This Easter Bunny Cake is a simple chocolate and vanilla semi naked cake with a chocolate bunny on top with chocolate eggs. This simple Easter cake is easy to make and just festive to also be chic.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
If you are not keen on spending tons of time decorating (like me) but are looking for something festive for your Easter buffet, then this Easter Bunny Cake is it! This simple chocolate cake is frosted with vanilla buttercream in a semi naked cake style. (Learn more about this style of naked cake in How to Make a Naked Cake.) And it's topped with a chocolate bunny and eggs.
I love this cake because it's so simple, yet it will definitely be show stopper at your Easter gathering! I use the Lake Champlain Organic Sea Salt Milk Chocolate Bunny along with their Organic Assorted Chocolate Eggs. Their Easter chocolate is some of my faves! Find more organic Easter candy in my article Best Organic Easter Candy.
Ingredients for Easter Bunny Cake
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Easter Bunny CakeDifficulty: Easy
This simple chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting is all dressed up for Easter with the addition of a simple chocolate bunny and chocolate eggs on top.
1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened
170 grams (3/4 cup) organic cane sugar
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 organic large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup organic milk, room temperature
1/4 cup organic heavy whipping cream, room temperature
1/4 cup organic sour cream, room temperature
127 grams (3/4 cup plus 2 1/2 tablespoons) organic cake flour
43 grams (1/3 cup) organic Dutch cocoa powder, sifted
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 cup (226 grams) organic salted butter, softened
454 grams (3 cups plus 3 tablespoons) organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon organic milk
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
organic unsweetened fine shredded coconut
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line three 6-inch cake pans with parchment paper.
- To make the batter: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, cane sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.
- Add the eggs, milk, heavy whipping cream, and sour cream. Mix on low, scrape down the sides of the bowl so the sugar does not stick. Mix again to combine, it should look like cottage cheese.
- In a separate bowl, add the cake flour, cocoa, baking powder, and sea salt and whisk together. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour mixture and mix on low until you have a smooth cake batter. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again, as needed.
- Transfer batter evenly into each cake pan, about 226 grams each.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow cake to cool completely in the cake pans.
- To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined, then speed mixer up to high and mix for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Scrape down sides of bowl and mix again until cohesive.
- On a cake stand or spinner, crumb coat the cake for a naked style look. Reserve a small amount of frosting to stick on the bunny. I also left frosting on the edges on top to hold in the bunny and eggs.
- To decorate: Add a small dollop of frosting to the bottom of the bunny and stick in the middle of the cake. Add fine shredded coconut around the sides, and decorate with eggs. You can leave the eggs in the wrappers for a colorful look, or remove the wrappers for a chocolate look.
- Gluten Free – Replace the cake flour with 127 grams (3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon) organic gluten free flour blend.
- High Altitude – Bake at 350°F for 17 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
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