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Easy Easter Dessert Idea: “Bunny in the Hole” Cake Donuts – Such a cute and creative recipe idea to make instead of the cupcakes and cookies!
Spring is my Jam:
When I was out and about doing my weekly grocery shopping at Walmart the other day, I couldn’t help but head in to the seasonal isle and shop for colored candies and treats for Easter. The minute I see that isle decked out, I know Spring is coming, and I go completely overboard with stocking up. When I got home, I wanted to use some of the “goodies,” to create an Easter related dessert for you all, to give you an idea of something fun to create this year.
I’m smitten with these little Easter treats, not only because they’re super cute, but because they’re so easy to make! I always adore seeing those fun treat videos on Facebook, but most of the time I’m left with a feeing of, “Well that’s too complicated.” So when a dessert can be created easily, AND turn out cute… it’s an automatic favorite.
Easy Easter Dessert Idea: “Bunny in the Hole” Cake Donuts
First, you can’t go wrong with chocolate cake. (I’ll go ahead and admit right now that I ate a few of these for breakfast the next morning. Because wait until you see what I put inside them.)
Full recipe below, but let me walk you through with photos in case you’re a “visual,” like myself…
Right? For a little extra “hidden,” fun, I used the M&M’S® Milk Chocolate, and M&M’S® White Chocolate (New & WM exclusive) in the chocolate cake donuts. (Just wait until the end when you see the goodness of what this looks like when bit in to!)
While the M&M® cake donuts are baking, it’s a great time to assemble the little bunnies and create your “grass,” out of green food coloring and coconut. (NOTE: Wait to color your coconut and icing, until your bunnies are assembled.)
The “pink,” Starburst® Jelly Beans turned out to be the PERFECT shade, and shape to create the “feet,” for our little bunny.
Full recipe & tutorial below, but I’ll go ahead and fill you in here too.
• You’ll want to use a little white frosting and coconut before coloring it green, to coat the little marshmallows, and to secure the jelly beans and marshmallows.
• Using a thin layer of frosting, cover part or most of the small marshmallows with frosting, and then dip in to the white coconut. (This will give the marshmallow more of a “bunny tail,” look. Not necessary, but super cute, don’t you think?)
• Pressing down on two other miniature marshmallows, secure a pink Jelly Bean to each, using the white frosting.
• Secure the “bunny tail,” to the end of a big marshmallow. Set bunny pieces aside, and allow donuts to finish baking/cooling before assembling.
While the donuts are baking, and you’re finished creating your “bunnies,” you can now dye your coconut and left over frosting, with the green food coloring.
This is when I have to test my patience, and refrain from eating this entire pan.
Allow the donuts to completely cool, so the frosting will not melt when applied.
- 1 box chocolate cake mix, mixed according to package directions
- 1/4 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate
- 1/4 cup M&M’S® White Chocolate (New & WM exclusive)
- 12 pink Starburst® Jelly Beans
- 1 16 oz. container of white frosting
- 1 bag shredded, sweetened coconut, divided
- Green Food Coloring
- 12 large marshmallows
- 36 small marshmallows
- Preheat oven to 350
- Prepare cake mix according to package directions
- Spray nonstick cooking spray in to donut pan.
- Sprinkle portion of M&M'S® Milk Chocolate and M&M'S® White Chocolate (New & WM exclusive), in to batter, reserving the remainder for the additional donuts to bake if applicable.
- Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and place donuts on cooling rack.
- While cake donuts are cooling, arrange bunnies.
- Take the pink Starburst® Jelly Beans, secure one to 24 small marshmallows, using frosting as the "glue."
- Next, with the remaining 12 small marshamallow, spread a thin layer of frosting on them, and dip in to coconut flakes to create a "fuzzy" bunny tail.
- Then secure the "bunny tail's," to the large marshmallows. Set "bunnies," aside.
- Tint the remaining coconut and frosting with the green food coloring.
- Once donuts have cooled, spread green frosting on top of each donut. (Leaving a little to use to secure the bunny feet to the donut.)
- Sprinkle green coconut on top of frosting, gently pressing down to secure the "grass."
- Using a dab of frosting, secure the bunny "feet"to the grass.
- Place large marshmallow/bunny tail in the hole of the donut.
Didn’t those turn out so stinking cute? I just love easy ways to make a little something for holiday’s.
I so hope you enjoy this dessert idea for Easter! Remember, if it’s not easy, I’m not making it. So you can always count on easy recipes around here!
Also, when shopping for goodies this year, remember that Walmart is the go-to Easter destination this spring. The whole isle gets me every time!
Have fun shopping this Spring, and visit MyConfectionCorner.com for more ideas!
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