How to make bunny cakes


These bunny cakes come in pairs - one cake mix makes two bunnies. So you get two chances to be creative with your frosting color and decorations. Professional baker and author Liv Hansen for the Betty Crocker Kitchens will show how easy it is. So hop to it. (You didn't think we'd resist an easy pun, did you?)

How to make bunny cakes

Prepare the bunny cake shapes and frosting

  • In a medium bowl, tint 1 container of frosting with neon purple food coloring.
  • In a medium bowl, tint 1 container of frosting with neon pink food coloring.
  • Cut each cake in half and place half circles on serving plate side-by-side, cut side down, flat back to flat back.  Spread frosting between the layers, to adhere the halves to each other.

Decorating the bunny cakes

  • Frost each bunny cake with remaining colored frostings. Use offset spatula or the back of a spoon to make swirls in the frosting to give the cake a fluffy look.
  • Cut construction paper ears and insert into cake.
  • For the eyes, cut a mini marshmallow in half and press on flat surface to flatten. Place flattened mini marshmallow halves on the cake. Cut a jelly bean in half and adhere to the middle of the marshmallow halves with a dab of frosting.  Use a jelly bean for nose and licorice strips for whiskers.  For the mouth, use a jelly bean or two gum pieces to create a fun, goofy buck-toothed rabbit. Add large marshmallow for the tail.

These bunny cakes serve 16. Visit for a template of the bunny cakes.

Transcript LAURIE GELMAN: If you're planning a springtime party or family gathering, a bunny cake is just the thing to brighten up the table and make the kids' eyes light up. I'm Laurie Gelman with, and this is Liv Hansen for Betty Crocker Kitchens. And have we got a bunny for you! Or should I say bunnies?
LIV HANSEN: Yep. We're going to do two of them.
LIV HANSEN: One for you, one for me.
LAURIE GELMAN: All right. Let's hop to it!
LIV HANSEN: Okay. So we start with an 8-inch round cake, and we're just going to cut it in half. You do yours.
LIV HANSEN: Right down the middle.
LAURIE GELMAN: Great. Serrated knife, I see. Okay.
LIV HANSEN: Now we're going to arrange them on these plates that we have.
LAURIE GELMAN: Oh, I love that you do this. You just take wrapping paper and put it over cardboard. I'm Bunny One. Are you Bunny Two? I'm just checking. Okay. Bunny Two. Here we go.
LIV HANSEN: Okay. So I'll show you how we do it. We're going to arrange one here. They stand up on their flat edge. And I'm going to give you purple.
LAURIE GELMAN: Do you do them flat back to flat back?
LAURIE GELMAN: Okay, so they're chubby on the outside.
LIV HANSEN: Mm-hmm. So take a little frosting and spread it on one of the cut edges.
LIV HANSEN: And this will stick them together and it will give it a filling. What we can also do is put a little bit underneath, and that will prevent it from sliding around when you're actually frosting it.
LAURIE GELMAN: That's a great idea.
LIV HANSEN: Then we're just going to take a big spoonful on top. This is when you just start spreading it all over. You want to cover the entire cake.
LAURIE GELMAN: Let me move a little closer to you so I can see what's going on. These are gorgeous frosting colors. Can you buy them like this?
LIV HANSEN: You can tint them yourself. You can just get food coloring from the grocery store and just add it drop by drop until you have the desired color. These are nice and springy, though. For the bunny, you don't actually want it to be smooth. You kind of want to make it look like it's fur, so you can give it a little texture, which is definitely great for the novice or beginner. You don't have to worry so much. So you can just move the spatula around randomly.
LIV HANSEN: Okay, so now we can do the decorations with the candy.
LIV HANSEN: Okay. I start with a nose. Choose any color. I like the pastel colors for this just because it's springy.
LAURIE GELMAN: Springtime makes it look good. I'm going to do yellow.
LIV HANSEN: And then you can use pull-apart licorice, but these little rainbow candies are great fun. You just have to cut them down the lines and then cut them into about 2-inch strips.
LAURIE GELMAN: Oh, okay. They don't pull apart. You have to do it yourself.
LIV HANSEN: You have to actually cut them. And then you just tuck them into the nose there.
LAURIE GELMAN: How cute. How many whiskers?
LIV HANSEN: I do four on each side, but that doesn't matter.
LAURIE GELMAN: Okay. Find some fun colors in there. What else does a bunny need? A bunny needs ears.
LIV HANSEN: It definitely needs ears and eyes. Let's do the eyes first because that's with the candy here. Okay. You can just take mini marshmallows and cut them in half, and then just kind of mush them a little bit to get them a little wider.
LIV HANSEN: And you can stick them on right above the nose. And then you can just take actually cut in half jelly beans for the eyes. So take a little frosting and just—to make it an adhesive. Yeah, and just put it right on there and then stick it right on it.
LAURIE GELMAN: These would be so easy for kids to do, too.
LAURIE GELMAN: It's fantastic. What a great afternoon project.
LIV HANSEN: And then we can do the ears. And a really easy way to do it so you don't have to worry about candies or anything is just cut out construction paper into teardrop shapes. So we'll do tone on tone. I'll do pink ears, and why don't you do purple ears.
LIV HANSEN: And what I recommend is you just take it and at the one end just fold it just a little bit and that'll reinforce it.
LIV HANSEN: And then you can stick it right in. Push it in about half an inch, maybe up to an inch, if necessary. And it should just hold up on its own.
LAURIE GELMAN: Cute! So cute. I like yours. They're a little wider. Mine are a little closer together.
LIV HANSEN: Just a couple more touches. I like to make it a little goofy and put in little white gum for the teeth, little buckteeth. For teeth.
LAURIE GELMAN: And what about for the tail?
LIV HANSEN: A big marshmallow.
LAURIE GELMAN: Oh, right on.
LIV HANSEN: Just plop it right on there. And there you are.
LAURIE GELMAN: I love these cakes! I'm so proud of us. It's amazing. And what I love the most is that kids can actually help you--really help you--and use their own imagination with the decorating.
LIV HANSEN: Yeah. If they're old enough, they can frost and decorate the entire thing. Or if they're a little younger, they can just choose their favorite candies and apply them.
LAURIE GELMAN: Yeah. You know what I love most, Bunny Two?
LIV HANSEN: What, Bunny One?
LAURIE GELMAN: We have so many cakes here. This is fantastic. One box, two cakes. Fantastic. Thank you very much.
LIV HANSEN: Thank you.
LAURIE GELMAN: Always a pleasure. You're going to find a lot more great ideas to make all your occasions more special on
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  • Liv Hansen

    Liv Hansen Professional Baker and Author Liv Hansen is the author of three books, has appeared on the Today Show, Top 5 (Food Network), The View and Roker on the Road, and was a finalist on the Food Network Challenge: Haunted Gingerbread. more about this expert »