Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spring Bunny Cut-Up Cake


“A righteous man cares for the needs of his animal, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.” NIV

Where we live in southern West Virginia there are lots of animals, and one of the pleasures we have is watching them.    Our front yard joins a river.  We see deer, mink, otters, beaver, fox, squirrels,  bob cats and occasionally a snake or two. 

We sometimes think our yard is a bird sanctuary. The other day we saw a bald eagle land in one of our trees by the river.  We have seen him on several  occasions.  He must have a nest nearby.  When our nine year old grand-daughter was here, a couple of weeks ago, she spotted him soaring in the sky before any of the rest of us.

Each year my husband and I enjoy the spring with all the new life we see. One of the things we enjoy is watching the rabbits with their young,  but this spring we have not seen any.  Maybe it is still to early for them.   Since my thoughts have been upon spring and bunnies, I decided to make a spring bunny cake. 
Many years ago, I purchased a cake mix that had instructions on the box for making a cut-up bunny cake .  You could make a bunny by cutting up the two round cake layers.  I do not remember the brand name of the cake mix that had the instructions, but I do remember how to cut it up.

I want to share with you what I did, so you can make one as well.

For this cake, I used a Betty Crocker cake mix and nine inch round cake pans.



First, grease and flour the cake pans. Set aside while you mix up the cake mix.

Mix up cake mix following the directions on the box.  The yellow cake mix I used said to mix:
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 cup of water




Put equal parts of the batter in each pan.  Bake at 350 until golden brown, and the top is firm when patted.  Remove from oven and let cool on racks.


I then cut one layer as seen below.  The ears would come from cutting off the rounded area on each side. This will give you four pieces.  Put the cut pieces together, two pieces for each ear. The square that is left will be the body of your bunny.


For the head and the bunnies paws, you cut from the second nine inch cake layer. Take a saucer and set it on the cake layer and use it as a pattern to cut the bunny head. I used the ring of cake that was left to make my four bunny paws. Divide the ring into eight equal parts. Stack two together. You will have your four paws. Set aside.








Make your frosting.
My frosting recipe is as follows:
4 cups powered sugar
2 sticks margarine
1 cup of Crisco
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1/3 cup evaporated milk

Beat at high speed with mixer for approximately 10 minutes.
Seal  the cake with frosting  until you are ready to do the design work.





Use a frosting bag with couplet and star tube #18 to do the final frosting.  I frost the entire  cake using the  star tube.  For the ears, the nose and back paws, I color some of the frosting with Wilton pink paste coloring.  I used Wilton black paste coloring  to make the coloring for the eyes, mouth and the front paws.


To make a tail for my bunny, I used a large marshmallow, attached it with frosting, and frosted it with the pink frosting.


I used jelly beans for his body decoration and a pink ribbon.  I used green basket grass to cover the board.

My grandchildren will be coming tonight.   I know they will enjoy eating this cute little bunny. Why don't you try making one yourself?

Blessings,






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42 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much. Glad you like it and hope you will try to make one.

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  2. My first birthday cake was a bunny very similar to your. That is so cute!

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  3. Hi Jo Ann,
    This is an awesome tutorial for your Spring Bunny. He is just adorable, I might even be able to make one with your instructions. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement. Glad you like my bunny and hope you will make him. I plan to have a great week. My daughter and her children are visiting. Hope you will have a great week as well.
      Jo-Ann

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  4. Great cake idea. I am a new linky follower. Come and follow me back :) Have a wonderful weekend!
    Diane
    http://mamaldiane.com/

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  5. I am writing this to inform you I chose your blog to receive the Liebster award! Thanks for all the great information on your blog. Love it. Go here http://mamaldiane.com/?p=2380 to check out the post. Have a wonderful day!

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  6. This is FABULOUS!!! I was certain you used a mold... Incredidble that you made this with cut outs!

    I would love it if you shared this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!
    http://thediydreamer.blogspot.ca/2012/03/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-9.html

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  7. Great step-by-step photos! It turned out so cute.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment and for viewing my blog.Blessed Easter.

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  8. Thank you so much. Glad you like it.

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  9. wow!!! wish I was this talented....love it!

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    1. If I could do so can you. So glad you like it. Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed Easter.

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  10. This is a cute bunny cake. Good work.

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    1. Thank You for visiting my blog. Glad you like it. Have a Blessed Easter.

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  11. This is the cutest thing ever!! and you detailed it really good and made it simple and easy for ME to understand! thank you so much. love it!

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    1. So glad you like it. Hope you will make it sometime. Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed Easter.

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  12. Just showed this to my daughter, she and I both LOVE it!!

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    1. So glad yoy and your daughter like it. Hope you will make it sometime. Happy Easter.

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  13. oh, this cake reminds me of a cake my aunt & i made when i was a kid. so cute. i love it. hopped over thanks, the bunny blog hop. take care. (:

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  14. Oh my goodness this cake is ADORABLE!!!! What a great job you did!!!! Absolutely adorable!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting on the cake. So glad you like it. Hope you will try to make it. If I could so can you. Have a blessed Easter.

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality linky party!

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    1. So glad I could share it and thank you for having the linky party. Have a blessed Easter.

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  16. This bunny cake is soooo cute! We loved having you join us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope to see you again soon! -The Sisters

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  17. This cake is adorable! I love the cut out shapes! I definitely pinned this! I would love for you to link it up to my link party. I know my readers would love it too!
    http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/04/what-i-learned-wednesday-4.html

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    1. I am so glad you like it and pinned it. Thank you for viewing my blog. I did go and link to your party. Thank you for inviting me. Have a blessed Easter.

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  18. I'm still loving this cake! Thanks for linking up to What I Learned Wednesday! I hope you come back again tomorrow!

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