I thought this would be a cute little twist on the classic sponge cake and a fun little activity for Easter Sunday, they make great party desserts! This recipe is from an old Delia Smith cookbook that my mum has had for as long as I can remember, pretty sure it’s older than I am, but it’s a super simple cake mix that can easily be adapted to make any kind of sponge cake.
8oz (110g) self-raising flour
8oz (110g) margarine (at room temperature)
8oz (110g) caster sugar
4 medium eggs
3-4 drops vanilla essence
Butter icing – 2oz butter, 4oz icing sugar, 1 teaspoon of milk
Jam of your choice (I used strawberry)
Sift the flour into a mixing bowl, then just add all of the other ingredients and mix together thoroughly, preferably with an electric whisk to get air into the mixture. If the mixture doesn’t drop off a spoon easily when tapped on the side of the bowl then add small amounts of water until it does – a tablespoon was enough for me.
Spread the mix evenly across two greased and lined baking trays (I did mine in separate batches because I had to use the same tray) and pop into the oven for 25 minutes at 170°C.
Whilst the sponge is cooking, mix up the butter icing.
Once cooked, take out and put onto a cooling rack for a good 20 minutes.
When the sponges have both cooled, put onto a flat surface and get your bunny shaped cookie cutter, carefully cut into the sponge and repeat across the sponge, I got 12 shapes out of each of mine. Depending how you cut the shapes you could slice the excess cake into finger slices or just eat them as they are!
Make sure you’ve got an even amount of bunny shapes so that you can pair them together, spread some jam on top of one of the bunnies and a layer of buttercream on top of that (or on the underneath of the other bunny) and put it’s bunny buddy on top of it. Sprinkle or sift some icing sugar over the top as a finishing touch and they’re ready to eat!
What do you think of them, aren’t they cute? Do you have any fun Easter recipes? You can see my DIY from last Easter which was fabric painting with a bunny stencil!