe but without coconut Thanks, Katie

By Katie on April 09, 2011


The bunny cupcakes are perfect for an Easter bakesale that I am attending. Thank you so much for posting this. Also I am looking for a recipe for peanut butter cookies that stay soft, if you know of one I'd love to have a copy of the recipe. Thank You

By Robin Pageau on March 28, 2011


By Anonymous on August 09, 2010


These are so cute! Perfect for Easter!

By Anonymous on July 26, 2010


These cupcakes were incredibly easy to make! I am SO excited about how cute they are, and they're quite yummy too!

By Anonymous on April 02, 2010


By Anonymous on March 26, 2010

I’ve just baked these. At last I found a recipe I would love to use. Fluffy, moist..perfect cupcake!Thank you.

By Deniz on May 12, 2010

Happy Easter! Love these cupcakes…made them last night for our 2 year old son and they look so cute. This will become my staple cupcake recipe.

By Katelyn Whitehill on April 03, 2010

Paula I made these bunny cupcakes for all the Sunday school children at church and they couldn’t believe their eyes. They turned out fantastic.i would make them again.

By Marsha on March 29, 2010

I wish you can make sugar free butter cream frosting because I Have friends and family that are diebitics.

By Susan on March 27, 2010

I PUT THE CUT UP CABBAGE IN WATER then WHEN THE Grease is hot I drop the cabbage in with a little water dripping from the cabbage. Add a lid and let it steam until it is done.Add fried Hamburger meat after the cabbage is done . I also sub corn beef hash that is in a can instead of the hamburger meat.That is the only way my family would eat cabbage.

By Betty on March 25, 2010

Here is a great recipe for children that are kidney patients, or diabetics.  Fruit whip ice cream cones.

Take a block of cream cheese, softened, fold in a cup coolwhip, a cup of blue berries, and a teaspon of blueberry jam or grape jelly.  spoon into ice cdream cones and let these set in fridge.
I put plastic wrap over them.
Now you can variate this to strawberries, and strawberry jam, or fresh pineapple chunks, and orange marmalade.

By Judith Williams on March 24, 2010

This is a great activity that I will do with my 3 grandchildren. They live in West Virginia and always want to do activities when I come to visit.  Thank you so much for the idea.


By Nancy Pickett on March 23, 2010

I had made some of your cupcakes with the cream filling in them from one of your magazines for a birthday party. They were such a hit. We might have had maybe two left out of 3 dozen. A course they didn’t make it through the night..lol. I always love your meals that I have tried. It is such a joy to watch you on TV. You are so down to earth as if your family. It would be something to ever get to meet you. We love ya Miss. Paula The Walden Family

By Mellissa Walden on March 23, 2010

Oh Paula is there nothing that you can’t do?! Love these and you my lady ROCK!

By Gina on March 23, 2010

Love this idea for Easter Cupcakes….I love making the cupcakes at Easter!! You can decorate them so cute and the kido’s love them!! I used to do this for my children and they still like them to even,my husband!!
Thanks for sharing the fun with us and you and your Butter!!! Love ya Paula

By Linda Fadeley on March 23, 2010

Love these cupcakes. How did you get the “ears” pink?

By Janet Creswell on March 23, 2010

Love the bunny cupcakes so good and fun to make

By Terrie Sullivan on March 23, 2010

How sute:) I always made Bunny cakes for the kids and grandkids, Bake 2 -9inch white cakes,,,Slice one layer in half(For the ears). Lay out one cake and then add the ears, I use Buttercream or Chocolate icing and cover with coconut..add licorice, gum balls,jelly beans,etc, to decorate and use end of carrot for nose,  I color some coconut with green food coloring to make grass,,and I sprinkle this around the Bunny,,,So Cute smile

By Kay Tucker on March 23, 2010

This looks like fun and easy. I’m going to make these for my grandkids for Easter. Thanks Paula for your awesome recipes.

By Marsha on March 23, 2010

We love you and your recipes Paula!! These bunny cupcakes are adorable!!!! If people like these, they are sure to like the black and white’sheep’in the April issue of ‘Southern Living’, as well. So cute!!

By Angela on March 23, 2010

I babysit children in my home and i have a 5 yr old step daughter and I’m doing a party for her on easter with a bunch of children,The day before i want to have a get together for her and some children to color eggs and i had said i was going to let them make cupcakes to decorate for easter and i think these are the perfect ones for them to do ,This will add a little bit more fun for them to do ,keep up the good ideas paula and your recipes are the best we love you

By Judy Garrett on March 23, 2010

I am printing these directions for my Easter weekend. I too will have my grandchildren who love to help grandma in the kitchen. I have two stools that sit at the island where I mix and create our meals. Allie and Flynne always are there when grandma is cooking. They will love making these bunnies.

By Ruth Johnson on March 23, 2010

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