This cake is part of my childhood. My mom would make this as my birthday cake almost every year, starting with my first birthday! It never loses its charm, and pulls on my heartstrings every time I see it.
1 white or yellow box cake mix
1–1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp light corn syrup
3 egg whites
1–1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup water
3 cups shredded coconut
Various jelly beans, licorice, candies
Prepare cake as directed in two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
Combine all icing ingredients, except vanilla, in a stainless steel bowl. Place bowl on top of a pot of boiling water. Beat well with electric mixer while the mixture cooks for 7 minutes. Mixture should stand in stiff peaks when the beaters are removed. Remove the bowl from boiling water, mix in the vanilla.
After cakes have cooled, place one whole cake round on a serving tray or platter. From the second cake round, cut two convex-shaped ears from each side of the cake. Place on each side of the head for the ears. Use the remaining piece as the bowtie.
Frost the entire cake, including the sides, with the icing. Pat the entire cake with coconut. Decorate the bunny face with jelly beans, licorice, and candy of your choice.
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