Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Bunny Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is made around here only on Easter and if it's a special occasion where my husband requests it. This is a recipe I have used for the past few years that is so good, that I barely deviated from it (found here)...which is highly unusual for me. I'll share that with you, but more importantly, the Easter Bunny himself is something my grandmother always made during Easter. It's super simple, and the kids LOVE it! We always decorate with whatever Easter candies and whatnot we have lying around, so it doesn't require much work at all.

Best Carrot Cake
(printable recipe)

3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 (8 oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
2 cups finely grated carrots (about 4 medium)
1 cup raisins
1 cup flaked coconut

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
4 cups confectioners' sugar
2-4 T heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine eggs, oil, buttermilk, sugar, and vanilla.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; stir into egg mixture.
  4. Stir in pineapple, carrots, raisins, and coconuts just until mixed.
  5. Pour into two greased and floured 8-inch rounds. 
  6. For two rounds, bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. 
  7. Cool on wire rack before frosting.

Since the cake is pretty easily put together, I didn't take any pictures of the process of making cake. Just a few tips with cakes that I always do. After I grease and flour, I line the bottom of my pan with parchment paper to ensure it never sticks. Before putting it in the oven, I hold the pan about six inches from the counter and drop it to release air bubbles. 

For the frosting:
Cube the butter and cream cheese. Beat with 2 T of heavy whipping cream and the vanilla until smooth.
Add confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time until all mixed in. Add the rest of the whipping cream, 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached. You want it creamy, smooth, and it should have a shine to it.

Once completely cooled, invert one of the rounds on a rack. 

Using the tip of a sharp knife or a toothpick, trace two curved lines on the round to resemble a baseball. (That oops is why we trace first :D)

Once you have your lines even, using a sharp knife, cut along those lines.
I was out of cakeboards, so on the counter I laid out a baking sheet with parchment paper extended out to accommodate the size of the bunny. First, lay down the other cake round that hasn't been cut. Then take the right and left pieces of the cake you cut and place them above the other cake as ears.
 Place the center cut piece at the bottom of it as the bow tie.
 Frost and decorate as desired.


  1. Wow, that looks really fancy, but you broke it down so simply! Cool finished product!

  2. Love this. You always make me soooo hungry! HAHA

  3. Oh good! Now I know what I'm making for Easter dessert!

  4. Looks so good!! All of your recipes look AMAAAZING!! :)

  5. Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a nice comment & following my blog! I am following you back, you have such an adorable blog! I love your background and you have so many great post I can't wait to look through more of them :). This bunny cake is adorable! and it sounds delicious I would love to have you come link up to Sunday Round Up the party will start in a couple of hours :)
    -Kayla :)

  6. That cake is awesome. I love it, carrot cake is my favorite cake. I can't wait to try the recipe.

  7. Oh cool, you make it look so simple, thanks :)

  8. Cute cake:) Hope you had a wonderful Easter! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

  9. Oh Erika. That is JUST PRECIOUS!!! :)
    I will have to do that next year FOR's soooo cute! I wouldn't want to eat it..ha! :)

  10. I am going to pin this for next Easter, the cake is just too cute! You did a great job & I am featuring you on Sunday Round Up! come on over and grab a featured button :)
    -Kayla :)

  11. Wonderfully done Easter Bunny cake! The kids will surely devour on it in just a minute. Dropped by from UBP. Hi!

  12. I made this cake , i put coconut on it so it looked like fur , This is such a cute cake and it is easy


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