Easter Egg Basket: Bunny Tutorial


Herobunnyeggs-49577.jpg Easter Egg Basket: Bunny Tutorial

In April 2019, we showed you how to create a gorgeous Easter Egg basket - as promised, here is how you create the bunny inside!

This is a large cake with loads of detail but not too hard to make if taken step by step. If you only have one cake tin you can cut layers down from the largest size and don’t worry about waste as we making use of all the cut offs. If you want to make a smaller version of the basket just follow the same steps using cake layers of 18, 20, 20 and 25cm (7, 8, 8 and 10in). You are making a carved cake with an inverse slope so you need to use a densely structured cake such as madeira or a Genoese sponge for the best results.

Click the April 2019 Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft front cover to find the rest of the tutorial:

APRIL 2019 Cake front cover

 

 

 

Easter Egg Basket: Bunny

By Rosie Cake Diva

 

YOU WILL NEED

FOR THE BUNNY:
 2kg sugarpaste: white
 Rainbow Dust Progel colours: black, blue and red
 Rice Krispie Treat

EQUIPMENT:
 paint brush
 wire (about 16 gague)
 pliers
 palette knife
 knife or scalpel
 sharp knife for carving.
 pastry brush
 large rolling pin
 rolling pin
 veining tool
 straight edge tool
 ball tool
 dowels

 

1  Compress some Rice Krispie Treat (RKT) to form a chunky boomerang shape. It should be about 10 cm wide.

Easter Bunny step 1

 

2 Add a mound of RKT as shown and compress to form a shape about 8cm high.

Easter Bunny step 2

 

3 Using the ball tool create two indentations to prepare for the eyes.

Easter Bunny step 3

 

4 Compress some more RKT to form the body shape, 11cm wide and 11cm tall.

Easter Bunny step 4

 

5 Together the two shapes will be forming the structure for the bunny.

Easter Bunny step 5

 

6 Use your carving knife to lightly trim the RKT and get rid of lumps and bumps.

Easter Bunny step 6

 

7 The surface doesn’t have to be perfect but will make covering much easier.

Easter Bunny step

 

8 A combination of trimming and compressing will make the shapes smooth enough.

Easter Bunny step 8

 

9 Spread ganache over the shapes and allow to set.

Easter Bunny step 9

 

10 Use some sugar syrup or water to brush over the chocolate. This will smooth it as well as act as a glue.

Easter Bunny step 10

 

11 Add two slugs of sugarpaste over the eye shapes. This is a great way to finesse the shapes you are working on. It also allows you to keep working on shapes and indentations once the final layer of sugarpaste is applied.

Easter Bunny step 11

 

12 Also add some sugarpaste to the nose and mouth area.

Easter Bunny step 12

 

13 Now roll out some white sugarpaste and cover the whole shape.

Easter Bunny step 13

 

14 Smooth over with your hands including the underside, until there is no ganache showing.

Easter Bunny step 14

 

15 Use the ball tool to define the eye areas.

Easter Bunny step 15

 

16 Use the Dresden tool to impress a vertical line up to the nose area.

Easter Bunny step 16

 

17 And also create the curved indentation below.

Easter Bunny step 17

 

18 Use your fingers to smooth the lines and define the area for the mouth.

Easter Bunny step 18

 

19 Mock up a nose with a bit of fondant to help you see whether the shapes look good.

Easter Bunny step 19

 

20 With the Dresden tool draw on the mouth and indent each side.

Easter Bunny step 40

 

21 Push in at each side with the Dresden tool to enhance the smile.

Easter Bunny step 21

 

22 Meanwhile adhere the body section to the cake board with a little ganache. Brush with water or sugar syrup and cover with sugarpaste. You can leave some excess around the sides for stability.

Easter Bunny step 22

 

23 Insert two dowels in the neck.

Easter Bunny step 23

 

24 Glue the neck and push the head down firmly onto the dowels so that it is secure. Add a ball of sugarpaste below the mouth and shape to form a chin.

Easter Bunny step 24

 

25 Once you are happy with the shape roll out a strip of sugarpaste wide enough to cover the cheeks, chin and nose and smooth over the whole area.

Easter Bunny step 45

 

26 Carefully trim around the cheeks and down to the neck.

Easter Bunny step 26

 

27 Use the Dresden tool to pick out and reinforce all the details you created beneath. You should now have a flawless finish.

Easter Bunny step 27

 

28 Use the Dresden tool and veining tool to create fur effects above each cheek at the seam.

Easter Bunny step 28

 

29 Pinch the ends to make them stand out a little.

Easter Bunny step 29

 

30 Add two balls of white sugarpaste into the eye sockets.

Easter Bunny step 30

 

31 Use the ball tool to outline the space for the irises.

Easter Bunny step 31

 

32 Add a ball of soft black sugarpaste.

Easter Bunny step 32

 

33 Use the ball tool to push the black out to the shape you created.

Easter Bunny step 33

 

34 Do the same with blue and allow a tiny rim of black to remain visible around the edges.

Easter Bunny step 34

 

35 Glue a couple of black eyelashes to either side.

Easter Bunny step 35

 

36 Using a rolled strip of black, roll to a point at each end and adhere to frame the top of each eye meeting the eyelashes.

Easter Bunny step 36

 

37 Add two black eyebrows, white dots for eye highlights and a small amount of black mixed with red to denote the inner mouth.

Easter Bunny step 37

 

38 Push the dark sugarpaste around to fill the mouth shape that you have already created.

Easter Bunny step 38

 

39 Then add a roughly heart-shaped piece of red for the tongue. Use the veining tool to create the vertical indent.

Easter Bunny step 39

 

40 For the finishing touches of the face add a small ball of pink pinched into a triangle for the nose and a rectangle of white for the teeth.

Easter Bunny step 40

 

41 For each ear roll 100g of white and 40g pink into a ball, then taper to form a cone. Flatten and roll out gently with a rolling pin. Keep the fat end thicker than the thin end.

Easter Bunny step 61

 

42 Brush with water and stick the two together.

Easter Bunny step 42

 

43 Arrange from the top of the head and stick firmly. Sugar syrup acts as a really strong glue as does a thick paste made with sugarpaste and water. To help the ears stick firmly you can insert a couple of small dowels or trimmed cocktail sticks to the top of the head which gives the ears more to adhere to. Support the weight by adhering the ear part way down to the body as well as the top and hold in place until it stays in place.

Easter Bunny step 43

 


 

Be sure to pick up your April 2019 issue of Cake Decoration & Sugarcraft to find out how to create the rest of this gorgeous cake!