Vintage Easter Bunny Cake

One of my favorite memories of Easter as a child was my mom’s Bunny Cake.  That was back in the mid-1970’s and now this bunny cake has fallen out of popularity.  I just purchased a vintage cake cookbook from Anthropologie and was surprised not to find this one.  Maybe this post can inspire others to re-introduce this cake to their children.  Not only is the shape memorable, but it is also fun for kids to pick out the candy and help decorate!

Vintage Easter Bunny Cake by The Sweet Spot Blog

I am the worst at decorating cakes.  I am too impatient and disappointed when the frosting doesn’t look perfect.  You would be amazed at how easy it is to ‘hide’ imperfect frosting techniques with flaked coconut and jelly beans!  Since you are (probably) making this cake for kids, save yourself time and just use a boxed cake mix and canned frosting.  You can whip it up in no time!

Bunny Cake Instructions

1 box white cake mix
1 can white frosting
1 bag sweetened coconut flakes
Multi-colored jelly beans
Shoestring licorice
Candy for eyes and nose (I used 2 mini-chocolate eggs and a Starburst)

– Bake (2) 9″ round cakes according to the box directions.
– Once fully cooled, cut 1 of the cake rounds according to the diagram below.  You can either cut it free-form or use a medium bowl as a template.
– Carefully arrange the cake pieces on a sheet of corrugated cardboard covered with aluminum foil or on a baking sheet.
– Frost tops and sides with an even layer of frosting.  You may find that you will need to start with a light crumb layer on the ‘cut’ portions of the cake, then re-frost for a smooth coverage.
– Sprinkle coconut flakes on bunny face and ears.  Lightly press down to adhere.
– Decorate with candy.

Vintage Easter Bunny Cake Diagram by The Sweet Spot Blog It’s bunnylicious!


24 Responses to Vintage Easter Bunny Cake

  1. Maria March 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    Thanks for reminding me of this awesome cake for Easter! I remember seeing in Good Housekeeping or Family Circle magazine when I was a kid :) I am going to make it this weekend.

  2. Corinna March 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Maria, we would love it if you would take a photo of your cake and share it on our Facebook page! Cannot wait to see how it turns out!

  3. The HIdden List March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Adorable! I’m very impressed!

  4. Amber March 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Very cute cake!

  5. Nicole March 25, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    I just got all the ingredients to make with the kids tomorrow. If you can’t find shoestring licorice, buy the twizzlers and you can separate it! (not all licorice separates) Too fun!

  6. Corinna March 25, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    Nicole, we would love it if you would come back a share a photo of your cake on our Facebook page! Thanks for the tip on the Twizzlers…I was wondering about that.

  7. Leslie March 25, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Such a cute cake! The best projects are those that can quickly hide imperfections. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. @mfashforward March 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm #

    Thanks for linking up with All Things Pretty I pinned you
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  9. Claire Berry March 30, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I just made it. It was so simple and quick. Plus it looks adorable. I also had cmpany over and it was so easy that I did while talking to them! I would recommend this cute cake recipe to anyone!

  10. Corinna March 30, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    Claire, you are so sweet! We would love it if you would share of photo of your cake on our Facebook page:

  11. Julia March 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Hi! You were the link before me at the Funky Junk Interiors link party! Just stopping by to say hi! Your cake is so cute! Wonderful! I think that getting the three pieces out of the one round cake is such a great way to stretch time and money! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Rita March 30, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

    So cute! I remember making this cake when my kids were little! Thanks for sharing.
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  13. Suburban Epicurean March 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Absolutely love this ~ Thanks for sharing!!

  14. Kathy Penney @ Sparkles and a Stove March 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanks for linking up at All Things Pretty! Pinned this adorable cake to the party board!
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  15. @mfashforward April 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Thanks for linking up to All Things Pretty last week, congrats on being featured. Please come back to the party this week at
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  16. Sharon Mouser March 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

    This really looks good and easy

  17. Susie (The Esthetic Goddess) March 22, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    OMG! I remember making this cake when I was in 7th grade back in the 7’s! Easy but yummy!
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  18. Laura Ehlers March 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    So cute! I just recently shared my ‘vintage’ cut-out cake books with a co-worker for her one year old’s birthday. These cakes were a staple when I grew up – easy and inexpensive. I made several for our children as they celebrated birthdays. They are a wonderful reminder of a simpler time.
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  19. Stephanie April 14, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Oh my gosh this is just such a cute idea!!
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  20. Shelly April 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    My mom also made this when I was young. I think she still has that ugly orange recipe box and all the recipes, stashed waaay back in the cupboard. Love this cake, thanks for the memories!

  21. amanda April 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    This was in a book my mom had..have been looking 4 this thx!!

  22. Vel Orrell April 16, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    This is so similar to the cake my Mom made us for Easter. I am going to do it for my grandkids for Sunday dessert. Brings back such great memories!!

  23. Pam March 13, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    My mom made this cake back in the 70’s and my family has been making them for years. So easy to do and a lot of fun. I have actually purchased smaller round cake pans to make “personal” sized bunny cakes.

  24. Regina April 4, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Just made this cake last night!! Kids had a blast helping out.

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