A bunny cake is a fixture on our dessert table every Easter. It was just one of those things that made Easter feel extra special and fun. You don't need to be a professional cake decorator to make this cake look great and your kids will love decorating it with you! Just have fun and let your bunny cake come to life.
I'm far from an expert at cake decorating and my artistic ability is limited, so believe me when I say anyone can make this cake look cute!
A bunny cake doesn't just have to be for Easter either, my kids love this cake so much they have even requested it for their birthday!
What you will need to make a bunny cake:
- A 9 inch Round Cake - that has been baked and cooled to room temperature. I like to use my Vegan Carrot Cake or Vegan Vanilla Cake recipes. If you need it to be gluten-free I highly recommend my Super Easy Vegan Gluten-Free Soda Cake or simply use your favorite cake recipe.
- Note: many cake recipes make enough for 2 round cakes, so you may want to cut the recipe in half.
- Large Bread Knife - to cut the cake without crushing or making it crumble.
- Jelly - (optional) to hold the 2 halves of the cake together. You can also use frosting instead.
- Frosting - You can use any frosting that you like. I use my Vegan Buttercream Frosting.
- Jelly Beans or Candy - to make eyes and a nose and decorate around the edges.
- Note: Since my family is vegan, we use skittles or Surf Sweet's brand jellybeans to decorate.
- Paper - to make the ears.
How to make a 3D bunny cake:
- Place your cake top side down on a flat surface.
- Cut your round cake down the middle with a large bread knife. Saw back and forth with the knife to cut the cake without compressing it.
- Spread jelly or frosting on half of the cake.
- Place the second half of the cake on top of the half with the jelly.
- Pick up the cake placing the cut side down on a cake pan.
- Use your serrated knife to cut a small triangular notch about 3 1/2 inches up from the bottom in the front of the cake.
- Place one of the small notches on the back of your bunny for its tail. (You can simply eat the other little piece. - Baker's reward)!
- Cover the whole cake with a thick fluffy coating of frosting. ( You can pull up every few inches on the frosting to make your bunny look more full and fluffy).
- Use jelly beans or other candy to make a face for your bunny just below the notches. Place more candy around the edge to make it look more decorative and finished. Place a black jelly bean under the tail for a good laugh. (This is probably the reason my boys wanted a bunny cake for their birthday parties when they were little.)
- Cut bunny ears out of paper. I usually make mine about 3/4 of an inch wide and about 4 inches tall and have them taper at the top. Color the inside of the paper ears pink and bend them slightly at the edges so they have more of a 3D effect.
- Place the paper ears in the frosting just above the eye where the notch has been cut out.
Tips and Tricks to make a perfect bunny cake every time:
- Choose a cake with a fairy dense structure so that it will hold up to cutting and standing on its side. Light, fluffy, or crumbly cakes may break or fall apart.
- Be sure to grease the bottom of your pan and line it with parchment paper on the bottom so your cake comes out clean.
- Bake your cake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- It's okay if your cake rises above the level of the pan, you will just have a fatter bunny.
- Sprinkle with coconut shreds after you frost it for a shaggy looking bunny.
I hope that this helped take the fear out of making a cute bunny cake and that this becomes a fun Easter tradition in your house too! Enjoy!
Need some more recipe ideas for Easter?
- Vegan Bird Nest Cookies - With Gluten-Free Option
- Deviled Potatoes
- Vegan Quiche
- Homemade Vegan Peeps