Easter Bunny Cupcakes {Dairy-Free & Egg-Free}



Are you stressed about how to celebrate Easter with food allergies?  We were, too.  

When Miles was three, I didn't want to give him a bunch of candy that I wasn't sure was safe. So instead we made these adorable little bunny cupcakes with our safe vanilla cake recipe.  

Here's how we did it.


BUNNY FEATURES:

Ears:  Large marshmallows, cut in half.  Taper at ends with fingers.  Sprinkle pink sugar on the sticky "inside".  

Eyes:  Enjoy Life Mini Chocolate Chips

Nose:  Surf Sweets Jelly Beans

Puffy Cheeks:  Mini Marshmallows


DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE VANILLA CAKE

This is a basic ingredient recipe that is also dairy and egg free!  It's yummy and moist and tastes like "normal" cake!   

This is also known as 4-H cake, depression cake, crazy cake, and wacky cake in other circles.

This recipe is for 12 cupcakes, a 9x9 cake, or an 8x8 cake.

Double the ingredients for 24 cupcakes, a double layer round cake, or 9x13" cake.

Heat oven to 350.

Grease pan(s) with an allergy safe food if you are making this for someone with food allergies. We have luck with most Pam sprays and dairy-free margarine works, too.

1 3/4 cups flour
1 c sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vinegar
2 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup oil
1 c cold water

Combine ingredients by hand or with a mixer.  We use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer because it gets out all the flour lumps well.  Pour batter into greased pan or muffin cups. 

Bake in oven until done, when cake springs back to the touch or a toothpick comes out clean. Time varies on the pan you use, 15 to 30 minutes possibly.




DAIRY-FREE & EGG-FREE HOMEMADE FROSTING

1/4 cup chilled dairy-free margarine
1/4 cup chilled shortening
1-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix chilled margarine and chilled shortening with a mixer, in a chilled bowl.  Add vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar.  Put in frig to chill before icing, if necessary.  

You can make this soy-free by using soy-free margarine like Earth Balance.  They make a soy margarine, too, so make sure you get the right one.


DAIRY-FREE STORE-BOUGHT FROSTING

If you want frosting from a tub, Pillsbury Creamy Supreme has been dairy-free but does contain soy.  It comes in flavors of Chocolate Fudge, Classic White, and Cream Cheese.  Be sure to check labels because ingredients can change!







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