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"Vintage" Bunny Cake made by Pap-poo and her little helpers. I like how we used chocolate chips on the tie. The nose is coconut. String licorice really gave this one personality! We did this one in a large baking pan.
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Bunny Cake 2012 made by Pap-poo, The Master and Shaba Girl. Sticks of gum were used for the whiskers and I love the Cadbury eggs for the eyes. (It doubled as a birthday cake for Love Bug last year so he has a candle in his tie!)
My grandmother, Pap-poo, made a variation of this Bunny Cake--with some little helpers-- as long as I can remember.  Last year,  Pap-poo, The Master, and Shaba Girl made the cake.  Precious memories.  We will hold on to that tradition and make a Bunny Cake this year as well--our first Easter without Pap-poo.

This recipe is easy and everyone can get involved in helping to make the bunny come to life!  If you have some family members who do not like coconut, don't cover the entire cake with it.  I hope you try this recipe out with your family.  Who knows, it may become a family tradition for your family, too!

Bunny Cake How To

Ingredients:
  • 1 box of cake mix (whatever flavor you like; check for the ingredients needed) 
  • 2 cans of cake frosting (vanilla or cream cheese, depending on cake OR you could use chocolate for a brown bunny!) 
  • 1 large package of shredded coconut; sweetened if desired 
  • Food coloring
  • jelly beans, licorice strings, lollipops, gumballs, etc for making the face 

Note:  This cake is really too large for a cookie sheet once it is assembled.  Use a large piece of cardboard covered with aluminum foil or pretty paper to serve your Bunny Cake.  Store any uneaten cake in an airtight container.
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What to do:

  1. Bake two round cakes as directed on package.  
  2. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
  3. Set one cake aside to be left whole for the face of the bunny.  
  4. With the other cake, cut a curved scoop from the top and one from the bottom, as if you were cutting the North Pole and South Pole away from away from a map of the Earth. Those two scoops will be the ears. The shape left in the middle will be the bow tie.  See picture to the left.
  5. Assemble the cake on covered tray.  Refer to pictures at the                                       top of the post.
  6. Dye about 1/2 cup of coconut pink for the ears, 1 cup or more                       (depending on your display) green for the grass and about 3/4                                 cup your desired color for the tie.
  7. Next, frost the entire cake making sure to be careful with edges of the cut pieces (the icing can start to get crumby).
  8. Cover the cake with coconut right after frosting.  Use plain (white) coconut for the face and ears and your dyed coconut for the ears, tie and grass accordingly.
  9. Use jelly beans, gumballs, malt eggs, etc for eyes, nose and mouth, and licorice, stick gum, etc to make whiskers on the face.  The sky is the limit here!  The Master had the genius idea of using a Cadbury egg cut in half for the eyes last year!      
  10. Surround the entire cake with green coconut to really make your Bunny Cake pop!







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