Hidden Surprise “Bunny Nests” (Don’t tell the chicks they aren’t bunnies).

Gluten and dairy free cupcakesThese peep homes were so good! They are a great Easter dessert.  You can also use these ideas to make gluten and dairy free cupcakes any time of the year.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • For the cupcakes: Pamela’s cake mix, or your favorite gluten and dairy free cake mix. Pamela’s is soooo good though! (Any flavor, chocolate, vanilla, even lemon! The options are endless)!  Make sure to use coconut oil, instead of butter, to make it dairy free.  I also add extra vanilla.  If you want to make it lemony add lemon extract and lemon zest.
  • For the frosting: Use a dairy free green icing or frosting. You can make it, or buy it. Some of the store bought kind have dairy ingredients, and some do not.  Make sure to read the label and look for anything from a cow (butter, butterfat, casein, caseinate, whey, lactose). This one would be good. If you want to make it, you would love my mom’s paleo royal icing.
  • Extras: Peeps Marshmallow Chicks, you can use bunnies if you want, but we found little “Bunny ear toothpicks” for the chicks.
  • Easter Egg Mold or lined muffin tin
  • Gluten Free Jelly Beans

If you’re using a mold, grease it with any dairy free oil. I used Coconut Oil Spray. Make the cake batter according to package instructions (add the flavors I mentioned above if you want to). Then, fill the cavities 2/3 the way.  gluten and dairy free cupcakes

Bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes, or until the center is set. The Pamela’s brand does not turn light brown, until after it is over cooked, so make sure to ask an adult to check the centers. Cupcakes will take longer than egg shapes, because they’re a little bigger.

Let the cupcakes cool on a wire rack before icing them. Spike the icing up with a knife to make a grass affect, or you can use a star tip (my frosting came with one). Take a jellybean, and bury it in the frosting where the peep is gonna be. Place the peep on top of the jelly bean. That’s the surprise…your peep laid an egg! If you want to you can set a few jellybeans around it. I also added bunny ears to my peeps…aren’t they cute? You can click on this link to buy them on Amazon, but I found them at a normal grocery store.  Now you have a peep home!

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