Meet the Sullivans: Bunny Cones [Recipe] and a Little Egg Hunt

April 14, 2014

Bunny Cones [Recipe] and a Little Egg Hunt

Sometime last month Owen and I were sitting at the kitchen counter together. He was coloring on some of my note paper with some crayons, and I was making my grocery list for a quick trip to the store. Sitting there at the top of a pile of mail was the April issue of Family Circle magazine with a picture of some of the cutest bunny, nest, egg and chick Easter treats you've ever seen.

The magazine's bright cover must have really caught Owen's eye, because for the first time he saw something he wanted me to make for him and asked me to. He pointed to the cute little bunny cupcakes in the ice cream cones and said "Mommy? I want doe's! You make doe's, mommy?". Although I wasn't sure anyone of us would eat them I knew I had to make them for my boy. Afterall, this is just the beginning of what I anticipate being many kitchen requests made by Owen. 

1 box funfetti cake mix
3 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 box wafer ice cream cones
2 cans white frosting
1 1/2 cups assorted m&ms
1 package Wilton small candy eyeballs
24 small pink candy beads or flowers
23 marshmallows
pink sparkling sugar

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Prepare cake mix with eggs, oil and 1 cup water as per package directions. Transfer to a large resealable plastic bag.

2. Coat 2 mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray. Fill each cup almost to top. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes. Remove cakes from pan, re-coat, re-fill and bake a second batch. Cool cakes.

3. Trim cakes level. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag. Snip tip to create a 1/4-inch opening. Pour 1 tbsp jelly beans or M&Ms into bottom of each cone (see Note). Place 1 cake into an ice cream cone, pressing lightly to fit. Squeeze a little frosting onto cake in cone and place another cake, trimmed side down, into cone. Repeat with all jelly beans or M&Ms, cakes and cones.

4. Pipe or spread frosting onto cakes to cover. Add eyes and pink beads for noses.

5. Cut marshmallows in half diagonally and dip cut edges into sparkling sugar. Press into bunnies (to resemble ears).

***Note: The candies in the bottom of each cone are not just for fun; they help keep the bunnies from tipping over.

And while we waited the 16 minutes or so for the mini cupcakes to cook, and then 10 minutes to cool, we had a little egg hunt around the house to practice for Easter Sunday. Owen's never really done an egg hunt before. We tried last year, but he just wasn't into it yet. This year he's into everything and seems to kind of get it, so he loved this! While he was napping I had filled 6 eggs: 2 had some quarters, one egg had m&ms and the rest all had cheddar bunnies. I "hid" them in plain sight so they were easy for him to find. He loved the excitement of finding them and then looking for more, but he really liked opening them up and seeing what was inside. He was obviously most in love with the egg that housed the m&ms. He held it like it was the most precious thing in the world and savored each little candy. Toddlers really know how to appreciate the little things! I wish I enjoyed something so small just half as much as he does! He must have thought this was the coolest thing ever, because afterward he said "thank you mommy!"


the girl in the red shoes said...

Awww you are such a sweet mommy to make those cupcakes for Owen! Did he like them? And I love the idea of practicing for the egg hunt...we might have to do that this week!

Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

Adorable little cupcake cones!!!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

How fun! Love that Owen asked you to make them. Liam helped me with cupcakes for the 1st time today. I hope he loves to bake as much as I do!

hello erin said...

Ok. Those are the cutest!! Owen has a good eye (and taste) that's for sure! I LOVE them!

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

Oh those are cute! And, what a sweet request - I love it. Hooray for hunting eggs too. We plan on having a hunt, but I'm sure it will be more like daddy finding the eggs. Still fun =)

Christina @ Still Lucky said...

So, so sweet!! I love the last picture, he is SO adorable. What a fun day you both had!

E Hayes said...

so cute!

Whitney said...

He is the cutest little thing with his eggs! :)

Samma said...

We should have practiced- it took DH a while to figure it out. Darling cupcakes and darling boy!

Jenny @ said...

You are so creative! What a darling idea for cupcakes.

Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

I love this! I love how intent he looks at the one he is opening with the cheddar bunnies too! He's going to be so excited on Sunday!

Kelsey Eaton said...

oh my gosh these are so cute! such a great idea.

Unknown said...

so sweet!!

cynthia said...

We have those green checked bunny ears. SO CUTE! Can't wait to get some pics if my boy will hold still! I don't think he is going to understand about egg hunting this year (almost 11 months) but we are going to give it a try still. Good practice for future Easters!