Eggies Flower Crown Bunny Cake

Eggies bunny cake by Coco Cake Land

Eggies flower crown easter bunny cake

Squeeeee! You know when you do a happy dance and punch the air in VICTORY when you make something you’re excited about? My kitchen got a whole lotta air punches when I finished this kawaii HERSHEY’S EGGIES flower crown bunny cake! EGGIES are so adorable with their pastel speckled crisp candy shells and creamy chocolate centers – a perfect textural addition to a creamy buttercream cake!

bunny cake drawing

crumb coat

This cake is a lot of fun to work on and it’s easy to pull off! Start off with an 8 inch round layer cake baked using your favourite recipe. My simple vanilla buttercream recipe is 2 cups of unsalted butter at room temperature, 4 cups of icing sugar and 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract. Beat this on high speed for three to four minutes until fluffy. Frost and fill your cake, give it a crumb coat, power chill it in the freezer for 10 minute to lock in the crumbs, and then add a final smooth coat of vanilla buttercream. For the flower crown, divide the remaining buttercream into three bowls – about a 1/4 cup each into two small bowls, and the remaining into another bowl. Tint the smaller amounts with gel colouring: leaf green and violet. The larger amount will be tinted with pink gel colouring. With gel colouring, a little goes a long way so start with a toothpick’s tip amount!

Eggies candies

Fit your piping bags with a leaf tip, a #104 petal tip for the roses and a small French multi-pronged open star tip. If you are new to piping flowers, here is a good video on how to make a buttercream rose - I do a similar method except I place a dab of buttercream then a square of parchment paper on my flower nail first, then I freeze the roses in the freezer until firm, making them easy to handle and place on my cake! Or, you can skip the flower nail altogether and simply make beautiful little rosettes as part of your flower crown! Piping a leaf is very easy, just squeeze and release the piping bag and a leaf shape will form.

bunny cake

I rolled out pre-coloured fondant and punched out circle shapes using the bottom edge of a piping tip. I hand-shaped the little pink nose and the mouth. For the ears, simply roll two pieces of white fondant, flatten, add the pink inner ear using a tiny amount of water to adhere, and then insert a wooden BBQ skewer cut to size into each.

easter bunny cake tutorial

To start decorating, place the eyes, cheeks, nose and mouth onto the cake, pressing gently into the buttercream to adhere.

easter bunny cake tutorial

Place the bunny ears into the top of the cake. Now we will make the EGGIES flower crown! Bring your buttercream roses out of the freezer (if using) or have your piping tips ready!

easter bunny cake tutorial

Begin making the crown – place an Eggie into the buttercream, pressing in to stick. Add a buttercream rose.

easter bunny cake tutorial

Now, you can go where the rhythm of the crown takes you – I like to try and keep the EGGIES, flowers and leaves somewhat balanced by spreading out the colours and textures. Pipe a drop star, a rosette, a squiggle of green leaves – the leaves are great for filling in any empty spaces between EGGIES and flowers!

flower crown bunny cake

Keep going…

Eggies flower crown easter bunny cake

And… STOP! When it’s time to serve the cake, you can reserve extra EGGIES to place into the top of each slice so everyone gets a colourful candy addition to their cake slice!

flower crown bunny cake by coco cake land

floral crown candy cake

coco cake land bunny cake

I hope you give this flower crown bunny cake a try – of course if would be so cute for an Easter dessert, but it would also shine like a bunny diamond for an upcoming birthday. This post was sponsored by HERSHEY’S Canada! Share your own creation this Easter and you might be recognized with an EGGIES Star. Be sure to use #eggiescreations when you post. Thank you for supporting the delicious brands that keep Coco Cake Land’s cake boat afloat! xo Lyndsay 

Blue Totoro Cake!!

blue totoro cake

totoro cake by coco cake land

Oh man. I’ve made a few Totoro cakes in my cake life but this blue Totoro cake has gotta be one of my favourites. In January 2015 I was supposed to make a cat cake for Tracy, for her niece’s birthday. I had just found out I had breast cancer. I still wanted to go ahead and make it because I hate not fulfilling commitments and didn’t want to disappoint anyone. I was crying because I was so overwhelmed and stressed out but thought, oh I can do still do this, I can make this cake. But I really couldn’t, and my dear sister recognized that, and she helped me cancel it and of course everyone understood. Now, it has been three years since that time. I haven’t really written about it yet because in so many ways it feels so overwhelming that I don’t even know where to start, and I feel so grateful for the last year of 2017 I’ve had, of feeling healthy, and enjoying life with my husband and son and getting to do some fun traveling and camping together. To feel like I have my creativity back, and life not dominated and dictated by injections, doctor’s appointments, blood work and dreaded trips to the cancer agency – I never want this feeling to end. The freedom of getting to worry about silly small things, and not big scary things, just for a while, to continue this nice patch of life without too many harsh bumps in the road. Yes, I finally got to make Tracy a cake, for her niece Kelly – this crazy-eyed kawaii blue Totoro cake! It did feel full-circle to make this for her – it reminded me of 2015, and made me feel extra grateful for today.

