When I think back on Easter as a child I have a few distinct memories. Chilly Easter sunrise services, creative Easter egg hunts in our home (especially the one where I got the cutest baby doll bed from the Easter Bunny), and a super cute Easter Bunny cake that my mom used to make for us. I loved that cake, and it still makes me smile to think of it.
Now that my son loves to help me in the kitchen I thought it would be fun to start a tradition of making this cake for my family. I was talking with my friend and she mentioned it would even be fun to make a smaller version of this cake, where instead of using two 9-inch cake pans to make one big cake like my mom did for our family to divide the batter into four smaller cake pans. (You can do just two if you’d like and then use the rest to make some more Easter Cupcakes!
Since I’m not really the best baker, I let my friend try out the recipe first. It turned out so great I’m really excited to make this with my son for Easter!
For the Cake:
You can use the Gluten Free chocolate cake recipe that I shared for last week’s Easter cupcakes, or you can use any store bought mix or cake recipe you’d like. If you are using the gluten free chocolate cake recipe follow these instructions. If you wanted to do the smaller bunny cake you can use 6 inch cake pans. Otherwise follow the cooking times on your recipe.
For the Frosting:
Any frosting works well with this recipe. She used a can of frosting, but if you are needing to be egg or diary free this vegan frosting would work great too! To create the pink frosting I like to stay away from artificial dyes so we used a blended strawberry mixed with white frosting to create the pink of the ears and bow tie.
To Make the Bunny Cake:
- Cutting board
- Serrated cake knife (This is a great affordable one.)
- Kitchen Scissors
- Frosting (any will do)
- Mini chocolate chips
- Shredded coconut
- Rainbow candy
Place cooled cake on cutting board and with the serrated cake knife cute the cake into three pieces as shown below.
Try to make the ears as even as possible, but if you don’t no need to worry – I promise this cake is very forgiving and will still look great when decorated.
Now that you have all the pieces you need to assemble your cake, you can put them together and prepare your frosting.
Isn’t it cute!! Now it’s time to frost! Cover the whole cake with the frosting. You will need to save a portion of your frosting to make it pink. This pink frosting will be used for coloring the bow tie and the pink part of the ears. You can use a dye if you prefer, but I think a strawberry works perfect. I just like the natural dye of the strawberry as well as the subtle pink color and delicious taste!
Once your cake is frosted you can generously sprinkle the coconut on the face and ears to create the furry look. After the coconut is on you can put the pink frosting on the bow tie and ears. Now you are ready to decorate!
The marshmallows and mini chocolate chips will be used to create eyes. You can use the candy of your choice for the nose. My friend really liked the look of the robins egg candies with the rainbow of the whiskers. When I was growing up we used licorice to make the whiskers and jelly beans for the nose and eyes. So feel free to use whatever candy you and your family like. Or let your kids pick the candy. We rarely eat candy in our home, so this is something my son loves to do. If you wanted a healthier or more natural way to decorate, raisins, nuts, and fruit strips would be perfect! Don’t forget to include a little mouth as well!!
Your bunny cake is now done! Isn’t it super cute! It really is a fun tradition to start with your kids for Easter!
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