Easter bunny chocolate cake Recipe

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Serves12+
SkillMedium
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time40 mins plus cooling
Total Time1 hours 10 mins plus cooling
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories632 Kcal32%
Fat34 g49%
Saturated Fat19 g95%
Carbohydrates85 g33%

Celebrate Easter with this fun, chocolate-packed Easter bunny chocolate cake.

Nothing screams Easter like bunny ears. We’ve separated a big white chocolate Easter egg and used them to make this delicious chocolate cake super Easter like. You could serve this for pudding after your Easter dinner or why not have it with a cup of tea over the Easter weekend. The white chocolate buttercream helps bring the moist chocolate sponge to life.

Want more baking inspiration for Easter? Why not try out one of our other great baking recipes too.

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Method

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/Gas 4. Mix the cocoa powder with 400ml boiling water, and leave to cool.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and 1⁄4tsp salt into a bowl; set aside. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla. Mix in 1 egg and then a third of the flour mix. Repeat with the remaining eggs and flour. Fold in the cooled cocoa.
  3. Divide the mixture into the tins and bake for 30-40 mins or until a cocktail stick inserted into centre of each cake comes out clean. Loosen the edges with a knife and leave to cool for 20 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  4. For the buttercream, melt the chocolate in the microwave. Cream the butter, add the icing sugar gradually and cream until fluffy. Add the chocolate and beat until combined, then the milk to loosen the buttercream, if needed.
  5. Spread a coating of buttercream on top of the bottom layer and place the other layer on top, then cover the entire cake. Put Easter egg halves on top (like ears) and scatter on chocolate eggs.

Ingredients

  • for the cake:
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 240g self-raising flour
  • 11⁄2tsp baking powder
  • 1⁄4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 240g butter, softened
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs at room temperature
  • for the buttercream:
  • 200g white chocolate
  • 250g butter, softened
  • 500g icing sugar, sifted
  • 2-3tbsp milk
  • to decorate:
  • 1 white chocolate egg, split in half, and smaller chocolate speckle eggs
  • you will need:2 x 25cm round baking tins, greased and lined with baking parchment
Top Tip for making Easter bunny chocolate cake

Leave off the easter egg decorations and you can serve this all year round

Samuel Goldsmith

After leaving university with a BSc in Food from the University of Birmingham, Samuel embarked on a career in teaching; he taught cookery to teenagers at secondary school level. At the weekends, he worked as a sous chef and assisted on food photography shoots during the holidays. 


After 8 years as a teacher, he decided to concentrate fully on food writing. Nearly 15 years after he began his professional food career, his work has featured in national and international publications including Waitrose Food, Australian Delicious, and the LAD Bible Group. Samuel was also a nutritional consultant for BBC’s Eat Well for Less. Throughout his career he has specialised in recipe writing and he still loves to teach people how to cook (although he’s not quite as patient as he used to be!).


After travelling Europe searching for the best coffee shops, he landed the perfect role working across woman&home, Woman’s Weekly, Country Homes & Interiors, Livingetc, Homes & Gardens and GoodtoKnow. Along with the Test Kitchen team, he produces recipes and looks after the content for these magazines and websites and others in the Future portfolio. 


Away from Future, Samuel is also Co-Vice Chair of the Guild of Food Writers and a Trustee of 91 Ways CIC. He can usually be found binge-watching TV shows, wandering a museum or escaping the city for greener and sunnier climates. He also dreams of buying a run-down Italian villa and turning it into a cookery school in the sun.