Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by Kathryn Donangelo
This Coconut Easter Bunny Cake makes the cutest Easter dessert and it’s so easy to decorate! Made with boxed cake mix, canned frosting, shredded coconut and Spring candy. Both kids and adults will fall in love this cake!
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Coconut Easter Bunny Cake
If you’re looking for an easy, simple, and super cute dessert to make for your Easter celebration, look no further. Everyone will love this cake at first sight and taste. Shaped into an adorable bunny face and it can be customized using your favorite cake flavor, frosting flavor, and candies.
We love using boxed cake mix and canned frosting to make this even easier and quicker but you can make it all from scratch if you wish. You don’t need any fancy or special equipment to make this cake and you don’t have to be a professional cake decorator. Kids can easily help make this cake because it’s that easy, I promise!
The only equipment you need is 2 round cake pans (you can use either a 9-inch cake pan or 8-inch cake pan), a few bowls, spatula, knife, an electric mixer, and offset spatula to spread the frosting.
Other cute bunny shaped Easter desserts to try are my Easter Bunny Cupcakes and Easter Bunny Spinach Dip.
- Box cake mix: White or vanilla cake mix is my favorite to use but you can use any of your favorites such as chocolate, Funfetti, carrot cake, strawberry, or bake your own cake from scratch using your favorite recipe.
- Frosting: We use canned frosting to make it easy but you can make your own from scratch. Make sure the frosting is softened at room temperature so it’s easy to spread onto the cake.
- Shredded coconut: Used on the bunny’s face and green grass that surrounds the bunny.
- Jelly beans: We use 2 black jelly beans for the eyes, 1 black jelly bean for the nose, 24 pink jelly beans for the bunny ears, and you can also use jelly beans to decorate the bunny’s bow-tie.
- Food gel: Green food gel is used to dye the coconut green for the grass and you can color the frosting for the bow tie any color you wish.
How To Assemble Base of the Cake
Bake cake: To make a bunny-shaped cake first, bake cake according to package directions, using two greased 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch cake rounds. Let the cakes cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Freeze cake: Line a large cutting board, large platter, serving tray, or baking pan with parchment paper. Place one of the round cakes in the center for the head. To make the ears and bow tie, with a serrated knife or sharp knife cut 2 convex shaped ears from the second round cake and place on each side of the bunny’s head. Place the concave shaped piece below the head to make the bowtie. Place the cake in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes. This is optional but it will help frost the cake easier.
Frost bunny’s head and bunny’s ears: Frost the ears and bunny head with the frosting and then lightly coat the frosting with shredded coconut.
Frost the bunny’s bowtie: Add food gel (color of your choice) to a small mixing bowl and mix in the remainder of the frosting to frost the bowtie.
How to Decorate Coconut Easter Bunny Cake
Decorate: To decorate the bunny, add jelly beans and/or Easter candy around the bowtie. Use pink jelly beans to decorate each inner ear- pink frosting or pink icing will also work. Use black jelly beans for the nose and eyes. Add thinly sliced sour candy belt strips to make the whiskers. Use mini chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips) to make the mouth,
Add green coconut grass and candies:To make the green grass, place the remainder of the shredded coconut in a large ziplock bag and add a few drops of green food coloring. Shake the bag until the coconut is green and sprinkle it around the bunny. Add Robin eggs or jelly beans around the grass for decoration (optional). Enjoy!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy peasy: Not only is this so cute but it’s incredible easy to bake, assemble, and decorate especially since you can use boxed cake mix and canned frosting.
- Fun cake: This is such a fun cake for both adults and kids. Kids can help decorate the bunny and it makes a fun activity.
- Perfect Spring dessert: Bake this cake for Spring birthday parties, classroom parties, and of course the Easter dessert table. This cake also makes a gorgeous table decor as well!
- Cake flavor: I used white cake mix but you can use your favorite cake flavor or bake your own from scratch. The flavor and color of the cake will be covered by the frosting and coconut so you can use any.
- Frosting flavor: Canned or homemade white frosting, vanilla frosting, cream cheese frosting, or buttercream frosting, make great options.
- Grass decorations: I love sprinkling Easter candies such as mini or regular Robin Easter Eggs, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, and mini chocolate eggs.
- Chocolate bunny: Use chocolate cake mix and chocolate frosting to make this a chocolate bunny cake.
