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Peter Rabbit Cake Recipe

Peter Rabbit Cake Recipe

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. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 1-3/4 cups sweetened shredded 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.

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bjthedj User ID: 2720624 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 User ID: 1340117 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 User ID: 264159 21922
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"So cute!"

patch33 User ID: 1744445 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 User ID: 5767825 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 User ID: 3027293 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 User ID: 4700782 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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