This post is sponsored by Spotlight
I don’t want to alarm you, but Easter is only a little over three weeks away – yep I know! While there is no denying I love to make lots of chocolate treats this time of year, sometimes I need a break from all the chocolate (yep I can’t believe I just wrote that either!) and have some fun putting together other types of sweet treats. The lovely team from Spotlight recently sent me a few new products from the Wilton cake decorating range to have a play with, and I couldn’t resist using them to make these adorable Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes.
Spotlight will soon be stocking three great new products from Wilton, the Colour Swirl 3 -Colour Coupler (available in store now) which allows you to seamlessly blend 2 -3 coloured icings as your pipe, the Treatology Flavour System (available from the 10th of March) to help you infuse amazing flavours (think Salted Caramel, Toasted Coconut and Crisp Champagne!) into your food and drinks and the Colour Right Performance Colour System Pack (available from the 31st of March) to help you achieve a huge range of gorgeous colours every single time.
I decided to have some fun with the Treatology Flavour System and Colour Right Performance Colour System Pack to create some fun (and yummy!) Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes. As soon as I opened the Treatology Flavour System box, I was hit with a gorgeous smell which had me wanting to use them all! I settled on the Sweet Meyer Lemon flavour as I didn’t want the flavour of the cupcakes to be too overwhelming or sweet since these cupcakes were going to be topped with a thick buttercream icing and some sweets!
All we needed was one teaspoon of Sweet Meyer Lemon flavouring to get a gorgeous lemon cupcake. What I like about these flavour concentrates is that you can easily create something a little different whenever you like without having to purchase a whole heap of (often expensive) ingredients that you only need a small amount of.
The Colour Right Performance Colour System Pack is a game changer for me. There have been waaay too many times when I’ve had a particular colour in my mind for a cake or buttercream and after using practically a full bottle of colouring, it’s still no where near the colour that I want. The Colour Right Performance Colour System fixes this problem by providing you with a set of ultra concentrated unique base colours and a handy colour guide to ensure you get the colour you want, every single time – and best of all if you have misjudged your buttercream or fondant quantities (which I have done a couple of times!) and need to make extra, you can easily replicate the colour you are after – winning!
These Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes really are easy to make, even with a couple of little ‘helpers’ in the kitchen! I used my favourite cupcake recipe as the base, and added just a teaspoon of Sweet Meyer Lemon flavouring to the mixture to turn these into light and delicious Lemon Cupcakes.
Once the cupcakes had cooled, I put together the buttercream and split it into three portions to create different colours. You can use as many or as few colours as you like when it comes to icing these Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes, it’s completely up to you!
When decorating the Easter Bunny Cupcakes, I found cutting the marshmallows in half lengthways with a pair of kitchen scissors was the easiest way to achieve a clean cut to create the Easter Bunny Ears.
Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes
- 125 g of unsalted butter - softened
- ⅔ cup of caster sugar
- 1 ½ cups of self raising flour
- ½ milk
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of Sweet Meyer Lemon flavour concentrate
- For the icing/decorations
- 250 g of unsalted butter - softened
- 4 cups of icing sugar
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- Colour Right Performance Colour System Pack
- Piping bag with star nozzle tip
- White Chocolate Icing Writing Pack
- 12 marshmallows
- 24 blue smarties
- 12 pink smarties
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Place the softened butter, self raising flour, milk, Sweet Meyer Lemon concentrate, vanilla and eggs into a bowl and beat with electric beaters on a low sped for 2 minutes or until mixture is well combined.
- Increase the speed of the electric mixer and beat for a further two minutes until smooth and pale.
- Spoon the lemon cupcake mixture into the prepared muffin tin and bake for 20 minutes or until the lemon cupcakes are golden and cooked through when tested with a skewer.
- After 5 minutes, carefully transfer the lemon cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
- To Decorate.
- Sift the icing sugar into a small bowl and set aside until needed.
- In an electric mixer, beat the butter until it’s pale and creamy.
- With the mixer on a low speed, gradually add half of the icing sugar and vanilla essence and beat well until combined.
- Depending on how many icing colours you are after, divide you buttercream into portions and add the Colour Right Performance concentrate as per the packet instructions to achieve your desired colour and whisk to combine.
- Transfer your buttercream into a piping bag and pipe the top of a cooled cupcake.
- Cut a marshmallow in half for the Easter Bunny ‘ears’ and place on top of the cupcake, add two blue smarties (eyes), one pink smartie (nose) and use the white chocolate writing pen to create the whiskers. Repeat until all your Lemon Easter Bunny cupcakes are decorated.
Thermomix Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes Instructions
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a 12 hole muffin tin with paper cases.
- Place the flour, softened butter, sugar, Sweet Meyer Lemon concentrate, vanilla extract, milk and eggs into your Thermomix bowl. Mix for 15 seconds on speed 5 before scraping the sides and mixing for a further 15 seconds on speed 5 or until the mixture is pale and smooth.
- Place the mixture into your prepared cupcake tray and place in the oven to bake for 20 minutes or until the cakes begin to turn golden on top and are cooked through when tested with a skewer.
- Once cooked, carefully remove the trays from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for 5 minutes in the tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Follow the instructions from step 7 as above.
These Lemon Easter Bunny Cupcakes are a great Easter activity to make with the kids, and are also perfect for your Easter celebrations.
You can shop online with Spotlight or visit your nearest store to check out these great new Wilton products as well as the rest of their fun Easter range.
Jen @ Love Wednesday
Shut up so cute and the kitchen scissors for cutting the mellow ears is such a good tip. I might be off to Spotlight later to get me the Colour Swirl. SO FUN!!
Do it, it’s pretty awesome!
Karin @ Calm to Conniption
So cute! In my small amount of cake making experience, I have already hit the colour issues. I have fluked colour matching…but then I have not. I am going to check these out at Spotlight!
Yep, they are going to be a lifesaver for a lot of people I think!
These cupcakes look so cute Lauren. The girls LOVED eating theirs.
Thank you, I’m so glad they enjoyed them x
These are the cutest!!!!!
Totally Cravimg these now! Loving all things lemon at the moment. How cool is that icing swirl kit! You could have some fun with that! Xx
You sure could, I’ve got so many things I want to make with it!
Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers
I can never get colour right so this is great! I love lemon cupcakes too! Am going to share this on my round up post if ok with you?
Of course it’s ok, thank you x
Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
These cupcakes are just too cute, Lauren! 😀
Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
These are adorable – I love the look of those Wilton products, that Colour Performance Pack is going to be a game changer!
It sure is, I can NEVER match colours when I need to! Thanks lovely, they are a little cute and the boys loved them!
These are super cute Lauren and thank you for the Easter reminder, ahhhhh!!!!
I always make an Easter cake, so I better start organizing, always find the mini eggs sell out early! Love the idea of Lemon instead of Vanilla for a change. Jess x
Thanks so much Jess! Ooh you had better get started, there is nothing worse than running out of Easter Eggs!