Recipes From Living the American Backwoods Cabin Life

Bunny Surprise Cake

Years ago - like maybe 20 - I use to make this Betty Crocker Bunny Surprise Cake for Easter when my boys were younger. It was so much fun and every year it would look a little different. My husband doesn't like coconut at all so I would just lightly "brush" the white frosting with the tip of a fork to make the frosting look fluffy like a soft bunny. This recipe was on the box of a Betty Crocker cake mix which I've since thrown out. I was happy to find it online to share with you all. I offered to make this cake for my husband's birthday which was just a few days ago (I wanted to take pictures and show you all for fun) but he asked me if I was going to eat any, and my jiggly inner tube of a waistline immediately came to my attention and I slowly shook my head. He said he certainly wasn't going to eat the whole bunny by himself, so I'll share with you this way. Here's the link to Betty Crocker's website. I also placed a link below to print it from their website. Once you make it, you'll see how easy it is to change things up each year. You can use different candy, different flavors of cake mix, different color frostings, or even make it for a child's birthday cake!

Happy Easter!

Prep Time: 30 min.     Total Time: 1 hr. 30 min.    Servings: 12



box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ vanilla cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
Pink, purple and yellow food colors

Frosting and Decorations

containers Betty Crocker™ Whipped fluffy white frosting
cups flaked coconut
Red licorice rope
Jelly beans
Betty Crocker™ pink colored sugar

  • 1Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray or grease bottoms only of two 9-inch round cake pans. Make cake batter as directed on box.
  • 2Divide cake batter evenly among 3 separate bowls (about 1 cup for each bowl). Dye each bowl a different color with pink, purple or yellow food color. Pour half of the purple batter into each of the 9-inch round pans. Pour half of the yellow batter over top of the purple layer in each pan. Pour half of pink batter over yellow batter in each pan. Do not mix.
  • 3Bake and cool cake as directed on box for two 9-inch rounds. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4Place one of the cooled cake rounds on serving tray. Cut other round cake as shown in Diagram A below and place ears and bow tie of the bunny in appropriate places on the tray.
  • 5Carefully frost cake with frosting. Sprinkle coconut over cake. Use licorice to outline bow tie and make whiskers and mouth on bunny. Use jelly beans for eyes, nose, and to fill in bow tie. Use pink sprinkles to fill in pink of the ears. Store covered at room temperature.
  • Line Art Image - Sequence:1


Frosting this cake does not need to be stressful. The coconut topping is very forgiving and will hide imperfections.
Use a cookie sheet or cutting board wrapped in aluminum foil as your cake tray. No need to purchase a cake board. Or create an attractive display by covering a piece of sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper, then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape.

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