And Keeping In The Bunny Theme - A Fun Bunny Cake to Make

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail...and right onto your Easter buffet.  Staying on the bunny theme, here is a cute and delicious bunny you can create yourself.  The fine folks and chefs at Food Network have come through once again with an easy to make bunny cake.  Covered in coconut, choose your favorite cake flavor to make this recipe all yours!

Easter Bunny Cake

Food Network  and sponsored by Daisy

Easter Bunny Cake
Recipe courtesy of Food Network KitchenFood Network Kitchens
Easter Bunny Cake
Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
1 hr
Yield:12 to 14 servings
Level:Intermediate
Ingredients

Frosting:
3 sticks (12 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 cups confectioners' sugar
Pinch fine salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Bunny:
2 baked 9-inch round cake layers (your favorite recipe or a 18.25-ounce boxed cake mix)
1 1/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
2 store-bought biscotti
1 tube pink decorating icing
2 black jelly beans
2 marshmallows
1 white jelly bean, halved lengthwise
1 pink jelly bean
1 black licorice wheel, such as Haribo
Directions

For the frosting: Combine the butter, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or in a large bowl if using a hand-held electric mixer). Mix on low speed until mostly incorporated. Add the vanilla, increase the speed to medium-high and mix until smooth. Adjust the consistency with milk until the frosting is easy to spread.

For the bunny: Spread a thin layer of frosting on the flat side of one cake layer, about 2/3 cup, and top with the flat side of the second cake layer. Measure 5 inches across the top of the cake and cut down through the layers, creating two layered pieces that are slightly different sizes.

Place the larger piece of cake, cut-side down, on a large platter or cake board. If using a rectangular cake board, place the larger piece so that the long edges are parallel with the long edges of the board. This is the body of the bunny. Cut the smaller piece of cake in half crosswise, so you have two layered wedges. Place one wedge in front of the body, with one flat side on the board and the other flat side against the body. The curved side will be on top. Take a serrated knife and round off the sharp edges on top of the head. Cut the tip off (the nose) at a 45-degree angle. Reserve all scraps in a bowl.

Separate the layers of the remaining wedge of cake. These will be the back legs. Round the sharp edges of the cake wedges with your knife, and add to the scrap bowl. Place one piece on each side of the bunny, with one flat side down and the other flat side facing forward (the round side towards the back of the bunny), about 1-inch from the end of the bunny's body.

Mix the cake scraps in the bowl with a fork until mashed, and then pack into a ball with your hands. Place the ball behind the bunny's body and adhere with a dab of frosting. This is the bunny's tail.

Frost the entire bunny, tail and all, using 2 to 3 cups of the frosting, keeping some definition with the bunny parts, and frosting more generously around any sharp edges to give a rounded look to the bunny parts. Sprinkle the bunny with the coconut to fully cover. Gently pat to adhere.

Insert the biscotti between the head and body, pressing into the cake to secure them. These are the ears. Place the base of the ears close together at the center of the head and angle them out. Frost the front of each biscotti with some frosting. Then, using the pink decorating icing, frost a smaller strip in the center of each biscotti, going down to where the ears meet the head but not going all the way to the top.

To make the face, press a black jelly bean into each side of the head for the eyes. Cut one of the marshmallows into 3 circles, discard the middle piece, and press the 2 end circles, cut-sides-in, into the front of the face for the bunny cheeks. Take the white jelly bean halves and push them into face below the cheeks, round-sides-out, for the teeth. Place the pink jelly bean above for the nose.

Unroll the licorice wheel and cut 2 pieces about 1 1/2 inches long each. For each piece, peel the strips apart halfway down, and then cut each separated strip in half lengthwise so you end up with a piece looking a bit like a broom. Repeat with the second piece of licorice. Tuck each piece, with a dab of frosting, behind a marshmallow cheek, with the cut ends facing out, for the whiskers.

Cut the second marshmallow in half lengthwise. Make 3 slits in each half, going about halfway through (these are the toes), and place in front of the legs for the bunny's feet. Adhere the bottom of the feet with icing if necessary.

Cook's Note:

Take 2 1/2 sheets of parchment paper and cut in half. Line the edges of your cake board with these parchment rectangles so that they form a rectangle of open space in the middle. Build your cake on the edges of these pieces of parchment. When you are finished you can slide them away along with any excess icing and coconut.

Make sure your cakes are completely cooled before you being to ice and cut them.

 

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Comment balloon 17 commentsLisa Von Domek • March 27 2016 06:53AM

Comments

Good Sunday morning and Happy Resurrection Day!  May you enjoy all the many blessings that surround you.  He is risen! 

My Mom and Aunt got together and baked a bunny cake for my first grade class.  Believe it or not I still have a picture of the cake. Of course I was the class favorite for a few days.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 3 years ago

I have to make...I used to make a Bumy cake...I bought the cake pan which came with no directions for how much cake to put in this ample mold...must have  lost track of how much flour I added...yicks...poor Bunny weighed a TON...looked cute...but could have been a doorstop !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa,

Tried that once; prep time for mixing fast; prep time to make the rabbit and frosting four hours and I still do not remember what it looked like.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa Von Domek oh, I remember the days of making a bunny cake for Easter.... the kids loved it....and the grandchildren, too, when my daughter and daughters in law made them....now we'll need to think about the great grandchild.... oh, he's going to be soooo spoiled....I just have that feeling. Happy Easter to you and your family, Lisa...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) over 3 years ago

How adorable, Lisa... but I will admit, I would just buy a bunny pan.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) over 3 years ago

My Easter breakfast.

Posted by Donald Urschalitz, P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County (One World Realty Inc.) over 3 years ago

Lisa, I used to make bunny cakes for my Dad.  He loved coconut as well. My mom ... not so much.  We managed by make two cakes. 

Happy Easter

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 3 years ago

Lisa,

I remember seeing this made eons ago at Williams Sonoma, and now like Nina Hollander  I would buy the pan...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

I should of made this last night Lisa, but got business showing a house at 8 pm

 

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 3 years ago

Adorable little bunny cake. Wish all the grands were here, I'd bake it for sure. D

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) over 3 years ago

Lisa, you always celebrate with love! The bunny cake sounds like it would put a smile on anyones face! Though it may be a labor of love, it would be worth every second!

Happy Easter my friend!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 3 years ago

Very cute little bunny cake.  I love the ears!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) over 3 years ago

Hi Lisa Von Domek , That's a cute little bunny cake.  That's a recipe we can save for next year.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 3 years ago

Lisa

The Easter Bunny cake looks delicious.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lisa. That bunny looks good enough to eat, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 3 years ago

Hi Lisa.  Looks like a fun way to have your Easter cake.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 3 years ago

Lisa, sure looks fabulous, and would definitely be the hit for dessert for Easter!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 3 years ago

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