Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Bunny Cake" And "Peeps On The Beach" An Adult Drink For "Wordless Tuesday"

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Where there is just a mouth watering recipe or two which I know you have been waiting for….. 

I do have a fun and easy recipe that you can do with your children for a really cute Easter "Bunny Cake." My niece Lauren made this Bunny Cake for my parents one Easter when she was young. She used 2 snowballs (coconut cupcakes for the bunny cheeks) that are optional. I am sure most of my readers have seen this cake and may have made it before, but for those of you that are not familiar with this recipe I will be happy to share it with you.

 "Bunny Cake"

1 pkg cake mix (any flavor)
2 cans ready to spread vanilla frosting
3/4 cup of marshmallow fluff (which you combine with vanilla frosting)
2 cups Baker's angel flake coconut
2 snowballs (coconut cupcakes: white for the bunny cheeks) Optional
Food coloring
Candy to decorate (jelly beans (for eyes) M&M’s etc.)

Prepare and bake cake in two 8 or 9-inch round cake pans as directed on package. Pour batter evenly into pans. Cool completely. Prepare fluffy frosting with food coloring. Cut one of the cake rounds as shown in first diagram to form ears and body. Frost sides of each cake piece. Assemble pieces as shown in lower diagram on cookie sheet, large tray or 18x15 inch cardboard covered with aluminum foil. Frost top of cake. Sprinkle about 2-2/3 cups coconut evenly over top and sides of cake, gently pressing coconut onto sides.

To Tint Coconut:
In small bowl, toss 3/4 cup coconut with 2 to 3 drops red food coloring until evenly colored. Repeat with 1-1/4 cups coconut and 2 to 3 drops green food coloring. Sprinkle pink coconut over ears and bow tie; outline with chocolate chips. Use snowball cupcakes for cheeks. Decorate bunny face using jelly beans for eyes (and maybe even a pink nose!). Sprinkle green coconut evenly around cake for grass. Surround the bunny with foil wrapped chocolate Easter eggs. Let your imagination go wild.


I also have a fun ADULT drink to celebrate Easter which is called, “Peeps On The Beach.” We all know what marshmallow “Peeps” are. They are more popular than ever. A web site called peepdrinks.com has many different adult drinks that use Peeps as a garnish for their cocktails. Try this one as we are getting into the spirit of the warmer weather.

“Peeps On The Beach”

1 oz vodka
1 oz peach schnapps
2 oz orange juice
2 oz of cranberry juice
1 marshmallow peep

Fill a highball glass with ice (or chardonnay glass). Add vodka and peach schnapps, and then fill glass with equal parts of orange juice and cranberry juice. Garnish with a peep. Not only delicious but colorful as well. Enjoy!

******I wish each one of my readers a very “Blessed” and “Happy Easter.” Try this recipe, it is easy and fun. It gets your kids involved. They really love to help and it gives them self esteem that they have created a wonderful dessert. I hope that new traditions will be born with your family and friends. 

Lauren's Bunny "Molly"
Till next time…….

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  1. Happy Tuesday, Dottie!

    What an adorable cake. No, I hadn't see it. Just so cute. I was trying to see the directions in the picture but its kinda small. Have you figured out how to enlarge the pictures yet:)

    Of course, I am very interested in that cocktail. Peach Schnapps use to be a favorite of mine. I haven't had it in years!!!

    Love your neices, bunny. We use to have a rabbit. He just shined at Easter. His name was Thumper and my husband spoiled him rotten , lol...

    Thank you so much for sharing, Dottie...Enjoy the rest of your week and, stay warm:)

    1. Dear Louise,
      Thank you for stopping by...Yes, this cake is so cute and it gives the children the opportunity to be very creative..After dealing with the children and the decorations on the cake, I thought every parent would need a drink by then.
      Yes, I did kinda of figured it out how to make the photos bigger, but as I was telling Nee, If I make it really big, it takes away from the blog post. This is what I do, If it is hard to see I just click on the photos within the post and they will be larger. I also right click on the photo and save it to my pictures. Then I can make it larger to see what I need to see if it is on a post I need to see closer.
      Yes, Lauren's bunny is so adorable, it is a lap eared rabbit. I love to hold Miss Molly. She eats lettuce and carrots from my hand. I love the name of your rabbit, Thumper. He must have been adorable. Easter is surely Miss Molly's day. Her brother Nick takes care of it while she is away at college. It is going to get cooler this week, with temps in the 30-40's I heard. So glad that you enjoyed this post, be well and you to keep warm. I wish you and your family (including Marion) a wonderful blessed Easter holiday! Dottie :)

  2. Good morning Dottie ,
    What a beautiful cake ... my girls will have fun with this cake , I know they will want to make 2 , one for them and one for the boys ;-D . What a great idea for Easter . I always enjoy your posts and your recipes .
    Dear Dottie when the girls finished with the bunny cake I may just put two ounces of Vodka in the Peeps of the Beach drink .
    Dear Dottie have a happy Easter and thinks for sharing :).

