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Recipes add bunny hop of zest to Easter


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  • Apr. 17, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Recipes add bunny hop of zest to Easter

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Easter bunny cake

Here is a collection of Easter-inspired recipes to create in the days leading up to the holiday.

Easter Bunny Cake

Ingredients:

Frosting:

  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • Pinch fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Bunny:

  • 2 baked 9-inch round cake layers (your favorite recipe or an 18.25-ounce boxed cake mix)
  • 1 1/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 2 store-bought biscotti
  • 1 tube pink decorating icing
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • 2 marshmallows
  • 1 white jelly bean, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pink jelly bean
  • 1 black licorice wheel, such as Haribo

Recipe:

  • For the frosting: Combine the sugar, butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl if using a hand-held electric mixer). Mix on low speed until mostly incorporated. Add the vanilla, increase the speed to medium high and mix until smooth. Adjust the consistency with milk until the frosting is easy to spread.
  • For the bunny: Spread a thin layer of frosting (about 2/3 cup) on the flat side of one cake layer and top with the flat side of the second cake layer. Measure 5 inches across the top of the cake and cut down through the layers, creating 2 layered pieces that are slightly different sizes.
  • Place the larger piece of cake, cut side down, on a large platter or cake board. If using a rectangular cake board, place the larger piece so that the long edges are parallel with the long edges of the board. This is the body of the bunny. Cut the smaller piece of cake in half crosswise, so you have two layered wedges. Place one wedge in front of the body, with one flat side on the board and the other flat side against the body. The curved side will be on top. Take a serrated knife and round off the sharp edges on top of the head. Cut the tip off (the nose) at a 45-degree angle. Reserve all scraps in a bowl.
  • Separate the layers of the remaining wedge of cake. These will be the back legs. Round the sharp edges of the cake wedges with your knife and add to the scrap bowl. Place one piece on each side of the bunny, with one flat side down and the other flat side facing forward (the round side towards the back of the bunny), about 1 inch from the end of the bunny's body.
  • Mix the cake scraps in the bowl with a fork until mashed and then pack into a ball with your hands. Place the ball behind the bunny's body and adhere with a dab of frosting. This is the bunny's tail.
  • Frost the entire bunny, tail and all, using two  to three cups of the frosting, keeping some definition with the bunny parts and frosting more generously around any sharp edges to give a rounded look to the bunny parts. Sprinkle the bunny with the coconut to fully cover. Gently pat to adhere.
  • Insert the biscotti between the head and body, pressing into the cake to secure them. These are the ears. Place the base of the ears close together at the center of the head and angle them out. Frost the front of each biscotti with some frosting. Then, using the pink decorating icing, frost a smaller strip in the center of each biscotti, going down to where the ears meet the head but not going all the way to the top.
  • To make the face, press a black jelly bean into each side of the head for the eyes. Cut one of the marshmallows into 3 circles, discard the middle piece and press the 2 end circles, cut-sides in, into the front of the face for the bunny cheeks. Push the white jelly bean halves into the face below the cheeks, round-sides out, for the teeth. Place the pink jelly bean above for the nose.
  • Unroll the licorice wheel and cut 2 pieces, each about 1 1/2 inches long. For each piece, peel the strips apart halfway down and then cut each separated strip in half lengthwise so you end up with a piece looking a bit like a broom. Repeat with the second piece of licorice. Tuck each piece, with a dab of frosting, behind a marshmallow cheek, with the cut ends facing out for the whiskers.
  • Cut the second marshmallow in half lengthwise. Make 3 slits in each half, going about halfway through (these are the toes), and place in front of the legs for the bunny's feet. Adhere the bottom of the feet with frosting if necessary.

(Recipe courtesy www.foodnetwork.com)

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Mini Egg Cupcakes

Ingredients:

For the cupcakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

For the frosting:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • Yellow, pink and blue food coloring

Recipe:

  • Make the cupcakes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 24-cup mini-muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about four minutes. Beat in the lemon zest. Beat in the whole egg, then the yolk, beating well after each addition; beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low and beat in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk. Beat on medium speed until combined.
  • Divide the batter among the mini-muffin cups, filling them two-thirds of the way. Bake until the cupcakes are golden and the tops spring back when pressed, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 10 minutes, then remove the cupcakes to the rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, make the frosting: Beat the butter, confectioners' sugar and salt in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until combined. Add the vanilla and beat on medium-high speed until creamy, about three minutes. Add the milk and beat until fluffy, about one more minute.
  • Divide the frosting among three small bowls. Tint one yellow, one pink and one blue with food coloring. Drop alternating spoonfuls of the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe the frosting in a swirl onto the cupcakes. Serve in a clean egg carton.

(Recipe courtesy www.foodnetwork.com)

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Carrot Cake

Ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter, for the pan
  • 12 ounces, approximately 2 1/2 cups, all-purpose flour, plus extra for pan
  • 12 ounces grated carrots, medium grate, approximately 6 medium
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces sugar, approximately 1 1/3 cups
  • 2 ounces dark brown sugar, approximately 1/4 cup firmly packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 ounces plain yogurt
  • 6 ounces vegetable oil
  • Cream Cheese Frosting

Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Butter and flour a 9-inch round and 3-inch deep cake pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Put the carrots into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Put the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in the bowl of a food processor and process for 5 seconds. Add this mixture to the carrots and toss until they are well-coated with the flour.
  • In the bowl of the food processor, combine the sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and yogurt.
  • With the processor still running drizzle in the vegetable oil. Pour this mixture into the carrot mixture and stir until just combined. Pour into the prepared cake pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for another 20 minutes or until the cake reaches 205 to 210 degrees F in the center.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and allow cake to cool 15 minutes in the pan. After 15 minutes, turn the cake out onto a rack and allow cake to cool completely. Frost with cream cheese frosting after cake has cooled completely.

(Recipe courtesy www.foodnetwork.com)