Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"Easter Bunny Cake" & An "Easter Basket Cocktail" 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…..

Today I would love to share with you a fun and easy recipe that you can do with your children, or not, 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 re-post it.

Easter 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, “Easter Basket Cocktail.” 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; I am sure you will love this very colorful drink. 

Easter Basket Cocktail”

Rim a martini glass with thick simple syrup and then dip into dyed green coconut flakes, then adorn with a little marshmallow peep. Think of it as your very own adult Easter Basket, but instead of being filled with candy, it’s filled with liqueur! Prepare the glasses ahead of time and put them on a tray decorated with jelly beans and other seasonal delights for a stunning effect.

For the cocktail:

1 1/2 ounces Cherry Vodka
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
3 ounces Half and Half or Milk
Dash Grenadine

Shake with ice until chilled. Pour into decorated glasses and serve.

Remember to DRINK RESPONSIBLY! Thank you

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. Dear Dottie, What an adorable cake to make the Easter table more festive.
    Kids really do love to help. I did when I was little and so did my kids. I remember I would set up little tasks they would enjoy doing and felt so helpful and happy.
    I wish you the most blessed and happy Easter week and holiday.
    I am so happy to call you friend. xoxox Catherine

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Thank you for your comment....Yes, I agree this cake is so cute and it gives the children something that they can contibute to the table of goodies. It is so funny, the other day I was looking through old VHS and I came across when my niece (Lauren) and nephew ( Nick) were really young, about 5. We were at my mom's house and she was making Christmas cookies. She made Lauren feel the flour before she put in the eggs. Then she taught her how to crack an egg, Now that was so funny I couldn't stop laughing. When she cracked it open she got scared, but then realized that it was OK. So cute. I agree dear friend, they do feel so helpful and she couldn't stop talking about how the flour felt and how she cracked an egg. Now, Lauren is in her 3rd year at college and when she comes home she works at Alpine Bakery. I wish you as well the most blessed Easter with your family. I am proud and happy to always call you "friend" as well.
      Dottie :)

  2. Good evening Dottie ,
    You know it's Easter when your kids are baking Easter cakes and decorating Easter eggs .
    The fun part is my kids are on spring break . We use this recipe each year because you can't go wrong with it , I also adapt this recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas (the Turkey / Santa ) one recipe , so many uses .
    Lauren's bunny Molly is adorable . The Easter Basket Cocktail sounds delicious , will have to try it , I think it's very pretty and I can adapt it for the kids s with 'Cherry 7-Up' they love ground-up drinks especially Baby Boy .
    As always I liked your Wordless Tuesday post .
    Have a great week and a very wonderful and blessed Easter my friend and build on your memories with your dear family my dear friend .... ~~Nee ~~ ;-D

    1. Dear Nee,
      Thanks for stopping by, Yes, Easter is right around the corner and baking with the kids is a fun thing to do. They love it, just like I would think your children do. Spring Break is a perfect time to get them in the spirit. That is great that you use the same recipe through-out the year.
      Yes, Miss Molly as I call her is the cutest, this photo was taken a while ago, she has gotten much bigger and fatter now. But she is adorable, you call her name and she comes running. She loves her lettuce. I know, I could use one of these cocktails now, that is great that you will use Cherry 7-Up for the kids, never thought of that. Thanks for your comment Nee, Have a blessed Easter week and Easter Sunday...( I hope all is well with Louise, I am worried about her)
      Dottie :)

    2. Hi Dottie ,
      I think Louise is well and Marion is also . As she said in her post I think she just overloaded her wagon and need a break . Not to worry dear friend she will be back stronger than ever with her sassy self .
      I do so hope she is wiggling her toes . I will keep you in the loop if and when I hear anything .... ~~Nee~~ :)

    3. Thank you Nee, I remember her saying on her post that they both were ok, but I was still worried. I am glad to hear that all she needed was a break. I am going to do that as well, in all the years I have this blog I have never take a break....always posted every week, even if we had storms. So now after my next post and Easter I am going to put on my blog that I am going to take a break for two weeks. Too many family and health issues, plus I want to work on fixing my blog, changing it a bit. Sometimes we just need to break away from everything, including FaceBook. Yes, we do have to keep wiggling our toes. Thanks for your info, we bloggers have to watch out for each other. Have a good day dear friend. Dottie :)

  3. Oh that bunny recipe is so lovely! I have actually never seen it before.. so cute! I can see how you love baking for special occasions too. I love your colourful cocktail. Easter to me is so special and I cannot resist buying chicks and coloured eggs every year. Sometimes I feel more childish than my children..lol
    I love Lauren's bunny they make lovely pets and they are so soft!
    Dear Dottie I hope you have a blessed and happy Easter with your family with lots of lovely delicious food. Ciao cara xx

    1. Dear Alida,
      Thanks for your visit...Yes, I agree with you, this recipe very cute. We have been making it for a long time. I found the recipe in a magazine a long time ago. Every year when my son was little, I would create a special cake for him, one year it was an elephant, a circus theme, Cookie Monster..etc. So I do love to bake even more than cook.Yes, I love to color the eggs, myself. I like you feel like a child again. Molly, Lauren's bunny is so sweet, she has gotten bigger and fatter from when that photo was taken. Love when I go to visit she comes when you call her name, I call her Miss Molly. Thank you for your comment, and dear friend I wish you a wonderful and fun Easter as well with your family. Have a good rest of Holy week.
      Dottie :)

  4. What a cute cake! Such a fun (and tasty!) idea. Love the cocktail -- amazing garnish. Almost too pretty to drink. Almost. :-)

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your visit...Yes, I use this cake every year, and I had found this in a magazine many years ago. It is cute and you can go wild decorating it. Glad that you love the cocktail, I always like to pair a cocktail with the holiday..They are not as amazing as yours, but they are fun. This one is a perfect way to have an Easter Celebration! Thanks for your comment...Have a glorious week and a blessed Easter or Passover...I think I have covered it all....
      Dottie :)