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Happy Thursday! Easter is almost upon us, so I’m dropping in to share one more recipe with you before the big day: this Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Cake!
This is a special kind of cake though… because it’s a no bake cake! It’s ridiculously simple to put together and decorate and will make the perfect centrepiece for your Easter table!
When I first started throwing around the idea of making a rice krispie cake, I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to decorate it because I just had soooo many ideas. It could have been a mini egg cake, completely covered in grass, covered in bunnies around the outside edge, with Creme Eggs…. so many options! Eventually I decided to head to my local Sainsbury’s and see what mini Easter treats they had before choosing exactly how to decorate the cake.
There was an entire standalone section with all kinds of Easter treats as well as having them dotted around the chocolate aisle. When I saw a bag of mini Malteser bunnies and I just knew I had to incorporate them into my cake.
At this stage, I decided that rather than decorating the entire cake in a certain way, like covering the whole cake in grass, or placing bunnies on the outer edge, I wanted to create more of a scene. Hence the patches of grass and piles of mini eggs. I created my own easter egg hunt with easter bunnies and it’s all edible!!
Now, to make this cake, you need an 8 inch springform pan, rice krispies, chocolate, butter, buttercream frosting, green food colouring, mini eggs and chocolate bunnies. That’s it!
I melted the chocolate and butter together, then poured it over the rice krispies before stirring until all the rice krispies were coated in the chocolate.
Next, you tip the mixture into a pan sprayed with cooking spray and press it into a compact, even layer. Leave it to set and then it’s time to go mad with decorations!
You can make your own buttercream or use store bought and then you just need a few drops of food colouring to make it grass coloured.
Then I fitted a piping bag with a Wilton 234 tip and began to pipe little areas of grass on the top of my cake. You can have as much or as little grass as you want and I decided to add little areas at the base of the cake too, to make it look a little more random.
The final step is to pile up Cadbury mini eggs in the grass and place a couple of bunnies in the grass to make them look like they are searching for eggs! There you have it, simple, quick and so fun for Easter!
I’d love to see your variations of this rice krispie cake, tag me on Instagram or Twitter (@anniesnomsblog on both) to show me what you’ve created!
Easter Bunny Rice Krispie Cake
- For the rice krispie cake:
- 5 cups (175g) rice krispies
- 10 oz (283g) milk chocolate
- 1/2 stick (56g) unsalted butter
- 5-7 mini Malteser bunnies
- 1/2 cup (105g) Cadbury mini eggs
- For the frosting:
- 1 stick (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups (180g) icing/powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- A few drops of green food colouring
- 1-2 tbsp milk
- Spray an 8 inch round spring form cake tin with cooking spray. I use Wilton Bake Easy.
- Place the rice krispies into a large bowl and leave to one side. Place the butter and chocolate, broken up into small pieces, into a medium sized heat proof bowl. Place in the microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between each one, until all the chocolate is melted.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the rice krispies and then stir until all the rice krispies are coated in chocolate.
- Tip the mixture into your prepared pan and press into an even layer. I used the base of a cup to make sure my layer was nice and flat.
- Leave to set for at least 30 minutes, preferably 45 minutes, before decorating.
- At this stage you can use store bought frosting or make your own. If you're using store bought, place into a medium sized bowl and add in a few drops of food colouring. Stir until the frosting is evenly green.
- If you're making your own as per my recipe: Place the butter into a medium sized bowl and sift the icing sugar into the bowl. Add in the vanilla and a few drops of food colouring (I used a gel colour, so needed a tiny amount).
- Begin to mix the frosting with a hand mixer on low speed, when the sugar starts to incorporate into the butter, turn the speed up until you have lumps of sugary butter. Add in milk, 1/2 tbsp at a time, mixing until you have a smooth, fluffy frosting that holds its shape, but is able to be piped.
- Fit a piping bag with a multi hole nozzle - I used the Wilton 234 tip, and half fill the bag with the frosting.
- Release the cake from the spring form pan and place a small dollop of frosting into the centre of a plate/cake stand. Place the rice krispie cake onto the plate/cake stand.
- Now time to decorate!: Pipe areas of grass on the top of the cake, you can cover the top if you want, I decided on three patches of grass to make it look like there was a dirt path and then patches of grass. I also took the frosting over the sides and piped some where the cake meets the plate.
- It's super easy to pipe the grass: Hold the bag at the top with one hand, then place the other hand nearer the nozzle; apply even pressure with the hand nearest the nozzle, and bring the bag up as you squeeze around 1/2 inch before releasing and allowing the "grass" to fall whichever way it wants.
- Repeat until you're happy with how the grass looks. Next, place Cadbury mini eggs in little piles on the grass and some around the base of the cake where the grass meets the plate.
- Final step! - place mini chocolate bunnies in the grass to make them look like they're "searching" for eggs!
- Easter Chocolate Bunny Rice Krispie Cake will keep covered, at room temperature, for 4 days. To serve, use a very sharp knife that's been run under a hot tap and wiped dry to gently slice the cake. They are rice krispies, so sometimes the slices aren't perfect!
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