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Chocolate Lemon Bunny Cake


3 hours
Skill Level
1 cake

There’s no better way to brighten a birthday or Easter celebration than with this delicious, chocolate lemon bunny cake recipe. Serve it with ice cream or decorate it with CADBURY MINI EGGS and watch guests hop with happiness.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
45 minutes
Bake Time
27 minutes
Cool Time
1 hour 30 minutes


  • 1 cup
    butter (2 sticks) , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups
  • 4
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    lemon extract
  • 2 cups
    cake flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa
  • 2 Tbsps
  • 1
    HERSHEY'S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • editable easter grass
  • easter candies
  • Lemon Frosting
  • 1 cup
    butter (2 sticks) , softened
  • 1 cup
  • 4 cups
    powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp
    lemon extract
  • 2 Tbsps


Equipment Needed 
Oven Oven
Round Baking Pans (3) Round Baking Pans
Mixing Bowl Mixing Bowl
Measuring Cups Measuring Cups
Rubber Scraper Rubber Scraper
Wire Rack Wire Rack
Bowl Bowl
Mixer Mixer

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 6 x 2-inch round baking pans.


Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until well blended. Beat in milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla and lemon extract.


Stir together cake flour and baking powder. Gradually blend into butter mixture, stirring just until ingredients are moistened. Do not over-stir. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans.


Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until cake center springs back when touched lightly and edges are starting to pull away from pan sides. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack, cool completely.


Prepare Lemon Frosting. Frost cake. Stir together cocoa and water in small bowl. Dip clean pastry brush into cocoa mixture. Scrape brush against bowl sides to remove excess mixture. Splatter remaining cocoa mixture on brush onto the cake by gently flicking the wrist. Top cake with milk chocolate bunny and garnish with edible Easter grass and other candies.

Lemon Frosting: Beat butter and shortening about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Start on low speed and increase speed to high for one minute; continue until all sugar is added. Stir in vanilla and lemon extract. Blend in food color until desired shade. If necessary, add milk, one tablespoon at a time until desired spreading consistency. Makes 4-1/2 cups frosting.

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