Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make

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Just the sight of this Easter Bunny Cake floods back so many memories and emotions from days gone by.

Easter Bunny Cake

Our Mom used to make this every Easter when we were kids.

It was truly a magical time in our household.

We’d wake up to big Easter baskets, hunt for Easter eggs, and eat an amazing Easter dinner.

Happily displaying our baskets

Then, finally, that long anticipated moment when Mom would walk the Easter Bunny Cake over to the table for all of us to enjoy!

Finding the Original Recipe

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make

So you can only imagine my excitement after all these years, to find the original recipe!

My Mom had torn it out of the Parade Magazine from The Washington Post those many 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!

We decided we couldn’t keep this absolute treasure to ourselves, so we’re sharing it with you!

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe

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This Easter Bunny Cake Recipe is surprisingly easy to make and so much fun to serve! This recipe has been passed down through the generations as a wonderful memory and testament to our wonderful mother.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 250 kcal


  • 2 Baked 9-inch round white cake layers, cooled
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) 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


  • Leave 1 cake whole. 
  • Use serrated knife to cut 2nd cake into 3 pieces as shown in diagram.
    Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make
  • Arrange on large foil-covered board or platter to resemble a bunny's head and bow tie, using small amount of Cool Whip to attach pieces to each other.
  • Frost cake with remaining Cool Whip. 
  • Generously sprinkle cake with coconut. 
  • Tint a small amount of coconut pink for the bunny's ears by adding a few drops of red food coloring diluted in water.
  • Decorate with gumdrops and/or or jelly beans for eyes, nose and polka dots on tie. Licorice for mouth and whiskers. 
    Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
Keyword Easter Bunny Cake, Easter Cake

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

This cake is easier to make than it looks.

All you’ll need is:

I have made this Easter Bunny Cake for my family through the years as well.

Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make

The kids absolutely love it and will hopefully pass on this 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!

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12 thoughts on “Easter Bunny Cake Recipe Like Mom Used to Make”

  1. 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.

    • Hi Barbara,
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 5 stars
    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.

  3. 5 stars
    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


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