Have you ever taken a bite out of your chocolate Easter bunny only to disappointingly discover that the center is hollow? We’ve all been there. The mom side of me breathes a huge sigh of relief, because that means my children’s sugar high is going to be slightly less severe. On the other hand, when you have a big chocolate bunny, you want it to be full of chocolate.
This year, the kids and I decided to make our own chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. We found an Easter Jello mold while walking the isles of Wal-mart and decided that we could use that to form our treats. It had bunny shapes, eggs, and several other options as well including the words Happy Easter. We only used two of the shapes this time around, but there is always next year.
To make these fudgy chocolate treats, we started by baking a simple chocolate cake. Funny story: while the cake was cooling on the counter, my 3-year-old son dug his hand into it. My husband was panicking a bit because he thought it was desert for the dinner party we were throwing and that it was ruined. Happily, the entire thing had to be crumbled up anyway to make the fudge filling for the bunny treats, so crisis averted.
While the chocolate cake cools, mix up one 3oz box of Chocolate Pudding mix with 1 1/2 cups of milk. Place in the fridge to set for 15 minutes. Once the cake is cooled and the pudding is set, combine the two, and mix into a thick dough. Spray your Jello mold with some non-stick spray, and then fill the shapes with your chocolate mixture. Once you’ve filled the shapes completely, tip the mold over and give it a tap. The cute little chocolate bunnies and eggs should pop right out.
Next, I placed them in the freezer to harden for a bit before I dipped them in a simple chocolate ganache. Once the ganache hardened our bunnies and eggs were ready to decorate. Of course we had to give the bunnies faces and decorate our Easter eggs, so I whipped up a batch of Royal Icing and separated it into various colors. To make the process and clean up easy, I put the icing into zip lock bags, and cut of the tips. The kids could decorate their treats, and then throw the rest of the mess away. They had a fantastic time decorating their chocolate eggs, and, of course, they loved the bunnies.