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/

1 Comment so far

  1. Heather Elizabeth on February 27th, 2010

    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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