Bunny Cakes Make Spring Treats Fun!
I love fun Spring and Easter themed desserts. The bright colors, fresh flavors, and sweet bunny characters always bring a smile to my daughters’ faces. As you know, I love to play with food. Creating a fun, edible art project has been my “jam” for quite some time now. Hands on learning, crafting, and eating your own design, makes for memorable moments.
Little Debbie has released their Spring treats line and I was quick to grab a few boxes of their Easter Basket Cakes. These are cakes similar to their famous Zebra Cakes line, but adorned with beautiful, pastel colored sprinkles. I purchased Little Debbie’s Easter Basket Cakes, in vanilla flavor, for this particular food craft.
I looked at the shaped of these tasty Little Debbie Easter Basket Cakes and knew that I had to transform them into a bunny’s face. This recipe is very simple and only takes a few extra ingredients to make your Easter treats super cute.
For sweet decorations on pudding cups or cupcakes, make a few extra Bunny cakes and dye some shredded coconut green (for grass)!
- 1 box of Little Debbie Easter Basket Cakes
- 1 bag of white candy melts
- 1 bag of pink candy melts
- Mini chocolate chips (these are for eyes, so you won’t use that many)
- 20 mini marshmallows
- 2 uncooked pieces of spaghetti noodles (for the whiskers)
- Parchment paper
- Piping bags with #3 tip or you can just snip of the corner of a plastic baggy
- If your making grass as decoration, 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut in a recloseable plastic bag
- 4-6 drops of green gel food coloring
- Melt candy melts in separate bowls, according to bag’s directions.
- Place melted candy melts in 2 different piping bags with #3 tip.
- On parchment paper, using white candy melts, pipe a slender 2-3″ teardrop shape. You will need 2 of these per bunny face, as these will be the ears.
- Allow the white shape of the ear to dry (only a couple of minutes). Then, using the melted, pink candy melts proceed to make a smaller slender, teardrop on the inside of the larger white shape. Allow to dry completely.
- At this point, you can also make cute, little bunny feet by creating a quarter-sized white oval and using the pink melts to create a paw shape. See photo.
- Unwrap 1 Little Debbie Easter Basket Cake per desired serving. Each cake will be one bunny’s face.
- With the sprinkle side of the Easter Basket Cake facing up, grab 2 mini marshmallows and squeeze a bit of melted, white candy melts on one side (this will act as your glue).
- Place the mini marshmallows in the center of the cake, with the candy melts side down, this will become the bottom of the bunny’s nose.
- Using the melted pink candy melts, pipe a small nose on top of the 2 marshmallows. Fill enough of the pink candy to make the nose equal height to the marshmallows, if not bigger. Allow to dry.
- Take 2 mini chocolate chips and place into the cake above the nose. I like putting the pointy part of the chocolate chip down into the cake, so my bunny’s eyes look flat.
- Break off 1″ pieces of the uncooked spaghetti and place 3 into each mini marshmallow side (this maintains the craft at 100% edible, but my kids and I didn’t eat the dried pasta). How cute are these whiskers?!
- Finally take 2 of your dried, candy melt bunny ears and insert into the top of your bunny head.
- On a white plate, spread the green grass (coconut recipe to follow) and lay the bunnies, cutely displayed, with candy eggs and Easter sprinkles scattered about.
Optional Pudding and Coconut Cups:
- Take about 1 cup of sweetened, shredded coconut and place in a resealable plastic sandwich bag.
- Add in 4-6 drops of green food gel and shake well until all pieces of coconut are green.
- Prepare instant pudding according to package directions and place in small bowls or jars. Or take the semi-homemade route and grab store-made individual puddings.
- Decorate the top of the pudding with green coconut grass and stick the bunny’s head on top. Add some candy eggs for additional cuteness.