This year my son is having an Easter party in his classroom. He’s in grade one, so the magic of the Easter Bunny is still very real for him. I’ve been asked to provide an Easter cake for the class, so I’m going to use a tried and true, adorable cake that is sure to please youngsters. Try it yourself and see!
- 1 package cake mix, any flavor (I like to use orange or lemon – you can use a cake from scratch if you prefer)
- White frosting, either packaged or homemade
- 1 cup sweetened, shredded coconut
- Green food coloring
- Hollow chocolate bunny, not too large
- Chocolate eggs or jelly beans
Prepare cake mix as directed for two round 8 or 9-inch cakes. Allow cakes to cool on wire racks.
Cut a hole in the center of one layer, leaving about a 2-inch border around the cake. Frost the top of the uncut layer, and place the cut layer on top. Frost the top and sides of cake.
Place coconut in a zippered plastic bag. Add a few drops of food coloring and shake and squish the coconut around to get it colored evenly. Add more food coloring as needed.
Place the green coconut in the center hole of the cake, to act like Easter basket grass. Place the hollow chocolate bunny on top of the coconut, and scatter chocolate eggs or jelly beans around the base of the bunny.
And there you have it! A cute little Easter cake that is sure to appeal to the younger crowd.
If you’re planning to have an Easter egg hunt or Easter party, this cake makes a great highlight on the dessert table. Other sweet treats can include cupcakes decorated with jelly beans or edible flowers in a variety of pastel shades, and fruit salad. Make a yummy punch out of fruit juice, sparkling water or lemon-lime flavored soda, and a splash of berry-flavored syrup.
Decorating tables is really simple for Easter. Hollow plastic eggs can be filled with small treats and left scattered about, and flowers are always perfect for a spring celebration. Fill a vase with colorful foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, and place hearty stems of greenery or flowers that can last a few hours without water inside.
Use your imagination and see how many ways you can use Easter eggs to bring the season to your tables. Happy Easter!