Help yourself to a Baby Bunny Cakelet, a mini dessert with Easter on its way!
I couldn’t resist this Nordic Ware Mini Easter Bunny Cakelet Pan (also referred to as a Baby Bunny Cakelet Pan) as I was hopping down the bunny trail at T.J. Maxx a couple of weeks ago. It was priced at $16.99 and is available online ranging from $30 – $38.
The cake pan came with a recipe for 6 mini bunny cakes, but I used a doctored cake mix instead. To doctor any flavor cake mix, substitute buttermilk for the water, use 4 eggs instead of 3, and the same amount of oil called for in the mix.
(You’ll end up with a little extra batter using a doctored cake mix, enough 6 bunny cakelets and about 3 cupcakes.)
I made two recipes using a French Vanilla Cake Mix and a German Chocolate Cake Mix. (Tip: If you want to make one recipe, you can divide your batter in half. Add 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to half of vanilla or white cake batter for 3 chocolate bunny cakes and 3 vanilla cakes.)
Use a baking spray with flour (I used Baker’s Joy) spraying your pan well and fill your cavities 3/4 full with your batter. Tap your pan on the counter a few times to help eliminate any air bubbles in your batter.
Bake your bunny cakelets at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the cake center. Cool cakes in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn out on rack and cool completely.
Trim the bottoms of mini cakes if needed so they sit level. (A light dusting of powdered sugar on the bottom the cakes will prevent them from sticking to your cake plate after trimming.)
Nibble on the trimmed cake. . .Baker’s treat (=^Y^=)
I still had a few air bubbles but a dusting of powdered sugar helps to cover your imperfections or use a simple glaze on your cakelets if you prefer:
1 cup confectioners sugar
2-6 tablespoons milk, to desired consistency
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
For a bunny tail, add a dollop (technical term :) of frosting to mimic a cottontail and sprinkle the tail with flaked coconut.
If you told yourself sternly: “no more cake pans!” you can make a batch of Bunny Tail Bonbons, aka White Chocolate-Cheesecake Truffles for a sweet ending to your Easter gathering.
Notes: Tablecloth from HomeGoods, Napkins from World Market