Do It Yourself Pinterest Fail? Vintage Easter bunny cake

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hoppin' down the bunny trail. Hippity, hoppity Easter (and Pinterest DIY projects) are on their way!

Who's in the spirit for Spring, flowers, bunnies and chocolate? Yeah, me too!

Before you dream up beautiful decoration ideas and tasty coconut treats, let me try some homemade creations first to save you from spending time and cash on a project that may not be as easy (or money-saving) as they say.

The great idea: Make an adorable kid-friendly, easy and fun Easter themed cake that will not only taste delicious, but impress the eye too.

Cost: From the ingredient list, it doesn't look like it will be a huge dent in the pocket.


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 can white frosting
  • 1 bag sweetened coconut flakes
  • Multi-colored jelly beans
  • Shoestring licorice
  • Candy for eyes and nose (I used 2 Hershey Kisses for the eyes and 3 Red Hots for the nose)


  • Bake (2) 9″ round cakes according to the box directions
  • Once fully cooled, cut 1 of the cake rounds according to the diagram below --  You can either cut it free-form or use a medium bowl as a template
  • Carefully arrange the cake pieces on a sheet of corrugated cardboard covered with aluminum foil or on a baking sheet
  • Frost tops and sides with an even layer of frosting -- You may find that you will need to start with a light crumb layer on the ‘cut’ portions of the cake, then re-frost for a smooth coverage
  • Sprinkle coconut flakes on bunny face and ears -- Lightly press down to adhere
  • Decorate with candy

Here’s a quick video recap of me attempting to make the cake:

The Result


Cost: Less than $10! Probably the most cost-efficient project yet. (It helped that I used a few ingredients from my mom's pantry). Even bought a Starbucks coffee to drink while making the cake with leftover bucks. Winning.

Simplicity: So simple I believe an 8-year-old could make it (with help cutting the cake, of course). On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being most difficult, I would rate it a 2. A measly 2!

How did it turn out? Perfect! Not only does it look just like the Pinterest version, but it tasted great and definitely impressed my family, whom I gave it to (though they have to say they like it, right?).

     Pinterest version                                               My version


Pinterest fail or success? Big success!




Next test on DIY Pinterest Fail?: Another Easter themed creation!

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