Blooming Bunny Ear Cupcakes

Blooming Bunny Ear Cupcakes are a sweet ending for Easter or fun to hop over to your spring dessert table!

These Blooming Bunny Cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat! I used some Russian Piping Tips that I’ve seen pop up all over the Internet recently. They’re larger than regular decorating icing tips and allow you to create a complete flower in just one squeeze.

You can find Russian Piping Tips online, varying in price and design. The set I ordered came with 7 assorted tips and a bonus leaf tip for $11.99. I’ve only experimented with two of the seven tips but I’m looking forward to growing frosting flowers with all of them!

 The trick to using these tips is in the frosting. You want to use an American-style buttercream recipe so that the icing will hold its shape. If your frosting too soft, the piped design will look like a blob of frosting instead of a flower. You can also doctor a can of store-bought can of frosting by adding 1 cup of confectioners’ sugar, so it will hold the flower shape when piped.

Here’s an easy tip to fill your piping bag with frosting: Use plastic wrap!

Spoon your frosting onto a piece of plastic wrap. Roll up the plastic wrap, twisting the ends to seal it and transfer your frosting to your piping bag. If your piping tip is an open design, you can thread the twisted end through the opening and then cut the end. If your tip is a closed design or too narrow to thread the end through, cut the end off before adding it to your piping bag.

If you want to make your flowers two-tone or add some striation to the flowers, you can stripe the plastic wrap first with your gel coloring using a toothpick. For two-tone flowers, spread your lighter color frosting in approximately a 4 x 6 inch block.

Add a layer of darker or contrasting color frosting down the center of the lighter frosting and roll your plastic wrap up pulling the lighter color over and around the darker color, twisting the ends to seal the plastic wrap. Cut off one end of the plastic wrap and feed the cut end of the “plug” of frosting into your piping bag, fitted with your Russian piping tip.

Spread a thin layer of frosting on the cupcake for the flowers to adhere to. Place the tip at a 90° angle to the surface of the cupcake. Then pull the bag straight up slowly releasing the pressure at the same time. Start in the center with one flower or a cluster of three flowers, then pipe the rest the flowers to cover the surface of the cupcake. Use a leaf tip to go back and fill in any blank spaces.

 To make the candy bunny ears, I used Wilton Candy Melts. I found my Candy Melts at Michaels.

Melt Candy Melts according to package instructions in the microwave. I use a zip top plastic bag to melt them in, massaging the bag to distribute the heat as I was microwaving and keeping the bag vented about an inch to prevent overheating the candy. Make a tiny snip off of one corner of the bag and pipe the bunny ears on wax paper, layered over your paper template. You can free hand bunny ears or download a template for bunny ears here.

Note: Ziploc brand plastic bags are BPA and Dioxin free so they’re safe for microwaving food, but if you’re concerned about using plastic bags in the microwave, melt your candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and transfer your melted candy to the bag for piping.

I discovered it helped if the candy coating cooled down a bit after they were melted so the candy coating had a slower “flow” so I could control the design a little better. There’s a learning curve in piping the melted candy coating, but you can remelt any mistakes and start over! Allow to the ears to sit to firm up. You can speed up the process by chilling them in the refrigerator until set, about 10 to 15 minutes.

After bunny ears are firm you can set them aside, even making them a day or two ahead before assembling your cupcakes. Place ears very gently down into piped flower frosting so they don’t break.

I’m joining a group of talented bloggers and hopping into Spring with a Spring Tablescape Blog Hop this week through March 24th.

You can find my Hopping into Spring Tablescape, HERE.

 Thank you for your visit!

