Saturday, April 23, 2011

Bunny Cakes

This is an easy cake project, perfect for this time of year.  I baked the cakes the night before so they were completely cooled and ready to decorate.

Total decoration time is about an hour, start to finish.

Bunny Cakes
- 1 box cake mix
- 2 cans white frosting
- large bag of sweetened flake coconut
- food coloring
- large marshmallows
- toothpicks
- candy for decoration (I used chocolate chips, Junior Mints and Airhead extremes)

Bake the cakes according to box instructions, using 8 or 9 inch round pans.  Cool completely.

Remove the cakes from the pans carefully and cut each round into two half-circles.  Stack two half-circles next to each other, gluing them together with frosting.  Frost the cakes.

In large plastic bags, place half the coconut in each with a few drops of desired food coloring.  Shake bag until evenly mixed.  Spread coconut carefully over the frosting before it sets, covering the entire cake.

Using construction paper (that ideally matches the color of the coconut), cut the ears.  I cut the paper in half lengthwise, then curved one side.  I trimmed the point that would be inserted into the cake a little, and notched it with a butter knife.  Fold the bottom of the ear in half, then push paper ear into cake.

Put a little of the frosting into a decorating bottle (if you don't have one, use a small plastic bag and cut off just the tip.  Pipe frosting for eyes, place candy over it and hold a few seconds until it stays.  To make the whiskers, I cut the airhead extremes with a pizza cutter to just get the color I wanted.  Glue those on with frosting too.  I made the nose out of a chocolate chip.  On the back, a large marshmallow stuck on with a toothpick is the tail. 

The girls were super excited to help!

Happy Spring!

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