Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Bunny Cake

The Bunny cake has been a long tradition in our family. He's made an appearance at every Easter I can remember.

But one year, he almost didn't make it. I was probably around 12 or 13 years old when my mom gave me the job of making the bunny cake. ME! What an honor.

I was only using a box cake mix, so it should have been a piece of cake (groan). Anyway, I added the eggs, water, oil and started mixing. And mixing. And mixing. Ten minutes later I thought my arm was going to fall off. I had no choice but to ask my younger sister what went wrong.

She took one look at the unopened box of cake mix and pointed out exactly what went wrong. I forgot to add the mix. So terrible to be corrected by an 8-year-old.

In the end, the bunny made it to the table and was enjoyed by all. But my mom never, ever asked me to make him again. Until this year...

She's really starting to show faith in me. She believes I'm FINALLY outgrowing my Domestically Deficient title. Thus, she turned over the bunny cake pan.

I didn't want to disappoint and decided to go all out with a homemade burnt almond torte cake. I made everything from scratch.

There were a few bumps in the road --
  1. I put too much batter in the pan and it started to overflow.
  2. I spilled flour everywhere (including on my brand new black sneakers). Such a pain to clean up.
  3. The icing called for emulsified shorting -- Does anybody even know what that is? Or where you can buy it? I never did figure that out. Apparently Crisco works as a decent substitute.
  4. Despite greasing and flouring the pan, the cake got stuck.
  5. And the almonds -- yikes. The recipe I used to toast them essentially cemented them to the pan. Roughly a third of them flew all over the kitchen as M and I tried to scrape them off. They were EVERYWHERE. Good thing I made extra!
But in the end, the bunny was served. And he was a huge hit. All was right in our home on Easter Sunday.

PS Take a vote -- Do you think he's holding the Easter egg in front of him or popping out of an egg? That is a question we've pondered for years.


  1. I think he's holding an easter egg in front of him! Great job on the bunny cake! Haven't made one or even tasted one before, will definitly have to try one in the future!

  2. I think he's hiding behind the egg. It looks cute though!

  3. Oh my gosh, I love the Easter cake you made! Your decorative touch is priceless and I can't believe the complicated recipes you're taking on in the kitchen! At first glance it looks like he is jumping up from behind the egg . . . but the more I look at Mr. Bunny, I believe he's holding the egg!