    P.S. I had problems with my pictures and I will tell you what I did after Easter ... it's so busy here now . You should be able to make them in 4 sizes and center them where you want to place them ... I do so hope it works ... I think all blogger posts works alike . Have a blessed week Nee :)

    1. Good evening Nee, This cake is so much fun and you can use your imagination and let it go wild. We adults are always so busy, with our meal preparation that the children don't always get a chance to help out. This way once the cake is made and put together, they can really get creative! That is why Nee, I put the cocktail for the adults on this post, just for that reason, after they decorate the cake, you will need a drink! Glad that you got that!! Thank you so much for stopping by and your wonderful words of support.
      PS, Thanks for your wanting to help me with the pictures. If it is hard to see just click on the photos and they will be larger. If I make them really large it seems to take away from the blog, but what I do is if I need to see something larger, on another post, I right click on the photo and save it to my pictures. Then I can make it larger to see what I need to see. But I would love to hear about your thoughts anytime. I wish you and your family a very blessed, fun, and Happy Easter!! Dottie :)

  3. What a cute bunny cake, and so ingenious on the cutting of it to shape the bunny's head! I'm not really a peeps person, don't think I've eaten one since I was a little kid, but I love that drink combination! Must try! Thanks, Dottie and Happy Easter!! xx

    1. Hi Christina, Thank you for stopping by...Yes, this bunny cake has seen it's day. The kids (my nieces and nephews) have been making this for many years. I remember when I was young I made one as well. They are so much fun for the children to decorate. It gives them a chance to "get in the act." I am not a peeps person either, but I thought that the parents may need a cocktail after the children make a wonderful mess with decorating. The combination is really good, makes you think you are on the beach. As you said in your beautiful Flower Cupcake post, Spring is just late and this is what is needed to boost our moral. We had some snow this morning....so strange...So glad you enjoyed this post. Please enjoy your Easter with your family! Blessings on a good rest of Holy Week. Dottie :)

  4. Dear Dottie. The bunny cake is perfect for kids to enjoy help making in the kitchen. This is how memories are born and the love and respect for food and holidays is instilled. The cake is also very adorable and makes a lovely centerpiece for the table.
    The drink sounds good too. There are so many different and wonderful recipes to make these days that there is not enough time nor sizes in the closet to accommodate all of the delicious eating.
    Have a wonderful and very blessed Easter my friend. Catherine xo

    1. Dear Catherine, Thank you for stopping over to leave me this lovely comment. Every year we always remember the cake my niece Lauren made and the Easter cakes that my other niece and nephew helped create as well. Those memories will never be forgotten. When time came for our dessert, this cake was the center of attraction. And yes we can't forget about the drink and the Peeps. I loved your cake as well with the peeps. These little soft, sweet shapes are so delicious. They melt in your mouth. My favorite is the purple. I agree there are so many different desserts and meals to create you never have enough time or space to put it all. Then of course you have to taste test them, and then that is when things get crazy, we will need a wheel barrel to roll us out the door. We are going to my parents for Easter with the family and the Italian food frenzy begins......
      Thanks for your wishes and my wishes are the same, dear friend, please have a Blessed and Happy Easter with your family! Dottie :)

  5. HELLO Dottie!!! ^.^

    What a cute and adorable cake! It's so festive and sounds so easy to prepare and assemble. Sounds like a fun drink too.

    Well, I hope you and your loved ones have a very happy and blessed Easter Weekend. I just want to take the time to tell you how much I appreciate all of your sweet comments. It really means so much to me and it just makes my day to hear from you. Happy East my sweet friend.

    May God Bless You Always. Sending lots of love and hugs your way~


  6. Hi Tammy,

    You are so cute and sweet to stop by and share your words with me. The cake is so much fun to decorate and the drink calms the nerves of the adults after the kids decorate. Cheers! So happy that you enjoyed reading this post!

    I wish that you also have a very Happy Easter with your family. I always enjoy reading your very creative posts. I learn so much from you and your mom, Catherine. You are both fabulous cooks, bakers, and the photos you take really adds to your dishes.

    Thank you my dear friend, and I hope that God watches over you always, Love when you say Toodles..it is so cute.

    Blessings..Dottie :) <3