Also sharing with:  Metamorphosis Monday,
The ScoopWow Us WednesdaysTablescape Thursday,
 Home Sweet Home,  Feathered Nest FridayFoodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

  47 comments for “Blooming Bunny Ear Cupcakes

  1. Ellen Stillabower
    March 22, 2017 at 7:06 am

    WOW!! I will be ordering those tips!! I took a Wilton cake decorating class to learn to make flowers but due to the arthritis in my hands, it became difficult to squeeze the bag and make the petals to the flowers and leaves. Also, what a great tip for filling a pastry bag…which is, usually a mess..this makes the whole process so easy and lets you decorate with some confidence. I’m not trying to be professional just want to make my cakes and cookies special!! Yours look very special..thank you for sharing!! ❤🌼🌷🌺🌸🌻🦋🎂

    • Mary Boger
      March 22, 2017 at 9:50 am

      Exactly!

  2. March 22, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Oh my gosh, Mary! Those are absolutely outstanding! So professional looking and such detail. I am amazed, mostly because I think I could do that, given your tips (no pun intended!).

  3. March 22, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Aren’t they DARLING, Mary!! How clever of you to do those cute ears out of candy melts.
    I ordered my Russian Piping Tips weeks ago…they are out of them & back ordered. :( I sure hope mine get here before Easter!!
    Thanks for showing all the neat ways to accomplish your pretty floral cupcakes.

  4. Susan
    March 22, 2017 at 7:41 am

    What am I doing wrong? Your pictures disappear after about 2 seconds. The words are still there but no pictures. This has been going on for a while. I keep trying to reload but it just happens again.

  5. Alice
    March 22, 2017 at 7:47 am

    This has been going on for weeks. Just disappears.

    • March 22, 2017 at 7:58 am

      Hi Alice, How are you looking at trying to visit? By PC and what browser are you using? If it’s Internet Explorer 10 or below it’s recommend upgrading for best viewing. There’s a browser guide here: http://browsehappy.com/

      • Alice
        March 22, 2017 at 2:09 pm

        Mary the screen sates a problem occurred with the server and reloads

      • March 22, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        From where are you trying to visit when you get this message? PC/phone/tablet?

    • Alice
      March 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      I use my iPad Mary

      • March 22, 2017 at 6:25 pm

        I searched on Apple Toolbox and found this solution for “A problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded, fix”:
        Apple says: FOLLOW ALL STEPS IN ORDER, ONE AFTER THE OTHER

        Close all open apps by double pressing the Home button then swipe up on all open apps
        Clear your browser’s history and website data by going to Settings > Safari > Clear History and Website Data
        Reset your network settings by going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings
        Restart your device
        Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears
        Drag the slider to turn your device completely off
        After the device turns off, press and hold the Sleep/Wake button again until you see the Apple logo
        Then Reset your iPad or iPhone:
        On an iPhone 6s and earlier, iPad, or iPod touch: Press and hold both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least ten seconds, until you see the Apple logo

  6. Jackie
    March 22, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Those cupcakes are beautiful! Almost too pretty to eat!

    • Alice
      March 23, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Mary, will try this and hopefully I will get to see all of your posts. Love the work you do so that we can get much needed inspiration. Happy Spring!

  7. March 22, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Mary, what gorgeous cupcakes! They are too pretty to eat, but I know I could try! Thanks for all of your tips…Happy Wednesday!

  8. Karen
    March 22, 2017 at 9:06 am

    They are beautiful!!! Thanks for all the great tips🌺

  9. March 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    How SWEET is this! I think these are beautiful and our Colleen would love them. Thanks for the step by step directions! Happy Spring! Pinned!

  10. Karenann
    March 22, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Your blog is so inspiring! I love your adorable bunny cupcakes, and the tablescapes are absolutely gorgeous!!

  11. Cyndi Raines
    March 22, 2017 at 10:05 am

    How very pretty! I usually don’t like a lot of frosting on my cupcakes, but these are SO PRETTY, that I would have to give it a try! I have pinned this and I LOVE the bunny ears. What a beautiful dessert – over the top, once again! Thanks Mary!!

    • Bren
      March 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      And how perfect are your floral bunny plates to match this post!!!

  12. March 22, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Another cute idea from the Master of pretty tables and edible delights.

