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Dapper Bunny Cut-up Cake

Category: Dessert
Source: Julia Elliott

In this simple recipe, two prepared round cakes are transformed into a bow-tied bunny.

Ingredients: Your favorite cake recipe or cake mix
Your favorite white frosting recipe or canned frosting
One large bag of shredded coconut
Black shoestring licorice (eight pieces)
Red shoestring licorice (one piece)
Jellybeans, assorted colors
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
Green food coloring, optional
Foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, optional
Directions: 1. Prepare your favorite cake recipe or cake mix (carrot cake or yellow are nice choices for a springy bunny). Pour into two greased and floured 8- or 9-inch round pans and bake according to instructions. Invert on cooling rack and let cool.
2. Put one whole round cake on large tray or cookie sheet. That will be the bunny's face. Take the other round cake and cut a teardrop shape out of both the left and right side of the round. These should look like bunny ears, and what's left should look like a bow tie.
3. Place the bunny ears in proper place above bunny's face. Put bow tie at bottom of bunny's face.
4. Prepare frosting recipe or buy two tubs of canned frosting (a fluffy white or cream cheese complements the cake nicely).
5. Frost the bunny's head and ears. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the remaining frosting and frost the bow tie.
6. Mix a few drops of red food coloring with a tablespoon of water. Toss a half-cup of shredded coconut into colored water to tint the coconut pink. Sprinkle in the middle of each bunny ear.
7. Use remaining un-tinted coconut to sprinkle on the rest of the bunny's face and ears.
8. Use jellybeans for eyes and nose. Use black licorice strings for whiskers. Cut short bits of red licorice strings to create mouth. Use remaining jellybeans to decorate bow tie, giving it a polka-dot effect.
9. Option: Garnish sides of bunny cake with green-tinted coconut, to resemble grass. Jellybeans or foil-wrapped chocolate eggs can be placed in the grass for further embellishment.

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