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April 14, 2009

What's Easter Without An Easter Bunny Cake?

Easter Bunny Cake

This is another one from childhood. My mom used to make Easter Bunny cakes with my sister and me when we were children. It's so much fun I decided to do it with Alexis this year!

Alexis wanted a chocolate cake. Normally I think it would be fun to do this with a carrot cake since it's Easter and all, but chocolate it was! She also was adamant that there had to be some "M's" on the cake too! Not hard either! As you can see it turned out great and was delicious to boot!

This cake is really simple and a lot of fun! You could do this process with any shape...Turkey, reindeer, Santa, heart, pumpkin etc! The possibilities are endless!

What You'll Need:
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
1 - 8 ounce container of cocoa
2 teaspoons of sea salt
1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cups of organic cane sugar
1/2 cup of safflower oil
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 1/2 cups of buttermilk
4 eggs
Icing or frosting
Candy for decoration

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Spray 2 - 11 inch round pans with non-stick spray and set aside.

In a large bowl stir together flour, cocoa, sea salt, baking powder and sugar until mixed. Add oil, vanilla, buttermilk and eggs and stir until batter is completely incorporated. Pour batter evenly into the two prepared pans.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cake sticks done. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Using a serrated knife cut a bot tie shape out of the middle of one of the cake rounds:

Easter Bunny Cake: Ready for Frosting

As you can see above the cut outs become the ears. Place bow tie on the bottom of the other cake round and the "ears" at the top.

Once your shape is in place frost the cake:

Easter Bunny Cake: Ready to Decorate

You can use whatever type of frosting or icing you like. I used Wilton's classic minus the butter, but you could use cream cheese frosting instead if you liked.

Now it's time to decorate!

Use M&M's, jelly beans, licorice, etc. Whatever you want to decorate with is fine! Decorate his bow tie, his ears and put on a happy face! Once you're decorated then serve!

Easter Bunny Cake: A Slice

Notes: Traditionally this kind of cake has coconut on it for the "fur". Alexis didn't want coconut so we omitted it, but you can cover the cake in coconut if you prefer.

Posted by Dianne at April 14, 2009 11:03 AM

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Comments

very cute! reminds me of the cakes my mom used to make when i was a little girl! so fun!

Posted by: heather at April 14, 2009 12:04 PM

Great job, Alexis!!!
~ingrid

Posted by: ingrid at April 14, 2009 1:39 PM

This is so cute! Hope you had a happy Easter!

Posted by: Erin at April 14, 2009 2:50 PM

I'm with Alexis--no need for coconut! =) That's a really cute cake.

Posted by: Di at April 14, 2009 8:04 PM

I love it! How clever and creative - and no need for a special pan.

Posted by: Megan at April 14, 2009 10:53 PM

I have to say Alexis got bored halfway through decorating and I ended up doing most of it, but I can't blame her...Grandma is so much fun to play with! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at April 16, 2009 9:54 AM

Good job, this looks fantastic! I hope you had a good Easter!

Posted by: Sam at April 17, 2009 4:55 PM

We had a fabulous Easter! Hope you did too!

Posted by: Dianne at April 20, 2009 8:01 PM

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