The Bunny Cake

My older brother called and asked if I could make a cake his girfriend’s birthday party.? One of her friends was going to celebrate a birthday around the same time.? One of the girls likes bunny rabbits and the other likes butterflies.? I don’t remember which one likes which.? But that’s okay.? Neither one is my girlfriend.

So I saw this cake online that had little rabbits, butterflies, flowers, and a rainbow and so I decided to use that design as my inspiration.? I started out by making the rainbow, flowers, and butterflies out of gum paste.? The rainbow was pretty straight-forward.? Roll up logs of different colors and arch them like a rainbow.? Done.? The butterflies were pretty straight-forward, too.? I found a butterfly cookie cutter.? The real trick with them was to get them to look less flat.? To do this, I built a contraption out of a cut up cereal box, some wax paper, and a gum paste?sculpting tool.? It looked like this:

Butterfly

To make the flowers, I used two different sized cutters and some toothpicks.? Like this:

FlowerParts

The next part was the bunnies.? For these, I chose modelling chocolate.? This is a new medium for me.? But I found out that I really like working with modelling chocolate.? I’m going to make it again for other projects.? To make the modelling chocolate, I melted 8 oz of white chocolate and mixed in 3.5 tablespoons of light corn syrup.? Pour it out on to a couple of layers of plastic wrap, let it cool, and then cover and wrap.? After letting it sit for a day, it’s ready to work.? Then it was just a matter of modelling the shape.? It’s hard to describe the methodology for modelling rabbits.? I just kinda did what seemed right at the time.? The faces are painted on with edible coloring.

Here is the final cake.? I trimmed it with yellow ribbon to hide the imperfections along the borders.? The cake is covered in fondant.? The clouds are left-over modelling chocolate.

Bunny Cake

Here is a link to a spin-around view:? http://www.tracyprobst.com/cake/BunnyCake/

One Response to “The Bunny Cake”

  1. Heather Elizabeth on February 27th, 2010 7:15 pm

    Hey, I like those bunny faces!! LOL. I am loving this. I think it turned out great. The ribbon is a definite plus. I think it added that extra pop!

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