This 7-minute frosting recipe is one I make at least once a year. If I made more cakes, I would make this frosting more often. Here’s the deal, I make a bunny cake each year for one of my daughters. Yes, a cake bunny. She was born close to Easter, and for some reason, this cake is made every year when we celebrate together.
Now, that I live closer to her, we will continue the tradition. It doesn’t matter that she is over 40 years old now, it’s a mom thing. I’m going to share how I make the bunny cake, that’s how I roll, my friends. This recipe has been in my family for over 50 years. Does it look familiar to any of you? I bet it does!
In case you’re wondering what 7-minute frosting is. It is a cooked frosting and you beat it for 7 minutes with a hand mixer. You will see a sticky and yummy frosting emerge as you beat the mixture with the mixer. This 7-minute frosting recipe tastes like soft marshmallows wrapped around a cake.
Kitchen Items You May Need:
- Double Boiler Pan
- Hand Mixer
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Egg Separator
- Cake Pans (If you want to make a bunny cake, use a 9-inch by 2 -inch round cake pan.)
7-Minute Frosting Recipe + Bunny Cake
Step One: Gather Ingredients
Gather your ingredients, so you’re ready to make the recipe. Use an egg separator or the eggshells to save the egg whites.
Step Two: Place Ingredients in a Pan – Mix
Place all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a double boiler pan (you have water in the lower saucepan) and mix thoroughly.
Step Three: Mix Until Thickened
This is how it looks after about 3 minutes. You can see that it starts to “thicken” up.
Step Four: Continue to Mix on Medium Heat
Use a hand mixer while cooking over medium heat for 7 minutes or until you get the desired consistency. I like “stiff peaks.” Add the vanilla and then frost your cake or cupcakes, if you’d like those too.
Bunny Cake Instructions and Ingredients
- White Cake Mix, I like the Duncan Hines brand
- Two 9-Inch Cake Pans
- Cream of Tartar
- Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
- Coconut (for green grass sprinkled around the cake)
- Green Food Coloring
- Jelly Beans
Step One: Read Cake Mix Directions
Make the cake as directed on the package you purchased. This is so funny, I bought a Duncan Hines cake mix, and made it as directed. I greased two 9-inch round cakes pans. Well, the cake mixes must be a lot smaller than they use to be. The batter filled only one 9-inch round cake pan.
It’s crazy, I’ve always made two round cakes, not this year. I keep hearing we are paying more for smaller packages, I guess so. I washed the other cake pan and put it away.
Step Two: Cut the Cake
Cut the cake in half. This will be the body of the bunny.
Step Three: Place on a Platter
Place the halves on your serving platter.
Step Four: “Glue” Cake Halves
Spread some of the 7-minute frosting between the cake halves to “glue” them together.
Step Five: Frost the Full Cake
Frost the bunny cake with the 7-minute frosting. Sprinkle some white coconut on the bunny to make it look like fur. Use a quart mason jar to color the coconut with green food coloring. It doesn’t matter if you want it a little green or a darker green.
Sprinkle it around the cake. Now, sprinkle some jelly beans around the base of the bunny cake on top of the green-colored coconut. Save a few pink jelly beans for the eyes and nose. Make pink ears out of construction paper and stick them in the frosting. We used to use a Hostess Snowball cupcake for the tail, but they are too hard to find now.
It’s fun to decorate some cupcakes as well. We used to be able to use red licorice rope for the whiskers and the “cupcake baskets” with a handle, but they don’t make it like they used to.
7-Minute Frosting Recipe
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 egg whites
- 1-1/2 teaspoons light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients, except for the vanilla, in a double boiler pan (you put water in the lower pan) and mix thoroughly. Use a mixer while cooking over medium heat for 7 minutes, or until you get the desired consistency. I like “stiff peaks." Add the vanilla and frost your cake or cupcakes.
How do I store the leftover cake?
Because the frosting is cooked, you can let it sit on your countertop covered with a glass cake top or plastic wrap.
Can I freeze this cake?
I have never frozen this frosted cake so I can’t recommend freezing this one.
I hope you enjoyed this 7-minute frosting recipe and bunny cake. It’s so fun to celebrate Easter in a religious manner, but this cake makes everyone smile. It’s all about teaching our kids and grandkids the joy of cooking and baking from scratch. May God Bless this world, Linda