  13. Laurie
    March 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    I’m so impressed by these cupcakes, but what I truly appreciate are your fantastic directions! This will definitely be added to my repertoire. I’ve made your chocolate tart from Valentine’s Day a few times now and it’s always a HIT! Thanks for such great recipes🌷

  14. Mary Ann Naylor
    March 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    How can I order these tips? They make such beautiful flowers!

    • March 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Hi Mary Ann, The link to the set of Russian Piping Tips I purchased is highlighted in red, just click over :)

  15. franki
    March 22, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I bought those “tips” several months ago…and, yup, “blobs.” Yours look amazing!!! Back to the frosting drawing table!! franki

  16. March 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    These are adorable! How clever you are to make ears like that. I need to try these. I already have that set of tips waiting to be used.

  17. Paula
    March 22, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    ~Mary~
    When first seeing the lovely flowers, and thinking so much time in each little petal, asking myself “What doesn’t that Mary do “!?!?!! You are amazing !! Love those tips !! The cupcakes are adorable!! Yummy
    Paula
    IN

  18. March 22, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Mary, those flower tips are beautiful!!! Your cupcakes turned out great:@)

  19. RS
    March 22, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    You have the best creative ideas. Piping icing has always been hard for me, I hope to try your hints.

  20. March 22, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Totally adorable Mary, and so perfect with your bunny plates! I’ve seen those tips and have been tempted, my icing skills are below zero…Love the ears, such a cute idea!
    Jenna

  21. Marion
    March 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Gorgeous and delicious looking.
    Marion

  22. Joan
    March 22, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    They look almost to pretty to eat.
    Joan

    • Joan
      March 22, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      That to should be too. Sorry about that!
      Joan

  23. Marilyn
    March 22, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Those cupcakes are so colorful and typical of Spring. Enjoy! Thanks for sharing.
    Marilyn

  24. Jan McF
    March 22, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Mary, these are just the prettiest cupcakes I’ve ever seen! Thank you for taking the time to create such wonderful things for us. It’s all such a feast for the eyes…and sometimes our tummies too!

  25. March 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

    OH my goodness Mary, I was just telling Cisy yesterday that next week we are making bunny ear cupcakes, but we are using marshmallows for the ears. Your cupcakes are the most beautiful ever! I have some gift cards to Amazon, and I’m going to order those tips. Thank you showing us and always thank you for the inspiration. I remember you telling us about using the plastic wrap, and I will try that. Cissy and I will definitely be trying this at one of our cooking camps. You’re the best!

  26. March 23, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Amazing! Darling cupcakes. Those tips are so neat as well as your bag tips. Thanks for the tip on the icing, too.

    Pinning for sure.

  27. Barbara Harilaou
    March 23, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    I love your posts Mary everything you do and display is so beautiful. Those bunny ear cupcakes are absolutely adorable. thank you so much for sharing. have a wonderful day. Oh! and Happy Spring………

  28. March 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Wow! Your cupcakes are so beautiful!! The perfect addition to your gorgeous table!

  29. cheryl
    March 24, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Fabulous cupcakes…amazing creativity.. A worry though… that you heat your candy melts in a plastic bag in the microwave. That can cause BPA and phthalates to leak into the candy. Plastic bags, wrap can be used in the microwave if it never actually touches the food….

    • March 25, 2017 at 8:01 am

      Ziplock brand bags state that their bags are BPA and Dioxin free and that one can safely reheat food in them.

  30. March 27, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    I have never seen these piping tips! What a great product. Beautiful cupcakes. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  31. jillian
    March 27, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Just ordered these tips plus the Russian Baller tips for a cute look. Your cupcakes are so pretty. Just to make it harder I am going to try some of my sugar free frosting recipes with these…really hope they work….otherwise will just have to indulge on special occasions.

  32. March 28, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Got to have those tips as the cupcakes are so beautiful! Thank you for always giving us such wonderful ideas to enhance our lives! I cannot tell you that all you do just puts a smile on everyone’s face! I was talking to a friend of mine who loves to bake and we kicked around taking a formal cake decorating class…I think you just sealed the deal!

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