Our tradition to eat a bunny for Easter, regardless of its shape and form, continues. For years I was serving baked rabbit and convincing my child that she was eating chicken with really big ears. Until I told her one year that Easter got canceled because we ate the Easter bunny. I am unsure if she ever forgave me. Last Easter we had bunny bread and bunny cake pops. I need creative ideas for the next year though.
1 container Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting + red food color (I used 1 Vanilla and 1 Pink Lemonade Frosting, no food color)
1 large Marshmallow, cut in half lengthwise
2 cups Shredded Coconut (I used3 cups + green food color-this is optional)
2 cups coarsely crushed Chocolate Wafer Cookie crumbs (good luck finding those. I used chocolate brownie cookies)
2 cups Strawberry stretchy and tangy Taffy Candies (I could only find them in a variety bag)
1 roll Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups (I used two red and one yellow to get the orange color)
3 green-colored Sour Candies, separated into strips
Construction Paper (I used pink Wilton edible sugar sheets found at Wal-Mart)
You will also need 3 muffin cups and 1 ½-quart baking bowl. (I used two8-inch round baking pans instead of a bowl).
Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Make cake batter as directed on box. Pour cake batter in 3 greased, regular sized muffin cups, filling two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into the lightly greased bowl or pans.
Spread remaining frosting over cake, using reserved 2 tablespoons white frosting to frost the bunny tail. Here I used the pink frosting for the bunny and vanilla for the tail. Sprinkle with coconut; press gently to adhere. Surround bunny with crushed chocolate cookies. Shake one cup coconut and 3 drops green food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut.
Roll up fruit snack to make carrot shapes. Cut green sour candies in half crosswise; press into large end of each carrot to make greens on carrot. Cut ears from construction or edible paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into cake with plastic food wrap. Insert into cake. Insert toothpicks to keep them upright. Remove ears, plastic wrap and toothpicks before serving. Sprinkle chocolate crumbs on the feet to make it look like the bunny was digging for the carrots. Hoppy Easter!
I’m entering this recipe into the awesome AlphaBakes challenge hosted by Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline from Caroline Makes. Random letter for April is B and this is a bunny cake and April is Easter month.
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