Wednesday, March 31, 2010

How Traditions Begin...The Bunny Cake


Susan of Massachusetts won the drawing for a
$25 gift certificate to Crumbs Bake Shop!
Her idea: "Wackiest cupcake ingredient?
How about a wacky cupcake idea
- pepperoni pizza. The cupcake could contain
bits of pepperoni and the frosting a hint of cheese.
Actually, this is kinda gross, isn't it??"

Very funny, actually! Congrats, Susan!

And now to the blog:

How do family traditions begin?

Some are passed down from parent to
child through the generations, keeping
alive the memory of those who've gone
before us. Others are new traditions that
we pick up along the way from friends or
family or new life experiences.

And then there are those that we find in the dollar bin at the grocery
store during a post holiday sale. At least, that's how the tradition of
the bunny cake started for us. Seriously, a cake pan in the shape of
a bunny for a dollar. I had to have it! Little did I know that it would
become the subject of heated discourse each Spring as we debated
what flavor cake and what color icing would decorate the
bunny that year.

The bunny review:

As you can see, we've been making the bunny cake for a few years now.
This year I was asked to make a black bunny cake, but I don't think my
skills are quite up to that. I believe we are currently having a toss up
between green v. purple and vanilla v. chocolate. I have, of course, informed
the dudes that I accept bribes.

The frosting is critical, so I will share with you my recipe for the perfect
buttercream frosting, which I use in my frosting gun (the only kind
of weapon I am qualified to shoot).


1/​2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/​2 cup (1 stick) butter softened
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tspn vanilla extract
2 tblspns milk

In large bowl, cream shortening and butter. Add vanilla. Gradually
add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed. Now
add the milk. Scrape sides of bowl often. Frosting can be stored for
up to 2 weeks in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

No matter what you celebrate, how or when, enjoy your holidays and
your traditions. It's the stuff of which memories are made!

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  1. Congrats on your April release!

    Pepperoni pizza cupcakes:

    (The pepperoni are from fruit roll-up and the "cheese" is icing and shredding coconut, both tinted yellow. Not quite the same, I know!)

    And, for Easter, a lamb:

  2. Congratulations to our winner!

    Jenn, I love the idea of the bunny cakes! We have a ton of April birthdays in our family and I think it would be a cute birthday idea, too! Thanks.


  3. These bunny cakes are beautiful. I just a fudge lamb cake for Sunday, but I might visit my local dollar store after the holiday and see if I can find one of these for myself. How fun! Thanks for the buttercream frosting recipe. I'm usually a whipped cream girl, myself, but bunnies like yours deserve to be displayed and for that you need butter cream! These are beautiful, Jenn.

  4. Er... that should be "I just ORDERED a fudge lamb cake..."

  5. Congratulations Susan, that was an "unusual" cupcake. I love the bunny cakes. After seeing all those, now I want to bake. But mine usually turn out a lot simpler dressed. :)

  6. Jenn - Frosting as a weapon! LOL - I seem to recall a hilarious riff on this in SPRINKLE WITH MURDER. Your bunny cakes rock.

    Sarahlynn - your pepperoni pizza cake is awesome and...

    Seconding the congrats to Susan for winning the Crumbs contest! (Weirdly enough, my Easter recipe this Friday is not that far from your suggestion. Stay tuned!)

    Happy Easter to you and yours, Jenn,
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  7. Congratulations, Susan! Pepperoni cupcakes. Novel. Jenn, love the bunny cakes.

  8. Congratulations, Susan! Hopefully you'll have some nice weather so you can sit outside munching on those cupcakes.

    By the way, I had a pet bunny when I was a kid that looked like the spotted bunny cake!

  9. I absolutely love your bunny cakes, Jenn. When your little dudes are all grown up, I can just hear them saying to their wives, "but Mom always made a bunny cake for Easter."

    Congratulations on winning the Crumbs cupcakes, Susan! Pepperoni pizza actually sounds good if you think of them as muffins.

    ~ Krista

  10. Thanks, all. I think I love the bunny cakes as
    much as the dudes. Happy Memories, everyone!