Happy Spring Everyone!
Things are starting to turn green and warm up. Easter is right around the corner. In the spirit of the season I would like to share with you how I made this cute blossom bunny cake.
First, let me share with you my inspiration. I was shopping for groceries and as soon as I walked into the store, before me stood the floral department. And right smack in the middle was this paper craft bunny covered with blossoms. It was very striking and pretty, and my immediate thought was “CAKE!”. I did not have my phone with me, so I drove back home, got it, and clicked this photo of it to use as a reference. (Ah, the things we do for the love of cake.)
This cell phone photo does not do it justice.
So next I went on the hunt for the right cake pan. This is the one I decided to use, as I liked its shape the most. It is the Wilton 3D bunny pan:
Unfortunately this pan is no longer made, but I saw several for sale on Ebay and Amazon, and a few other sites. So you should be able to get one if you like.
I baked up my cake in the pan, and it came out really nice. The crust was brown but not overly thick. The center cooked well and the cake was moist. I was very pleased with the performance of the pan. (Sometimes you never know how those 3D pans are going to work.)
Now, I really had my heart set on my bunny having his ears coming straight off the top of his head. I chose this pan because it looked like it should be pretty easy to re-arrange them. (You guys know me; I can’t leave well enough alone.)
In this photo you can see I just cut off his ears in one large piece following the line of his back.
Next I cut the ears into two pieces right down the middle.
They were then too big to sit side by side on the top of his head, so I had to trim them down. I just followed the curve along the sides of the ears made by the pan.
Cut a little bevel off the bottom edge and cut them a little shorter too.
I also trimmed along the curve on the other side of the ear as well. I did the same with both ears.
A skewer put deep into both the ear and the cake will hold them firmly in place.
If you noticed, we gave our poor bunny a lobotomy, so we have to restore the posterior occipital region of his cerebrum and cranium. *I like to use my medical terms once in a while so I don’t get rusty 🙂
A cupcake made with extra batter is the perfect remedy for what ails our bunny.
Just smoosh up the cupcake really tightly (similar to cake ball mixture) and stick it to the back of his head with some buttercream. You will notice I also softened up the curve of his back just a bit where I had lopped off his ears.
A nice little crumb coat smoothed with some Viva and our plastic surgery is done.
Now it’s time to stick his ears back in. He was very happy to be able to hear again.
I also beveled the sharp corners of his ears as well to give them a more rounded and natural shape.
Here is a profile pic. See how nice his shape is? I have to admit I was pretty tickled with how it came out. I really had no idea what I was doing, and just winging it as I went along. (I do that a lot, LOL)
So the rest is really easy but very time consuming. Use your favorite blossom cutter and make 80 bamillion blossoms. Lay them on a soft sponge and press the middle with a fat tip of a paintbrush to make them curl up. (*Please don’t look at my funky cel pad. It is weary from wear.)
Thin your buttercream with water and paint on the bunny in small sections, applying the blossoms while still wet. After you place a bunch of blossoms on, push in the middles again with your paintbrush handle to make them bunch up a bit.
Get your coffee pot brewing, turn on the TV to your favorite show, and plan to spend the next large portion of your life making and applying blossoms. Please don’t curse me while you are doing this. But I promise the end result will be well worth it!
Use balls of fondant to make his eyes and nose.
You may not be able to tell in the photo, but I sprayed the whole cake with pearl shimmer after it was done. (Cover the eyes while you do this.) It really just made the cake come to life and added that soft finishing touch it needed.
And don’t forget the bow.
I hope you give this a try. You are sure to get some serious oohs and aahs when you present this beauty. Please send me photos if you do!