Have you ever made a cut-up cake? This was something we used to do all the time when I was little. The idea is simple – you start with normally shaped cakes (usually squares or circles), and then cut them up, reassemble them, and create fun designs.
The be-all end-all book we used when I was a kid was Baker’s Coconut Animal Cut-Up Cakes, published in the 1950s. Yeah, that long ago. We had a bunch of photocopied pages (because it was out of print even then) and we’d pick something, and then make it. We used candy and frosting to decorate. I’m sure they looked pretty sad, but we had so much fun. That’s where I learned my basic cake decorating skills.
All of that to say that cut up cakes are a great activity to do with kids. This bunny cut-up cake is made with two 9-inch round cakes. You only need one cake mix to make this guy, which makes him super cheap.
- 4 eggs
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pkg cake mix
- 1 pkg pudding
- 1 cup shortening
- 8 cups powdered sugar
- 1-4 Tbsp water
- 1 cup margarine or butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- Food coloring (opt)
- Candy, coconut, sprinkles, etc. for decorating (opt)
- Mix together all ingredients for cake. Split in half and place 1/2 in each of two greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
- Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Remove cakes from pans. Leave one cake intact, and cut the other using the template below.
- Assemble bunny shape using template below. Set cake aside.
- In a mixing bowl, whip together shortening and butter. Add vanilla and mix well.
- Add powdered sugar in 1 cup amounts until frosting reaches desired consistency.
- Use frosting to decorate cake as desired.