Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Here comes Peter Cottontail....

For Easter this weekend I wanted to make a special cake for the family. The idea was to do a lemon bunny cake, and it turned out way better than I planned, thanks to my mom's directions on how to carve and decorate.

It's a very simple process, and a lot of fun to do with kids!

1 box of cake mix and ingredients according to box.
1 can of frosting
jelly beans
coconut (about 1-2 cups)
food coloring

Step One: The basic cake
Bake cake mix of choice according to box in two 8-inch round pans.
After finished baking, let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then dump cakes on large tray to completely cool.

Step Two: The carving
With a bread knife, carve two oval-type shapes off of each side of one cake round. This will form two ears and a bowtie. Arrange ears and bowtie around the other cake round.

Step Three: Decorating

Cover cake completely with thin layer of icing. When finished, add a thicker layer on top of the ears and face.
Use food coloring to dye remaining icing to make the bowtie another color. Can use sprinkles or jelly beans to decorate bowtie.
Sprinkle coconut over ears and face to give the appearance of fur. If it doesn't stick, press down slightly into the icing.
Take one tiny, tiny drop of red food coloring and drop it in a ziplock bag of coconut. This will dye the coconut pink for the center of the ears. If it is too red, add more coconut and disperse. Lay pink coconut in the middle of each ear.
Use jelly beans to make eyes, a mouth, and whiskers on the face. Licorice can also be used in lieu of jelly beans for whiskers.

Step Four: Eat
Amaze all of your friends and family with your adorable bunny cake and enjoy eating!

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