Retro Bunny Cake

   Retro Bunny Cake
  Isn’t this just the most adorable Easter Bunny cake ever? I call it a Retro Bunny cake because the recipe comes from a 1966 Betty Crocker cookbook I happened across in a thrift store. That was back in the 80’s and I’ve been making it ever since.


Vintage Betty Crocker

      If you keep your eyes open an occasional copy can still be found. Such a fun cookbook! However, until you’re fortunate enough  to find your own vintage copy, let me share instructions for making it yourself.

Retro Bunny Cake

Bake a two layer cake mix (or a two layer recipe of your own) in two round layer cake pans as directed. Allow to cool. Cut one layer in half. Put both sides together using a white frosting. Stand cake upright on cut edge.


Retro Bunny Cake instructions

With a sharp knife cut a notch about a third of the way around the semicircle, forming the rabbit’s head. Save cutout piece for the tail.Secure in place with a wooden pick. Frost the entire rabbit with remaining frosting. Sprinkle generously with shredded coconut.
Make ears of white paper; color inside pink with a crayon or colored pencil. Use pink jelly beans or gumdrops for eyes and nose. Form an attractive nest around the bunny with tinted green coconut ( see instructions below) and place a few Easter Eggs (jelly beans) around him.
Freeze the other layer for later use, or make another bunny…….color the inside of his ears blue and you’ll have a ” Mr. and Mrs.” for your Easter dinner table.

Tinted Coconut

Place one cup of coconut in a a jar or plastic bag. Mix 1 or 2 drops of food coloring with 1 teaspoon of water. Add to coconut. Screw on lid or fold close bag and shake until coconut is uniformly colored.


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  1. Anita says:

    Your bunny cake is adorable — would be so cute on the Easter table. I love vintage cookbooks too, I have a Better Homes and Gardens from the late 60″s that is great.

  2. Carol says:

    Talk about nostalgic! I didn’t have that exact book, but I did have a nice “big, full of all kinds of info, & great recipes” Betty Crocker Cookbook given to me when I got married in ’69! I must have found that cute bunny cake in a magazine, because I use to make it every year when our kiddos were little — so yummy with all that coconut goodness!

  3. Oh, gosh. This brings back memories. My mom made one of these bunnies many years ago. It was — and is — beautiful.

  4. Linda says:

    I actually made this cake once upon a time. It may be time to introduce it to the grandkids.

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Your bunny brings so many memories back for me. I just pinned your awesome Bunny Cake to my Easter Board, it is very special. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a very special weekend!
    Miz Helen

  6. oh gosh, I remember my mom making these for Easter! so cute! Thanks for joining in on SYS!

  7. Jann Olson says:

    This is so fun! I remember making a bunny cake years ago. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    • Elaine says:

      Yes, I always enjoy making this particular cake, Jan. It is fun, actually! Over the years my children asked for it, and now my grandchildren do. 🙂

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