A rabbit-shaped cake makes a great dessert for Easter or a children's birthday party. It is actually easy to make this shaped cake, even if you are a beginning baker. You can even make a bunny cake with your kids just for fun. Here's how to make a rabbit-shaped cake:
Ingredients and supplies:
- Cake, any flavor, from scratch or a boxed mix, to fill two 9 inch round pans
- Frosting, white or chocolate
- Food coloring (optional)
- Coconut flakes (optional)
- Candy to decorate the rabbit's face (licorice for whiskers, round candies for eyes, etc)
- Two 9" round cake pans
- Tray to present the finished cake
- Pencil and paper to draw the design
- Knife to spread frosting
- Knife to cut cake
- Bake the cake. Bake two 9" cakes in any flavor, using any recipe or boxed cake mix. Bake according to the directions, and then allow the cakes to cool completely. Plan for at least an hour between removing the cake from the oven and beginning to work with it.
- Draw the ears and bowtie. First, draw two ear shapes and a bowtie on your paper. Then cut them out. Lay them on one of the cakes to be sure that all three pieces can be cut from the cake. Then use the paper templates to ensure that the ears and tie will look right when you assemble the rabbit with the second, uncut cake as a round head. You may want to cut one ear piece and use it for both cake ears, to make sure that they are a matching pair and aren't lopsided.
- Cut the first cake. Now, lay the patterns on top of one of the round cakes, and carefully cut the ears and bowtie. The other cake will remain intact, as the head of the rabbit. Assemble the round cake, the two ears, and the bowtie on your tray.
- Frost the cake. Cover the top and sides of the cake with frosting, using frosting to stick the ears and tie to the head. You can use white or chocolate frosting, or add food coloring to change the color of the frosting. Do not frost the cake until it is completely cool, or the frosting may melt and slide off the sides of the cake.
- Decorate the rabbit. Sprinkle flaked coconut onto the top of the cake to look like fur. Then use candy to make the eyes, nose, whiskers, and mouth of the rabbit.
Rabbit-shaped cakes are fun and festive. Plus, because the shape is so simple, they're easy to make. If you're making a bunny cake with kids, you may want to let them make the paper template and then cut the cake for them.