Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chocolate Easter Bunnies

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I’ve been playing today. Just having a little fun with some candy molds.
Bunnies, ducks, lambs and eggs and all on one mold. Too cute.

The molds on this sheet are the perfect size for cupcake toppers and you could even attach them on top of cake pops.

I didn’t use it for either of those reasons though.

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But, I did make chocolate bunnies with pink bellies

And even though cupcake bunny toppers would have been pretty adorable, I decided to get a little crafty with these creatures.

I know it’s last minute for this kind of project, but I had this idea and just had to get it out of my head and see if I could make it work before Easter passed.

Can you guess what I used the bunnies for?

It’s miniature.

As in tiny.

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Mini Chocolate Easter Bunnies. In boxes!

Squeal.

I had the most fun making these. Sometimes you just have to play, you know.

I’ll show you how to make the boxes, but first let’s make some bunnies.

They are easy breezy.

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Candy mold. Toothpicks. Melted candy coating.

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Dot blue for eyes and pink for noses, bellies and ears. Or fill the inside of the mold with any color you like for details.

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Turn it over and you can get a better idea if you stayed within the lines or need to tweak anything. If you get outside the lines, use a clean toothpick to scrape the candy off.

I also thought about turning his belly into an easter egg, but that small of a space was hard for me to control the candy and still make a decent looking egg pattern.

So it’s pink bellies for the bunnies. And I like it.

Let the coating dry for a couple of minutes and then fill the mold cavity with melted chocolate candy coating.

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I used a spoon because I was too impatient to see how these would look. A squeeze bottle would be a better option if you have one. And if not, spoon away. Once filled, give it a little tap to flatten out the back and place in the freezer for a few minutes to set.

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Then they will pop or hop right out of the mold.

You can do this with any size mold. And there are endless designs and sizes to choose from.

So that’s it for the bunnies.

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Now for the boxes.

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I created a box design to fit the size of the bunny mold using a program called Adobe Illustrator and then printed it out on card stock.

I’ll give you the pdf if you’d like it. (See below. You could print it out larger and use it for other size bunnies, too.)

A ruler and an X-acto blade will make this go much quicker than using scissors.

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Cut out the boxes.

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Then score all the edges that fold. Just barely skim the blade over the lines and you will be able to bend the paper without it breaking apart.

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If you want to add a plastic front, cut out clear film the same size as the front and tape it to the inside.

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Put some double-sided tape on the white edge of the box so when you fold it up, it will attach.

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Cut out inserts from the pdf to place your bunny on and slide in the box.

To attach the bunny, dot on a little melted coating and gently rest the bunny on top. Let dry.

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Then slip the inserts into the boxes and close them up.

Cute! I hope you see why I couldn’t stand to wait until next year to make these.

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And just so you can see how tiny. I measured one in mini peanut butter cups for you.

If you want to play sometime too, here’s what you’ll need:

  • Candy mold – I found the one for this project at Cake Art, but google the mold number if you want to search for it (90-2114)
  • Candy coatings – chocolate and any other colors you like
  • Toothpicks – very handy
  • Bunny Box template – Download the pdf
  • Clear film – you can totally omit this and then you could reach through the front to pop the bunny off instead of opening the box to get him out. Either way -still cute. I found it at Hobby Lobby.
  • Heavyweight paper or card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • X-acto Blade
  • Ruler

Hope these little guys made you smile.

Are you playing or making anything fun this weekend?  Do tell.

Have a Happy Easter!

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Sheryl said...

You have always inspired me and you continue to WOW me. Thanks for the amazing, amazing inspiration! It’s very much appreciated!

April 8, 2012 11:04 PM
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Pam said...

Oh Angie! Your bunnies are the absolute cutest! It must be so much fun to be in your kitchen! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations with us all! You are truly an inspiration!
Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
P.s. any baking ideas for a bunch of girlfriends to do for a girls night in?

April 8, 2012 11:46 PM
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melva said...

These are so, so cute. You are simply amazing and an inspiration. Will have to do this next year:)

April 9, 2012 12:12 AM
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Making Vanilla said...

Great writeup. It makes it look simple.

April 9, 2012 01:08 AM
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Amy said...

Love, Love, Love~Too bad I didn’t see them until after Easter! Must do them next year! You are awesome!

April 9, 2012 11:14 AM
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Lorraine said...

So cute too late for this year –there’s always next year!! So cute.

April 9, 2012 11:18 AM
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verO said...

Lovely bunnies !
Happy Easter to you from Switzerland !
verO

April 9, 2012 01:37 PM
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Lauren said...

Bakerella – Can you help us in finding out from Amy IF/When the winners have been announced? So many people have posted on her Facebook wall asking and no reply.. We are ALL eagerly on the edge of our seats..
Thank you :)

April 9, 2012 03:45 PM
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Laura S. said...

OMG! These are adorable!! You have the cutest ideas!!!

April 9, 2012 03:49 PM
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Sarah said...

