These bunny face pancakes are the perfect Easter breakfast for kids and even adults.
Hop into the spirit of spring with these delightful Bunny Face pancakes!
They are perfect for Easter morning breakfast or just a fun pancake to make during spring. You can also make bunny butt pancakes for a fun twist.
You'll use simple ingredients like your favorite pancake mix, bananas, strawberries, and blueberries, making this an easy breakfast that looks and tastes wonderful!
Pancake Batter: Use your favorite brand for a familiar taste or try a buttermilk mix for extra fluffiness.
Banana: Choose a ripe but firm banana; it's easier to cut and holds its shape better.
Strawberry: A large, ripe strawberry works best for a vibrant and sweet bowtie.
Blueberries: Fresh blueberries are preferred for their firmness and natural sweetness.
Edible Black Writing Gel/Melted Chocolate Chip: Gel is easier for detailed work, while melted chocolate provides a richer flavor.
How to Make Bunny Face Pancakes
Begin by preparing your pancake batter according to the instructions on your chosen mix, aiming for about 1 cup of batter for each bunny face.
Heat a pan or griddle over medium heat and pour about 1 cup of the batter to form a nicely shaped round circle, creating the face of your bunny pancake.
While the pancake cooks, start preparing the bunny features. Slice a round piece from the banana to serve as the bunny's nose and mouth, and then split the remaining banana in half lengthwise to create two ears. Next, slice a strawberry in half; this will be the bunny's bowtie. Once the pancake is cooked and placed on a flat plate, you're ready to assemble.
Position the banana halves at the top of the pancake, curving them outward to resemble bunny ears. Place the round slice of banana in the center of the pancake, and above it, arrange two blueberries for the eyes and another blueberry on the banana slice for the nose.
For the bunny's mouth, use the edible black writing gel or melted chocolate chip to draw a line starting from the blueberry nose downward. Finally, arrange the strawberry halves and an additional blueberry below the pancake to complete the bunny's bowtie.
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Tips and Tricks
- Batter Consistency: Achieve the perfect pancake thickness by making sure your batter isn't too runny or too thick. Aim for a consistency that easily flows off the spoon but holds its shape on the griddle.
- Pancake Shape: For a perfectly round bunny face, consider using a metal cookie cutter or round mold on the griddle. Spray the inside with non-stick spray before adding the batter for easy release.
- Low and Slow Cooking: Cook your pancakes on medium-low heat to prevent them from browning too quickly. This gives you a nice, even color and makes sure the middle is cooked through without burning the outside.
- Fruit Freshness: Use fresh, firm fruits for the facial features. Overripe fruits may be too soft and could lose their shape or make the pancake soggy.
- Size Matters: Cut the banana and strawberry pieces in proportion to the size of your pancakes to maintain the bunny face's proportions. Smaller pieces are better for smaller pancakes and vice versa.
- Detailing with Gel or Chocolate: If using melted chocolate, let it cool slightly for it to thicken – this makes drawing finer details like the mouth easier. If using writing gel, practice the mouth shape on a paper towel first to get a steady hand.
- Assembling: Assemble the bunny face while the pancake is still warm. This helps the fruit to adhere slightly to the pancake, reducing the likelihood of sliding.
- Creative Variations: Feel free to add small tweaks to personalize your bunny pancake. For instance, whipped cream can be used for a fluffy tail, or different fruits can be used for the eyes or ears.
- Serving: Serve immediately after assembling for the best taste.
- Cleanup: To make cleaning easier, especially if you're using chocolate, prep your work area with parchment paper or have a damp cloth handy to quickly wipe away any spills or drips.
Storing leftover bunny face pancakes requires a bit of care to maintain the freshness and texture of both the pancakes and the fruit toppings. Here's how you can do it:
Separate Components: First, gently remove the fruit toppings from the pancake. It's best to store the pancakes and fruit separately to prevent the pancakes from becoming soggy.
Storing the Pancakes: Allow the pancakes to cool completely to room temperature. Then, stack them with a layer of parchment paper or wax paper between each pancake to prevent sticking. Place the stacked pancakes in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days or freeze them for longer storage, up to 2 months. If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or gently reheat in a toaster or oven directly from the freezer.
Storing the Fruit: Store the leftover fruit in separate airtight containers. Bananas are best consumed within a day as they brown quickly. Berries and other fruits can be kept in the refrigerator and are usually good for a few days. Check the fruits daily and discard any that show signs of spoilage.
Reassembling and Serving: When ready to enjoy your pancakes again, reheat them gently in a toaster, on a pan over low heat, or in the microwave for a few seconds until warm. Freshen up the fruit toppings if needed, and reassemble your bunny face pancakes just before serving to maintain the best texture and appearance.
What to Serve
Here are some options on what you can serve with these bunny face pancakes:
- Syrups and Spreads: Offer a variety of syrups like maple, strawberry, or blueberry to drizzle over the pancakes. Nutella, peanut butter, or honey are also delightful spreads that add a rich flavor.
- Whipped Cream: A dollop of whipped cream is always tasty.
- Fresh Fruit: Aside from the fruit used in the pancake design, a fresh fruit salad or individual fruit slices like oranges, apples, or grapes can add freshness and color to your breakfast table.
- Yogurt or Cottage Cheese: A side of yogurt or cottage cheese can be a great side.
- Bacon or Sausage: For those who enjoy a savory element in their breakfast, crispy bacon strips or sausage links can be a hearty side that balances the sweetness of the pancakes.
- Eggs: Offer eggs cooked to preference, such as scrambled, fried, or poached, to add protein and make the meal more filling.
- Beverages: Complete the meal with beverages like freshly squeezed orange juice, milk, coffee, or hot chocolate. These drinks cater to all ages and complement the flavors of your pancake breakfast.
Bunny Face Pancakes
- 1 cup prepared pancake batter
- 1 banana
- 1 strawberry
- 4 blueberries
- Edible black writing gel or melted chocolate chip for bunny smile, optional
- Mix your chosen pancake mix as directed on the box to make about 1 cup of batter.
- In a pan or griddle on medium heat, cook the pancakes. Try to pour a nice round circle for the face.
- Cut one round slice of banana for the bunny nose/mouth. Cut the remainder of the banana in half for the bunny ears.
- Cut a strawberry in half for the bunny’s bowtie.
- Place the round pancake on a flat plate. Assemble the bunny face.
- Place the banana ears at the top, arching away from each other.
- Place the slice of banana in the middle of the pancake then add one blueberry to make the bunny nose.
- Place two more blueberries above the banana nose to create the bunny eyes.
- Using the black writing gel or melted chocolate chip (whatever you decide to use the make the bunny mouth) draw out the bunny’s mouth starting from the blueberry nose down.
- Place the cut strawberry and additional blueberry below the pancake to look like a bowtie.
- 1 cup of pancakes mix PER bunny face pancake.