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How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake

In preparation for the Easter holiday, I drew inspiration from a trip down memory lane. As a kid, my family and I would make an Easter Bunny cake from two cake rounds, decorated by assorted candies. These candies had to be bought in bulk, because a heavy tax was levied against the loot by all kitchen helpers (myself included).

Baird Family (Barb Baird photo)
Young Jackie in Easter dress, pictured with brothers and grandma, on Primrose Lane in England – 1993 (Barb Baird photo)

So, for this week’s DIY, I’ve assembled instructions for this simple Easter Bunny cake. Happy tails… I mean, trails!

Easter Bunny Cake
Fun to make with the kids – super simple Easter Bunny cake!

Easter Bunny Cake Materials

  • Box cake mix and fixings (oil, water, etc.)
  • Two cans premade icing
  • 8 or 9-inch round cake tins
  • Parchment paper
  • Tray large enough to hold Bunny (I used a large turkey platter)
  • Shredded coconut
  • Green food coloring

Easter Bunny Cake Instructions

1 Prepare cake mix and bake two cake rounds per box instructions. I chose to make carrot cake because I’m corny that way. I purchased cream cheese icing for my cake’s frosting.

Easter Bunny Cake Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Frosting
Easter Bunny Cake Carrot Cake Cream Cheese Frosting

2 Allow cakes to cool completely on wire racks or parchment paper.

Baked Cakes for Easter Bunny
Baked Cakes for Easter Bunny

3 Create a template for the bowtie from parchment paper. To do this, trace one of your cake rounds to create a circle.

Tracing the Baked Cake
Tracing the Baked Cake

4 Fold the parchment into quarters, and cut out the circle.

Creating the Paper Template in Quarters
Creating the Paper Template in Quarters

Sketch an arc down the center. Cut out the shape and unfold the paper; this will become your bowtie template.

Cutting the Bowtie Template
Cutting the Bowtie Template

Test the template over one of your cake rounds, and make sure you like the bowtie and ear shapes. Adjust the template if necessary, before proceeding to the next step.

Testing the Bowtie Template
Testing the Bowtie Template

5 Use a sharp knife to cut out around your template. This will create two bunny ears and one bunny bowtie.

Cutting Out the Bowtie and Ears
Cutting Out the Bowtie and Ears

<Cutting Out the Bowtie and Ears>

6 Now it’s time to assemble the bunny!

Assembling the Easter Bunny
Assembling the Easter Bunny

Prepare your bunny base (I used a large serving platter). Dab a little of your icing in the center of the tray, and place your intact cake round on top of the dob. 

Preparing Tray with Icing
Preparing Tray with Icing

Repeat this step for your bowtie and bunny ears.

Preparing Tray for Bowtie
Preparing Tray for Bowtie
Head and Bowtie Placed on Tray
Head and Bowtie Placed on Tray

Your bunny is ready for frosting!

Bunny Cake Ready to Be Iced
Bunny Cake Ready to Be Iced

7 When all pieces for the bunny head are in place, use the remainder of your icing to frost the entirety of the cake. A perfectly smooth, iced surface is not necessary. 

Icing the Bunny Cake
Icing the Bunny Cake

My icing skills haven’t grown much beyond my earliest icing experiences as a kid. I think the rough icing texture looks a little like bunny fur, anyway (wink).

Iced Bunny Cake
Iced Bunny Cake

8 Dump some shredded coconut into a bowl – I used about 1 cup. Add drops of green food coloring and stir. This is used for the “grass” around the bunny.

Creating Coconut Grass
Creating Coconut Grass

9 Now for the good stuff – use candy pieces to decorate your Easter Bunny cake. Be sure to give him eyes, a nose and whiskers! And, try not to eat all of the candy as you go. 

Decorating the Bunny Cake
Decorating the Bunny Cake

I used Twizzler’s Pull’n’Peel candy, jellybeans and M&M’s for my bunny mister. Carefully place a little of your shredded coconut “grass” around the bunny head to complete the cake.

Finished Easter Bunny Cake
Finished Easter Bunny Cake

The Easter Spirit, Continued

Looking for an Easter craft, to help decorate the table around your bunny cake? Check out Babbs’ simple how-to for creating these adorable Spindle Carrots. Hoppy Easter!

  • About Jackie Richardson

    Jackie Baird Richardson is an interior designer, editor at The WON and avid junker. Watch for her design tips and occasional crafting ideas, bringing the outdoors indoors.

     

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