stamped cake flag

totoro cake by coco cake land

It is a gift for me to feel healthy, strong, happy and creative. It’s not an every day every moment set of feelings, and to be a little carefree is a little risqué, because cancer is a horrible beast and it is my greatest fear (apart from ORCA WHALES, yikes.) Yet it feels so good to live life normally.

blue totoro cake by coco cake land

Hooray for birthdays! Never forget that every one is worth celebrating. Even the ones where your hair is turning grey and the deep lines show up on your face, and your boobs (or one and a half boobs) hang down jusssst a little lower. Breathe it all in! xo Lyndsay

Chloe’s Caticorn Cake

caticorn cake

caticorn cake

I’ve made a few rainbow caticorn cakes in the last coupla months, inspired by my OG rainbow caticorn cake I made for Saya back in the fall. Since my first initial post, I was fielding a few emails from excited bakers and moms who wanted to try it out – so I changed the post into a rainbow caticorn tutorial of sorts with a few handy dandy tips. This cutie pie I made amongst the crush of Christmas madness back in December for my sweet pal Phanie’s daughter Chloe’s birthday. The excellent thing about having a cake making skill is that you can trade this for other goods and services. So since Phanie is an amazing photographer, I traded Phanie two cakes for a holiday family portrait sesh. The other cake I made was for Phanie’s son Malcolm’s birthday, on Boxing Day. We had just hosted Christmas Day dinner at our place the night before and were dashing off to Whistler on Boxing Day so I did not get proper photos of the super cute bunny with a “carrot” nose cake I made for Malcolm… You can see a few incredibly sweet snaps of Malcolm’s bunny cake with carrot nose here. I’ve written about my admiration for Phanie before on this blog – she has her own blog called Moses Moses Moses in which she writes in detail about the actual trials and tribulations and great joys of life – raising her children, making art, trying to maintain a sense of self, the struggles and frustration, highs and lows, and bittersweet joy of motherhood. She lays her heart bare in her posts, something I wish I could do more. I feel like I waffle between “OH LOOK AT THIS CUTE CAKE I MADE” and “I HAD CANCER AND CAN NO LONGER HAVE CHILDREN” and “R.I.P. PATRIARCHY”…  I haven’t quite found my Goldilocks-approved just-right, but for now I also think that is ok… xo Lyndsay 

Instagram Heart Emoji Cake for Genius Kitchen

Instagram Heart Emoji Cake

Ok I’m holding pretty good on my promise to slam up some more content on my BLOGEROO! I started a new column over on the jam-packed delicious food website Genius Kitchen! I put a call-out on my personal Facebook page asking for name suggestions for the column because at the time, my brain was frazzled and I could not think of anything clever for a column name that encompasses pop culture, celeb gossip (hehe) and all things au courant. My friends went WILD with suggestions. My personal Def Leppard-inspired suggestion was Pour Some Sugar On Me… but here are my favourites from my friends/relatives: Frosted Tips, Batter Chatter, Another One Bites The Cake, Beat It (I felt this could be misconstrued, LOL), Wake n Cake (perhaps a little too weed-friendly), Cake On Me (A-ha reference!), Cake n Bake, ‘Zertgeist (so random), Dessertations (offered by my British friend Cam), Cake Pop (my fave) and the winner … Cake Life!

Instagram Heart Emoji Cake

I wanted a new challenge in 2018, and I’ve written cake tutorials and freelanced many times in the past but not since my diagnosis have I really written for another website – in fact, my editor Hannah had initially written to me during 2016 while I was still in treatment and I only just found her email a few months back! I’m so glad to have re-discovered her email and to start back into freelance writing a bit. So welcome to Genius Kitchen Cake Life, with your host… ME! :) My first cake is this Love-Day-friendly Instagram Heart Emoji cake, based on… yep, the purple super smile heart in Instagram Stories, hehe!

