EASY EASTER BUNNY CAKE
Nothing says “Spring is FINALLY here,” like Easter, and making a fun treat to commemorate this beloved holiday is a must. Especially if it means making this absolutely adorable cake. So, here I will show you how to make an Easter Bunny Cake.
In order to make this cake, you need to have a few things ready.
What you need to prepare in advance
- Two 8 inch or 9 inch round cakes in whatever flavor you want
- 1 Buttercream recipe or three cans of pre-made vanilla or cream cheese frosting
- 13 x 19 inch cake board, covered in foil if desired
* Set aside about 1 cup of frosting, or one pre-made can of frosting, for coloring purposes.
Tools you will need
- Off-set spatula
- Straight spatula
- Decorating bags or freezer ziploc bags
- Icing food coloring…red, blue, brown, green
- Disposable cups or bowls
- Plastic spoons
- Oreos (optional, and not a tool)
Making the Bunny
In order to make the bunny, you will need to make sure that your cake has been fully cooled and that you have leveled the top of the cake. See my tutorial on how to level a cake for a step-by-step guide.
Making the Bunny Ears and Bow Tie
Using only one of the cakes, take a round cake board (or a plate, the round pan, plastic container lid), and place it on top of the cake off-set to one side. Make sure you don’t meet the edge of the board all the way to the middle, go about an inch out from the middle.
Take your knife and cut along the side of the cake board, following it around.
Take the board off the cake. Follow the line, again, with the knife, and cut all the way through.
Take the cut piece and lay it on top of the other side of the cake, lining it up exactly with the edge.
Now you have the base for your ears and your bow tie, if you wish to have one.
Step 6: (Optional)
At this point you can decide to either leave it how it is, or trim it up a bit, like I did. I cut the bow down a bit, to make it smaller, and I trimmed the brown edge of the ear off to make the ear skinnier. But this step is optional.
Crumb Coat the Bunny
Take your buttercream frosting, or pre-made frosting and start to coat the cake in a thin layer of frosting. Don’t go too thick.
Once you have covered the cake in a crumb coat, put it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to let the frosting harden.
Making the Fur
Fill a decorating bag or freezer ziploc bag, fitted with a large round decorating tip (you can also just cut the corner of the bag and just use that instead of a decorating tip), with frosting. Start on the side of the bunny’s head and squeeze out large dots all along the head and the ear. You do not need to do this on the bow. Continue the dots, going to the next row up, until the sides are done.
Take a fork, starting on the bottom row, and texture the side by gently raking the fork in the frosting and pulling outward. Do this all the way around until the sides are done.
Tip: At this point, you may need to put the bunny in the refrigerator, and your frosting, if your frosting is too thin or warm.
Repeat the process of making large dots on the top of the cake, making sure to leave a space open in the middle of the ears, and using the fork technique to make the fur.
Finishing the decorating
Inside of the Ears
Using the food coloring of your choice, take out about 1/3 cup of the remaining frosting, and add a drop at a time of the icing coloring until you reached your desired color.
Fill a new decorating bag, or ziploc bag, with colored frosting, and snip off the end. Fill in the middle of the ears with your colored frosting.
Tip: If you choose to use red, you can also use it for the nose.
The Bow Tie
Color about 1/3 cup of the left over frosting whatever color you wish the bow tie to be. I did mine in a pastel blue.
Fill a decorating bag or ziploc bag with the colored frosting and cut the tip. Trace the bow tie out and fill it in with the frosting.
Use an off-set spatula or straight spatula to smooth out the frosting on the bow tie.
Get creative with another color icing, or sprinkles to decorate the bow tie.
The face can be done however you wish.
For the eyes, I used the cream of an Oreo cookie as the whites of the eyes then used the blue frosting that was used on the bow tie to color in the eye. You can just use the leftover white frosting, if you wish, for the whites of the eyes.
Tip: Make sure you have more than two Oreos if you do this method. It took me about ten cookies to get two off in one piece.
For the nose, I used the color from the inside of the ears.
For the mouth, I colored a small amount of frosting, light brown, which I also used for the eyebrows and whiskers. I placed it in a ziploc bag, snipped the corner off a little, and piped it on.
You can finish this cake off however you wish. Candy eggs, plastic eggs as decorations, green frosting to make grass. I just took leftover white frosting, spread it around the board with my finger, to make a thin layer, and sprinkled on green sugar for grass.
I hope you all enjoyed this cute little Easter Bunny Cake. This cake was meant to be easy enough for those who are just learning, and fun enough for experts to do quickly. It would be great for decorating with your kids too. Please let me know if you have any questions and please feel free to leave a comment below.