I made this Easter bunny cake following a 1960's baking guide from a friend's mom. It turned out even better than I expected and I can't wait to use the book again for another creation.
Pattern was from 2 x 9 inch round cakes (here I used a coconut white cake, diagonally sliced and filled with raspberry jam). Frosted with 7-minute (coconut flavored) whipped frosting, then sprinkled the whole cake with coconut. Part of the coconut was tinted pink by adding food coloring before placing.
Eyes, paws and mouth were from licorice strings. Nose and mouth also included pink jelly beans. To form the shapes: First pan had a 7 inch diameter circle cut out of the center (for the head). Leaving a 2 inch ring, which was cut into 8 equal parts. These wedges were stacked 2 on top of each other (jam between), to form the 4 paws. Second pan: cut about a 6 or 7 inch square in the center of the circle (for the body).
Remaining are 4 crescent shapes - 2 of each are placed side by side (long/flat edges together with jam) to make the ears. I'd recommend frosting the night before serving so that the coconut "sets" better. I only had a problem fitting it in our fridge but managed on 2 different serving boards (assembled the morning before Easter brunch).
I found this homemade Easter bunny cake online and thought it was way cuter than the Betty Crocker one with the bow tie.
This same cake is actually pictured on this site and is cake #34. But I think mine might be cuter. This looks like it would be a very hard cake to make but it is actually very easy. I have been making it for a few years and the kids love it and the grownups go crazy for it too!
I have made this cake with several types of cake. I made it with strawberry cake, pound cake, yellow cake and carrot cake. You want it to be pretty firm though so it is easier to cut up. The frosting can be done with whipped cream or butter cream either way it is yummy!
I use the black gel tube frosting for the outline of the eyes and mouth and the front paws. I couldn't find black licorice strips anywhere! The whiskers are the eatable Easter grass. They have it at Target.
I like that this is one of those old recipe's that is still around and there are so many ways that you can dress up this bunny!
Hope other people have as much fun with it as I have!
I had a great time making this Easter bunny cake. It was really quiet simple. I used a bunny mold my cousin picked up for me (can't remember whose it was since I threw the box away a long time ago) to bake the bunny itself. I baked it a little longer than usual so it would be a little harder on the outside to stand up. I found this to be easier if you are baking with a mold that is laying flat in the oven and you have to stand it up when it's done.
I used coconut to cover the bunny. I iced it with white icing first and just put coconut over it. I used jelly beans for the eyes.
With the grass around the bunny I put some of the coconut flakes in a plastic bag and put green food coloring in it and sealed the bag. I smashed and shook the bag around until all the coconut was dyed green then I placed it around the bunny with jelly beans on top.
This was a great hit for our annual Easter egg hunt at home. The kids really loved it and I even got some really great comments from the adults too!!