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Fun, Easy, and Adorable Bunny Rabbit Cake
I remember making this cake with my mom when I was a kid, which was many, many years ago. I think we first saw it in a magazine, but it was so long ago that I really can't recall how we came to know about this easy, adorable Easter Bunny cake.
Obviously, the cake is nothing new, yet I'm surprised by how many people have never seen one or made one before. They're very easy to make, and kids just love getting in on the act, whether they're cracking eggs, mixing the batter, decorating the cake, or eating some of the leftover candy.
- 1 boxed cake mix, any flavor
- Eggs, oil, and water, per cake mix instructions
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 6 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5 to 6 tablespoons milk
- Food coloring
- 2 to 3 licorice laces, any brand
- Assorted round candies, for decoration. Mini marshmallows are great for rabbit teeth
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- Prepare cake batter as directed on cake mix box.
- Grease and flour two 8-inch or 9-inch round cake pans, or spray them with Baker's Joy, a flour/oil combination cooking spray.
- Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake as directed or until a toothpick stuck into the top/middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to cool slightly, about 4 to 5 minutes, then carefully remove cakes from pans and place them on a large cutting board or cake cooling rack. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
- Using a sharp knife, cut one of the cakes into ears and a bow-tie, as shown in the diagram. Leave the other cake whole.
- Arrange the cake pieces into an rabbit face shape, as shown in the diagram. Once the pieces are assembled, the cake is rather long. I sometimes assemble it on a large cutting board, or sometimes on a large piece of heavy carboard that I have covered in foil.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with an electric mixer until light, fluffy, and smooth. Add a few drops of food coloring and beat until coloring is mixed in uniformly. If you'd like to use colored frosting to decorate your cake, leave a small portion untinted. Place that portion in another bowl and tint it a second color with additional food coloring.
- Frost cake completely, being careful with cut edges as they may crumble and mix crumbs into the frosting. Using a generous amount of frosting on these edges helps keep the crumbs at bay.
- Decorate the cake to resemble a rabbit's face. Use round candies for the eyes, nose and polka dots on the bowtie. Use Twizzlers or other licorice laces for the whiskers and for ears, mouth, eyebrows and other details. If you are handy with cake decoratng tools, you might rather use colored icing to draw features on. Either way, get creative. Tint a little frosting pink for the inside of his ears, and give him some rosy cheeks while you're at it. Or, make a cute female Easter Bunny with long eyelashes, kissy lips and flowers at the base of one ear. Pink sugar crystals would be cute for rosy cheeks and the inside of the ears.
- Take a photo of your kids proudly showing off their cute bunny cake!
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A Family Tradition
Once I became a mom myself, I started making this cake every Easter, even when my oldest child was just a baby and had no idea what the Easter Bunny even was. The truth is, I had such fond memories of making the Easter Bunny cake that I couldn't wait to make one again. My nieces and nephews were the perfect age for it, and they were delighted with the cake, even though my infant daughter was oblivious.
I've taken a photo of my kids with the cake every year, although I may have missed a year here or there. It is fun to look at how the kids have grown each year—and also see what color we made the bunny and what kind of candy we used to decorate him. Unfortunately, however, I was a die-hard 35 mm film fan, and I have only gone to digital in the last few years. If I can dig up some of the old photos, I'll scan them and post them here, but don't hold your breath waiting. All those millions of prints are in a huge box . . . somewhere.
Although my kids are older now and long past believing in the Easter Bunny, they still want to make this cake—even though, at 13, my daughter is a professional eye-roller, and my ten-year-old son thinks he is way too cool to participate in "little kid" activities. This year I cautiously asked them if they wanted to make one, and the answer was a resounding "yes!" They both said it wouldn't seem like Easter without one. I'm so happy to be creating pleasant memories for my kids and carrying on a tradition I started with my own mom.