Easy Easter Bunny Whoopie Pies
Adorable and Tasty, Yet Oh-So-Easy!
I was looking for ideas for a super easy but totally cute dish to make for Easter, taking into consideration that I would be making it in between caring for a toddler and a one-month-old. I came across a few recipes for Whoopie Pies, including one from the Betty Crocker website, which inspired my version.
However, instead of making traditional whoopie pies with fluffy filling, I decided to take this cake-like cookie and dunk it in melted frosting. This made them easy to eat, and I liked the juxtaposition of the thick, soft "whoopie pie" with the thin, crunchy, flavorful coating of icing.
The details of the eyes and ears were simply drawn on with melted chocolate. Throw them onto a dish sprinkled with jelly beans or place them in an Easter basket for an adorable presentation!
Choices, Choices ...
You can use just about any flavor combination you can think of, so you might as well have fun with it. Maybe try carrot cake since it's rabbit themed? But whatever you choose, make sure the cake and icing flavors combine well. I made two batches, which gave the finished platter more variety then if I had only used one.
I made two pretty different, but color coordinating, flavors of bunnies and, honestly, I liked them both. For the first, I used strawberry cake mix for a pink cookie and dipped them in a melted chocolate fudge frosting. I used white candy melts to draw on the ears and eyes.
Then I used a chocolate cake mix for the second cookie, which was dipped in a vanilla icing dyed pink. I used dark cocoa candy melts to draw on the details, because I had them on hand from another project, but you could easily use chocolate chips instead.
Drawing on the eyes and ears is easy. You could get much more detailed, but I'm a fan of simplicity. Just melt the candy or chocolate right in a plastic resealable bag (at half power), then clip a very small hole in one corner to squeeze out your design.
Wilton 12 Cavity Bunny Whoopie Pie Pan
This is the pan I used to make the recipe. It makes a adorable, bunny shaped whoopie pies, or you could use it to make cookies and mini cakes or as a mold for chocolate or JELL-O. It's very versatile and very cute! There are no mirror images of the bunnies, however, so to make sandwich cookies, like whoopie pies, you need to stack one on top of the other instead of facing the bottoms together. Or you could just do what I did, which is serve them as individual bunny treats.
Other Options for Easter Shaped Whoopie Pies
Traditional round shape for Whoopie Pies.
Mold designs include decorated eggs, Easter baskets, bunnies, ladybugs, flowers, a lamb and a watering can.
Six large, adorable bunny faces.
A dozen Easter eggs with a variety of "decorations," from flowers to butterflies to bunnies.
Designs include two decorated Easter eggs, two bunnies and two bunny faces.
- 1 box cake mix
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 2 eggs that have been lightly beaten
- 1 container of cake frosting
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips or candy melts (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350Â°F and grease the pan. (I use a spray with flour.) Beat the cake mix, butter and eggs on medium speed until combined. It will be thick. Scoop into prepared pan, using spoon to push batter into the crevices. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until they're set. Cool for 10 or 15 minutes before removing from pan. Cool completely on a cookie sheet.
- Scoop frosting into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave it on half power for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until it's a smooth but thick liquid, similar to pancake batter. If desired, mix in some icing color. Dip the cooled whoopie pies in the melted frosting. Let dry on waxed paper. If desired, decorate with melted chocolate.
The Finished Bunnies!
Want an easy but amazing display? Put the bunnies on a plate of "grass" made with shaved coconut dyed green by mixing the coconut in a baggie with a little green liquid food color. Then sprinkle some colorful jelly beans or mini plastic eggs around the bunnies.
Pillsbury Funfetti Whoopie Pie Kit
Get four boxes of this easy whoopie pie kit! Each box makes a dozen chocolate pies with vanilla filling. Great for the novice baker!
Looking For a More Traditional Whoopie Pie Recipe? - Try one of these great cookbooks!
Recipe Resources for Whoopie Pies - Lots of yummy ideas to try!
A chocolate cake with marshmallow filling.
A chocolate cake with salty peanut butter filling.
- Martha Stewart
A banana cake with cream cheese filling.
A zucchini cake with cream cheese filling.
Strawberry cake with strawberry filling.
- Food Network
Red velvet cake with cream cheese filling.
Coconut cake and filling.
- King Arthur Flour
Vanilla cake and vanilla filling with berries.
Gingerbread cake with lemon cream filling.