Easter is just around the corner and about the time I came up with the idea for the Carrot Cake Pops, I also had this idea to make Bunny Tail Cake Balls.
I know my kids would love a project like this and I figure other kids will too! Not a cake decorator? You can still do this! I give tips throughout on how to do it without any special equipment or cake decorating tools!!
I actually wanted to call them Bunny Bottom Cake balls, but by popular demand, it seemed "tails" was more popular!
So... here you go:
How to Make Bunny Tail Cake Balls
To get started, here's what you'll need:
- Cake Balls, about 1.5", slightly chilled. (see how I make cake pops here... just skip the sticks or pull them off the sticks once they set)
- Mini Marshmallows
- Melted White Candy Melts or Almond Bark (or white chocolate)
- Wax paper (not pictured)
- White non-pariels (tiny white sprinkles)
- Small Paint Brush
- Fork or Dipping Tools (not pictured)
- White fondant or modeling chocolate
- Miniature Oval Cutter (from this set: Miniature Cutters) *You could make do without this - using small circle cutters or rolling out small balls and flattening them to a round or oval shape!
- Pink icing in a bag with small round tip (I royal icing and a #2 round tip)
- Also pictured is a gum paste tool (I'm not sure I used) and a Boo-Boo stick - LOVE those things!
- Shredded Coconut (or edible candy grass and you can skip the coconut!)
- Green Food Coloring
- Baking Cups or Cupcake Liners (I love these Wilton Ruffled Cupcake Liners for this project!)
Start by chilling your cake balls and melting your white chocolate. You don't want the cake balls cold all the way through (that leads to cracking), but put them in the freezer for at least 5 mins or the frig for 10 mins or so.
Not sure how to make cake balls? Check out my how to make cake pops tutorial here. Just don't put them on sticks for the bunny bottoms!
Dip the cake balls in melted white chocolate and set them out on wax paper to harden. I like to do these with a fork... the bottoms don't have to be pretty because they'll be hidden later!
Take a miniature marshmallow and dip it in half way white chocolate.
Dip the marshmallow in the white sprinkles.
Place a dot of white chocolate near the top center of the cake ball (I used a boo-boo stick for that) and attach the tail. You could also do this with a toothpick or a butter knife.
Let these dry for a few minutes.
While those are drying, roll out some fondant (I used homemade marshmallow fondant) or modeling chocolate and cut out tiny ovals - two for each cake ball! I mentioned this above, but I'll say it again... You could make do without the small oval cutters - using small circle cutters or rolling out small balls and flattening them to a round or oval shape!
Attach the feet with a dot of white chocolate.
Pipe on the pads of the feet and tiny toes. You can buy tubes of pink icing already made at craft stores or at Walmart (like this Wilton decorating icing). Or mix some pink into canned frosting, put it in a ziploc bag, cut off a tiny corner and use it for piping.
If you're using royal icing like me, let them dry for at least 30 minutes. If you're using buttercream - you don't have to be so careful!
Here are a bunch of the Bunny Tail Cake Balls all drying...
Mix some coconut and a couple of drops of green food coloring in a small bowl to make "grass". If you hate coconut - around Easter you can buy edible candy grass at Walmart, in grocery stores, or online at Amazon here.
Paint some more melted chocolate on the bottom of each cake ball...
... and dip the cake balls in the green coconut.
Or you could skip that step and just place some green coconut in the bottom of your cupcake liner.
And you're done!!
Well, except for eating them... yum-yum!!
Did I miss anything? Do you have any questions about making these sweet little Bunny Tail Cake Balls? I'd love to hear if you make some for Easter!