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bunny cake

Easter Bunny Cake

An easy Easter Bunny Cake with purple, pink, and yellow swirls topped with coconut and jelly beans. This recipe is so fun!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 16 servings



  • 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:


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.