I had the opportunity to babysit Emily, a friendâ€™s five-year-old last night so that my girlfriend and her husband could go out on â€œdate night.â€ Since I didnâ€™t want to plop her in front of the TV and we were limited to indoor activities because of a persistent cold drizzle outside, I thought maybe sheâ€™d like to try her hand at baking with me.
I opened my kitchen pantry and luckily found a vanilla cake box mix. Maybe sheâ€™d like to make cupcakes with me? Fancy cupcakes, ones that we could decorate? Fortunately, I also had some leftover coconut and some chocolate chips in the fridge, and hidden in the back of another cupboard, I found some jelly beans, half a bag of marshmallows, and even a container of frosting. We were set!
But I needed an idea and a picture to show Emily what our â€œactivityâ€ was going to be for the evening. I went to the McCormick website and found the cutest little bunny cupcakes we could make together. Perfect! I read through the list of ingredients and realized I had everything we needed except for the donut holes but I thought we could improvise.
â€œEmily,â€ I said when she arrived. â€œWhat do you think about making some bunny cupcakes?â€ I asked her.
She looked at me a bit confused so I took her hand and walked her over to show her the picture of the blue and pink cupcakes on the computer.
â€œI want the pink one!â€ she said jumping up and down.
I smiled at her and said, â€œCan we take your coat off first?â€
She wiggled out of her jacket and didnâ€™t even bother to wave goodbye to Mom and Dad who were mouthing â€œThank you!â€ to me as they went out the door.
â€œOk, itâ€™s time to make some super duper cupcakes,â€ I said.
Emily started to giggle as I tied an apron around her waist so I giggled, too!.
1 container (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
2 cups flaked coconut
12 unfrosted cupcakes
12 plain donut holes
12 large marshmallows
6 pink jelly beans, halved crosswise
Miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
1. TintÂ frosting pink or blue, using 4 drops red or 4 drops NEON blue food color. Place coconut in resealable plastic bag. Add 4 drops red or 4 drops NEON blue food color to coconut in bag; shake until coconut is evenly tinted.
2. Spread top of each cupcake with tinted frosting. Press each cupcake into tinted coconut to cover top completely. Spread donut holes with remaining frosting. Press a donut hole into top of each cupcake to form the bunnyâ€™s head.
3. For the ears, cut a 1/4-inch slice off the flat ends of each marshmallow to make 24 slices. Dip cut sides of the marshmallow slices into the coconut until completely covered. (Reserve remaining marshmallow pieces.) Attach 2 marshmallow slices to the head of each bunny with frosting to create ears.
4. Press a jelly bean half into the face for the nose and sprinkles for the whiskers. Use the chocolate chips for the eyes. Press the plain marshmallow pieces into the cupcakes for the belly.