Peeps Easter Bunny Vanilla Cake is a simple made-from-scratch cake topped with a coconut buttercream frosting and decorated with PEEPS marshmallows and Easter candies, perfect for your Easter dinner dessert table.
Spray 2 8-inch cake pans with baking spray. Cut parchment rounds to fit inside the cake pan and mist lightly with baking spray.
Combine all of the ingredients for the cake (box mix, plus ingredients, vanilla) in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on low speed until fully combined.
Divide the batter between the two cake pans. Tap on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
Bake according to box directions.
Let cakes cool completely on a wire rack.
For the Frosting:
Add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy.
Add in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until fully incorporated.
Add in the milk, vanilla extract, coconut extract and salt and mix until combined.
For the Coconut Grass:
Pour shredded coconut into a zip top bag. Add food coloring and seal bag, tossing to coat and distributing the food coloring until it turns the coconut green. Set aside.
To Assemble and Decorate the Cake:
Cut off the tops of the cakes to make them level.
Spread about 3/4 cup of the frosting onto one of the cakes, cover the top and the sides.
Place the second cake on top and spread 1 cup of frosting on the top. Use enough of the remaining frosting to spread down the sides of the cake, creating a layer of frosting thick enough to adhere the marshmallow bunnies.
Press the Peeps bunnies around the outside of the cake.
Sprinkle the green coconut on top of the cake, spreading out to the edges.
Add additional Peeps bunnies and egg shaped candies to the top of the cake.
To get bunnies to stand up on top of the cake, insert a toothpick into the bottom of the bunny and then press into the cake. Alternately, place an egg shaped candy behind the bunny.