In June, my niece decided she wanted to celebrate her Half-Birthday, since her regular birthday, like many in our family, falls in December and gets absorbed by the Holidays.
Even though I have a sordid history of not being able to bake well, I decided to take on the challenge and make her a 3-D bunny cake.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Cake Mix and icing of your choice (I used white cream cheese and pink strawberry icing and white Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix. For gluten-free cake, try Bob’s Red Mill cake mix.)
- Eggs and oil and water, or whatever else your cake mix requires
- Red hots or red gummy bears
- Round 9″ cake pan
- Mini or regular cupcake pan
- Cooking spray
- Optional shredded coconut (my niece doesn’t like it)
Preheat the oven and make your cake batter as it says to on the box. Lightly spray your 9″ round and the cupcake tin. Fill the cake pan 1/2 full and use the rest of the batter to make cupcakes/mini cupcakes. You can line the tins if you want to, but it’s not necessary). Bake according to instructions for both cake and cupcakes (If the temperature is different, make the lower temp one first.)
While cake is baking, rinse, hull and cut up several fresh strawberries. Get out the icing and make sure it is room temperature. If you have gummy bears instead of red hots, cut the heads off of 3 gummy bears.
When cakes are done, remove from oven and cool at least 20 minutes. Remove cupcakes and reserve 3 minis or 2 regulars. You can ice and decorate the remaining ones if you like.
After letting the cake cool for at least 20 minutes, turn the round cake out of the pan onto a cutting board or serving platter. With flat side up, cut it in half, then ice and decorate the top with berries.
Carefully slide your hands beneath the cake and stand it up on the cut ends, applying gentle pressure and letting the icing glue the halves together. If you need to transfer it to a platter, do that now. Next, cut your mini or regular cupcakes in half.
Cut one of your mini cupcake halves in half again. Ice the cut sides of the cupcakes and pile them in pyramid form on one end of the cake to form a head shape, like so. If you used larger cupcakes, you can use one half and one quarter for the head, and you may need to do some sculpting.
At the other end, ice and place another half for the tail.
Gently ice the entire cake with a rubber spatula, taking care to not be too forceful. Mine was a bit crumbly around the bottom so take extra care there. If you like coconut, sprinkle the cake with coconut shreds while the icing is fresh, so it looks like fur.
Use the gummy bear heads or red hots for the eyes and nose.
Finally, cut out two ear shapes from white paper and color the insides pink with crayon or marker. Crease. On either side of the bunny’s head, make a slit and insert the paper ear’s tip into the cake.
Decorate the platter with remaining diced or whole strawberries.
And there you have it, a bunny cake!
By the way, when we celebrated, the power went out, and our cake-cutting adventure looked a tad creepy….