Easter Bunny Cake–Updated for 2016!

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When I was a little unicorn loving tomboy (yes, its a possible mix), I loved this Easter Bunny Cake my mom made every year. I even liked the coconut she strategically only put on the ears because my big, ugly, stinky brothers did not like coconut. She did 95% of the cake and decorating when we were little. I was usually the coconut sprinkler and bow tie jelly bean artist with supervision.

I looked forward to starting this tradition with my own family years before they arrived because I had thought of a twist. I would let them decorate it all by themselves.

2006, Ages 2 and 10 mths

2008, Ages 4, 3, and 1.5

2009, Ages 5, 4, and 2.5

2010 Ages 6, 5, and 3.5 (This one kind of made me sad because it wasn’t crazy, reminding me how fast they are growing and one day the cake bunny will be all perfect and boring and GASP they may be too cool to make it)

2011, Ages 7, 6, 4.5…..but then they followed up with this guy. Whew…

I love the brainstorming, teamwork, compromise, and watching them sneak little bites, you know, to make sure it tastes all right. Wouldn’t want to serve anything less than perfect.

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Ages 10, 8 and 7…They went more philosophical this year with a “concept cake”. The brainstorming was hilarious as they agreed upon a concept they called “Half & Half” .

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Meet Half Steve (normal) and Half Cray Cray (crazy). Hmmm…were they inspired by their half crazy mother?

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Here he is…our TENTH EASTER BUNNY CAKE!!! The kids are 11, nearly 9, and 8 this year. After much discussion and compromise, they agreed to call him “The MAD Hatter” to honor their initials and our first of ten bunnies to wear a hat. So appropriate for this fancy occasion. We are super fancy people. Did I mention we’re all still in jammies? My favorite part this year was when I looked up from switching my phone to video…this happened.

The best part to me, other than John’s wicked dance moves of course, is the fact that my kids are totally desensitized to him breaking it down. It’s just Easter Bunny Cake business as usual while dad funks it up.

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2016

In honor of a snowy day, a lot of frosting, and a carrot nose… I introduce to you “Frosty”.

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The kids are 12, 10, and 9 and still loving our tradition.

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Hoppy Easter!

Shelisa

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PS. To make the Easter Bunny cake, just bake any flavor (kids’ choice) in 2 circle cake pans. One is the face. When you make two cuts to make the ears from the other circle, you are also making the tie shape. Or depending on how you look at it, you may be cutting the tie with ears left over.

PSS. By all means, apply this “kid-made” cake strategy to any cake in your life. Then, when you bring it to a party there’s zero stress of perfection. Actually, apply that non-perfect strategy to all areas of your life.

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  1. Shannan Underwood says:

    As always, I love to read your posts! My favorite bunny is the one with Hershey’s Kisses fully wrapped! 🙂

  2. I can’t tell you how much I love this! So wonderful to have the archive of photos through the years. So happy to have seen this via the Kids Co-op.

    • Thank you so much Cathy, and thanks for passing it along on the Kids Co-Op Facebook Page. It’s one of my very favorite family traditions. Pretty sure I need to have a dedicated Easter Bunny Cake Album sitting on the coffee table each Easter;)

  3. I love the pictures showing the bunnies through the years, and how they get to be the cake decorators on their own. Awesome! Looking forward to seeing the 2012 picture! 🙂

  4. Alright Shelisa, I’m game. Is it a mold or are you cutting the pieces out of a round cake? Tell me everything. I’m kinda horrible with baking… I must have a real authority complex and can’t follow directions or something, but I’ll try to be good this time.

    This has got to be better than egg dying. Noli ate the dye tablets last time.

  5. I’m in love with this multi-generational tradition. Thank you for sharing this, and I totally agree that pictures like these are the ones that should grace the covers of magazines (I’m pinning that image by the way)! Thank you for sharing this fantastic idea at the Kid’s Co-op.

    P.S. I was a unicorn-loving tomboy too… 🙂

  6. so how do you keep them from fighting over it? that’s MY question.

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