Saturday, May 17, 2014

bunny cake

When I mentioned to a girlfriend of mine that Shiva's birthday party was going to be a rabbit theme (see that post here) she suggested I make the bunny-shaped cake that her grandmother made every year for Easter. Once I knew how easy it was I was onboard! I started by making my carrot cake recipe but instead of baking it in a 9x13 pan I used a 9 inch round pan and made cupcakes with the left over batter.
Carrot Cake Recipe
1) Mix together: 2 cups all purpose flour, 2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp ground cinnamon, and 1 tsp ground nutmeg.
2) Make a well in the center of dry ingredients and add in: 1 3/4 cup white sugar, 1 cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs, and 2 tsp vanilla extract.
3) Mix with a wooden spoon then stir in 2 cups shredded carrot and 1 cup crushed pineapple (drained).
4) Pour in to greased 9x13 baking pan (I used the 9 inch round for the bunny cake) and bake at 350F for 45 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.
Cream Cheese Icing Recipe
1) Cream together 8 ounces of cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter, 2 cups powdered sugar, and 2 tsp lemon juice.

After the cake had cooled completely, I cut it in half to make two half moons.
Frost the tops of each piece of cake with a thin layer of cream cheese icing and then sandwich them together.  
Place your cake cut side down on to your serving plate. About a quarter of the way up your cake, cut a notch out and place it behind the cake, this makes the bunny's ears and tail.
Frost the entire cake with two or three thin layers of cream cheese icing being sure to cover all the cake. Once this is done you can decorate as you wish: my friend's grandma used to cover the whole cake in shredded coconut to give her bunny cake a "furry" look, I pressed a pink jellybean in the front for a nose. Cut "ears" out of cardstock and stick them in the cake notch.
Voila! A dessert that is both adorable and delicious!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Shiva's Rabbit-Themed 3rd Birthday

By now it's no surprise how much I enjoy party-planning and decorating: it's a passion of mine so I try to celebrate any and all occasions. Our dog's birthday is no exception, as you may remember from this post on last year's strawberry party. I started this blog after Shiva's first birthday so I never had the chance to post about it but I assure you we did have a party and it did, indeed, have a theme. After her first birthday party, when our guests were leaving, Shiva spotted a rabbit hopping past our house and took off after it. We managed to coax her back without too much hassle but the memory is still vivid every year around this time so this year, in honour of the "rabbit incident", I decided to have a rabbit-themed 3rd birthday for our girl.

With Easter having just passed it was easy to re-use some of my Easter décor (as seen in this post). I moved our bunny bunting to the dining nook and added a name banner using paper of the same colours. I also used our rabbit ornaments, along with some cleverly-placed chocolate-covered raisins, on the table with the bunny birthday cake.

We served the usual hot dogs and coleslaw that we've had at each of her other parties, as well as some rabbit chocolates that I stocked up on before Easter. The cake, of course, was carrot cake and I'll be sharing a tutorial on how to make a bunny-shaped cake next week on the blog.

Shiva got a sample of the carrot cake as well as a couple of cute, dog-friendly cookies from Bone & Biscuit. She had a hard time posing for a picture before diving in!

It may seem silly to some but I'm so happy that our friends and family are willing to come over to celebrate our dog's birthday with us. She's a huge part of our family so it's a very special occasion for us.
Happy Birthday Shiva!
{note: I'm pleased to share that there were no run-aways at the party this year - we keep Shiva on a short leash whenever rabbits are around now!}