Saturday, March 30, 2013

Here Comes Peter Cottontail …

by Wyndham Oxford III (“Ox”) from the Piece of Cake Mystery series by Jacklyn Brady.
My mother made a wonderful coconut cake every Easter, but it was time-consuming and not the kind of recipe you could throw together at the last minute. If you’re looking for a fun cake to serve your family and friends this Easter, check out this recipe from Betty Crocker at It’s so easy, even a novice baker can put it together and come out looking like a pro.

Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

Remember old-fashioned cutout cakes? This cute bunny is easily made from carrot cake mix frosted and covered with mouthwatering coconut.
Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 min
Servings: 12 servings


  • 1  box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray or cardboard, covered with foil
  • 1  container Betty Crocker® Whipped fluffy white frosting
  • 1  cup shredded coconut
  • Construction paper
  • Jelly beans or small gumdrops
  • 1  cup shredded coconut
  • Green food color


  1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make and cool cake as directed on box for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans.
  2. Reserve 1 layer for another use or to make a second bunny. Cut 1 layer in half as shown in diagram. Put halves together with frosting to form body. Place cake upright on cut edge on tray.
  3. Cut out a notch about one-third of the way up one end of body to form head (small end) as shown in diagram. Attach half of cutout piece from tail with toothpicks. Frost with remaining frosting, rounding body on sides. Sprinkle with 1 cup coconut. Cut ears from construction paper; press into notch on top. Use jelly beans for eyes and nose.
  4. Shake 1 cup coconut and 3 drops food color in tightly covered jar until evenly tinted. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Add additional jelly beans if desired. Store loosely covered.

Tips & Techniques

  • High Altitude (3500-6500 ft):
    Follow High Altitude directions on cake mix box for two 8- or 9-inch round pans.
  • Success
    No need to fuss over frosting. Freeze cut cake pieces uncovered for about 1 hour; this will make frosting a lot easier.
  • How-To
    To neatly display your cake, cover a large tray or cutting board with aluminum foil or colorful plastic wrap. |
Looks great, doesn’t it? Quick, easy and fun, and perfect for a last-minute dessert. If you try it I’d love to see pictures of the finished product. Or if you have a family favorite recipe for this time of year, feel free to share! Somebody tell me I’m not the only one who’s still scrambling to pull holiday plans together! 

1 comment:

  1. It sure does look great! Any ideas on how to replace the coconut?
    And Happy Easter everyone!