Instagram Heart Emoji Cake

You can get the full Instagram Heart Emoji Cake tutorial over on Genius Kitchen – and look out for little old me doing some silliness in the Genius Kitchen Instagram Stories too! Happy caking, my friends! xo Lyndsay

Kawaii Yeti Cake!

yeti cake by Coco Cake Land

yeti cake by Coco Cake Land

Y’all yeti for this? I don’t think you’re ready for this yeti. I don’t think you’re yeti for this jelly. I made this hee-lariously cute kawaii yeti cake for my sweet pal Nancy – I made her son Wolfgang’s wolf cake back in October – she messaged me asking if I would be interested in doing a yeti cake and YES OH YES I WAS INTERESTED.

yeti cake drawing

I drew several yeti cakes before I settled on this guy. Still, I am always such a stress ball when I’ve never made a cake with a particular design before – even though it looks straightforward, there were things to consider – blue face plate on top of the fur? Blue face plate on the crumb coat? Smiley mouth? Tuft of buttercream fur bangs? Was it going to LOOK like a yeti, or look like a snowball with a blue face?? Sometimes I give myself a low-grade fever working on cake until it comes out the way I wanted it to. I will even fiddle around with eye and cheek placement because I feel there’s an exact moment when something goes from not kawaii to kawaii … :P

mountain cake topper

kawaii yeti cake

After I finished the cake and Nancy had picked it up, I was cleaning up some of Teddy’s toys and came across a QUATCHI stuffie! The old adorable-faced sasquatch from the Vancouver 2010 Olympics – and thought, oh man that would’ve been cute, a white and blue Quatchi style cake… but I am happy with how my yeti cake turned out! Happy birthday Kit Ming and thank you again Nancy for the great cake request!! xo Lyndsay 

Da Bear, Da Flower Crown Bear Cake

flower crown bear cake

I can hardly bear the cuteness of this flower crown bear cake. I can hardly bear my own horrific bear puns. But that is ok. Because: CUTE BEAR! Vanilla swiss meringue buttercream, dark chocolate cake with little fuchsia pink rosettes, green leaves and a dash of crunchy rainbow sprinkles. I’ve been adding little pink cheeks to EVERYTHING lately and it has kicked the kawaii factor through the kawaii cake roof. Plus there’s something so cute about a Hello Kitty face, ie NO MOUTH?? Not that I’m trying to silence my bear friend or anything…

flower crown bear cake

I have a LOT of cakes to post in the next while! For 2018 I wrote a “loose goal” of posting twice a week (HA) and gee whiz, looks like I posted once in January. I’ve been doing a little bit more Coco Cake Land Instagram-ing than usual with some Instagram Stories videos – Instagram continues to be my favourite medium but there is SO much frustration and irritation happening on IG for many of my blogger and small business pals. My approach to Instagram continues to be the same – I just don’t want to crap out any old pic to throw up there so I tend to wait until I have something cute or new, or I feel I have something to say. But, I have begun to understand and utilize Stories a bit more and the potential for on-the-casual cake decorating videos on there seems like fun – I gotta thank Miranda from Whistle and Flute for being my Stories Life Coach! She shot a video of me making a Totoro cake which you can view on my Stories Highlights. Anyhoo, Stories feels much less stressful than setting up a big old rig for a YouTube channel, which I’ve thought about but kinda feel too lazy and OLD for, to be honest!  I like the casual-ness of Stories and it seems great for showing some simple techniques. As far as cake making goes, I’m supposed to be “Zen Cupcake” these days and not take on too many cake orders… but now and then, I’ll get an email from an amazing old customer or good friend inquiring about making a cake… it’s hard to say no, especially when the ideas are fun. But, I gotta keep my cool and keep it enjoyable. I don’t want to burn out like the Great Coco Cake Depression of 2010…

flower crown bear cake

What are your thoughts on social media? Hatin’ it hard or addicted as hell? I love it for so many reasons but the addiction is powerful. I have taken to leaving my phone downstairs to charge at night. I call it “leaving the devil spawn downstairs.” I’m currently reading my way through the Harry Potter series and I just started Book 3. I thought Book 1 was… ok. Book 2 I was slogging through and lite-complaining about it and then ALL OF A SUDDEN I WAS SO RIVETED in the last 40 pages!! Haha. The advice I was given is that the series shifts and changes in Book 3 and it becomes your everything. I am excited for this feeling… Ok, I’m going to edit some more cake photos to put up on the blog now… sometimes I think about only posting my content on the blog and forgetting SM (social media, ahem)… but it’s kind of like hoarding a CD on a clunky old stereo when you can listen to Apple Music…? Wow, the good old days of Blogspot and 80k page views! xo Lyndsay

Rainbow Sprinkles For My Dad’s Birthday + Happy New Year

rainbow sprinkles funfetti cake

2018, eh? This year marks the ten year anniversary of this here blog. Ten freaking years – a whole decade of sugar, flour, butter, all gussied up into cakes cakes cakes galore. I wonder how many cakes I’ve made in ten years? I am both disturbed and delighted by this. I really had no idea this was going to become my career, and now, ten years later, the same year my BOOK comes out, I’m still chugging along.  A published book, something I’ve dreamt of my whole life, from when I was a nine-year-old writing goth pegasus-murder stories, to high school where I was writing… probably murder stories, to my 20s, where I would garble out non-fiction Gonzo-style writing and interviews (thank God the internet didn’t really exist back then) to my 30s, where I found a place to write (about cakes, not murder) on my blog. Will I be a 60 year old woman with a white haired bowl cut and oversized Marni blazer, still making cakes? Perhaps I will then turn back to writing about murder and become Canada’s first Chinese Agatha Christie.