So adorable – I need a pink-bellied bunny from Bakerella! Love the boxes – they look so professional that they could pass as something you would buy (only 10x cuter of course). Adore this idea!

April 9, 2012 04:14 PM
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maddie said...

soooooooooooo cute!!!!!

April 9, 2012 06:54 PM
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Kendra @ Cooking with Kendra said...

Absolutely love these, although I would never have the patience! /bows at your feet

April 10, 2012 01:07 AM
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sheilah said...

Bakerella,

I think you should be teaching graphic design/art. I’m in awe of your creative skills. And you are so fun.

April 10, 2012 02:07 AM
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Stacey said...

Such a good idea! Love the box idea! Good work

April 10, 2012 04:07 AM
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Ally said...

I’ve only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks (I’m new!) but I love it!!!

I will most definitely try these bunnies next year!

April 10, 2012 10:35 AM
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FestivePartyGirl said...

These are so adorable. I’ve always been intimidated to try multi-colored chocolates but this tutorial really makes it look much simpler than I thought. Thanks for sharing.

April 10, 2012 11:13 AM
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Sandra said...

Hi,

oh they are so sweet!!! I love it!!

April 10, 2012 02:35 PM
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Amy G. said...

I want to be you. Is that weird? These are DARLING!!

April 10, 2012 02:51 PM
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Anne said...

So cute! s2

April 11, 2012 09:15 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

That is a super cute project. Love it to pieces!

April 11, 2012 03:36 PM
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rainey said...

This is soooo cute!

I’ve already gotten the mold to put aside for next year.

Any chance you could modify the size of the box for the lambs and ducks? Pretty please!

April 11, 2012 10:37 PM
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Annie Helfrich said...

They are so cute and yummy! Children will love to have and to eat a bunch of those candies.

April 12, 2012 02:30 AM
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Kate Vuaran said...

Could that be any cuter! thank you so much for sharing all your amazing creations.

April 12, 2012 03:49 AM
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jennifer said...

These are so cute! Thanks for sharing the Pdf. Nothing super cute on our front this Easter except for Peeptinis.

April 12, 2012 09:41 PM
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isa said...

Does candy coating taste like normal chocolate?

April 13, 2012 01:21 PM
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Zarah said...

Insanely cute idea! I absolutely love it! :)

April 13, 2012 06:04 PM
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Trinity said...

These are AWESOME.

April 14, 2012 03:46 PM
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Kaili said...

This weekend was my first experience with candy coating, and it didn’t go very well for a small number of reasons- on of them being that it was too thick. How can I make it more thin?

April 14, 2012 10:08 PM
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Eftychia said...

So cute!! Very nicely done!

April 15, 2012 04:13 AM
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Johanna said...

I used to make those all the time…SO CUTE!

April 15, 2012 07:07 PM
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Catalina @ Cake with Love said...

These are unbelievably cute!

April 15, 2012 11:18 PM
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Diana said...

I absolutely LOVE all of your stuff! You are so creative!!

April 17, 2012 10:32 AM
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Karen said...

OMGOOOOOOODNESS!!! These are so cute I want to scream!!! Love love love em!!!

April 18, 2012 12:11 AM
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kai said...

How do you make he box in Adobe?

April 23, 2012 09:40 AM
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Dana said...

Love your May 2 email/post! I would pick the milk + cookies book first as this would be a start with a “basic” type of delicious book. Then move onto something a little more “out of the box”.

May 2, 2012 12:21 PM
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paula woodiwiss said...

wow!! i love these, and i love love love the presentation box… i have gratefully taken the Easter PDF design, but was wondering if you could be so kind as to pop a plain one up that doesn’t say ‘Happy Easter’ – i’ve missed that boat this year, but have a million other ideas for uses for these little cuties throughout the year!

May 3, 2012 07:48 AM
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Theresa said...

OMG those chocolate bunnies are so adorable. You are so creative:)
I’ve just bookmarked your site!!!

May 3, 2012 07:07 PM
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Jo said...

Hey for all you chocolateers, an idea for YOU!
For melting chocolate and putting them into molds…
A cheap way for cute, fun shapes is using silicone ice molds. They work amazing and you can find them cheap at most places… even at a dollar store!

May 5, 2012 04:06 PM
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edwin said...

love the bunnies

March 20, 2013 05:58 PM
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Lia said...

Just curious– do you ever use real chocolate? I know it’s a pain to temper and all, but I personally just can’t get behind “chocolate flavored candy product” because of the flavor, the overly modified oils (or trans fats), and the mouthfeel. I’d love to use this recipe, but can’t get over the fact that the “chocolate” bunnies aren’t actually chocolate. It loses me on some of the other recipes too.

March 30, 2013 11:41 AM
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raylin said...

that is the cuitest thing ive ever seen and even though im 12 i still do a lot of cooking for my family and i think that this would be an easy and fun thing to do with my mom and little brother!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):)(:(:( :D:D:D:D :P

December 3, 2014 01:05 PM
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