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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Bunny Cake

Back in the 80's I picked up this cookbook at a used book sale. It was first published in 1966 and it turned out to have so many great ideas in it. I've used it over and over through the years. The nice thing about this is that while all of these cakes are made with mixes, they can easily be adapted to use with homemade cakes too. Just use your own favorite recipes. I've seen copies several times over the years and they're well worth picking up if you run across one.

I've made this Bunny cake for so many Easter dinners. It's so simple to make and turns out looking great AND tasting great every time. Guaranteed.

Easter Bunny Cake

Bake any layer Betty Crocker layer cake mix in two round layer pans (8 or 9 1/2 inch) as directed on the box. Or use your own favorite recipe. Cool. Cut one layer in half. Put both halves together with a prepared frosting (either a can of Betty Crocker White or Cream Cheese Frosting.........or again, use your own recipe if you like.) Stand cake upright on cut edge.

With a sharp knife cut a notch about a third of the way around the semicircle, forming the rabbits head. Save cutout piece for the tail. secure in place with a wooden pick. Frost the entire rabbit with remaining frosting. Sprinkle generously with shredded coconut.

Make ears of white paper; color inside pink with a crayon or colored pencil. Use pink jelly beans or gumdrops for eyes and nose. Form an attractive nest around the bunny with tinted green coconut ( see instructions below) and place a few Easter Eggs (jelly beans) around him.

Freeze the other layer for later use, or make another bunny.......color the inside of his ears blue and you'll have a " Mr. and Mrs." for your Easter dinner table.

Tinted Coconut:

Place one cup of coconut in a a jar or plastic bag. Mix 1 or 2 drops of food coloring with 1 teaspoon of water. Add to coconut. Screw on lid or fold close bag and shake until coconut is uniformly colored.

Here's a photo of 2 year-old granddaughter Kylie the first year she discovered the bunny.

Enjoy!

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33 comments:

Kathleen said...

That's adorable. I used to make the easy one when I was in college for my nephews and nieces..2 rounds, cut the second round for bow tie and ears.
I just bought the Wilton pan for the lamb cake, but I like yours better!

Rebecca said...

Oh how cute! I've seen instructions for making one of these before but it seemed way more complicated than this. This I can probably do! LOL

Carrie said...

This is such a sweet looking cake. You should be sure to post some more recipes from this book since it's probably kind of hard to come by nowdays. Just a thought. :)

The Household 6 Diva said...

What a FANTASTIC find!!! I have a thing for cookbooks - especially from the 40s and 50s! LOVE that you have the picture of your cutie granddaughter!

Stopping by from Finer Things Friday!

Hootin' Anni said...

Cool!!! I love it...the cake AND your photo share of your granddaughter's 1st bunny cake.

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Have a glorious weekend.

Self Sagacity said...

I think the bunny is the cutest thing for an Easter cake. Wish I was more into baking! I would make this for my Son whose BD is around this time. :-)

Victoria said...

What a cute bunny cake that is! I love the photo of your little grand daughter, she looks intrigued by the cake:)

Joyce said...

I use to make a bunny cake years ago but your cake is so much cuter. I love to bake but decorating cakes is not my thing. If I attempted to make your cake I shudder to think what my bunny would actually look like!
Joyce

Mrs. P. said...

A great bunny cake!

Blessings!
Gail

Red Couch Recipes said...

Great cake to make for your little grandkids. Joni

MrsJenB said...

How adorable! And it seems easy enough. I love how things like this become tradition. Thank you for sharing!

House and Garden Boutique said...

Thanks for the tutorial on the bunny cake......I made one years ago when my kids were little. But my way was not as easy as yours. I may have to try this again on Easter this year. My boys still love cake and it will bring bake some great memories!

Theresa said...

cute cake!!

Lori said...

Really adorable cake! I love your granddaughters's outfit too. She's a cutie! When I have kids I want to name one of my daugters Kylie.

TidyMom said...

That's just adorable!!

Thanks for linking to I'm Lovin' It! Have a GREAT weekend!

Ginny said...

As always....something fun and/or beautiful! Lovin' this cake!
Ginny :)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh what a wonderful Easter cake.... I love it... I've seen a similar one before ---but yours is cuter.... I love seeing that little one 'picking' at the cake.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

My mom used to have a huge card file of Betty Crocker recipes. I remember this bunny cake. I always wanted to make it!

Glad I stopped by from Friday Follow!

Alyssa said...

What a great idea. I'm not a baker, but this is definitely something I would attempt. Thanks for the idea and directions.

Becky said...

That really looks good! I'll have to try it. Love those real special cookbooks

Lonna said...

Sooo cute!!!

Michael Lee West said...

This is adorable! I have that cookbook somewhere--it was my grandmother's. Love the instructions!!

Kim@Simply Domestic said...

Thank you so much for sharing this bunny cake! It brought back great memories! My parents made a coconut bunny cake similar to this one when I was a little girl. I think they got the recipe from Betty Crocker. Thank you for stopping by my blog!
Blessings to you!

Cheryl said...

Oh I can't wait to try this!

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse said...

I love this! I will definitely be making one next week!

gfe--gluten free easily said...

You did a beautiful job! I'm weak for bunnies ... have them all over the house right now. ;-) Of course, mine are ceramic, stuffed, and the like. Yours looks just about the right size for a bunny, too. Very cute.

Shirley

Nicole Feliciano said...

What a lovely family tradition. Thanks so much for sharing and I'll hope to make a cake that stands the test of time like this one.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

I have ALWAYS wanted to have this cake!! My mom didn't cook, but I remember seeing this when I was little and wishing she would make it. I think I will make it for my family this Sunday! Thank you so much for showing it!!!
Happy Easter, Andrea

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! What a cute cake! Thanks for the directions! I hopped over from Somewhat Simple and am so happy thay I did. I would love to invite you over to my place one day this week when you have a moment. until later...

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Your photo of your grand-daughter with the bunny cake is so darling. Thanks for your idea and book recommendation for Vintage Recipe Thursday. Wishing you a Happy Easter, too!

LDH said...

Dear Elaine, I have seen this cake before and have never made one. I had a different dessert planned for my grandchildren for Easter but now I'm thinking that they would love this. Thanks so much for sharing! I'll let you know if I make it.

Kindly, ldh

Nikki said...

This is the only creative cake I remember my mother making, I knew the style was at least from the 70's when I started looking for it this year. Im so glad that you shared the 1966 book and picture! I made this cake this year and will link back you your post on my Easter feature. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

My Grandmother always made this every Easter when I was growing up. Thank you for posting it. I have been wondering about the directions for a long time now! :)