Friday, March 29, 2013

Bunny Bottom Cupcakes

 Ethan wanted to make a Easter treat to take to school and this is what he decided on.  I knew it wasn't going to be simple so I had him help me.  I love our time in the kitchen together.
 I copied these from this website.  We did ours a little different.  I didn't want to make carrots out of fondant.  I don't like to color the stuff and I didn't want to make a thousand of them.  In the end Ethan was happy with how they turned out.
Here is the recipe for the marshmallow fondant which I thought was super easy to make.

Marshmallow Fondant

  • 4 cups Loosely Packed Mini Marshmallows
  • 2 Tablespoons Water
  • 4 cups Powdered Sugar, Plus Additional For Dusting
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Shortening

To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute on high; stir until marshmallows are melted and blended.
Place confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture in the bowl. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture with a shortening-greased wooden spoon. Place shortening nearby your workspace so you can reach into it with fingers.
Grease hands and counter generously. Dust counter with extra powdered sugar.
Turn marshmallow mixture onto counter; it will be sticky. Knead like you would dough, until fondant pulls into a firm, smooth ball, that can stretch with no tearing. Add enough confectioners’ sugar in between to avoid sticking. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, add 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time. *Being in the South I didn't have to add any extra water or sugar. It was perfect.
Always cover fondant with plastic wrap. Any unused fondant can be stored in double plastic wrap so it does not dry and crack.

We started by rolling out balls to make the bum of the bunny.  Then we made the little feet shapes. Ethan was impressive.  We even got Jared to help us with a few feet since 40 of these suckers seemed overwhelming. I used left over pink frosting to make the pads.  I wasn't about to cut all that  out in fondant. We then made the bunny tail by rolling out the ball and used scissors to add texture.  I used melted chocolate to glue everything together.
Carrots- all you need is scissors (with shortening on the blades), fruit slices, and sugar to add to the cut sides of the slice (it makes it a lot less sticky.)
Ethan wanted to add Easter eggs (jelly beans) to this carrot patch.
We also added crushed oreos under our bunny to give it the effect of him digging underground.
Although it took us 2 days we had a lot of fun and he said his friends loved them!

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