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Chocolate Funfetti Hidden Bunny Cake

This chocolate funfetti hidden bunny cake is a sure crowd-pleaser!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Freezing time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Author Kelsie

Ingredients

Funfetti loaf:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons jimmies I used an Easter mix

Chocolate loaf:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder optional
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole milk

Instructions

Funfetti loaf:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray, then line with parchment paper, leaving an inch of paper hanging over the sides. Spray paper with cooking spray then dust with flour. Tap out excess flour and set pan aside.
  2. Sift the flour and salt together in a small bowl. Place butter, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Cream until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stop to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl after each egg is incorporated.
  3. Turn mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture until it’s just incorporated. Gently fold in jimmies.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 75 to 85 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then use parchment paper to remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  5. Once cool, slice into 1-inch slices. Use your cookie cutter to cut out desired shapes. Set cut-outs on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 1 hour. Leave them in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate loaf.

Chocolate loaf:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper, allowing a couple inches of excess to hang over the sides. Spray paper with cooking spray, then dust with flour. Tap out excess flour; set pan aside.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, espresso powder, salt, and baking powder in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until combined and smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.
  3. Turn the mixer to low and add half of the flour and mix until just incorporated. Add all of the milk, mixing until just incorporated, then add remaining flour. Mix on low until just incorporated.
  4. Pour just enough batter into the prepared pan to cover the bottom evenly. Remove funfetti bunnies from the freezer and line them up to form a bunny log that is a little shorter than your pan—you’ll probably have an extra bunny or two. Set log carefully on top of batter, then carefully pour remaining batter over them, to just under the rim of the pan. You’ll have excess batter; I recommend pouring it into a ramekin and baking yourself a cupcake. Bake bunny cake for 44 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then use parchment paper to remove the cake from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Serve, enjoy, and watch your friends’ faces light up when they see that little bunny hiding in their cake.