Bunny Basket Key Lime Cake

 

Ok, I admit it, it isn’t Easter in July, but hey, sometimes you get a craving to eat something out of season – and today was my day to make a cake I had intended to make before Easter even came this year! I’ve had a lot on my plate these past few years and things I have wanted to do have been put on the back burner. Hopefully I can get caught up now and blog on a regular basis.

 

This cake is really easy to make and decorate. Everything comes from a – gasp – box! Yes, sometimes I do use boxed items – although not very often. Jeffrey and I noticed the key lime cake mix in the store. Well, I had to have the matching icing, then we came across the decorations – on clearance no less. I paid around ten cents – yes, ten cents – for each box of decorations. That’s not bad – and the extras can be frozen. In the event you can not find the decorations, with a little creativity I am sure they could be made out of icing at home – you will need some jelly beans however if you intend to have your bunnies holding jelly beans like mine are. The basket handles are a hard candy – and I’m not sure how you would make those, but I imagine there would be a way. Maybe you could make them out of chocolate or twizzlers.

 

Here is how I made this cake. First I followed the directions for making the cake batter. I made 12 cupcakes and poured the remaining batter into a rose shaped bundt pan. It did not fill the pan – and that was ok. When using a bundt pan be sure to generously grease it or your cake is liable to get stuck.

 

Once the cake and cupcakes were finished baking, I allowed them to cool on a cake rake for 10 minutes. I removed the cupcakes right away, but did not try to remove the cake until the ten minutes were up. When it was time to remove the cake, I gently pulled the outer edges away from the pan and used a knife to loosen the center area. Be gentle when doing this and work your way around the edge loosing a little at a time. If you get into too big of a hurry, the cake will tear.

Once the cake is out of the pan, allow it to continue to cool while you work on the cupcakes. Begin by leveling the top of the cupcakes. A knife is an easy way to do this although they do make special cake cutters. The goal is to make sure the top of the cupcake is flat. This makes decorating it easier.

 

Once the cupcakes are all level, spread a light layer of icing on them. Here is the trick to getting a smooth, light layer of icing on a cake or cupcake. Fill a cup or glass with the hottest tap water you have. Place your icing knife (I use a butter knife) in the hot water and let it sit a minute or so. Dip it into the icing and begin spreading the icing on the cake or cupcake. It is ok to dip the knife back into the water to thin the icing or get it to spread easier. Continue this process until you are finished icing both the cupcakes and the bundt cake. I did a very thin layer of icing on the bundt cake so I could see the rose design on it.

 

The next step is to gently insert the basket handle into the cupcake. Make sure to have it properly positioned before you begin inserting it. Once the handle is in place, add the grass. You can use as much or as little as you want.

 

The next step is to add a candy bunny into the center of the basket. Follow these steps until all twelve baskets are complete. In the event that some of the candy handles are broken (as some of mine were), simply omit the handles and alternate the cupcakes so every other one has a handle. I had four broken handles so three of the cupcakes went in the back of the cake, alternated and one went into the hole in the top of the bundt cake.

That’s all there is to making this adorable bunny basket key lime cake. I hope you will try it – at least at Easter time!

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