Step by Step Photo Instructions
Prep Time: 1 hour
Freeze Cake Layer: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Yield: Servings for 12
- One single 8" or 9"-inch cake layer, any flavor
- 2 cups frosting (enough for 2-layer cake), any flavor
- 2 cups flaked coconut, divided
- green food coloring
- dried mango slices or other material for ears
- jelly beans
- optional additional food colors
- Freeze cake layer 1 hour. Slice cake layer in half. Stand cut cake layer on cut end. Cut a notch through the two pieces approximately up one-third the way from one end of the body to form the bunny head.
- Frost in between the cake layer halves. Also, frost the bottom of the cake, so it won't slide around on the serving plate.
- You need to choose just the right serving plate. I needed to choose a plate that not only would hold the bunny, but would fit in a cake carrier that was tall enough for the bunny ears.
- Frost the entire bunny.
- Using one of the notches cut from the cake layer to form a bunny tail. Add tail to bunny body and cover it in frosting. The frosting should be enough to hold the tail on the end of the bunny body.
- Sprinkle entire bunny body with 1 cup of coconut. Use your fingers to lightly press the coconut into the frosting. At this point, I put my bunny cake into the refrigerator overnight. I wasn't serving it until the next day. This step is optional.
- Add bunny ears. The reason my ears are orange and a little short is because I wanted to use some dried mango I already had on hand. There are other bunny ear options like dried fruit roll-ups or even using cut pink construction paper. It's your choice.
- To make the eyes and nose, I used jelly beans. Black ones for the eyes and an orange one for the nose. If I was using red or pink for the ears, I would have used red or pink jelly beans instead.
- To decorate the serving plate, use 1 cup of green tented coconut and sprinkle with jelly beans.
- I sliced my bunny cake perpendicularly from the tail to the head.
You could make a chocolate bunny or any other favorite cake flavor under the white icing. Want chocolate icing too? Use the color card that comes with the food coloring to die your coconut a coordinating dark color.