Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make an Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

My husband and I have a running debate about the proper use of the word “rich” when describing food. (Lame, yes, but that is what happens when two lawyers get together.)  I say “rich” should only apply to very buttery or fatty foods. Whereas, John uses it to describe any highly-seasoned cuisine.


Well, good news John, you’re right. According to Miriam-Webster, the adjective “rich” describes food that is “highly seasoned, fatty, oily, or sweet.”  By this definition even a cup of Jello could be rich, which seems odd (and by odd, I mean completely wrong!).

But, as they say in one of favorite movies, “I’m not here to debate you [John]. I’m not here to debate.” (Anyone guess the movie?)  . . .  I’m just here to share recipes!


On that note, here’s one of my favorite Easter dessert recipes.  It’s the cake my mom used to make for us when we were kids. I remember being fascinated by how a few simple cuts in two circular cakes could make a bunny with a bow tie. I also remember licking the beaters after whipping the cream :)  I love those memories.  And even more, I love that I am now making new memories with Jack and Elle. Happy baking!


Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

Here’s what you need: (1) one box of Angel Food cake mix; (2) whipped cream (or Cool Whip, if you must); (3) shredded sweetened coconut; (4) pink sugar sprinkles; (5) green sugar sprinkles; (6) mini cadbury eggs (for eyes and nose); (7) melted chocolate or skinny licorice ropes (for whiskers); (8) a large piece of cardboard; and (9) aluminum foil.

Here’s what you do:  Make the angel food cake according to the instructions on the box.  I use the store-brand box from HEB.

Bake the cake in three 9-inch round cake pans.  (You will only need two for this recipe . . . you can save nibble on the other one as you work.)
Let the cakes cool.
Cover the cardboard with aluminum foil.  Run a knife around the edge of one of the cakes, gently pulling the cake away from the pan on the bottom as you work.  Invert the cake pan on the foil-lined cardboard so that the cake ends up in the lower third of the board.  (This will be the bunny’s face. You need room for ears above and a bow tie below.)
Loosen a second cake in the same way.  Then place it upside down on the center of a cutting board.
Using a serrated knife, make two cuts in the cake, as shown below.  (This will create the ears and bow tie.  The ears don’t have to be exactly even, so no need to measure.)
Place the two ears on the foil-lined cardboard above the bunny’s face.  Place the bow tie piece below the face.  (One of my cake pans is darker, which is why the cake for my ears and bow tie are much more browned that the cake for the face.  Otherwise, the cakes are the same.)
Cover the entire cake in whipped cream.  Smooth it with a spatula.
Cover the entire cake with sweetened coconut.
Sprinkle the pink sugar sprinkles inside of the ears.
Place the candy eggs for eyes and a nose.
Sprinkle the green sugar sprinkles all over the bow tie.
For the whiskers, you can use melted chocolate (like I did) or skinny licorice ropes. The melted chocolate came out a little messy, so I will probably use licorice next time.  Or do you have another idea for whiskers?  Get creative!  And most importantly: Just Have Fun With It!

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8 Responses to How to Make an Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

  1. Jeff Hampton February 21, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    I don’t care what John or Miriam Webster says, Marie is right on the rich food thing. C’mon, rich jello? I don’t think so!

  2. Matthew February 21, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Oh, shizzle! You lost me a coconut! Can you suggest an alternative?

    • Marie H. Saba February 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      So hard to please! You could just leave the whipped cream layer. I’ll think about what else might work…

      • Jolene Vogel March 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

        Is there anything else to use instead coconut? My family is not a big coconut fan.

      • Jolene Vogel March 26, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

        Is there anything else to use instead coconut? My family is not a big coconut fan.


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