This carrot cake with mascarpone frosting tastes just as good as it looks and is the perfect recipe to use for a bunny cake during Easter. It has been a tradition with my family that we always make a bunny cake on Easter, so I thought it appropriate that I share my most recent cake with you all – carrot cake with mascarpone frosting!
What is a bunny cake? It’s just a cake that you cut to look like a bunny. You can look online and find multiple ways to do this but I’ve found this is the easiest done with two (9 inch) baking pans. You use one whole circle for the face, and then cut 2 ovals from the sides and put them on top for ears, and then the leftover from what you cut the ears out of is the bow tie. You can decorate it however you want to, so it can be a fun activity for kids as well. I remember as a kid always being excited to decorate the top of the cake with candy.
As a child, my parents would always just make a boxed mix cake with 7 minute icing (a very light and fluffy, whipped cream type frosting). However, one of my favorite cakes these days is carrot cake with cream cheese icing so I wanted to go that route. And being that it is Easter and spring, carrot cake is super appropriate.
When my mother-in-law threw me a bridal show down in Florida, she ordered a carrot cake from one of her fellow bakers that was the BEST carrot cake I have ever had. Super moist, not too sweet, but not too savory, and the best cream cheese frosting on top to balance it out. So I must have looked through 15 recipes of carrot cakes and combined a few things to come up with this recipe. I found a buttercream glaze from MyRecipes that really puts this cake over the top. I then used a mascarpone cheese frosting as mascarpone cheese is a bit less intense of a flavor as cream cheese and most of my family does not care for cream cheese. That recipe was adapted from Half Baked Harvest. I chose to decorate with a small star tip but you can do whatever you’d like with this carrot cake with mascarpone frosting. Even Ryan who isn’t a huge fan of carrot cake liked it! Hope you enjoy!
What Ingredients are in this Easter Bunny Cake Recipe?
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Sugars – granulated, light brown, powdered
- Vegetable oil
- Vanilla extract
- Crushed pineapple
- Shredded coconut
- Unsalted butter
- Light corn syrup
- Mascarpone cheese
How to Make an Easter Bunny Cake
1. Line 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour them and set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
2. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together on medium speed the eggs, sugars, vegetable oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract until smooth.
3. Gradually add flour mixture with mixer on low speed and mix until just incorporated.
4. Use a spatula to fold in the carrots, pineapple, coconut and walnuts.
5. Divide the cake mixture evenly between two pans and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
6. Place cake on cooling rack and let cool completely. I put the cooling rack on top of cake and flip it so it easily comes out.
7. Mix together the sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and light corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Let the mixture come to a boil and boil for about 4-5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Take a toothpick and punch a few holes throughout the cakes. Taking a pastry brush, brush the glaze over the cakes.
8. Take a piece of paper and cut out a bow tie that will fit the cake. You can skip this and just free hand if you want.
9. Cut the ears and the bow tie for the bunny cake.
10. Arrange the cake pieces on a platter to form the bunny shape.
11. Beat the mascarpone cheese and butter together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt and beat until fluffy, about another 3 minutes.
12. Use a piping bag to decorate the cake. Be creative with your decorations for the bunny. You can use M&M’s, jelly beans, chocolate covered peanuts, etc…
How Can I Do the Cut Out for the Easter Bunny Shape?
So we just used a piece of paper and roughly cut out a bow tie that would fit the cake size. It really doesn’t have to be perfect. You can always cut more afterward to make sure everything fits. However, if you want an actual template, Homan at Home has a good one!
Other Easter Recipes
- Carrot Cake Balls
- Blackberry French Toast Casserole
- Mini Ham and Cheese Quiche
- Baked Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
- Lemon Ricotta Waffles
Easter Bunny Carrot Cake
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups grated carrots
- 8 oz crushed pineapple, drained
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
- 1/2 tbsp light corn syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Line 2 (9-inch) round cake pans with wax paper or parchment paper. Grease and flour the pans. Set aside.
- Mix together flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Set aside.
- Beat together eggs, white sugar, brown sugar, vegetable oil, buttermilk, and vanilla extract in an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just blended. Fold in carrots, pineapple, coconut, and walnuts by hand until just incorporated.
- Divide the cake mix evenly between the two pans. Bake at 350°F for 30 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Place cake on cooling rack. While the cake is cooking, make the buttermilk glaze.
- Mix together sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, butter, and light corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Let the mixture come to a boil and boil for about 4-5 minutes while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Take a toothpick and punch a few holes throughout the cakes. Taking a pastry brush, brush the glaze over the cakes.
- Beat the mascarpone cheese and butter together in an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract and salt and beat until fluffy, about another 3 minutes.
- To assemble and decorate, leave 1 cake layer whole and place on large platter. Cut 2 opposite edges of the other layer into ears. The remaining cake will be a bow tie. Arrange on platter.Using a piping bag, pipe the frosting onto the cake. Be creative with you decorations!