Peter Rabbit Cake Recipe
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Peter Rabbit Cake Recipe

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No bunny will be able to resist a slice of this adorable dessert. Baked and decorated ahead of time, the coconut-topped cake makes an eye-catching fitting finale to any Easter feast. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 1-3/4 cups flaked coconut, divided
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • Assorted jelly beans
  • 1 stick black licorice, cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch strips


  1. Mix and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-in. pans. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  2. For bunny's head, place one cake on a 20-in. x 14-in. covered board. Cut remaining cake into two ears and one bow tie (see Fig. 1). Place ears 4-in. apart on top of head. Place bow tie so it fits in curve of head (see photo).
  3. Frost top and sides of head, ears and bow tie. Sprinkle 1-1/4 cups coconut over head and ears. Divide remaining coconut between two resealable plastic bags; add red food coloring to one bag and green to the other. Seal bags and shake to coat. Place pink coconut on ears to within 1/2 in of the edges. Place green coconut around the cake.
  4. Use jelly beans for eyes, nose and to decorate bow tie. Cut the licorice into seven 2-in. pieces and seven 3/4-in. pieces. Place six 2-in. pieces next to nose for whiskers. Bend the remaining 2-in. piece into a semicircle and place 3/4 in. below nose for mouth. Connect nose to mouth with one 3/4-in. pieces. Place three 3/4-in. pieces above each eye for eyelashes. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Peter Rabbit Cake in Quick Cooking March/April 1998, p39

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bjthedj 223267
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015

"I have made this every Easter since 1962. I enjoyed decorating it as a child, my children loved decorating it and now my grand children enjoy decorating the Easter Bunny cake."

kimspacc 51764
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2014

"Quick, easy and so much fun to assemble! I've made this several times, varying the decorations and cake flavors. It's always a hit."

spiker1 21922
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"So cute!"

patch33 45733
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"We loved the cake, but my kids do not like coconut so i shaved white dipping choclate for the coconut. It was really good. thanks for the recipe. Loved his jelly bean jacket."

BakinGymnast 26961
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I used a carrot cake recipe instead of white cake, and I decorated the ears with carrot shavings and the bowtie with sprinkles. Very cute for Easter!"

a642483 22494
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"This was quite easier than I had thought. It's a great recipe and my granddaughter loved helping me to decorate it. Thanks for sharing!"

cookin13 52013
Reviewed Mar. 31, 2010

"my family has made this cake every Easter since i can remember! we use m&m's for the bow tie, nose, and eyes!!!!! it is always fun to make it with different kinds of cake too!!!!! : )"

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