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Easter Bunny Cake

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This adorable easy Easter bunny cake is the perfect Easter dessert for kids to enjoy!
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Table of Contents
  1. Easter Bunny Cake Ingredients
  2. How To Make This Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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This adorable Easter bunny cake is an easy and fun dessert that will delight the kids this year. This funny little rabbit only needs a box of cake mix, frosting, and a few decorations for a memorable Easter dessert that your family will request every year.

Pair this cute bunny with more Easter desserts including our carrot cake or easy Easter cookies.

close up shot of a easter bunny cake on a cake stand

Easter Bunny Cake Ingredients

You’ll need:

  • 1 boxed cake mix (any flavor), plus ingredients called for on the box
  • 1 container of pre-made frosting
  • Shredded coconut
  • Green food coloring
  • Jelly beans
  • Two dark M&Ms (for eyes)

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

BOXED CAKE MIX: Any flavor of cake mix is a great choice for this fun cake recipe. Chocolate cake, vanilla cake, or white cake mix would taste equally yummy.

FROSTING: Any white or off-white frosting works fine to create this white bunny cake. If you are a fan of cream cheese frosting, you can use a container of that for this bunny cake.

DECORATIONS: You can use edible or non-edible decorations for this adorable bunny cake. There is plenty of flexibility, only limited by your creativity, on creating the bunny face and surrounding decorations. We made the bunny ears out of a piece of paper but you could make these edible as well.

COCONUT: While shredded coconut will look the most like grass, if all you have available are coconut flakes, you can easily substitute them.

How To Make This Easter Bunny Cake Recipe

STEP ONE: Prepare the cake in a round cake pan according to the package directions.

cake after being baked

STEP TWO: Once cooled, cut the round cake in half.

cooled cake cut in half

STEP THREE: Place the two halves of the cake together, and cut a 90-degree angle from the very top corner on one end of the half-circle to create the bunny’s head.

cake cut into the shape of a bunny

STEP FOUR: Place the frosting in between the two cake layers and put it back together. Turn the cake on its side, with the flat side becoming the bottom of the cake.

cakes frosted in the middle and put together

STEP FIVE: Frost the remainder of the cake.

entire cake spread with frosting

STEP SIX: Next, you get to use a bit of creativity and make your very own bunny ears. Using paper and markers, draw 2 bunny ears and cut them out. Place one ear on each side of the frosted cake. Pop in the bunny’s ears and M&M bunny eyes onto the top of the head.

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You can get creative with decorating your bunny’s face. You could even give him a cute bow tie, pink jelly bean nose, and whiskers if you’d like.

bunny ears being assembled and placed on the cake with eyes

STEP SEVEN: In a paper bag, shake together coconut and a drop or two of green food coloring to make green grass.

PRO TIP:

Add the shredded coconut to a brown lunch bag. Directly into the bag add a few drops of green food coloring. Fold down the top to seal bag and toss the coconut in the green food coloring. Be sure not to add too much food coloring, you still want the coconut to be fairly dry.

shredded coconut mixed with green food coloring to make grass

STEP EIGHT: Place your cake on a serving plate or cake board of green coconut grass and decorate as desired.

PRO TIP:

Spread out your “grass” on a serving platter and place the bunny cake on the top. Then, garnish with a few sprinkled jelly beans. Every year my grandmother likes to add a few dark-colored jelly beans to the back of my bunny. It always gives everyone a chuckle.

bunny placed on a bed of green grass on a cake stand

How To Serve

Make this sweet cake one of your new Easter traditions and serve it following your delicious Easter dinner this year. Don’t forget to whip up a batch of peanut butter chocolate Easter eggs or coconut chocolate Easter eggs to add to the Easter baskets.

Storage

ON THE COUNTER: The cake can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days covered in plastic wrap.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the unfrosted cake for up to two months. We’d recommend waiting to frost and decorate the cake until you are ready to serve it.

close up shot of a easter bunny cake on a cake stand

This cake is the perfect focal point on your Easter table. First, as a centerpiece and then, a yummy dessert. This cake is amazingly easy and will be a whimsical addition to your spring celebrations.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a homemade cake for this recipe?

If you have a favorite cake recipe you’d prefer to use instead of boxed cake mix, you can use that instead.

Can I use homemade frosting for this recipe?

If you prefer to make homemade frosting, you certainly can. This cake is flexible as to the flavor you use, although we would recommend using white or off-white icing for the bunny.

Can I freeze this cake?

You can freeze the cake unfrosted for up to two months. We’d recommend waiting to decorate the bunny until you are ready to serve it.

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Easter Bunny Cake

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This adorable easy Easter bunny cake is the perfect Easter dessert for kids to enjoy!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box
  • 1 container pre-made frosting
  • shredded coconut
  • green food coloring
  • jelly beans
  • 2 dark M&Ms, for eyes

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the cake in a round cake pan according to the package directions.
  • Once cooled, cut the round cake in half.
  • Place the two halves together, and cut a 90-degree angle from the very top corner.
  • Place the frosting in between the two layers and put it back together. Turn the cake on its side, with the flat edge becoming the bottom of the cake.
  • Frost the remainder of the cake.
  • Cut out paper bunny ears and pop in the ears and M&M bunny eyes.
  • In a paper bag, shake together coconut and a drop or two of green food coloring to make green grass.
  • Place your cake on a plate of coconut grass and decorate as desired.

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Notes

  • You can get creative with decorating your bunny’s face. You could even give him a cute bow tie, pink jelly bean nose, and whiskers if you’d like.
  • Add the shredded coconut to a brown lunch bag. Directly into the bag add a few drops of green food coloring. Fold down the top to seal bag and toss the coconut in the green food coloring. Be sure not to add too much food coloring, you still want the coconut to be fairly dry.
  • Spread out your “grass” on a serving platter and place the bunny cake on the top. Then, garnish with a few sprinkled jelly beans. Every year my grandmother likes to add a few dark-colored jelly beans to the back of my bunny. It always gives everyone a chuckle.

Nutrition

Calories: 459kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
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