Transform an ordinary 13x9-inch cake into a bunny cake that both children and adults will find delightful. Perfect for birthday parties, Easter, or to celebrate spring.
Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla to batter. Bake as directed on package in 13x9-inch baking pan. Cool cake in pan on wire rack.
Cut cake as shown in diagram. Cut out small circle from scraps for the tail, or use a marshmallow.
Assemble cake to form a bunny shape. Stir about 7 drops of desired Neon color into frosting. Spread tinted frosting on cake. Tint coconut the same color as frosting (see Tip). Gently pat onto frosted cake. Sprinkle Neon Green-tinted coconut around bottom of bunny for grass effect. (If desired coconut may be omitted.)
Use jelly beans, gumdrops and licorice strings for the eye, nose and mouth.
To tint coconut:
For Cake: Place about 2 cups flaked coconut in resealable plastic bag. Squeeze 5 or 6 drops of desired Neon color into bag, using more or less until desired color is achieved. Shake until color is evenly distributed.
For Grass: Place about 1 cup flaked coconut in resealable plastic bag. Squeeze 5 drops of green Neon Food Color into bag. Shake until color is evenly distributed.