“Did you just say, bunny cake? As in a cake in the shape of a bunny?” I sure did! Making a cake in the shape of an Easter-themed animal is a family tradition as far as I can remember. My grandma began with a lamb cake and my mom took over with the bunny. Here is he in all his glory:
Waking up on Easter morning, I remember dying to eat Bunny Cake. It had been sitting so perfectly on our table for days and despite constant begging, mom made us wait until Easter. Thankfully, some Easters she let us eat it for breakfast! I always wanted to eat the “bunny butt” first because it had the most icing. Mr. Bunny did not always come out perfectly though and on occasion, we’d wake up to Mr. Bunny laying on his side. 😦 My family often made bets on how long he would last before he fell. There was one time, when Grandma was at our house babysitting before Easter and we decided to make the Bunny Cake together. After all of the work of making and molding, we slid the cookie sheet out of the oven and the mold shot right off, on to the floor! Well I’ll tell you that floor Bunny Cake is just as good!
I can’t tell you where the original recipe came from or what it’s real name is… we just call it Bunny Cake and it is the most moist, best tasting cake I’ve ever made! It can’t be made in a regular pan but you can use a bundt pan if you don’t have the mold.
1 c butter softened
1 1/2 c sugar
1 3/4 c flour
1/3 c milk
1 t vanilla
Mix well. Combine 2 T Crisco and 1 T flour. Grease mold (I usually put a baggie on my hand to mix the Crisco & flour and spread it on the mold. Then you can just turn it inside out and throw it away). Pour batter into the bottom piece. Put on top. Place mold on top of a cookie sheet or inside a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool 10 mins. Carefully wiggle off the top piece. Cool 10 mins. Replace top and flip. Cool 10 mins. Remove bottom piece. Cool 10 mins. Flip onto plate and stand him up. Place large glasses or jars on either side to keep straight up. Let stand overnight. Ice & decorate with jelly beans.
And if you didn’t think my family is crazy enough… they even make butter into lamb form! As seen below, this is my grandma’s creation! Unbelievably, she just freehands with a toothpick! Happy Easter!