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Easter Bunny Cake Ideas
Two Recipes for How to Make a Bunny Cake

If you've never made one, you're in for a treat: these Easter Bunny cake ideas are the perfect centerpiece for your Easter dinner table.

Plus, they're ultra-cute and taste just wonderful! Here, you'll find recipes, assembly instructions, and decorating ideas that will answer the question: "How do you make a bunny cake for Easter"... with two different kinds of cake bunnies:

Whole Body Easter Bunny Cake with paper ears
Full-body bunny cake: These elegant little bunnies, each made with one layer of a coconut-flavored layer cake and covered in rich cream cheese frosting and coconut, will inspire ooh and aahs from guests of any age.

Bunny Cake Recipe with Bowtie

Bunny head cake recipe: Made with a ultra-moist vanilla cake and creamy vanilla frosting (and the easiest of these Easter bunny cake ideas), this fun and silly bunny cake is the one kids will go nuts over-- and love to help decorate.

Each Easter bunny cake idea and recipe includes different ingredients and instructions for homemade cakes and frosting. But if you're low on time, you can always use the boxed and canned stuff. The cakes might not taste the same, but they'll still look great and really please your guests.

So... let's hop to it! (sorry!) Or go here to see bunny cakes others have made!

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Coconut-Flavored Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
(A Whole Bunny Cake)

Easter Bunny Shaped Cake with White Coconut - Whole Bunny While I love both of the Easter Bunny cakes on this page, I think these little bunnies are the cutest and most elegant. From this one recipe, you can make two little bunnies. Put them both on the same tray (I love this tulip print one)and surround with green coconut "grass" (instructions at the bottom of this page), and they'll look so cute and peaceful you may not want to eat them.

First you'll see the recipe for the basic coconut cake and frosting. Below that are assembly instructions and decorating ideas. One recipe (that is, two bunnies) serves 10 -12, but these elegant little cake bunnies are so cute and easy you may want to make more.

Another cute tasty Easter bunny cake idea: For a wonderful look and some extra flavor, toast your coconut for a "brown" bunny. My favorite way to display these Easter bunny cakes? Put one brown and one white bunny on a tray surrounded by green coconut "grass." It's surprisingly realistic!

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Coconut Cake Ingredients:
1 1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. shortening
2 C. all-purpose flour
3 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 C. milk
5 egg whites
1 tsp. almond extract
1 C. dry, flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. butter, softened
4 C. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Milk, as needed

Bunny Decorating Ingredients:
Flaked coconut (plain or toasted)
Colored coconut (for grass, etc., instructions at bottom)
Jelly bean or M&M's for eyes
Candies and marshmallows for decorating the face
Construction paper or flattened, trimmed marshmallows for ears

Cake Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour two 9" round cake pans.

2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until fluffy and well mixed with an electric mixer.

3. In a medium mixing bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt.

4. Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk, to shortening mixture in three stages.

5. When mixed, beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes more.

6. Add the egg whites and almond flavoring. Beat another 2 minutes or so more. Stir in coconut.

7. Divide batter evenly among your two prepared pans.

8. Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

9. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing from pans.

Instructions for Frosting: 1. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese.

2. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Add a very small amount of milk to thin if needed, half a teaspoon at a time.

How to Make a Bunny Shaped Easter Cake

Assembling your Bunny Cake (diagram above): 1. Cut one cake layer in half. Place cut halves side by side, and cut a small wedge from both, about 1/3 way down the body. This separates your bunnies' heads from their little bunny bodies. The cut wedges will be used as a tail.

2. To make frosting easier, place cut cake pieces in the freezer about an hour before frosting. This will keep the cut parts of the cake from coming loose as you frost.

3. Frost between each half of your layer cake and press together. Do the same with your tail pieces. Place bunny upright on a platter (you won't be able to move him after he's frosted) and attach his tail to the body with frosting. Frost outside of cake generously.

4. Press generous amounts of coconut (toasted or untoasted) all over frosted bunny. Use jelly beans or other candies for eyes and nose. If you want to add extra detail to your Easter bunny cake (your choice-- simple is more elegant, but details are fun), add licorice strings for whiskers, mini marshmallows for teeth, and large marshmallows (cut them in half across the middle) for fluffy bunny "cheeks".

5. To make ears, cut pink construction paper to shape and fan slightly. Looking for an edible-eared Easter bunny cake idea? Marshmallows! Flatten a large marshmallow and trim it into an ear shape with scissors (this is easiest if marshmallow is chilled after flattening).

