This Easter Bunny Cake Recipe is a fun, creative, & festive way to celebrate the Easter holiday with a delicious & adorable dessert.
It’s surprisingly easy to make and so much fun to serve!
Just the sight of this Easter Bunny Cake floods back so many memories and emotions from days gone by.
The recipe has remained an Easter tradition for generations as a wonderful memory and testament to my beautiful Mom.
In this post, I’m going to take you through the simple steps for making this easy Easter Bunny Cake recipe.
I mean, with the cute cake bunny ears and bowtie, who can resist making it for their family’s Easter table?
Easter Bunny Cake
Our Mom used to make this adorable bunny cake every Easter when we were kids.
It was truly a magical time in our household.
We’d wake up to big Easter baskets with lots of Easter candy, hunt for Easter eggs, and eat an amazing Easter dinner.
Then, finally, the most anticipated of Easter desserts: the Easter Bunny Cake!
Finding the Original Recipe
So you can only imagine my excitement after all these years, when I found the original recipe in my Mom’s recipe box!
My Mom had torn it out of the Parade Magazine from The Washington Post all those years ago.
Holding this piece of paper in my hands makes me think of my young Mom with 4 kids who wanted to make our Easter as special as possible.
And she did!
So, I decided I can’t keep this absolute treasure to myself, so I’m sharing it with you!
Items You’ll Need For This Recipe
This cake is easier to make than it looks.
All you’ll need is:
- (2) 9″ Round Cake Pans (Amazon)
- Serrated Cake Knife (Amazon)
- Rectangular Cake Board (Amazon)
- Offset Spatula (Amazon) for spreading the frosting
The recipe keeps it simple by instructing the baker to just make their favorite cake recipe, whether that’s homemade or using a box.
Similarly, the directions for making the frosting is the same – use your favorite white store-bought frosting or make your favorite homemade recipe.
Based on these instructions, here is your list of simple ingredients:
- 1 boxed cake mix (or make your favorite homemade cake recipe) – made in round pans
- 1 container white frosting (or make your favorite homemade frosting recipe)
- Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut (Amazon) or any shredded coconut
- Pink Food Coloring (Amazon) – You can use this McCormick assorted colors set for dying Easter eggs too!
- Assorted colored gum drops (Amazon) or whatever your favorite color may be.
- Red Licorice Laces (Amazon)
Bunny Cake Step-By-Step Instructions
Step 1: Bake Cake in (2) 9″ Cake Pans
Again, you can buy your favorite cake mix and follow the instructions on the box for making two round cakes, or make it homemade.
Either way, bake them in 9″ round cake pans.
Then, once the layers are baked, allow them to cool at room temperature for approximately 1 hour.
Step 2: Cut 1 Round Layer Into 3 Shapes
Now, here’s probably the toughest part of making this Easter Bunny Cake.
Be sure to scroll back up to the photo at the top of this post, or open the printable recipe card to visualize how you will cut the one cake layer.
You’ll cut the top and bottom of ONE round layer into the shape of a football (for the bunny ears).
At the same time, keep in mind that you want to leave the center of the cake (middle piece) in the shape of a bowtie.
Remember to keep the 2nd layer intact.
And don’t worry if it’s not perfect!
Once you add the frosting, coconut and candy, nobody will notice any imperfections, trust me!
Step 3: Assemble Cake on Tray and Frost
Now, find a large, flat baking sheet or even a large, sturdy piece of cardboard and cover it with parchment paper, tin foil, or wax paper.
Then, place your un-cut round cake layer onto the center of your tray.
After that, position cut-up cake pieces to create your bunny cake!
Tip: You can use some frosting to ‘stick’ your cake pieces together.
The ears will go over top of the cake and the bowtie will go under the round cake layer.
Now, frost your entire cake with white frosting.
Step 4: Decorate Your Bunny Cake
To decorate your cake, sprinkle a generous amount of flaked coconut over top of your white frosting.
