Spring is here and so is Easter Sunday. We are still waiting for the spring colors to show up here in Iowa. With Easter egg Hunts all around the city, the place seems to cheer up a little. Egg Hunts are fun with colorful eggs all around and kids running up and collecting as many as eggs they can!! The colorful baskets, candies, and Easter treats!! On Wednesday, when my little one came back from school announced as he got down from the school bus that he wants some vanilla cream cupcakes for the Easter and wants to make some marshmallow bunnies. I told that on Saturday morning we can do all the baking for Easter. I had a pack of marshmallows the small ones and told him that we could make only the small bunnies as we didn’t have the big Campfire Marshmallows. He was fine with it.Today he got up early yes.. I didn’t have to wake him up!! and then made the Easter treats–Vanilla Bean Funfetti Cupcakes and Marshmallow Baby Bunnies. We decorated the cupcakes with baby bunnies and Hershey’s Egg Chocolate. My little boy was quite proud of his bunnies and happy that he helped mom in baking the yummiest cupcakes!!
For Vanilla bean Cupcakes, I used the basic Vanilla Cake batter recipe and instead of vanilla essence I used Vanilla bean paste, divided the batter into portions and colored it with different colors. This is a basic Vanilla Cake recipe, that you can use for making Basic Vanilla Cake and Cupcakes. If you don’t have the vanilla bean paste, you can use vanilla essence. I always add some yogurt to cake batter be it eggless or with eggs. It keeps the cake moist and soft!!
For Cupcakes we need:
All-Purpose Flour–230 gms/ 1 cup
Butter– 113 gms / ½ cup / 8 Tbsp
Sugar– 175 gms(you can add 200gms/ 3/4 cup of sugar if you like sweeter cupcakes)
Vanilla Bean Paste/ Vanilla Essence– 1 Tsp
Baking Powder–1 Tsp
Sprinkles– 2/3 Cup
Refer to the images at the end of the method for steps.Please scroll or click on the images for the caption.
Preheat oven to 350° F or 180° C.
Line the cupcake tray with Cupcake Liners.
Sift together flour and baking powder. If you are using unsalted butter, add ¼ tsp
Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, add essence and yogurt and beat for another 2-3 minutes.
Add eggs one by one, don’t beat too much as the eggs can curdle.
Add and fold the flour in 3 parts, add milk if the batter is thick. The batter should be of ribbon consistency.
Transfer the batter to cupcake tray, filling each well to 2/3.
Bake in a pre-heated oven for 18-20 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean in the center.
Cool on a cooling rack. You get around 18 cupcakes from this batter. I was able to save some cupcakes for a friend for whom I took these. My hubby and kids gobbled up most of the cupcakes within no time.
You can also make a cake 9 inch round cake using this recipe.
For the frosting, whip the cream. For whipping cream, refer to the detailed procedure here.
For Marshmallow bunnies I referred this tutorial. I clicked some pictures while making bunnies but then some of the bunny making steps are missing like sticking the hands and legs on the body, both of got too engrossed in making these cuties that I missed taking pictures in between.
I used whipped cream to stick marshmallow pieces together and black color for the eyes. Used a toothpick for making eyes.
For assembling cupcakes—
Divide whipped cream in separate bowls and color the cream with colors that you want to pipe flowers. I added green color to one part, this ) used for piping grass on cupcakes and another two parts with red and blue.
Pipe whipped cream on cupcakes and decorate with eggs or other treats. You can pipe some beautiful flowers using different piping nozzles. My baby boy who helped me in pipping the cream on the cupcakes :), so proud he was of his work!!
Make these colorful cupcakes for any occasion, brighten these up with colorful sprinkles or pipped flowers.
I took some of the cupcakes to a dear friend who invited us for dinner today. I just got back from the dinner and here I am finishing my post.
Hope you will enjoy making these cupcakes, involve kids, it is always fun to do something creative with them.
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More cake recipes on the blog… Eggless Chocolate Cake(with condensed milk), Thandai Flavoured Mini Bundts with White Chocolate Ganache, Eggless Pineapple Pastries, Eggless Sponge Cake(Using Yogurt and Buttermilk) Also three brownie recipe on the blog… Classic Brownie(with Eggs), Fudgy Brownies(With Eggs) and Eggless Brownies.