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Easter Bunny Cake

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  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 12
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The secret to crafting this adorable Easter Bunny Cake is the shredded coconut! It adds an extra boost of flavor and texture to the already delicious carrot cake. Start with Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Carrot Cake Mix, and follow our premade diagram to form the shape—before you know it, a cute-as-can-be bunny cake will be hopping down your Easter table. But don’t forget about the decorations! The shredded coconut adds a fur-like texture, and the jelly beans add a pop of color that’s perfect for the eyes and nose. It’s a great way to get your little bakers in on the Easter fun.
Updated Jul 26, 2023
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  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Delights Super Moist™ Carrot Cake Mix
  • Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
  • Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil
  • 1 tub (12 oz) Betty Crocker™ Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Construction paper
  • Jelly beans or small gumdrops, as desired
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • Green liquid food color


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Make, bake and cool cake as directed on box for two 8-inch or 9-inch round pans. Wrap and freeze 1 layer for later use. Freeze remaining layer 45 minutes before cutting to reduce crumbs.
  • 2
    Cut cake layer in half. (See link below for diagram.) Put halves together with frosting to make body. Place cake upright on cut edge on tray.
  • 3
    Cut out a notch about one-third of the way up one end of body to form head (small end). Attach half of cutout piece from tail with toothpicks. Frost with remaining frosting, rounding body on sides. Sprinkle with 1 cup coconut. Cut ears from construction paper; wrap ends that will be inserted into cake with plastic food wrap. Press into notch on top. Use jelly beans for eyes and nose.
  • 4
    Add 1 cup coconut to a 1-quart resealable food storage plastic bag. Add food color; tint to desired color, shaking bag to coat coconut. Surround bunny with tinted coconut. Add additional jelly beans if desired. Remove ears, plastic wrap and toothpicks before serving. Store loosely covered.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Freezing cut cake pieces uncovered for about 45 minutes will make frosting a lot easier.
  • tip 2
    Create an attractive display by covering sturdy cardboard with wrapping paper and then plastic food wrap. Stretch and secure with tape. Or cover cardboard with foil or cooking parchment paper.
  • tip 3
    Make 2 bunny cakes! Skip wrapping the second cake layer and follow recipe on assembling cake, doubling ingredients.
  • tip 4
    Not a fan of jelly beans? You can use other candies like M&M’s® or candy Easter eggs to decorate this cake, too!
  • tip 5
    Looking for more festive bunny cake ideas? Our Bunny Butt Cake and Bunny Cupcakes are just a few of our favorite celebratory Easter desserts.


300 Calories, 16g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 37g Total Carbohydrate, 28g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • What's the sweetest thing you can make for your friends and family this Easter?

    Lucky for you, we have a few ideas. From bunny-themed cakes to traditional tarts, here's our top 10 list of treats for your Easter celebration.

    1. Bunny Cakes

    An adorable bunny cake will be a gorgeous centerpiece for any party. This elegant Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake is so much simpler than it looks. A dark chocolate cake works with chocolate bunnies, to stun your guests. Too much chocolate for your tastes? Try another coconut Easter Bunny Cake.

    2. Classic Pecan Pie

    What’s a classic dessert that no one can say no to? Pie, of course. From cherry to apple to pumpkin, what's not to love? A favorite pie for any season, and Easter in particular, has to be Decadent Pecan Pie. Crunchy, sweet, gooey perfection. Mmm.

    3. Fresh Fruit Tart

    Just like pie, you can’t go wrong with a classic tart for Easter. This Italian Fresh Fruit Tart recipe is easy and customizable—use any fresh fruit you want. From fresh figs to raspberries or blackberries, you can't go wrong!

    4. Handmade Chocolates

    Nothing is more “Easter” than a chocolate egg. This year, try your hand at making your own! These Fudgy Truffle Eggs are much easier than you’d think and melt in your mouth.

    5. Edible Baskets

    Why not make a treat with a basket you can eat!? Kids of all ages will love these Easter Basket Cookies or Easter Basket Cupcakes. Not only can you eat the sugar cookie baskets, but everything inside of them as well. Fill them with jelly beans, mini chocolate eggs, or bunny candies!

    6. Chicks Cupcakes

    These crazy cute little yellow Easter Chicks Cupcakes are perhaps the sweetest treats (tweets!) you could make without spending hours in the kitchen. Make a dozen or two of these cuties and place them in bird nests on the table!

    7. Spring Cookies

    These mouthwatering spring cookies are perfect for kids, or just kids at heart! Celebrate Easter with these delicious Easter Egg Brownie Cookies or these sweet-and-tender Easter Cookie Cups.

    8. Carrot Cake

    A simple carrot cake is always a hit. Betty’s Carrot Cake is so delicious, it's hard to have just one slice with its sweet-and-tangy cream cheese frosting. Try mixing up your classic carrot cake with this Ginger Carrot Cake, a gooey Caramel-Carrot Cake, and an oh-so-yummy Coconut-Carrot Cake.

    9. Profiteroles

    Who says you can’t serve up Profiteroles for Easter? These delicate little puffs with light and creamy custard are heavenly!

    10. Scones

    Before (or after!) a big Easter brunch, serve up some fruity scones with coffee or mimosas! Try these Cranberry Scones, or Fresh Lemon-Blueberry Scones.
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