How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make a Bunny Cake

This idea isn’t especially unique, but it’s always fun and always turns out cute no matter the skill level of the baker. I was a kid when my mom first made this great Easter Bunny cake from a recipe from a magazine — Ladies Home Journal or Family Circle, if I had to hazard a guess. My sister and I loved it!

A few years ago, my older daughter made it for a cake contest held by her American Heritage Girls troop. She won a prize for most creative. My younger daughter and I had a great time baking the bunny cake pictured above for this tutorial.

Both the ingredients and the process are simple:

  • Cake mix (any flavor — We used butter, but carrot cake would be fun.)
  • Two tubs of white icing
  • Eggs, oil, and water, as called for on cake mix directions
  • Food coloring
  • Coconut (optional)
  • Candies for decorating (i.e. licorice, jelly beans)

Step 1:

Bake the cake in two round cake pans, according to package directions. Let cool.

Step 2:

Cut one of the round cakes in opposing arcs to form the ears and bow tie, as shown below. These don’t have to be exact, as they can be trimmed as needed.

Step 3:

Assemble cake into bunny shape. To make the frosting process easier, freeze the cake overnight.

Step 4:

Dust off as many crumbs as possible before beginning to spread the frosting.

Carefully cover the entire cake, using food coloring to dye the frosting any desired shades for the bow tie or ears.

Step 5:

Add coconut flakes for fur. Use assorted candies to add eyes, nose, mouth, whiskers…even polka-dots for the bow tie. Use green food coloring to dye coconut green for grass around the bunny.

Step 6:

Eat and enjoy!


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