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Bunny Cake

 Bunny Cake
This is one of the cutest cakes ever! Serve this at any younger child's birthday party and they will be so excited about their cake!—Marian Thoma, West Bend, Wisconsin
6-8 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 25 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • FROSTING:
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 4 ounces white candy coating
  • Red paste or gel food coloring
  • 1-1/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • Green liquid food coloring
  • 6 chow mein noodles
  • 2 pink jelly beans
  • 1 red jelly bean

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Directions

  • Pour into a greased and floured 9-in. round baking pan. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan
  • to a wire rack. Cool completely.
  • For frosting, whisk the flour and milk in a saucepan until smooth.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened (mixture will be
  • paste-like); cool. In a bowl, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually
  • add sugar, beating well. gradually add cooled milk mixture; beat for
  • 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add vanilla; mix well.
  • On waxed paper, draw two bunny ears, 5-1/2 in. tall x 2-1/4 in. wide;
  • set aside. In a microwave or a heavy saucepan, melt candy coating;
  • stir until smooth. Tint pink with red food coloring. Spread over
  • bunny ear pattern's cool until firm. Carefully peel ears off waxed
  • paper. For grass, place 1 cup coconut in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Add 12 drops green food coloring; shake well.
  • To assemble, cut cake in half. Spread frosting over top of one cake
  • half. Stack second half on top. Stand the cake by placing cut side
  • down on a serving platter. Cut a wedge from one side of cake about 1
  • in. from cut side and about 2 in. deep to create head as shown in
  • Fig. 1 below. Set wedge aside for tail.
  • Frost entire cake. Place tail on back of cake. Frost and cover with
  • remaining coconut. Add chow mein noodles for whiskers, pink jelly
  • beans for eyes and red jelly bean for nose. Place ears behind head
  • as shown in photo. Spread grass around bunny. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 804 calories, 46 g fat (25 g saturated fat), 119 mg cholesterol, 622 mg sodium, 94 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.