Easter Bunny Cake

Hop on over for some retro Easter fun!

Cute and easy bunny cake for EasterWhen I was a kid, my mom used to make this bunny cake for us at Easter. I have such fond memories of helping with the baking, decorating…and of course the eating! Naturally I could not wait to make this cake with my family! It is a very easy recipe and the possibilities are endless with the way you can decorate the cake. Your kids will love this project and you will enjoy building memories for your family!

This recipe is adapted from the Baker’s Coconut Cut Up Cakes Recipe circa 1970-ish.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 9-inch round cake pans
  • Yellow cake mix (use your favorite boxed recipe)
  • Two containers of white buttercream frosting
  • 1-2 small bags of coconut flakes
  • Red food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • Knife
  • Red and black licorice
  • Blue icing from tube
  • M & M candies
  • Foil covered cookie sheet
  • Two glass bowls

How to Make It:

  1. Bake cake according to the directions on the box using 9-inch baking pans
  2. Allow cakes to cool completely and remove from pans.
  3. Place one round cake in the center of your cookie sheet. This will be the bunny head.
  4. Use the second round cake to make the ears and bowtie. Follow the diagram below and cut along the red lines.
    Use this pattern from the 1970's to make and decorate an Easter bunny cake.
  5. Place the bunny ears on your cookie sheet just above the head making sure the ends of each ear touch the head.
  6. Place the bow-tie shape just below the bunny head making sure the cake ends touch.
  7. Ice the entire cake.
  8. Divide one bag of coconut between the two glass bowls.
  9. In one bowl place a few drops of red food coloring and stir the coconut until well blended. Continue to add food coloring a drop at a time until you reach the desired pink color.
  10. Repeat this process with the green coconut.
  11. Add the pink coconut to the ears to make it look like the inside of a bunny ear.
  12. Spread the green coconut on the cookie sheet around the bunny.
  13. If you find that one bag of coconut is not enough for the ears or the grass then you can repeat steps 8-12 with the second bag of coconut.
  14. Use the blue icing to draw eyes.
  15. Create a mouth with the red licorice and whiskers with the black licorice.
  16. Use M&M candies to decorate the bow tie.

About The Author

Rebecca Cousins
Rebecca Cousins is the owner of Freckles Crafts, unique craft kits for kids, and editor of the popular blog, Crafting with Freckles. She spends her days balancing the role of a stay at home mom to two fun loving little boys, while running a company from her home studio. When on break from being a mompreneur, chauffeur, cook, therapist and boo boo healer, you will probably find Rebecca holed up in her craft room with a big bowl of chocolate, a glass of wine, and a glue gun! To connect with Rebecca visit her website and blog, or you can always find her hanging out on Twitter and Facebook!

17 Responses to Easter Bunny Cake

  1. kaunet says:

    I have made this before, it was a lot of fun and the kids loved it!

  2. kakenta says:

    I still have the book! I now use it for my grandchildren…lol

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  5. Jetso06 says:

    My Mother-in-law has made this for my kids every year and used to make it for my husband when he was your. The kids have a ball helping to decorate it and later eating it! This will be my first year making the cake since we no longer live near my in-laws. Looking forward to some family fun time today. Happy Easter!!

  6. be8e says:

    so cute

  7. Sarah says:

    I made a carrot cake like this for the Easter Bunny! We used colored frosting instead of the candies and a cupcake for a muzzle, and it turned out absolutely adorable.

  8. teowed says:

    I have this same recipe from 1975 been around for a while

  9. Freya says:

    This is so easy to make! Great recipes never get too old! Thank you

  10. Sassy says:

    I believe the magizine this cake patern came from was either: ‘Family Circle, or Mc’Calls, cirrca- March 1973.’ I recall drooling over a cake just like it as a kid anyway. It looks just as yummy to me now.