Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bunny in the Carrot Patch Bread

This bread gets lots of "Wow!" and "How?"
And not just because it is fun to look at--it tastes great, too!

To make your own, you will need two loaf pans, a bunny cookie cutter, and two recipes--one for pound cake and one for carrot bread.
If  you need a bunny cookie cutter, I found a set of 3 cute ones for a good price on Amazon

The pound cake (which you make first) came from Divas Can Cook.  I chose it because of it's high-fat content, since it will be baked twice. I altered it just slightly. Here it is:

Whipping Cream Pound Cake

3 sticks (1½ cups) unsalted butter, softened
3 cups white sugar
6 eggs, room temperature
3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl cream the butter with the sugar until well combined (about 5 minutes)
2. Add the eggs one at a time and mix completely after each egg.
3. Alternate adding the flour and whipping cream, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
4. Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans. 
5. Spoon the batter into the pan.
6. Place into a cold oven on the middle rack and turn the oven to 325.
7. Bake for 1 hour and 5-15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
8. Let cake cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing to finish cooling on a cooling rack.

While pound cakes are cooling, make your carrot bread recipe: 

Carrot Bread

3 cups flour (I used half all-purpose, half whole white wheat)
1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups grated carrots

1. Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour 2 large loaf pans.
2. Stir together all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. In a mixer bowl, beat eggs well. Add oil, sugar and vanilla. 
4. Mix dry ingredients into wet.
5. Stir in carrots.

Now your carrot bread batter is ready. Set it aside. 

Once your pound cakes are made and cooled, cut them into slices (almost as thick as your cookie cutter is), and then cut out bunny shapes from each slice. Discard the heels and the excess (I plan to use mine in a trifle). 

I may have snacked a bit on the leftover pound cake. This was one of the BEST pound cake recipes I've ever used. 

Start lining up the bunnies in the loaf pans, standing up.

Here's how they look all lined up.

Spoon the carrot bread batter over the bunnies carefully. If you just dump it right on top, you might have some smashed bunnies.
Put the loaves in the 325° oven. They will bake for 45-55 minutes.

They look like ordinary loaves of carrot bread...

But they are NOT! Look at the cute little bunny inside!


  1. This is such a cute and beautiful cake!!
    I'm familiar with the technique (baked such a cake).
    Definitely worth pinning

  2. This cake is such a great idea! So creative and yummy! Thank you so much for sharing this and your other creations on Making Memories Mondays! I am so glad that you came! :-)

  3. This is such genius! I definitely need help thinking outside the box like this, so thank you. :P I think my kiddos would LOVE this! Thanks for joining us at the Family Fun Fridays linky party from happyandblessedhome.com. You post has been chosen as one of our featured recipes! Please visit brittalafont.com (Recipes Hostess) on Thursday, after 2pm MST to grab your "I was Featured" button and see your featured post! Already pinned it!

  4. Cute, Yummy and a Mystery! Triple threat! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty - we hope to see you again next week. :)

    Life With Lorelai

  5. Very cute idea! I am linking to this at www.simplycreativemoms.com. You have some wonderful ideas and you're welcome to share them at my site.

  6. Just so you know, this post has been featured at the #HomeMattersParty for THIS week! You can check it out when the door opens tonight (Thursday) at midnight EST here: http://theroadtodomestication.com/2015/03/20/home-matters-linky-party-29

  7. That looks so good! I'll have to try to make one! :) #homemattersparty

  8. This looks absolutely adorable and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing it at Tasty Tuesday where you've been featured and pinned! Please come back!