Surprise inside bunny cake

March 30, 2015
2 Ratings
  • Makes one loaf cake
Author Notes

Chocolate bunny cake hidden inside a vanilla loaf cake —Oh Sweet Day!

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 piece egg, room temp
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, room temp
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pieces egg, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk, room temp
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease two loaf pans, line the bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Crack in the egg, spoon in the sour cream, and pour in the oil and the vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.
  4. Pour in the boiling water, and slowly mix until smooth and liquidy.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely.
  7. Cut cake into 1-inch thick slices. Use a bunny cookie cutter to cut cake slices into bunny shapes. Freeze them when preparing for the vanilla cake.
  8. To prepare the vanilla cake, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  9. In another bowl, mix eggs and sugar until well combined. Gradually add oil and vanilla, mix until just blended.
  10. Slowly add half the flour mixture; mix until just blended. Add the buttermilk, mix until just blended. Add remaining flour mixture, mix until batter is combined and smooth.
  11. Remove the bunny cake cut outs from freezer. Stack them together to make a long bunny log. Line it in the bottom of the other cake pan. Pour the vanilla cake batter in the pan to cover the bunny cake cut outs.
  12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  13. Remove the cake from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and cool completely.

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9 Reviews

Leil April 4, 2021
I made this multiple toiled. It’s a cute idea but the chocolate cake sank for me. However I managed to cut the pieces out and bake it with the vanilla cake and it did cover then. But...once cut you couldn’t really tell what it was. Also did not love the cake recipes although it was very easy to make. Might try again with different cakes.
Mary April 1, 2021
As a seasoned baker, I found this recipe a complete waste of ingredients and my time. The chocolate cake was a complete fail. It completely sunk in the middle. Determined to try again, I made another mix which turned out well. I froze the bunnies and made the second batter. After pour it over the bunnies in the loaf pan the bunnies rose to the top! The batter did not cover them at all. It is now in the oven knowing it isn't going to be the success and surprise for the grandchildren that I wanted it to be. Just wasted an insane amount of my time. :(
catherine April 4, 2021
I had the same exact experience with the chocolate cake completely sinking! What a bummer. Still trying to make it work, but looking in the oven, I can see that the bunnies’ ears are all sticking out. Hope it at least tastes good!
Margie March 30, 2021
Cute idea.
How tall should the cookie cutter be?
I made the chocolate cake but my 2 3/4" cookie cutter was too tall.
The choclate cake rose 2".
We will enjoy the chocolate cake as is this time.

dickensthedog March 23, 2021
I bet that you could use cookie cutters in other shapes for different effects :)
AB April 11, 2017
Also curious what the 1/2p cups buttermilk means--is the p just a typo in the bunny inside cake recipe?
Oh S. April 13, 2017
It was a typo which I've updated. Thanks.
AB April 11, 2017
Just wondering why does the chocolate one use sour cream and the vanilla one use buttermilk?
Oh S. April 13, 2017
I just put two of my go-to recipes for vanilla cake and chocolate cake. If you have your own recipe, I believe it will work too.