Magic Bunny-In-A-Hat Cake

Prep Time: 1 hour

(Ready in 2 hours, 55 minutes)

Makes 12 Servings

Ingredients

CAKE

2 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury® Moist Supreme® Yellow Cake Mix

2 1/2 cups water

2/3 cup oil

4 eggs

FROSTING

1 (16-oz.) can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Chocolate Fudge Frosting

1/2 (16-oz.) can Pillsbury® Creamy Supreme® Vanilla Frosting

EQUIPMENT AND DECORATIONS

2 oblong cream-filled oval-shaped cookies

2 (8 inch) bamboo skewers

1 large marshmallow, cut in half

1 miniature marshmallow, cut in half

2 blue candy-coated chocolate pieces

6 small pieces black string licorice

2 strips strawberry fruit roll by the foot

Instructions

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 10-oz. custard cups, two 8 inch round cake pans and one 9 inch round cake pan. In very large bowl, combine cake mixes, water, oil and eggs; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Spoon 3/4 cup batter into each greased and floured custard cup. Divide remaining batter evenly into greased and floured cake pans. Place cake pans in oven first, then custard cups.

Bake at 350°F. Bake cakes in custard cups for 25 to 30 minutes; bake cakes in round cake pans for 45 to 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Remove cakes from cups and pans; place on wire racks. Cool 45 minutes or until completely cooled.

With serrated knife, trim tops of all cakes to level. Place one 8 inch round cake on serving plate, trimmed side up. Spread small amount of chocolate frosting on cut surface of cake. Top with remaining 8-inch round cake, trimmed side down. Frost sides and top of cake with chocolate frosting.

Place 9 inch round cake, trimmed side down, on top of 8 inch layer cake to form brim of hat. Frost with chocolate frosting.

Spread small amount of vanilla frosting on cut surface of each trimmed custardcup cake. Place frosted surfaces of cakes together to form ball. Place ball on top of 9-inch round cake for head of bunny. Insert bamboo skewers through head and hat to secure; about 2 inches of skewers will stick out of top. Insert cookies onto skewers for ears. Frost bunny head and ears with vanilla frosting.

Cut large marshmallow in half for paws; place on cake in front of body. Cut miniature marshmallow in half for eyes; flatten slightly and place on head. With small amount of frosting, attach blue candies to marshmallow eyes. Use licorice for whiskers. Cut fruit roll into pieces for nose, inside of ears and bow.

HIGH ALTITUDE (ABOVE 3500 FEET): Add 1/2 cup flour to dry cake mixes; increase water to 2 2/3 cups. Bake at 350°F. Bake cakes in custard cups for 20 to 25 minutes; bake cakes in round cake pans for 35 to 45 minutes.