Easter Bunny Cake
An easy Easter Bunny Cake with purple, pink, and yellow swirls topped with coconut and jelly beans. You can make this cake with the Easter colors inside or just plain. It’s really simple, easy, and good. But the best part is the look on your kids’ faces when they see it. The perfect ending to Easter dinner.
I love Easter candy. I walk up and down the aisle. It feels like I’m with my friends. Especially Cadbury eggs. The big ones. I’ll eat the small ones too.
I asked you guys the other day what your favorite Easter food was and here are the results:
#1) The Reeses’ Peanut Butter Eggs – and YES, they are so much better than the regular peanut butter cups! Maybe more peanut butter to chocolate ratio?
#2) Deviled Eggs – These came in a close second. I thought I was the only person that popped these like popcorn but apparently a lot of you are fighting over the deviled egg platter at Easter.
Many of you said your mom or grandma makes an Easter Bunny cake with coconut. Sounds just like the one I make too. But say your grandma doesn’t make this cake…don’t you think you should start the tradition? It sounds intimidating to make but it really is easy and I am not a cake expert by any means.
Betty Crocker asked me to make a Bunny Cake recipe for them and I told them I had one but I was sure they already had it on their site because it’s a common one that everyone makes. Surprisingly they didn’t.
HOW TO DOCTOR A CAKE MIX
HOW TO CUT A BUNNY CAKE
It helps to use a serrated knife to cut the cake.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. The frosting and coconut will disguise any mistakes on this fun cake.
There you have a bunny head, with bunny ears, and a bowtie.
HOW TO DECORATE A BUNNY CAKE
You really can use any supplies you have but for this cake we used:
- pink colored sugar – for the inside of the ears
- jelly beans – black jelly beans for the bunny eyes
- red pull apart licorice – for the bunny face and to outline the bowtie
- coconut flakes – this goes on top of the cake and you can even use green coconut around the bunny.
OTHER EASTER RECIPES:
Easter Bunny Cake
- 1 (15.25 ounce) box vanilla cake mix
- Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
- Pink, purple and yellow food colors, (optional)
Frosting and Decorations:
- 2 containers Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting, (or homemade buttercream frosting or cream cheese frosting)
- 3 cups flaked coconut
- Red licorice rope
- Jelly beans
- Betty Crocker™ pink colored sugar
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray or grease bottoms only of two 9-inch round cake pans. To make sure they don't stick you can line them with parchment paper.
- Make cake batter as directed on box. For a doctored cake mix that adds a little something extra, add 1/2 cup sour cream, replace the water with milk, and add an extra egg than what's called for on the package.
- If coloring the batter: Divide cake batter evenly among 3 separate bowls (about 1 cup for each bowl). Dye each bowl a different color with pink, purple or yellow food color. Pour half of the purple batter into each of the 9-inch round pans. Pour half of the yellow batter over top of the purple layer in each pan. Pour half of pink batter over yellow batter in each pan. Do not mix.If just using white batter, divide evenly between the two 9-inch cake pans.
- Bake and cool cake as directed on box for two 9-inch round cakes. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Place one of the cooled cake rounds on serving tray. Cut other round cake as shown in Diagram above and place ears and bow tie of the bunny in appropriate places on the tray.
- Carefully frost top of cake with frosting. Sprinkle coconut over cake. Use licorice to outline bow tie and make whiskers and mouth on bunny. Use jelly beans for eyes, nose, and to fill in bow tie. Use pink sprinkles to fill in pink of the ears. Store covered at room temperature.
Can I make this cake ahead and put it in the freezer
After I have cut and ensemble the cake on a platter, I freeze it, makes it so much easier to decorate.
The Easter Bunny cake looks so adorable ! I was wondering if I had to dig out my lamb mold
from the closet! I’ll make this ! Looks easy and you can make any adjustments …meaning PLAIN WHITE or CHOCOLATE cake with the frosting and coconut on top! YES ! Thanks for sharing and keep these fine recipes coming! We all need them !
Haha yeah it’s an easy one.
what a neat blog title
My kiddos won’t eat coconut! It’s perfect for them with plain white icing, though! I like that this recipe is customizable inside and out. I’m not destroying a perfectly good cake with jelly beans- they aren’t chocolate or peanut butter so they have no place in dessert. Lol. I thought it was a fun touch to marble the colors, thanks for that idea! It’s such a blast to make this cake and decorate with little ones. Happy Easter!
I agree actually. Totally use M&Ms or some other chocolate.
I’m planning to make your bunny cake for Easter, it’s the cutest! What I’m wondering is how thick will it be? Wondering if I should use 2 boxes (or 1 1/2) for my 9″ cake pans, or would it overflow?
One box should be sufficient for 2 9″ rounds. They will just be a little thicker but plenty thick.
I printed your recipe but the diagram is missing. Have baked the cakes and am ready to go. Please email me the diagram. Thank you in advance.
Hi Christy.. Please email me the diagram to cut the bunny cake. Thank you so much!
Of course. It’s listed above but I will email you too!
Please send diagram to make bunny cake
It’s on the link above the recipe. I will send it.
Being an April baby and a coconut lover this was my birthday cake for years.Mom put my bunny on a sheet cake and dyed coconut green for grass.
Great idea for the grass!
We usually just make chocolate cornflake nest cakes at easter in our household, but I think it would be nice to start a new tradition. This bunny cake is a bit more work I suppose but it’s also much more impressive! Thanks for the inspiration.
Sorry, but I didn’t see a diagram on how to cut the cake or the bunny. Could you send it to me, Please?
When you try to print it, the diagram shows up but you’re right it looks like it’s not there on the Betty Crocker site. I will email it to you.
This cake is adorable!
This is so cute and what a fun tradition. Love the colors and the coconut flakes. No sure my bunny will be as cute but, I am going to give it a whirl.
I’ve seen this cake many times and always thought it cool looking, but yours looks even better!. I’m afraid I’ll never taste this lovely things as I’m very allgeric to coconut. I’m so allgeric that I know the chemical names for it! you would be suprise where you can find coconut oil 🙂
This cake is adorable!! Rainbow cakes make me really happy, I’ved blogged two already! — I’m a huge fan of deviled eggs, too! However, generally my cousin eats almost all of them before I can ever get to my second egg.
Oh my gosh! Howw coooool!
Awww my Nanny used to make me a bunny cake every year in public school! I miss it!
How cute! I love all the colors in the cake, gorgeous!
Love the Easter Bunny Cake! My mom was allergic to coconut, so I’ve never had something like this before. I’m adding it to my list of things to make this year. My kids would be so thrilled about the inside. New to your blog, but looking forward to finding great food on here!
i LOVE that bunny cake it is adorable!! i’ve never even heard of the tradition to make a cake like this for Easter but i am definitely going to start the tradition with my own family – how fun!
i’m a new follower of your blog!
i love it!
that cake is stinkin’ cute. i love that it’s colored on the inside. i should put this on my Easter menu!! 🙂
Love the Easter bunny cake! So colorful. My grandma used to make them. So cute!
Deviled eggs are the best at Easter since you make them to use up your dyed eggs and they are nice purple, green and blue colors!
This cake is too cute! My family never had a tradition of having an Easter Bunny cake on Easter but it is a wonderful idea and a tradition I might have to start!