Filled with Easter flavours, these adorable bunny cupcakes are perfect to bake with children and impress all of your guests.

Prep:
20 minutes
Cook:
40 minutes
Serves:
12

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  1. 2 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Essence
  2. 100g unsalted butter, softened
  3. 185g caster sugar
  4. 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 1/3 cup (200g) self-raising flour, sifted
  7. 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

Cinnamon Sugar

  1. ½ cup (110g) caster sugar
  2. ¼ tsp salt
  3. 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Churro Bunny Ears

  1. 1 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Extract
  2. 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  3. 60g unsalted butter
  4. 1 tbsp (40g) brown sugar (or white sugar)
  5. ¼ tsp salt
  6. 1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
  7. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  8. 1 tsp Queen Organic Vanilla Extract
  9. Canola Oil Spray (or other neutral oil)

Cream Cheese Icing

  1. 3 tsp Queen Vanilla Bean Paste
  2. 250g cream cheese
  3. 100g unsalted butter, softened
  4. 2 2/3 cups (400g) icing sugar

Method - Cupcakes

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 160°C (fan forced). Line a 12 hole cupcake tin with cases and set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand mixer, cream butter, sugar, Vanilla and cinnamon until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing to incorporate.

  3. Step 3

    Add sifted flour and milk in two batches, mixing until just combined. Add ¼ cup of batter to each case then bake for 15-20 minutes or until cupcake bounces back when pressed lightly. Allow to cool in tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Method - Cinnamon Sugar

  1. Step 1

    Mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Set aside

Method - Baked Churros

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 180°C (fan-forced). Line a baking tray with baking paper. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    In a medium saucepan, combine water, butter, brown sugar and salt. Place over medium-high heat until butter is melted and mixture starts to simmer. Add the flour and using a wooden spoon, mix until no lumps remain. Reduce heat to low and cook mixture for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add one egg at a time to your dough mixture, mixing well in between. Transfer your dough to a piping bag fitted with a small star tip (the generic piping tip from the coles/dollar sweets will be fine).

  4. Step 4

    Pipe dough into churro ears on prepared trays, 5cm apart. Spray with oil spray, then bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Then turn off the oven and keep them in there for a further 10 minutes. Take the churros straight from the oven, spray again with oil spray, then toss them in the cinnamon mixture until well covered.

Method - Cream Cheese Icing

  1. Step 1

    In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese until smooth.

  2. Step 2

    Add Vanilla Bean Paste and butter and mix until just incorporated.

  3. Step 3

    Add icing sugar and mix on low until combined – do not over mix. If your mix end up being too soft. Place in the fridge to firm up. Place into piping bag fitted with a large open star tip, pipe onto cupcakes and top with two churro ears.

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