- Other candies to use: Pastel colored M&Ms, mini M&Ms, licorice rope, sprinkles, frosting gel, fresh fruit such as strawberries to make the ears, Robin Easter eggs, and chocolate eggs are all perfect candies to decorate this cake. The possibilities are endless- use your favorites!
- Add more coconut flavor: If you want to make this bunny cake taste like a coconut cake, add 1 teaspoon of coconut extract to the cake batter. You can also add vanilla extract for more vanilla flavor.
Leftovers & Storage
Leftovers: Store leftover cake in an airtight container or cover cake platter with foil or plastic wrap. Store in a cool area for 2-3 days, then transfer to the refrigerator and store for 2 more days. The cake will start to dry out once it’s stored in the refrigerator.
Freeze: You can freeze unfrosted and undecorated cake by wrapping each cake round with plastic wrap and then place in a heavy-duty ziplock bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. To freeze frosted cakes, place the cake in the freezer and freeze for at least an hour until the whole cake is frozen. Cover with plastic wrap or place the frozen cake on a large serving platter.
Defrost: To defrost the unfrosted cake, let the cake thaw completely before frosting by placing the cake in the refrigerator to sit overnight. Defrost the frosted cake by letting the cake sit out in the counter for at least 3 hours or you can defrost it overnight in the refrigerator. Decorate and add the coconut grass.
Other Easter Recipes
- Peep’s S’mores Dip
- Bunny Bait Snack Mix
- Lemon Ricotta Cookies
- Bunny Butt Cookies
- Easy Lemon Pie
- Easter Mini Cheesecake Bites
- Peep Pretzel Pops
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Coconut Easter Bunny Cake
- 1 box white cake mix plus ingredients on box
- 1 can vanilla or any white frosting
- food gel color of your choice for the bow tie
- green food gel color for the coconut grass
- 1 bag shredded sweetened coconut
- jelly beans
- Robin Easter candy eggs
- Mini chocolate chips
- 2 sour candy belts cut into thin strips
- Bake cake according to box instructions, using two greased 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch round baking pans. Let the cakes cool for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Line a large cutting board, serving tray, or baking pan with parchment paper. Place one of the round cakes in the center for the head. To make the ears and bow tie cut 2 convex shaped ears from the second round cake and place on each side of the bunny's head. Place the concave shaped piece below the head to make the bowtie.
- Place the cake in the freezer to chill for at least 30 minutes. This is optional but it will help frost the cake easier.
- Frost the ears and bunny head with the frosting and then lightly coat the frosting with shredded coconut.
- Add food gel (color of your choice) to a small mixing bowl and mix in the remainder of the frosting to frost the bowtie.
- To decorate the bunny, add jelly beans and/or Easter candy around the bowtie. Use pink jelly beans to decorate the ears. Use black jelly beans for the nose and eyes. Add thinly sliced sour candy belt strips to make the whiskers. Use mini chocolate chips (or regular chocolate chips) to make the mouth,
- To make the green grass, place the remainder of the shredded coconut in a large ziplock bag and add a few drops of green food gel. Shake the bag until the coconut is green and sprinkle it around the bunny. Add Robin eggs or jelly beans around the grass for decoration (optional). Enjoy!
What a fun and very festive dessert. The perfect end to an Easter dinner. Great to take to an Easter brunch too.
We made the easy Easter bunny cake with some of our friends kids for a weekend baking project and it was a hit. Everyone loved how fun and tasty the recipe was.
My cousins loved making this bunny cake with me getting ready for Easter. It tasted so good that they were fighting over who gets to lick the spoon.
Enriqueta E Lemoine says
This is the cutest Easter bunny cake ever. You are an artist. Children will love this. Thank you for the recipe and the inspiration.
This is an Easter tradition in our family, to make a bunny cake! I love the idea of adding coconut to the mix! Will be trying this out this year!
My Granddaughter and I made this cake for a party she went to and it was a big hit with kids and parents.
Thank you for the Step by Step Instructions how to make the cutest Easter Bunny cake. I followed your instructions and the cake turned out perfect. Everyone thought I ordered it from a fancy bakery
Such a cute little bunny! I definitely need to give this recipe a try this Easter. Keeping it handy. Yum!
I made this cute bunny cake for one of my personal chef clients for a birthday party. It was a hit and all the kids loved it.
This bunny cake is so cute! My nieces will love making it with me this Easter. I love the colors, the bunny, everything about it is perfect. Thank you for such a beautiful idea!