Then use your pink food coloring to tint the coconut on each inner ear of the bunny.
Now, use your gumdrops to create the bunny’s eyes and nose and to give his bowtie polka dots.
Then, use your red licorice laces for his whiskers and mouth.
I have made this Easter Bunny Cake for my family through the years and the kids absolutely love it!
Hopefully they will pass on this Easter celebration tradition when they have kids of their own!
This cake just reminds me of being a little girl at Easter, and the excitement of Spring!
Additions and Substitutions
There are so many variations for making this Easter Bunny Cake.
Add or substitute the following:
- Cream Cheese Frosting or Cool Whip instead of White Fluffy Frosting
- Instead of gum drops you can use colorful or black jelly beans.
- For the bunny ears, in place of pink food coloring, you can use:
- Pink Frosting
- Pink Jellybeans
- Pink Candy Melts
- The cake flavor can be yellow, chocolate, carrot cake or any flavor you prefer.
- If you don’t like coconut, you can totally omit it.
Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
- 2 Baked 9-inch round white cake layers, cooled
- 1 container White Frosting or Cool Whip Whipped Topping, thawed
- 1 pkg (7 oz.) Baker’s Angel Flake Coconut
- 3 drops Red food coloring
- Decorations: Red Licorice, Gumdrops, & Jelly Beans
- Make your favorite box cake mix for making two round cakes, or make it homemade. Either way, bake them in 9″ round cake pans.
- Once the layers are baked, allow them to cool at room temperature for approximately 1 hour.
- Leave 1 cake whole. Use serrated knife to cut 2nd cake into 3 pieces as shown in diagram. Cut the top and bottom of ONE round layer into the shape of footballs (bunny ears). Leave the center of the cake (middle piece) in the shape of a bowtie.
- Place your un-cut round cake layer onto the center of your tray. Then, position cut-up cake pieces to create your bunny cake! The ears will go over top of the cake and the bowtie will go under.
- You can use small amounts of frosting to attach pieces to each other.
- Frost your entire cake with white frosting.
- To decorate your cake, sprinkle a generous amount of flaked coconut over top of your white frosting. Then use your pink food coloring to tint the coconut on each inner ear of the bunny.
- Now, use your gumdrops to create the bunny’s eyes and nose and to give his bowtie polka dots.
- Then, use your red licorice laces for his whiskers and mouth.
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14 thoughts on “Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make”
I used to make this when my kids were little, back in the ’70’s. For some reason, I couldn’t find it now (2023), surprising since I have kept my favorite recipes from that time. I am so happy to see it here as I plan to make it again this year.
Enjoy! It’s an Easter classic for sure!
Was this the only pattern to make a bunny cake in the book. Because I had one ,and don’t know where I found it. But it used a rectangled pan. And I lost the cut out pattern. I would love to have another one. So I could make it for my grand kids. The rabbit had pink icing on it and you cut marshmellows to look like flowers.
My Mom ripped this particular pattern out from a Parade magazine. She didn’t have a book of patterns. I hope you find the pattern you’re talking about 🙂
I am 72 and have kept this exact original recipe, I have made it every year since it first came out. Please please please do you have the date from the parade magazine? For some reason I tore off that part. I would love if some one could give me the date.
Hi Barbara, I wish I had the date! I looked on both sides of the original recipe my Mom had torn out and there was no date 🙁
I first made the cake for my son’s 1st birthday in April 1966. It was in a magazine ad in 1966.
Aw! I love it! It brings back so many memories for my siblings and me!
Loved this bunny cake as a child. I am 53 now, but remember my late mom making these cakes in the 70’s for us. It was wonderful to see it again. Those easter baskets with the cellophane on them too. I loved Easter. Our mom hid the eggs in the house for us though. I don’t ever remember not finding one or maybe my mom made a chart of where she put them. LOL
Thanks so much for the feature 🙂