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Easter Egg Hunt Cake

Happy Easter!

I thought that this pre-Easter post would be a perfect time to give you all another cake decorating how-to post! This cake is super cute and really it isn’t too hard to make. Basically, it is a sheet cake with grass tip border, a bush, little grass tufts hiding mini candy eggs, and super cute hedgehogs and bunnies looking for the mini eggs. Do you want to know the best part about this cake? The hedgehogs and bunnies, they are made out of edible playdough, so they are super easy to make!

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First we will make the edible playdough because I know you’re dying to make it! The playdough starts with, stirring together some powdered sugar and powdered milk.

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Next, in the bowl of an electric mixer place soft butter, corn syrup, and vanilla.

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Beat together until smooth.

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Beat in the powdered sugar/powdered milk mixture.

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Divide the dough into three, even as you can, portions. Remove two of the portions for now.

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To the remaining third add more powdered sugar. The amount of powdered sugar may very a bit depending on how even you divided your dough. Basically, you want the dough to hold its shape, so if you make it into a ball it shouldn’t feel like it is melting and spreading across your hand. Place dough in a container and cover it well.

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Place a different third of the dough into the mixer and to this one add cocoa powder and some powdered sugar. Again, the amount of cocoa and powdered sugar added may very, you want this one to be stiff like the first. Place in a well-covered container.

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To the last third, you are going to add powdered sugar and peanut powder. The amounts may vary but make it good and stiff. Place it in a well-covered container and set aside.

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As a slight side note, this is the first time I have used peanut powder and I have to say it’s pretty cool stuff. It works perfectly for this recipe and any other recipe that you want peanut flavor in but don’t need added moisture. Also, if you add it to plain greek yogurt with some brown sugar it makes a killer apple dip!

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Next, bake your cakes (two 9×13 inch layer) and make your frosting. You can use any flavor of cake you would like to, just make sure it is fully cooled (preferably frozen) before using it. You can also use any kind of frosting that you want to, I used my go-to frosting, and tint it a light green. So, once your ready the just put a bit of frosting on your cake board (this will help keep the cake from sliding all over).

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Place a layer of cake on top.

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Spread on a thin layer of your frosting, for the filling.

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Top with the last layer of cake.

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Cover your cake in frosting. I like to use a bench scraper to help smooth out the frosting. Of course, even if you can’t get it totally smooth that is okay, after all, this is supposed to be grass.

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Next, tint the rest of your frosting a darker green. You won’t need the light green anymore so you can just tint what is left over dark green. Fill a piping bag, fitted with a grass tip, with this darker green. Pipe on a grass border, top and bottom.

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With this same bag, you are going to make a bush. Just pick a corner of your cake and pipe a large… hmmm… blob. The grass tip makes it look like it is a bush.

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Also, pipe a few areas of taller grass around on top of the cake. This is where you are going to hide some eggs.

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Now it is time to hide the eggs, I used mini Robin’s Eggs but you can use whatever mini candy eggs you would prefer.

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Place the eggs in your tall grass tufts, around your bush, and along the borders.

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If you want to you can go back over some areas and pipe a little more grass around or over the eggs to make them a bit harder to “find.”

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Next, we get to make the egg hunters – so collect your edible playdoughs!

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First, we will do a hedgehog. Get two balls of dough: one peanut butter and one chocolate.

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Make the peanut butter ball into a slightly longer shape, narrowing at one end.

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Flatten out the chocolate ball so that it is large enough to cover the wider end of the peanut butter dough.

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Place the chocolate dough over the peanut butter dough at the wider end, just up to the point at which the peanut butter dough starts to narrow.

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Use a toothpick to make lines in the chocolate dough, this will make it look like the quills on the hedgehog.

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Make a tiny ball of chocolate dough, this will be the nose.

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Make two holes with the toothpick where the eyes are going to go.

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Now just make two tiny balls of chocolate and use a toothpick to poke them into the toothpick holes, this makes the eyes. Now your little hedgy is all done, isn’t he precious!

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Next, a bunny. Get a gob of dough and form it into a longish cylinder.

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Make a round ball with the same flavor of dough for the head, and place it at one end of the long cylinder.

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Make a smaller round ball of white and place it at the other end of the cylinder, this is the cottontail.

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Use a toothpick to rough up the white ball a bit so that it looks more cottony.

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Use a toothpick to make two holes in the top of the bunnies head, this is where you are going to stick in his ears.

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Grab a gob of dough the same color as the body and head of your bunny and gently pull/flatten out a bit of it. This is going to be the ear so don’t flatten it out too much or it won’t stand upright. Once you have a length that you think is a good size for a bunny ear tear it from the rest of the dough and form it into a good ear shape. Then fold the base of the ear in on both sides so that they meet.

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Use a toothpick to insert the ear into its place. Make one more ear and put it in its place.

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Make two tiny balls of dough in a different color from the head of the bunny and make them into the eyes, the same as you did for the hedgehog. Next, make three small, thin dough snakes the same color as the eyes. They should be three different sizes one longer (the mouth), one very short (the connection between the mouth and the nose), and one in the middle (the nose). Place them in their positions on the face of your bunny. Your bun bun is done! I know it is the cutest thing ever!

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Make a few more bunnies and hedgehogs, you can do them in any color or color combination you want to. Be creative and have fun! Now just place the little critters around on the top of the cake. Preferably, so that they look like they are looking at/for the eggs that you already hide about the cake.

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Pipe a bit of grass around each creature, this just adds a more finished look. Now fill a piping bag fitted with a round tip with pink frosting and pipe a few little round dots in the bush, this just adds a bit more color.

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If you have the space on your cake you can also pipe a few drop flowers. Fit a piping bag with a drop flower tip, such as a Wilton 2D. Fill the bag with pink frosting. Hold the bag perpendicular to the cake, with the tip just touching the frosted surface of the cake.

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Apply gentle and even pressure as you twist the bag in one direction, the twist is what forms the petals.

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Add a little white dot in the middle and the flower is completed.

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Just pipe a few flowers around the top of the cake. Remember uneven amounts of things are always more ascetically pleasing.

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Your Easter Egg Hunt Cake is done! I’m sure your Easter guests are going to love this super cute cake. Also, if kids are going to be at the gathering they are sure to have tons of fun playing with any leftover edible playdough you might have!

 

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Easter Egg Hunt Cake
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Edible Playdough: one recipe that you divide into the three. One dough is vanilla flavored, one chocolate, and one peanut butter! Kids love to play with it!
Ingredients
  • 6c. powdered sugar
  • 1½c. powdered milk
  • 2 sticks butter, soft
  • 1c. light corn syrup
  • 2t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1c. powdered sugar
  • 6T. cocoa powder
  • 2T. powdered sugar
  • 5T. peanut powder
  • 2T. powdered sugar
Method
  1. In a large bowl mix together the first powdered sugar and the powdered milk. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer beat together soft butter, corn syrup, and vanilla.
  3. Beat in the powdered sugar/milk mixture until well combined.
  4. Divide dough into thirds to one-third add 1c. powdered sugar. To another third add cocoa powder and 2T. powdered sugar. To the remaining third add peanut powder and 2T. powdered sugar.
  5. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Original Recipe and How-To By: Rilla Banks (A.K.A. Epic Sweet)