About this recipe:This is a wonderful project to make with the kids. If you want, you can make a cake from scratch rather than a mix. Likewise, you could use shop-bought cake to make the bunny - it is up to you! The children will have loads of fun assembling and decorating this bunny cake.
550g cake mix (any cake mix would do)
300g cream cheese
400g icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
80g desiccated coconut, divided
Pink paper for the ears
Two raisins for the eyes
1 small strawberry for the nose
Green food colouring
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Preheat oven to 180 degrees C / Gas 4. Butter two round cake tins. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box.
Divide the cake mixture into each cake tin and bake for 25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the tin, then cool completely on a rack.
Meanwhile, mix the cream cheese and icing sugar in a bowl. Whisk until the mixture is creamy then add the vanilla extract.
Set one cake aside to prepare a second bunny. This recipe uses only one cake.
Cut the cake through the middle to obtain two half-circles. On a serving dish, spread the inside of the two halves with the cream cheese mixture, then stick them together. Place the cake cut side down on a cake platter. Cut a triangle about a quarter away from one end to form the bunny neck and head. Attach the 2 triangles at the other end to make the bunny tail. (Attach the triangles with a skewer if necessary. If the triangles are too big then adjust and cut accordingly.)
Cover the bunny with the remaining cream cheese mixture, then sprinkle with 1/2 of the desiccated coconut. Cut two long ears from the pink paper and insert them in the coconut topping. Make the eyes with the 2 raisins and the nose with the strawberry.
In a jar with a lid, place the rest of the coconut with 3 drops of green food colouring. Shake well; the coconut flakes will take a green colour then sprinkled all around the bunny to make the grass. Refrigerate until serving.