rainbow sprinkles funfetti cake

I made this whimsy-packed rainbow sprinkles birthday cake wonder for my dearest Dad, Gerry Sung is the man, the man with the plan and the love of vintage cars, saddle shoes and more fashionable jackets than my sisters and I combined. I’ve written rather extensively about my Dad before, and anyone who has been a longtime-ish reader of my blog knows that I am very close to my family. I am so lucky to have my parents in my life, and to have them live close by. Sometimes I have this urge to go back to my old childhood home, open the heavy front door, call out “Hi Mom!!” as I walk in. Take my shoes off, enter the kitchen. Open the fridge to find some milk, rummage through the pantry for cereal or old-ass cookies or even seaweed gummy bears or some other healthy “treat” my mom would have at home. Go up to my room, lie in my childhood bed, look at the posters on my wall, play one of my cassette singles and admire the eggplant purple paint which I chose myself because being a brooding moody teen is cool. Different eras roll by, and now I’m in the basement pushing around Peaches ‘n Cream Barbie next to He-man in a plastic Corvette, pulling up to Castle Greyskull, fighting with my sisters. Then, it’s grade 9 and I’m wearing huge hoop earrings and backwards overalls and doing dance routines on the black and white checkered floor. Dinner will be spaghetti and meatballs with iceberg lettuce salad. Homework will be completed, and bedtime will ensue, and I will feel safe in my home with my parents and sisters close by and life isn’t even a concept in my mind because when you’re young you can’t see past the following day. Oh how I miss our old house.

rainbow sprinkles funfetti cake

Now, January 2018 is here. As a child, I could never imagine being 41, with a family of my own. As I was putting the Christmas decorations away today, Teddy said “I don’t want to put the tree away!!” and I remarked to him, “Didn’t it seem like yesterday that we put the tree up? Didn’t it all go by so fast??” xo Lyndsay 

Peppermint Striped Cake For Rich’s 40th!

christmas buttercream wreath cake

buttercream striped party cake

You may be looking at this pastel pink and green stripey cake with its ruffly buttercream border and be thinking to yourself: “what a charming baby shower cake!” Hashtag #NOPE this is my husband Rich’s 40th birthday peppermint striped cake!!! There is a short window between my birthday in November and his birthday on December 21st where I am “technically on paper” two years older than Rich. It is a time of much heckling, talk of robbing cradles, lite cougar-ing, etc. It’s also when Christmas and the holidays ramp up with appalling speed, each year coming up faster than the last. I love how this cakey beauty came out!

peppermint striped cake tutorial

It was a dark chocolate cake with casual times peppermint buttercream. I used this chocolate cake recipe which is my go-to favourite! Do you know how to make buttercream stripes? I will show you how, with some delightful iPhone photos, k?

striped buttercream cake tutorial

First of all, fill two piping bags with your desired stripey colours. I went with a peppermint buttercream tinted minty green and pastel pink. Snip the ends off of each piping bag.

striped buttercream cake tutorial

Using a cake turntable, pipe alternating rows of colours, nestled close together. Don’t worry if it looks incredibly ugly at this point. It’s a “work in progress”, as I am always saying to my son Teddy when he’s attempting to draw something!

striped buttercream cake tutorial

Use a cake bench scraper to smooth the stripes, going around and around until you are satisfied with its stripey-ness. If there are any little buttercream holes or gaps, fill them in by piping a little blob on top of the hole and going around again with the cake bench scraper. Spread buttercream along the top of the cake and get it as smooth as you like. Then, pipe an alternating shell border using your favourite open star tips with the buttercream. I used a Wilton 1M and Wilton 4B. I loved how this border effect turned out – extra ruffly and cute!

pastel striped buttercream cake

peppermint striped cake tutorial

slice of striped cake

slice of striped cake

lyndsay and lasagnes

Then, if you are feeling crazy, make three lasagnes filled with roasted tomatoes and roasted caramelized sweet onions because your man loves pasta.

rich's 40th birthday party

Make a fondue! Fill your guts with cheese and the best chip dip ever! Drink an ice cold Fanta and five or six chocolate Lindt balls because you are at your dad’s party and no one’s really watching you!

rich's 40th birthday party

Happy birthday to my amazing husband. Love you so much! xo Lyndsay