Buddy Valastro's Easter Bunny Cake
Who better than "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro to whip up a sweet treat for your Easter celebration? Hereâ€™s his recommendation for a fun bunny-shaped cake that everyone will adore.
It is recommended the bunnyâ€™s ears, feet, hands, eyes, nose and teeth are made the day before assembly of the cake. Roll out white, pink and black fondant to thin layers. Using a pizza cutter or pairing knife, cut out shapes of the bunnyâ€™s ears, feet, hands, eyes, nose and teeth. Stick 1 lollipop stick each onto the back of the bunny ears. Once cut and colors are combined to your liking, let sit out overnight to dry.
The following day, on a doily-lined cardboard circle, prepare the first tier double-layer cake using the 9-inch cakes and filling of your choosing. In this case, vanilla cake with chocolate fudge filling. Using the bag of white buttercream, cover the cake in a thin layer, what we call dirty icing the cake.
Roll out your white fondant into a thin layer and cover the cake. Smooth out edges, any bubbles and cut off excess fondant with a pizza cutter.
Without the use of the doily-lined cardboard circle, repeat steps 1 and 2 with the 6-inch cakes and filling of your choice to create the top tier of this cake.
Place the cake dowels into the bottom tier in the middle 6-inches (this will be covered by the top tier). Pipe a little buttercream on top of that same area and place the 6-inch cake on top of the bottom tier.
Using the white buttercream as glue, place your pre-made bunny feet and hands onto the bottom tier and place your pre-made eyes, nose and teeth onto the front side of the top tier.
Insert your pre-made bunny ears on top of the top tier.
Using the black buttercream pipe the bunnyâ€™s face onto the front side of the top tier. Insert 3 lollipop sticks into each side of the bunnyâ€™s face for whiskers.
Roll out the light blue and light yellow fondant to thin layers. Cut out a thin border of light blue fondant and wrap around the base of the top tier.
Cut out bow loops and a strip for the middle of the bow out of the light blue fondant and polka dots out of the light yellow fondant. Mold the loops into a bow and decorate with light yellow dots. Please the loops onto the base of the top tier and add the middle strip to complete the bow.
Roll out a medium-sized ball of white fondant and using a dollop of buttercream, place the ball at the back of the cake for the tail. Using the white buttercream, squeeze-and-pull small amounts onto the ball to create the look of a furry tail.
Take the green buttercream bag in hand and squeeze-and-pull grass around the cardboard circle and add chocolate eggs, jelly beans and any of your favorite Easter candy to complete the cake.
Recipe courtesy Buddy Valastro.