Easter Bunnies

Tony Briscoe ©
Credit: Love Fresh Berries

These no-bake Easter novelties are fantastic fun to make with the kids on Easter Sunday.

Preparation Time: 30min
Chilling time: 2-3hrs
Serves: 8

  1. Thinly trim the dark brown edges from the Madeira cake. Make into crumbs by cutting the cake into pieces and blitzing in a food processor or liquidiser, or by crumbling into tiny pieces with fingertips.
  2. Beat the cream cheese and vanilla in a bowl until smooth.  Finely chop the strawberries and add to the cream cheese with the cake crumbs. Mix together.
  3. Divide the mixture into 18 even-sized mounds and roll into balls. Put onto a baking sheet and freeze for 15min.
  4. Break chocolate into pieces. Melt in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, ensuring the water doesn’t touch the base of the bowl, for about 5min. Stir the chocolate until smooth. Take the bowl off the heat.
  5. Line a baking sheet with non-stick paper. Spear a cake ball on a fork, then swirl into the melted chocolate to coat. Or, using a teaspoon, spoon a little melted chocolate over the cake ball held over the bowl, allowing excess chocolate to drip off.  Transfer the coated cake ball to the baking sheet and sprinkle half with a little coconut or grated chocolate ‘fur’.
  6. Coat the remaining cake balls in chocolate and sprinkle with coconut or grated chocolate.
  7. To make the ears: cut the mini marshmallows in half. Break off tiny pieces of white icing. Roll into balls and press into ovals a little larger than the marshmallows with fingertips dusted with icing sugar.  Press the icing around a marshmallow and pinch the top into an ear shape.  Press two on to each cake ball.  Add eyes and noses with sweets.
  8. Chill in the fridge for 1hr until set, then arrange in paper cake cases.  Eat within 2 days of making.

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