It ended up being pretty much what I had in mind! I think it made the perfect simple Easter cake.
So I started off making my favorite super rich cake mix using a regular cake mix as the base. Here it is but I adapted it for a white cake, though I didn’t have white chocolate chips and I was really trying to use what I had on hand.
A single batch (I doubled for a two layer cake)
1 box white or yellow cake
4 large eggs
1/2 Cup canola oil
1/2 Cup water
8 oz sour cream
1 small box vanilla instant pudding mix
1 bag mini or regular chocolate chips (white or semi-sweet)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer add the cake mix, eggs, oil, water, sour cream, pudding mix and chocolate chips. Beat until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. The mix will be thick. Pour evenly into 2 well greased cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of cakes. Let cool completely.
Since I was doing two layers my cake I actually used two mixes, one full bag of chocolate chips and one vanilla and one chocolate pudding (again, just trying to work with what I had but whatever you mix is going to taste delicious so you really can’t go wrong).
Right here is a quick tutorial on how to keep you cake from sticking to the pan. This happened with me with the last cake I made and I wanted to figure out something to keep it from happening again. Honestly pretty much every time I make a cake it sticks to the bottom no matter what I do. So I decided to try something new.
These pans I used are a set of 4 wilton circle baking pans. I’ve had them for several years and have used them numerous times.
First I got a piece of wax paper and laid the cake pan I was planning on using then traced it on the middle of the sheet I had torn off.
Then I cut it out but with long ‘tabs’ on four sides. I figured this would help pull it out.
Put it in the pan with the tabs up and under the lip as much as you can.
Then put your batter in. Again this is the recipe I used before which is super thick. It is kind of a light brown because I used one chocolate pudding mix because it is what I had on hand. You’ve gotta work with what you have!
Bake according to instructions. Take a silicone spatula or something to go around the edges just to get it out.
Turn over and…..
Bam! It’s out perfectly with no fuss.
Ok, you have to peel it off but then it’s perfect.
While all of this was going on, the baking that is, I got to work on some of the decorations. I knew I was going to do a simple white cake with the bunny on top and then some flower decorations using a mold I had from several years ago on a cake I did for my sister. This is a silicone mold made by Wilton and I’ve used them before. I used some silicone molds to make my son’s Mario/Bowser Castle cake a couple of years ago. They are simple and I love that they are flexible and you can get things out very easily.
I used fondant premade by Wilton because I had a bit on hand and made it purple using some coloring gels. You can also use gumpaste or any number of things. I was just using what I had on hand. I made a bunch of these lines of flowers to go around the edges.
I wish I had taken more pictures at this point but I was busy and had to get that cake out!
I used the two smallest of this set of circle baking pans (I’ve used them many times and love them!) and with two mixes I made up two batches of cake so each tier had two layers. I leveled them using this leveler, which I just got and love and did a quick job frosting it. I then layered it like this video shows but I used straws because again, I was just using what I had on hand.
After it was all leveled and stacked I got to play away with the decorating which is my favorite part. I put Mr. Bunny up on top and started to add some of the flowers I had made from the silicone mold. Then I added some leaves using my favorite buttercream frosting recipe. I actually had a ziploc bag made up of this frosting in the freezer so I didn’t have to make it! (PS did you know you can freeze frosting? It can save tons of time!) The leaves were made using this leaf piping tip.
After the top flowers were done then I added the long strips of flowers and it was perfect!
Can I tell you how glad I am I got a shot of this Easter cake it all done? I had to go to another room after taking this picture and when I came back I saw two big flowers carefully taken off the top by my two year old. I’m lucky not more happened than than and it still looked great.
It was a simple fun Easter cake to make and got me excited for my year of cakes (By that I mean that we do big kid birthday parties every other year on the even years then on the odd years we go super simple with a family dinner, a present or two and a really fun cake my husband and I make for them. We have three this year and we’ll see what my boys want!)