free printable: bunny cake topper

so if you've scrolled through instagram recently, you'll have noticed that the unicorn cake trend has been given the easter makeover - cue the bunny cake which is totally a thing now. now don't get me wrong i'm living for it, seriously they're way too cute to handle but if you're not a regular cake decorator you probably won't have the patience to pre make a bunch of fondant decorations and seven shades of frosting to swirl on top. or maybe you do, in which case you go girl! but maybe, just maybe you're more like me - loving the trend but trying to find an easier way to make an easter cake that's still equally as cute.

if that's you, then i got you! now before it gets out that we just can't be bothered going to all the effort, the official story that we're running with is that we're aiming for a more minimalist look. 😜 I know right, insta is totally going to buy it! so now that there's no excuses, it's time to sprinkle a little cute on your easter cake - hop to it! (pun intended. yep, i'm really that lame! haha)


bunny ears easter cake

so it's simple really...

you will need | 6inch round cake, printable bunny cake topper, light cardstock, scissors, toothpicks, hot melt glue + gun, pink gumball

step one | grab the cake topper template above and print that guy out on some light cardstock

step two | whizz around the edges with some scissors.

step three | next you'll want to stick some toothpicks on those perky little ears and the easiest way is a little dab of hot glue.

step four | then all you've got to do is whack them in the top of your cake and press on your gumball nose.

optional | you can press shredded coconut (dyed the same colour as your cake) into the buttercream to add extra dimension and make the bunny appear ‘fluffier’.

note | if the bunny ears come in direct contact with the cake the cardstock will be affected by the buttercream.


if you use these little ears on your easter cake i'd love to see it, share it with me on social media by using the hashtag #mrtimothyjames

do you ever find yourself trying to cut the corners? also why does chocolate always taste better at easter? tell me all of the things in the comments below!

hoppy easter, love timothy x

malt-easter cupcakes

malteaser cupcakes. i don't think i really need to explain why i thought that this would be a good idea, so i'll let the recipe speak for itself. deliciously moist vanilla malt cupcake base contrasted with fluffy buttercream loaded with malteasers and topped with even more chocolate - it's just a winner. I've been making malteaser cupcakes at easter time for the past few years because like a normal human being i'm obsessed with the malt-easter bunnies. but each time i've made them, while they look like a milllion bucks, i've never quite been able to nail the cupcake base. It's always been, too chocolatey or too subtle in flavour or too dry, so when i finally nailed the recipe I just knew that i had to share it with you. 

I wish i could bake each and every one of you a malteaster cupcake but i don't think they'd make it out the front door - they're seriously too good to share. so you're going to have to make them for yourself, i promise you won't be disappointed.

the recipe

recipe makes 12 cupcakes

cupcakes

preheat the oven to 180oC / 160oC fan-forced. in the bowl of an electric mixer, add the flour, sugar, horlicks, bi-carb and butter – mix on low to combine. in a separate bowl or measuring jug, combine the milk, eggs and vanilla extract. add the wet ingredients to the bowl slowly, while incorporating on a low speed. once the batter is just combined, scrape down the bowl and beat on high for 20 seconds. use an icecream scoop to divide the batter between 12 cupcake cups or liners filling each one two-thirds full. bake the cupcakes for 20-25 minutes. cool completely before frosting.

 

frosting

in the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. add the icing sugar gradually, mixing on a low speed until all combined. at this stage the frosting should be quite thick, add 3-4 tablespoons of milk to achieve a pipeable consistency. if using, add the food colouring and then fold through the crushed malteasers. pipe or spread the frosting onto the cupcakes and serve. if desired, top the cupcakes with malteaser malt-easter bunnies and mini eggs.

i'd love to see your creations, if you make these delicious cupcakes share them with me by using  the hashtag #mrtimothyjames on social media.

what's your fav easter choccy? ever made a batch of cupcakes and eaten them all yourself?(no, me either 😜) tell me all of the things in the comments below!

love and cupcakes timothy xx