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Bunny Cake

Soft orange almond cake layers with vanilla buttercream and fondant decorations.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Buttercream, Cake Decorating, Cake Recipe, Desserts, easter
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 45 minutes
Cooling/Decorating Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Author Katie

Ingredients

Orange Almond Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large whole eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 3 cups cake flour (or 2 ¾ cup ap flour & ¼ cup cornstarch)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon almond extract
  • 2 Tablespoons orange zest
  • Pastel pink, yellow and sky blue gel food coloring

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 2 cups (or 4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream

Fondant Decorations

  • Fondant (white, pink and black)

Instructions

Fondant Decorations

  1. On a silicone mat, roll the white fondant to 1/4 inch thick then use a sharp X-Acto knife to cut out two long ears. Insert a covered wire halfway into each fondant ear. Rub shortening on the edges of the ears to smooth them out. Then roll out a thin piece of pink fondant to make the inner ear.

  2. Roll white fondant into two 1 ½- inch balls. Then put the balls next to each other and press down slightly for the mouth of the bunny. Add a small piece of pink fondant and press into the space to create a little nose. Attach with water.

  3. Then, roll white fondant into a smooth ball for the bunny tail. Roll two more pieces into balls, then press slightly, use a molding tool to create the paws of the bunny.

  4. Next, roll black fondant into a 1/8 inch thick rope. Cut into two small pieces and form into whimsical eyes. Cut out two small pieces for eyelashes for the ends. Use water to attach the white fondant. Set aside to dry 1-2 hours or overnight.

Orange Almond Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Spray three 6-inch round cake pans with non-stick spray, line the bottom of each pan with parchment paper and spray again. Set aside.

  2. In a medium-size bowl, whisk and stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  3. In the stand mixer bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, oil, and sugar on medium-high for 5 minutes.

  4. Add the eggs, one at a time to the stand mixer bowl and beat on medium until well incorporated.

  5. Turn the mixer on low and add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until fully incorporated.

  6. Pour in the buttermilk, almond extract, and orange zest. Mix on medium for another 30 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  7. Divide cake batter into three bowls, color each bowl into pastel pink, yellow and blue. Dye one bowl with pink gel food color, then color another bowl with yellow food color and the third bowl with blue food color.

  8. Evenly distribute the cake batter among the three cake pans and bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

  9. Remove cakes from the oven and let cool in pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto cooling racks to cool completely. Wrap cakes in plastic wrap and place them into the freezer to chill for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Vanilla Buttercream

  1. In the stand mixer bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

  2. Turn the mixer to low and add the salt and vanilla.

  3. Next, gradually add powdered sugar, followed by the cream. Mix on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

  4. Before using, turn the mixer on low and mix for 2 minutes to push out any air bubbles or use a rubber spatula to push out the air bubbles. (You may need to repeat this step when frosting the outside of the cake).

Assemble

  1. Remove the cake layers from the freezer and unwrap the cake layers. Next, use a serrated knife to cut off the dome of the cakes to make the layers flat and even.

  2. Add a small amount of buttercream onto the center of the cake board. Layer one cake layer, cut side up onto the cake board. Pipe ⅔ cup of buttercream and use an offset spatula to smooth the buttercream layer.

  3. Place another cake layer cut side down over the top. Repeat the process for another layer — Crumb coat with white buttercream and freeze for 30 minutes.

  4. Add a thicker layer of buttercream to the cold cake. Use an offset spatula and cake scraper to make the sides and the top as smooth as possible.

  5. Insert a toothpick into the mouth and insert mouth into the side of the cake. Add the fondant eyes as well as ears, paws, and tail on the back.

  6. Pipe the hair with small swirls of vanilla buttercream on top of the bunny.

  7. Serve the cake at room temperature and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read through all the ingredients and instructions so you can get a better idea of how much time and what you need to make this cake.
  • If you are in a rush for time or you would like to break up the decorating, then make the fondant decorations the day before, so the fondant has plenty of time to dry.  
  • A single batch of this cake recipe makes three, 6-inch round cake layers or two 8-inch round cake layers. Double the cake recipe to make enough cake batter for three, 8-inch cake layers.
  • In this cake recipe, you need 1 cup buttermilk; if you don't have any buttermilk on hand, you can easily use 1 cup whole milk mixed with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar to make your own. 
  • To make cake flour at home, mix 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour and ¼ cup cornstarch. Sift or whisk together to get rid of any lumps. 
  • Be careful not to overmix this cake batter, or else the cake will come out dense. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  • You can bake the cake layers ahead of time. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze up to one month. 
  • You can make the buttercream a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Then take them out to come back to room temperature. Make sure the buttercream is at room temperature before re-whipping.
  • Serve cake at room temperature and enjoy!