One of the highlights of our Easter celebration every year is tracking down the weirdest looking Lamb Cake and fighting over who gets to cut its head off during dessert. It’s become one of our favorite traditions, even when the cake turns out to be disgusting, and my heart aches that one of our favorite past times simply isn’t going to happen this year. But instead of dwelling on it, my boys and I instead set out to make an Easter Bunny Cake using what we already had in the pantry and fridge and it was just what my battered heart needed. Not only is this delicious Simple Easter Bunny Cake easy to make with a few simple ingredients, but it is also the perfect recipe to make with your kids. Now start searching the pantry to see if you already have the ingredients!
Simple Easter Bunny Cake Recipe
Based on what we had on hand already, we decided to make an olive oil cake, one of our favorite simple desserts. But instead of sticking to the standard recipe, we incorporated some of our favorite flavors like fresh herbs and fresh citrus. I even added a splash of Lavender Syrup because I can’t get enough of it lately. My advice is to stick to this basic Olive Oil Cake recipe and then add special flavors based on what you have on hand.
1 cup olive oil (the most delicious kind you can track down since it is the main ingredient)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ cup sugar
3 large eggs (room temperature)
1 ¼ cups milk (room temperature)
1 tablespoon freshly grated citrus rind and 2 tablespoons fresh citrus juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a cake pan. Mix together all dry ingredients, set aside. In a mixer, beat together sugar and eggs for 4-5 minutes. Slowly add olive oil and citrus zest while mixer is still on. Once mixed well, slowly add dry ingredients. Finally, add milk and citrus juice. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let cool completely and then decorate.
*I added fresh thyme, 1 teaspoon of lavender syrup and extra orange zest when adding olive oil to the sugar/butter mixture. This is where you can get creative and use whatever your taste buds prefer and whatever extra ingredients you have on hand.
How to Decorate a Simple Easter Bunny Cake
Prefer to bake a different flavor cake? No problem! These tips for how to decorate a Simple Easter Bunny Cake will work on just about any cake out there and will bring some festive fun to your Easter table.
Paper with a small circle cut out
Small rubber bands
If you ask my boys, THIS is when the fun begins. Why? Because you can use your creativity to create any type of Bunny Cake decoration you want.
To start off, find some herbs and bend them to create the shape of bunny ears. I highly recommend using small rubber bands to hold the ends together so they stay secured in your cake. I couldn’t find a long enough piece of thyme in the bunch I had so I used rosemary and the rubber bands really came in handy since it is such a thick herb to bend.
Once you have figured out your herb bunny ear placement, it is time to make your bunny face. Take a piece of paper with a symmetrical hole cut in it and place the paper over the ears so the ears pop through. Carefully take powdered sugar and dust it over the paper to make the face. Then, very carefully, lift the paper off the cake and you will be left with a round, sugary face and adorable herb ears.
Finally, use whatever you have on hand to create your Easter Bunny Cake face. We used whole raspberries and blueberries, as well as chopped strawberries and two small bunches of herbs to complete our bunny face with eyes, a nose, whiskers, and big teeth.
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer when decorating your Simple Easter Bunny Cake—I mean, if my family loves to get hideous Lamb Cakes every Easter maybe making wacky looking bunny cakes will be YOUR family’s new tradition.
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