In advance: Make candy tulips. Melt 2 pks. of white candy; tint 1/3 cup each in violet, rose, yellow using candy colors. Tint 1 cup lime green (mix equal amounts of green and yellow tinted candy); reserve remainder white. Mold candies using
layering methods; refrigerate until firm, unmold. Flatten bottom of each candy by placing on a warm cookie sheet or warming tray. Stand candies on waxed paper-covered board; pipe puddle bases around tulips using melted candy in cut parchment bag. Refrigerate until firm. Make ears. Prepare gum paste. Roll out 1/8 in. thick; using pattern and knife, cut ears. Position in medium flower former heavily dusted with cornstarch. Tint a 2 in. ball of gum paste rose; roll out 1/8 in. thick and cut 2 ear centers using pattern. Attach centers to ears with damp brush. Bend one ear to curl and let dry overnight.
Bake and cool bunny cake using firm-textured batter such as pound cake. Trim off ears. Generously ice around nose and ear area to form oval head. Lightly ice face. Tint a 1 in. ball of fondant rose; roll out 1/8 in. thick. Cut a 1 1/4 x 5/8 in. oval and attach for mouth. For lower lip, roll a log of white fondant 1 1/4 in. x 1/4 in. diameter; attach with buttercream. For muzzle, roll two ovals, 1 x 1/2 in. high; flatten slightly and attach. For nose, shape and attach a rose oval 1/2 x 3/8 in. high. Lightly ice eye area with buttercream; trace eye pattern with toothpick. Outline eyes with tip 2; pipe in whites of eyes and pupils with tip 3 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Add tip 1 dot highlights. Cover cake with tip 18 stars. Attach cookie treat sticks to backs of ears with melted candy; let set. Insert ears in cake. With royal icing, cover sides and back of ears with tip 18 stars. Tie ribbon into bow; attach with buttercream. Tint coconut green by placing shredded coconut in a zip-close
sandwich bag. Add a few drops of icing color (diluted slightly with water). Shake and knead bag until color is evenly distributed and sprinkle around cake. Position candy tulips.
This perennial Easter favorite will make the most adorable holiday centerpiece.
Sweet bunny is surrounded by candy cordial flowerpots and a brightly-striped awning trimmed with dainty drop flowers. During this busy season it?s so convenient to make all the accessory components in advance.