Easter Bunny carrot cake recipe


Mr Easter Bunny pokes his head out of the rabbit hole to get ready for Easter Sunday. The grass is green, the eggs are in abundance – the world is a happy place!

Dive through the frosting and into a deliciously moist carrot cake. Each person gets a chocolate egg, of course!

Easter Bunny carrot cake

Recipe by Natasha Shaw, a parent of Wahroonga Public SchoolCourse: All Recipes, Baking, Cakes/Muffins, EntertainingDifficulty: Medium


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Dive through the frosting and into a deliciously moist carrot cake. Each person gets a chocolate egg, of course!


  • 1 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 3 large carrots, coarsely grated, to make 3 cups firmly packed carrot

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour

  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

  • 2 tsp mixed spice

  • Cream cheese frosting
  • 30g butter, softened

  • 80g cream cheese, softened

  • 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind

  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar

  • Decoration
  • 200g shredded coconut

  • Green food colour paste, to tint

  • Ceramic bunny (I bought mine from Bed Bath ‘n Table), washed

  • 1 pkt speckled milk chocolate Easter eggs

  • Selection of coloured sprinkles and star sprinkles, to scatter


  • Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Grease a 24cm (top measurement) bundt pan.
  • Use an electric mixer to beat the oil, sugar and eggs in a large bowl until thick and creamy. Stir in the carrot and nuts. Sift in the flour, bicarb and mixed spice.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean. Cool cake in pan for 5 minutes, before turning out onto a wire rack, top-side up, to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, to make the frosting, use an electric mixer to beat the butter, cream cheese and lemon rind in a small bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the icing sugar until well combined.
  • Spread frosting over the top of the cake and halfway down the side. Place the coconut in a shallow dish, then stir in enough of the food paste to reached the desired ‘grass’ colour. Spoon the coconut all over the frosting, pushing lightly to adhere the coconut.
  • Place the bunny in the centre hole so he just peeks out. Arrange the speckled eggs all over the top, then scatter cake with sprinkles. Serve.

Tips and notes

  • Forget the bunny and chocolate speckled eggs and top the cake with halved Cadbury Creme Eggs (yolk side up) and sprinkles.
  • You can also cover the grass in fluffy Easter chicks. Just remember to remove them before cutting the cake.
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