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Coconut Bunny Cake

Coconut Bunny cake courtesy of Jenny Steffens.
Ingredients
3 sticks of butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup milk
4 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
Parchment paper
8-inch cake pan
Cream Cheese Icing
Coconut
 
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Cream together butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.
 
In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking powder, soda, salt and coconut.  Add it to the butter mixture a little at a time alternating with the milk.  End with adding flour coconut mixture.  Do not over mix.

I line my 8-inch Cake Pan (and cookie sheets, and everything...) with parchment paper that I cut to fit.

Bake the cake for 30 minutes and cupcakes for 15.
 
See cream cheese icing recipe below.
 
 
 


I made a base for the cake to sit on by wrapping a piece of cardboard in parchment paper.  You can use wrapping paper, printer paper or foil... whatever you have.





Cream Cheese Icing

2 sticks of butter, softened
1 block of cream cheese, softened
1 pound of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of milk

Cream together butter and cream cheese.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Stir together until creamy - do not whip. 



I put a smear of frosting on the base to help the cake stick.


 

Cut a notch out of the top to form the head.  Use part of the scrap to create a little tail.




Cover the bunny in icing.  You may need to put it in the refrigerator then add a second coat if you like a lot of icing like me.



 Cover the outside with flaked coconut.  I put some of spanish moss around the bunny to give it some natural texture and life.
 
 
I created the little ears by cutting them out of textured cardstock and painting pink centers with Emma's watercolor paints.  Granny used good ol' fashioned pink construction paper.




I added a little pink nose, too, but kept the bunny blank... 



The Bunny Lives on!   Both of them.

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