Super Cute, Super Simple Easter Bunny Cupcakes

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The countdown to Easter Sunday has officially begun! As of tomorrow, there are only 26 days until the big day and we are busy planning the menu for our annual Jolly Easter Egg Hunt & Dinner. We typically host the entire family plus friends, which typically ends up being around 30+ guests…or more. It’s big and loud and there lots of little ones playing in the backyard waiting anxiously for the egg hunt to begin. I’ll admit…I love every second of it. With that many mouths to feed and an egg hunt to pull off, I do try to keep the menu simple though. That’s why I love these Easter Bunny Cupcakes. They are super cute and super simple and kids LOVE them.

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Bunny Ears Cupcakes

Ingredients

 

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Buttercream or Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 Cups Shredded Coconut (sweetened or unsweetened depending on your preference)
  • 6 regular sized marshmallows
  • Pink sugar

Directions:

Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 F and line one 12-cup standard muffin tin with cupcake liners. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy about 2 minutes. Add the melted butter and vanilla and mix until combined. Add half the dry ingredients and continue to mix until just combined. Then add the milk and the rest of the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined (do not over mix). Divide the batter evenly into the prepared cupcake tins. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool the cupcakes completely on a wire rack. Once cupcakes have cooled, frost using a piping bag or small offset spatula/knife.

Place the shredded coconut in a shallow dish. Lightly roll the top of each cupcake in the coconut.

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Using a sharp knife, cut each marshmallow in half at a diagonal. These will be the bunny ears.

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Dip the flat side of each marshmallow half into the pink sugar.

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Now, just press two marshmallow “ears” into the top of the cupcake. This is your cute bunny cupcake! Super simple, right?

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For your own personalized Easter Countdown Calendar and the most adorable personalized Easter decor and baskets, make sure to visit PersonalCreations.com!

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Easter Recipe: Deviled Eggs Three Ways

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It’s not Easter unless we have deviled eggs so today I wanted to share three of our favorite recipes. The first recipe is for classic deviled eggs except that there’s a little twist that makes a big difference. Sugar and honey mustard. These two ingredients really add a lot of flavor. However, it’s also fun to play with deviled eggs and add new ingredients like avocado or salsa. Enjoy!

deviled eggs recipe

 

Classic Deviled Eggs

classic deviled eggs

  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 3 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp honey mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Paprika, for garnish

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a sprinkle of paprika.

 

Guacamole Deviled Eggs

guacamole deviled eggs

  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 2 Tbsp mayo
  • 1 medium Haas avocado
  • 1 tsp red onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a cilantro leaf.

 

Tex-Mex Deviled Eggs

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  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
  • 1-2 Tbsp salsa
  • 2 Tbsp sour cream
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder

Directions. Carefully scoop out the yokes and place into a bowl. Mash all of the ingredients together to make the filling. Pipe or spoon filling into egg white halves and top with a sprinkle of chili powder and little green onion.

Have a personalized Easter celebration!

The Personalized Egg Platter and Easter Countdown Board pictured above are from Personal Creations. For lots of super cute and personalized Easter baskets, gifts and home decor – visit PersonalCreations.com.

A Personalized Easter Celebration

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One of our favorite holidays is Easter. We have been hosting our annual Jolly Family Easter Egg Hunt and dinner for family and friends for several years now and it is so much fun! I was very excited when I discovered all of the cute and personalized Easter products that Personal Creations offers.

My favorite find is the personalized Egg Hunt Banner – it is perfection! It is large and it is scratch, tear, wrinkle and water/weather resistant. It is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. At only, $16.99 it is also a steal! We can’t wait to set it up for our Egg Hunt this year!

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The personalized Happy Easter Flag is the perfect way to greet guests!

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Another thing that I love about Easter is putting together a fun basket for Lucas. You can’t go wrong with the personalized Easter baskets at Personal Creations! They have so many cute styles! We went with the All-In-One Boy’s Easter Basket, which come in three different sizes and several basket liner options (we got the sports).

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It also comes filled with lots of Easter goodies such as a chocolate bunny, bunny plush, Peeps and more. You can customize these in many

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I was kind of stumped about Amelia’s basket though. She will be 1 year old by the time Easter rolls around so she is too young for candy and the typical basket fillers. We got her a couple of books, but didn’t know what else to do until we found the Baby’s 1st Easter Basket. It comes with a super cute bear that’s dressed as a bunny and personalized bib that all fits nicely into a personalized wooden caddy that can be reused later. LOVE!

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I also fell in love with the personalized Hoppy Easter Bunny – (also available as a boy) this is also going in Amelia’s basket. It has a very vintage shabby chic look to it that I love. Isn’t it adorable?!

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Personal Creations has a wide variety of Easter products – baskets, gifts, decor, and more! Visit PersonalCreations.com to see for yourself and make sure to use coupon code JollyMom at checkout to get 20% off your entire order.

Easter Baskets Made Easy with Hershey’s

Easter is this weekend! I am so excited because Easter is one of our favorite holidays. We throw an annual Easter Egg Hunt for the kids followed by dinner at our house and it is always so much fun. Of course, the Easter bunny starts the day by making a drop off for Lucas at our house on Easter morning – it usually consists of some fun goodies for Lucas – toys and CANDY, of course! Our favorite candy? Hershey’s! Mmmmmm…Cadbury Eggs anyone?! My fave! You can’t have a proper Easter without the infamous Cadbury Eggs, right?

