This is a super fast cake. I decorated it in 30 minutes. Most people decorate log cakes for Yule cakes during the Christmas season and while it’s wonderful to celebrate Winter with this cake I thought it would also be great to celebrate new life,spring time and Easter with it. Why not make one every equinox?
Log with branch
Take store bought log cake (could use a jellyroll or chocolate like I have here) roll over and slice off about 1/6th of the bottom.
Cut bottom of cake
Cut this piece in half vertically and place on top of each other to form another branch.
Place slice to make branch
Cut a slight diagonal off one end of the branch so it fits snug against the branch and juts out like a branch
Cut a slight diagonal off one end of the log
Chocolate buttercream icing recipe
60 grams of butter at room temperature
1 tbls of milk
1 ¼ cups of chocolate icing sugar (powdered sugar)-sifted
Here in Australia this comes already mixed. If you need to make it up yourself try using 1 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar) and ¼ cup of cocoa –sifted together
Either place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined and fluffy, or beat with a wooden spoon to combine then finish with electric whisk.
A more luxury version of buttercream frosting can be found here but use perhaps only half the recipe
Cover with chocolate buttercream icing.
Add chocolate buttercream
Use a nice thick coating
Use a fork to mark out bark like lines on the cake.
Use fork to make bark marks
Melt chocolate in a bowl and break into it “Shredded wheat” type cereal and mix together well.
Shredded wheat cereal
You can use cocoa pops , rice crispies/bubbles etc or other cereal. I just use shredded wheat because it looks more like twigs.
Grease the inside of a ramekin, bowl or mug and form a nest shape in the base. Make sure the base is nice and thick.
Form nest in dish or ramekin
Then put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to speedily set.
Remove nest from container (you may need to stand the container in warm water for 20-30 seconds to help loosen it and perhaps run a knife along the top)
Place the nest in between both branches. I raised mine a little by using the thin wedge I had sliced of in the beginning underneath.
Place nest in between branches
Add candy and/or chocolate eggs to the nest.
Place eggs in nest
I added a “Happy Easter” message from pre-prepared icing letters and a new growth “twig” made from Curly Wurly and a couple of new leaves made from jellies. For those in the US you could pick up a curly wurly up from a British goods shop or use a flake.
The finished Easter cake-log with nest
Of course this cake was put together with speed in mind and it’s totally up to you how much time you would like to put into the decorations.
As suggestions you could add alcohol or flavouring to the cake and/or the icing. Sprinkle some coconut coloured with green food colouring around the base of the cake. Add flowers.
There we have the easy, very fast Easter cake (or spring cake )in around half an hour.
The birds nests we made make fantastic Easter gifts. Make in muffin or fairycake (cupcake) cases. Add a chick and break open one of the eggs. Great fun for kid’s and incredibly easy.
There’s the super easy Classic Bunny Rabbit Cake and then there’s this “a little bit more work, but isn’t he a charmer?” Easter Bunny Cake.
You can tell he’s an Easter Bunny because he’s so darn colorful — of course, if you prefer another color (even something bizarre like “brown” or “white”), all you have to do is select the appropriate color frosting. He doesn’t even have to be an Easter Bunny Cake, he’s equally happy to serve as the “pet rabbit cake.” Although, you might want to skip the bow tie — as pet rabbit cakes don’t usually enjoy dress up as much as Easter Bunny cakes.
Download the Bunny Rabbit Pattern
Creating the Bunny Rabbit Cake
Whip up your favorite cake batter (I made this white cake) and evenly divide the batter between one 9″ square cake pan and one 9″ round cake pan. Bake and cool cakes as your recipe requires. Remove cakes from pans.
Place the cut out pattern pieces on top of the 9″ square layer. Use a sharp knife to cut out the cake pieces.
NOTE: The small piece marked “hair” is a fussy bit. I love the rakish charm it adds to the rabbit cake, but if you’re short on time or don’t like fiddly bits, you can omit this piece and still have a wonderful bunny rabbit cake.
Here we have the classic bunny rabbit cake that Grandma first whipped up a long time ago — and even more Grandmas got into the act in 1973 with a copy of the Baker’s Coconut Cut Up Cakes (see the second “Easter Bunny Cake”).
Classic Bunny Rabbit Cutting Pattern
It’s a fabulous cake for anyone who loves cake-retro or who wants an easy and extremely forgiving (coconut covers a multitude of sins) bunny rabbit cake.
The instructions are super simple:
Bake any cake recipe in two round pans.
Cut one cake round as shown in the diagram to the right. Leave second cake round whole.
Place two “A” pieces (see diagram) as the bunny rabbit’s ears and place the “B” piece as the bunny rabbit’s smart and fancy bow tie.
Frost entire cake. You may frost the bow tie in a contrasting color.