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Bunny cake

A perfect idea for beginners with simple moulded rabbits and cut-out grass. Use any cake except fruit cake.

Ingredients

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  • 20 cm (8 inch) hexagonal cake (use mixture for 20 cm round cake)
  • 7 tablespoons raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 250 g (8 oz) buttercream
  • 1.5 kg (3 lb) sugarpaste
  • yellow, green, pink and black paste food colourings
  • 12 ready-made flower cake decorations

Equipment

  • 23 cm (9 inch) round silver cake board fine paintbrush
  • narrow pink ribbon

Method

Slice the dome off the top of the cake to give a level surface, then cut the cake horizontally in half. Place one layer on the cake board and spread with 4 tablespoons of the jam. Cover with the butter-cream, then position the second layer on top.

Sieve the remaining jam to remove any lumps. Brush the cake with the jam.

Colour 1.1 kg (2¼ lb) sugarpaste yellow. Cover the cake with the yellow sugarpaste.

Grass

Colour 125 g (4 oz) of the sugarpaste green. Thinly roll out a little and cut out a 13 × 2.5 cm (5 × 1 inch) strip. Make cuts down one long side of the strip, through to the centre. Dampen the uncut edge of the strip with water, then lay it against the base of the cake so that the cut edge falls away from the cake to look like grass. Make more strips and attach all around the base of the cake.

Pink Trim

Colour 60 g (2 oz) of the sugarpaste pale pink and roll it out thinly. Cut into 13 × 5 mm (5 × ¼ inch) strips, reserving the trimmings. Lightly dampen the points around the top edge of the cake with a little water. Gently twist a pink strip and secure it between two points on top of the cake. Repeat all around the cake. Secure small balls of white sugarpaste at the points where the strips meet.

Bunnies

To shape a simple bunny, start by rolling a piece of white sugarpaste into a ball, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter, for the body. Add a head, ears and tail. Secure on the centre of the cake. Shape and secure three smaller bunnies. Add small noses and centres of ears from pink icing trimmings. Paint facial features on the bunnies, using a fine paintbrush and diluted black food colouring.

Finishing Touches

Make more grass as before, but cut into 2.5 cm (1 inch) lengths and roll into tufts. Secure the grass and bought flower decorations to the top of the cake with water. Trim the board with ribbon, securing with double-sided tape.

 

Course:
Dessert
Occasion:
Children's Party, Easter

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