Meet Kevin, Stuart and Bob in MINIONS, in theaters this July. I’m so excited for the movie that I took the opportunity to turn Stuart into an Easter Bunny. I’m sure he likes his costume.
When deciding that I wanted the bunny suit to be fuzzy, I searched for the longest and thickest coconut I could find, and ended up finding it at Safeway, a local grocery store. If you can’t find anything other than “shredded” that will work, it just won’t have the same dimension (appearance of fuzziness) that the larger flakes of coconut will. If you do not want to use coconut, or can’t for whatever reason, you could use shaved white chocolate, or even white cotton candy. You can see how to make your own cotton candy here.
When I first started out decorating cakes, I had done research that said using floral wire for construction of cake elements was a standard in the industry. But, when looking into that further, as floral and food didn’t really seem to go together to me, I found that stainless steel and copper wire were food safe wires that are available. So, public service announcement: don’t use floral wire! We use stainless steel in our cooking and copper in our pipes. That was enough proof for me to switch.
To make the domed cake, I used one half of the Wilton ball pan that I have, and as a side note, I have been using that cake pan set more than any other lately. It’s definitely been worth the investment. If you do not have the ball pan set, you can easily use a bowl, ensuring that it is oven safe obviously, to make the domed part of the Minion’s head. If neither is an option, you’ll need to make an additional layer for the cake, and carve the top one to be rounded.
One more thing to note: work on the pieces that need to dry first in the cake making process. To speed the drying time up, you can add gum paste or tylose to your fondant.
MINIONS Easter Bunny Cake
- 3 x 6″ round cakes
- 1 domed 6″ cake
- Vanilla buttercream,
- Flaked coconut
- Fondant- pink, white, brown, black, yellow
- Silver food spray
- Marshmallows (regular size)
- Stack three round leveled cakes, applying a layer of buttercream in between each layer. On top of the three cakes, place the domed cake. Cover the entire structure in vanilla buttercream.
- Cover cake in coconut by pressing coconut into the buttercream.
- For the arms, use buttercream to “glue” three marshmallows together, end to end. Apply a small stripe of buttercream to the marshmallow “arm” and attach it to the side of the cake using toothpicks if necessary. Cover arm in buttercream, and press coconut into the buttercream. Repeat on the other side for a second arm.
- For the legs, cover a single marshmallow in buttercream and roll in coconut. Attach the leg to the front of the Minion using a small amount of buttercream as “glue”. Repeat for second leg.
- Roll out yellow fondant and cut out a large circle by using a 3 7/8″ or 4″.
- Attach to the front of the Minion’s body using buttercream to help it stick.
- Roll out the white fondant and cut two round circles using a 2 1/2″ round cutter. Set one circle aside to harden.
- With the second circle, use a 2 1/4″ cutter to cut out a smaller circle and a ring.
- Discard the inner circle and save the ring. This will be the silver piece of the goggle. Let it harden slightly before attempting to move it.
- Place the ring on a piece of parchment paper and spray it with the silver colour spray. Allow to dry.
- Once the ring has dried, attach it to the white circle using water.
- Cut out a small round circle out of brown fondant, and an even smaller circle of black fondant for the pupil.
- Attach both circles to the center of the white circle.
- Roll out a piece of black fondant, and cut a strip about a centimeter in width. Attach the strip to the yellow face using a small amount of water (this is the goggle strap).
- Attach the completed eye/goggle on top of the strap using buttercream.
- Roll out white fondant and cut two three toed foot shapes out.
- Roll out pink fondant, and cut out one large oval, and three small ovals for the pads of the feet. Attach the larger oval to the bottom of the foot, and the three toe-pads near the top toes.
- Allow to harden.
- Once hardened, attach to the legs using a swipe of buttercream.
- Cut a 14″ piece of stainless steel or copper wire (see note in blog post).
- Shape into a bunny ear, ensuring that there is enough wire left at the bottom to insert into the cake.
- Roll out the white fondant and cut to size of the wire. Wrap the fondant around the wire for support.
- Roll out the pink fondant and cut a piece to fit into the center of the ear. Place onto a flower former to shape the ear, and allow to harden. Repeat steps for the second ear.
- Once hardened, insert into place on top of the Minion’s head.
In case you haven’t seen the MINIONS trailer yet, check this out!