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Easter Bunny Surprise Cake

Prep Time 40 minutes
Baking Time 135 minutes
Baking Pan Rose Gold Loaf Pan 24cm
Serves 12


  • 350g unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ cups caster sugar / superfine sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence OR 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups plain flour / all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Hop into the Easter spirit with this delicious Easter Bunny Surprise Cake from @bakingenvy. Every piece of this pound cake reveals a hidden chocolate cake bunny in every slice.


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 150°C (fan/convection) or 170°C (standard). Grease and line a 24 x 13 cm loaf pan and a 27.5 x 17.5 cm slice tin with baking paper. Set aside.

Step 2

In the large bowl of an electric mixer (or using a hand mixer), beat together butter, sugar and vanilla essence until pale and creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well in between. The mixture should be very pale and fluffy.

Step 3

Sift over flour, baking powder and salt. Fold in with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until well incorporated. Do not over mix.

Step 4

Add milk, a little bit at a time, stirring until well combined. Try not to push too much air out of the batter.

For the Chocolate Bunnies

Step 1

Transfer two cups of batter to another bowl. Sift over the cocoa powder. Stir until well combined.

Step 2

Spread the chocolate cake batter evenly over the base of the slice tin. Bake for 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Step 3

Allow to cool for 20 minutes. Using a bunny-shaped cookie cutter (or any Easter themed cutter), carefully cut out as many pieces of chocolate cake as possible. NOTE: your cookie cutter should be no taller than 6 cm or it will pop out the top of the cake.

Step 4

Transfer the bunny-shaped cake pieces to a separate tray or plate lined with baking paper. Freeze for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Spread a thin layer of vanilla cake batter into the bottom of the loaf tin. Starting from one end of the loaf tin, place the frozen bunny-shaped cake pieces side by side so they form a bunny-shaped log in the centre of the loaf tin. Make sure they are firmly pressed against each other to prevent vanilla batter seeping in between.

Step 6

Carefully distribute the remaining cake batter around the bunny-shaped log. The bunnies should be completely covered by a layer of cake batter.

Step 7

Bake for 1 hr 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean (or with a just few moist clinging crumbs). If the top of the cake begins to brown too much during cooking, cover with aluminium foil.

Step 8

Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the loaf tin before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


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