This year, (thanks to Hershey’s) Lucas’ Easter basket will have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Egg, HERSHEY’S Solid Milk Chocolate SNAPSY Bunny, JOLLY RANCHER Sours Bunnies, TWIZZLERS Strawberry Snack Size Bag, and YORK Peppermint Pattie Eggs. OK, now I am officially hungry for some sweets – can’t wait for Sunday!

Hersheys Easter Basket

 

 

If you’re looking for some cute Easter basket ideas, you should check out the Celebrate with Hershey’s website, which is chock-full of basket ideas, crafts, Easter recipes, and more!

 

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Simple Easter Treat! Chow Mein Bird’s Nests Treats or Cupcake Toppers (Recipe)

Easter Birds Nests Cupcakes

 

Last year for Easter, we made cupcakes with the cutest little bird’s nests toppers made from chow mein noodles and marshmallows – basically a spin on the Rice Krispies Treat. Everyone – kids and adults alike – loved them! Not only were they cute, but they are delish as well! Best of all, they are so simple to make – even the kids can get involved.

 

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We liked them so much that we’re making them again this year. We’ll be using them as cute little toppers for our carrot cupcakes. However, these can also be served as a standalone treat. Make them in a regular sized muffin tin for a larger treat or use a mini muffin tin to make cupcake toppers. Enjoy!

Easter Bird’s Nests

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups Chow Mein Noodles
  • 3 cups Mini Marshmallows
  •  3-4 TBSP Butter
  • 10 oz bag Mini Chocolate Eggs

Instructions
Melt marshmallows and butter in a saucepan over low heat, stirring continuously.
Remove saucepan from the stove and stir in the chow mein noodles until all the noodles are evenly coated.
Spoon heaping teaspoons of the chow mein noodle mixture into the cupcake tins and press 3 mini eggs into the nests before the nests cool.

 

Chow Mein Easter Birds Nests

 

 

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Fun & Unique Easter Egg Dyeing Techniques

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It seems that many people are just buying plastic eggs these days rather than dyeing their own Easter eggs. It’s really sad because dyeing Easter eggs is so much fun and easy to do! It’s an activity that both kids and adults can have fun doing and it’s something to look forward to every Easter. If you are looking for a fun and unique way to dye your Easter eggs this year, give these simple but stylish techniques a try.

Rubber Band Technique: Wrap rubber bands around a hard boiled egg and dip into a dye until the egg reaches the desired color. Remove the egg from the dye and carefully remove the rubber bands. You can get really creative with these by dyeing the eggs with a base color and then wrapping it in rubber bands and dyeing again. You can also make crazy patterns or even stylish plaid patterns.

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Masking Technique: Adhere sticker shapes, letters, or designs to the hard boiled egg and then dip into the dye. Wherever you adhere the stickers, the egg will not be dyed. Cut out your own shapes from masking tape or scotch tape. Use stickers, sticky foam shapes and letters, whatever you have. Be careful using regular paper stickers though because they will disintegrate in the dye and leave behind a sticky residue.

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Botanical Print Technique: Lay a leaf on an egg, then cover it with pantyhose to hold it in place. Secure the pantyhose tightly to the egg with a rubber band. Put the pantyhose wrapped egg into the dye and allow to soak until it reaches the desired color. Remove the egg from the dye and very carefully remove the rubber band, nylon, and leaf.

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For instructions on how to hard boil the perfect egg, click HERE.

Easter Craft Idea: Turn Plastic Easter Eggs into Cute Animals

A cute way of repurposing plastic Easter eggs is to make cute little animals out of them. These are adorable filled with treats and tucked into an Easter basket! This is also a fun craft to do with kids.

What You’ll Need:
Plastic Easter Eggs
Glue Sticks and Hot Glue Gun
Felt
Cardboard Circles
Black Sharpie
Scissors
Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, pom poms, buttons, etc.

Making the animals is really pretty simple. You’ll want to use the wider part of the egg as the lower half of the animals body. For the animal to stand upright, you can glue a piece of cardboard to the bottom. I used these cardboard circles.

Then, get creative. Use felt, buttons, cardstock or whatever you have on hand to make the animal parts. Use pipe cleaners and pom poms as tails.

There are lots of animals that can be made using the plastic Easter eggs. Make pigs, chickens, ducks, birds, owls, cows, frogs, bunnies, and more.

Easy and Cute! Cupcakes Perfect for Spring {Tutorial}

(repost from 2012) I made the cutest cupcakes for Easter a few weeks ago and I’ve been dying to share them with you. They are simple chocolate cupcakes decorated with a carrot on top. These are also perfect for any Spring party or as a fun way to celebrate the arrival of Spring with kids. Aren’t they adorable?! Believe it or not, they are also super simple to make!

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To start, you will need to bake chocolate cupcakes and frost them with chocolate frosting…

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Once your cupcakes are frosted, roll them in crushed chocolate cookie crumbs. I used chocolate graham crackers.

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It will look like this…

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See, it looks like dirt. Cute, right?

Then, the magic begins. The secret is Starbursts.

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Unwrap an orange Starburst and roll it through your fingertips until it is pliable…

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Then, mold it into a carrot shape…

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Using a sharp knife, make indentations into the carrot simulating the ridges of a carrot…

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Rub cinnamon all over the carrot so it looks like it has been plucked right from the garden…

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Finally, open up a green Starburst and cut it into little pieces. Mold each little piece into the carrot stems…

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Set the carrot on top of the cupcake and place the stem pieces behind the carrot top using a tiny bit of frosting or you can prick holes into the top of the carrot and insert the stem pieces into the holes…

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The idea for these cupcakes came from a super cute book Mike bought for me last Christmas called Hello, Cupcake. Enjoy!