I found a very similar concept years ago when I only had one child! Now 5 kids and 10 years later, we still love this simple, yet adorable Easter recipe!
You can use a homemade cupcake and frosting recipe. In fact I have one that is gluten free, vegan and top 8 free (with the exception of coconut), linked HERE for chocolate cupcakes and vegan frosting or linked HERE for spice cake cupcakes with vegan frosting.
Alternately, you can use an allergy friendly box mix and frosting such as King Arthur Cake Mix, and Pillsbury Frosting to keep it free of all the top 8 except soy. Alternately, Betty Crocker is top 8 free except for milk.
For the bunny you can leave the frosting as is and white, or you can sprinkle sweetened shaved coconut to give a fur effect.
For the adorable little bunny ears, you will want to have large marshmallows (like the ones you make s’mores with), and pink sprinkles. I use Kraft Jet Puffed Marshmallows, and Wilton Brand sprinkles, both can be found top 8 free.
It’s super helpful and important to pre-cut the marshmallows and dip the cut/sticky side in the pink sprinkles.
Once cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them and then immediately stick the bunny ears in. It is best to do one cupcake at a time otherwise the frosting vegans to set and then trouble may arise if ears won’t set in frosting.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes
- 1 box allergen friendly cake mix or recipe
- 1 container allergen friendly frosting or recipe
- 24 large jet puffed marshmallows, cut in half
- 1/4 cup pastel pink sprinkles
- 1 14 oz bag of sweetened coconut flakes optional
Cupcakes & Frosting
Bake cupcakes according to box mix recipe, or from scratch recipe instructions. Let them cool at least 1-2 hours. Prepare frosting if from scratch recipe, or use from container if you have one that is allergen friendly for you.
Bunny Fur and Ears
You can leave the frosting as is, or you can alternately sprinkle flaked coconut on immediately after frosting, and just before adding the ears.
I would recommend working quickly and one cupcake at a time, otherwise the frosting sets and the coconut and/or ears won’t stick and hold.
For the ears, just cut the marshmallow in half, and then dip the sticky side into sprinkles before placing as ears.
You can use a box mix that is friendly for you such as King Arthur brand, Cherrybrook Kitchen, and others. There are several on the market in traditional grocery stores, and even more in specialty stores such as Sprouts and Whole Foods.
Alternately, I have a recipe linked in the blog post for this recipe that directs you to two allergy friendly recipes. One is a spice cake cupcake, and the other is a chocolate cake cupcake, both with allergy friendly gluten free and vegan frosting.
For the frosting Pillsbury is top 8 free except soy, Betty Crocker is top 8 free except milk, or alternately use the recipes I have listed above.