Spring is in the air~ and I LOVE it!! We’ve had such a pretty week this week–warm weather & lots of sunshine, and it has put me in the mood for some spring themed sweets!!! BUNNY is our special of the day ;0)
I have made many Easter and spring themed cakes with bunny toppers & decorations…but I haven’t made a 3-D bunny cake in about 20 years! Now that is just plain crazy. You’ll have to stop by my “backstory” blog sometime to see a picture of that first try. As scary as that picture of my first bunny is, don’t fear the bunny—I want you to know that cute bunnies are within your reach! Really, I’m talking to cakers of all skill levels now–this is completely doable! Let’s get started~
I’m starting off with the bunny ears because if you want stand-up bunny ears, you’ll need to dry them in advance. This is white gum paste (although fondant with tylose kneaded in would work fine too.). Just roll your gum paste to approx 1/4-1/8″ thickness, cut out your shapes, and let them dry for a couple of days. (Mine were actually ready after one night but it’s best to play it safe.). You could also cheat and use white card stock anchored in back with lollipop sticks :0)
See how I made one ear flop forward? Another idea is to just work with fondant and let the bunny have completely floppy ears! No need to dry in advance if you go this route. We’ll get to the pink in the center of the ears a little later on –
I’m starting with a 6″ round cake layer & a cake made from Wilton’s half ball pan. You can improvise by carving a couple of 6″ stacked layers into a dome if you do not have a ball pan–or you could bake in an oven-safe bowl.
Next, I filled and stacked my two layers (with buttercream in the center). I tapered the cake slightly at the bottom so that the cake would have a more rounded appearance. Carving/tapering is an optional step and wouldn’t work well with cakes that are super soft. As you can see, I took off just a small amount.
Next, as you’ve seen me do many times, I frosted my cake with a crusting buttercream. I allowed to crust (this happens after about 5 minutes), and then smoothed over everything with a Viva brand paper towel (no impressions or quilting on Viva).
Now that our body is nice and smooth, let’s start thinking about the head. Instead of carving a cake head, I thought it would be easier to go the good old rice cereal treat route. Here, I mashed 4 rice cereal treats tightly into a dome shape–perfect for bunny’s head.
Here, I rubbed my rice cereal treat with a light coat of shortening and then layered a piece of fondant over it. Actually, I used two layers of fondant–one still showed a few lumps and bumps. Then, I just cut off the excess fondant and was left with a perfectly smooth bunny head. An alternative would be to frost right over the head with buttercream !
Next, I added two little black fondant eyes, a pink fondant nose, and some rosy cheeks. The rosy cheeks are pink petal dust which I applied with a dry brush. I used the same on the ears.
Next, I used a skewer to push two holes into the top of the bunny head. This is where the ears will go!
Next, I took my dried gum paste ears and flipped them over. Then I attached lollipop sticks to the backs with dampened pieces of fondant. They were set within 30 minutes. Your sticks don’t need to be this long. I trimmed mine a bit before actually inserting them into the head.
After putting in my ears, the bunny head was ready! I attached it to the body with a bit of buttercream.
Have you ever seen edible bunny grass? Mom found this in a local grocery store :0) –If you don’t have this, you can simply pipe buttercream grass, or you could even surround your bunny with jelly beans!
I added a bunny tail using a Wilton piping tip 12–but use whatever you have on hand, or just do a swirl of buttercream!
I drew on a little bunny mouth with an Americolor coloring pen. That’s an optional step, but I thought it made her a little more cheerful! Oh, and our bunny needed a bow too! Little white dots in the black eyes bring our bunny to life. Here she is!!
Isn’t she sweet? Now some of you may be wondering what our bunny would look like with more textured, swirled fur. I wondered this too–so I tried it! — Bunny is going to the salon for a new ‘doo…
I piped on some extra buttercream and did a little swirling with my spatula.
And we’re done!! Which bunny do you like better? Smooth or swirly? Swirly is perfect for any icing, but especially with non-crusting frostings. I think that either way, you really can’t go wrong. I hope that you’ll give this bunny a try sometime soon! If you do, I would love to see it!
Have a great weekend!