6. Surround your Easter bunny cake on a tray with green coconut grass and chocolate eggs or jellybeans, if desired.

Vanilla Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
(Easy Bunny Head Easter Bunny Cake Idea)

Mr. Easter Bunny With Bowtie Easter Cake
This Easter bunny cake idea is so cute and fun, the kids will go crazy for it. While the "whole rabbit" Easter bunny cake idea above is rather simple and elegant-looking (and makes a prettier Easter centerpiece), this bunny head cake allows you to go all-out. Let the kids help decorate, go for crazy colors, add lots of candy... the sky's the limit!

This cake recipe makes a moist, buttery yellow cake that's just wonderful, along with a tasty vanilla buttercream frosting. But you can use any kind of cake and frosting you like... including the boxed stuff. Have fun with it! Serves 10-12.

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Yellow Cake Ingredients:
4 lg. eggs, separated
1 C. butter, softened (2 sticks)
2 C. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 C. buttermilk
1/2 C. flaked coconut

Frosting Ingredients:
1 C. butter, softened
3 1/2 C. confectioners sugar
1 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt

Bunny Decorating Ingredients:
Flaked coconut
Colored coconut "grass" or color of your choice (optional)
Various candies for face, whiskers, bow tie decoration, etc.

Cake Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and flour and grease two 9" round cake pans.

2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Reserve yolks.

3. In another mixing bowl, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar. Mix on medium another two minutes or so, or until fluffy.

4. Add egg yolks and beat about 1 minute more. Add vanilla extract.

5. In a third mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a fork.

6. Alternating with buttermilk, add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches. Mix well (but don't over beat) after each addition. Stir in coconut.

7. Fold in egg whites with a rubber spatula.

8. Divide batter evenly between your two prepared pans (you may have a little extra).

9. Bake about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

10. Cool completely on a wire rack before removing from pan.

Frosting Instructions: 1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar and salt. Blend well.

2. Add milk and vanilla. Beat several minutes over medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy.

How to Make and Shape and Bunny Head Easter Cake

Assembling this Easter Bunny cake idea (see diagram above): 1. Set one of your two layers aside for the bunny's head. Cut half-circles from each side of the other layer (see diagram below) to create two ears and a bow-tie.

2. To make the cake easier to frost, freeze cut cake pieces about 1 hour (you can freeze your "head" layer, too, if you like). This will keep the cut parts of the cake from coming loose as you frost.

3. Place "head" layer on your serving tray. Attach ears with frosting, then place the bow-tie about 1/2 inch from the bottom of head.

4. Carefully frost entire bunny rabbit cake. Coat with flaked coconut (colored or plain) for "fur." Decorate as desired with jellybeans, candy-coated chocolate, licorice whips, colored frosting, etc. Have fun with it!

5. Surround with colored coconut "grass" if desired.

Easter Bunny Cake Decoration:
Colored Coconut for Coconut "Grass"

My favorite decoration for any of the Easter bunny cake ideas above? Colored coconut! You can buy plastic Easter basket grass and use that, if you like. But colored coconut is an easy-to-make and much more elegant-looking solution.m

1 C. shredded coconut
1 tsp. water
Food coloring, as needed

Instructions: 1. Put your coconut in a resealable bag. In a small container, dissolve several drops of food coloring in your tsp of water.

2. Poor food coloring mixture over coconut, seal bag, and shake until uniformly colored. Repeat as needed.

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Check out Other Visitors' Bunny Cakes

Click below to see Easter Bunny cake ideas from other visitors.

Ugly Bunny 
I cant really say I'm proud of my bunny cake because it turned out a little ugly. But it was a ton of fun to make.

Bunny Head Cake with Strawberries 
I put a layer of strawberry puree down at the bottom of the cake and decorated my bunny head with strawberry eyes. Served with strawberry ice cream. He …

Sam's First Easter Bunny Cake 
I used a pound cake recipe just to be different and since Sam is only 6 months old and can't actually eat the cake. Adults will be eating it. It has a …

Two Little Bunnies 
We had so much fun making this cake! The toasted coconut made an awesome brown color for our brown little bunny, and the green coconut was great as grass. …

Purple Eared Bunny Cake 
I LOVE my bunny cake. I think it's the best of the bunch. She's got so much coconut on her she's actually fluffy, and I love the purple ears I gave her. …

Easter Cake with Rabbits 
I love the idea of the whole bunny cake and think it looks really elegant. I may give that one a shot this year. This cake isn't a bunny cake like the …

My Bowtie Easter Bunny 
I was making this Mr Bunny cake for a kids party so I wanted lots and lots of color!! I outlined the bowtie in jelly beans and the ears have colored sprinkles. …

Pink Bunny Cake 
Last year I did this funny little bunny cake with my boyfriend for a party with friends. See the little candy lips? As far as bunnies go, I think she's …

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