You will need:
- Cake drum
- Cake with 14cm diameter and 10/12cm high
- Chocolate mousse or another filling
- Chocolate ganache (3:1 ratio chocolate/cream)
- Serrated knife
- 1kg white Pasta Top
- 250gr white Pasta Model
- Modelling tools
- 3 x 18 gauge floral wire
- Floral tape
- Cake pop sticks
- Small dowel for the bunny support
- Cocoa butter
- Dust colours: white, brown, skin, pink, black, green and yellow
- Soft brushes
- Optional colourful chocolate eggs and sprinkles to decorate
Using your filling layer your cake.
Using your serrated knife carve the cake to a dome shape. This will be the basket when we turn it over. Cover the outside with the ganache.
Use a smoother to give the ganache a smooth finish.
Turn the cake over and place on your drum. Cover the top with ganache.
Using a thin cake board turn the cake back over. Roll out your white Pasta Top and cover the cake.
Use a knife to trim away the excess paste.
Cover the cake drum. Turn the cake back over and place on the drum. Cover the top and trim off any excess.
For the band around the top of the basket roll out white Pasta Top to a long sausage shape. Flatten using a side smoother.
Fix the band around the top of the basket. Trim off any excess length.
Using your flower wires wrap them together using the florists tape.
Using an extruder form three long lenghts of white Pasta Model. Plait as shown. Roll a thin band of Pasta Model to the same length as the plait.
Place the wrapped flower wires over the plait. Moisten with a little water and cover the wire with the thin band of paste. You will need to leave a small length of wire protruding from each end ready for mixing into the cake.
Bend as shown to the width of your basket.
Insert two plastic straws into the top of the cake and slide the wires into each.
Using your Pasta Model roll a pear shape for the rabbit’s head.
Using your finger press a dent into the top of the face to form the eye area.
Using a modelling tool form a groove for the chin.
Use your thumbs to press gently to form the eye sockets.
For the body roll a smaller pear shape and flatten the bottom larger end.
Fix onto the top of the basket.
Use your fingers to form a dent in the top of the body ready for the head. Insert a wooden skewer through the body leaving the top exposed to fix the head. Roll out two equal pieces of Pasta Model to form sausage shapes for the arms.
Use a sharp knife to form the paws.
Fix each arm to the body as shown. Blend to smooth out the joints.
Blend the back of the arms also.
For the fluffy chest roll a sausage shape of Pasta Model and roll each end to a point.
Fix to the chest area. Using a modelling tool add texture to give the hair appearance.
Fix the head onto the skewer in the body.
For the ears roll a long sausage shape of Pasta Model and flatten. Cut in half.
Pinch with your thumbs to give shape.
Fix the ears to the top of the head using a little water if required.
Add a little character to the rabbit by bending an ear.
Using a little water blend the ears to the head.
Use a ball tool to form eye sockets.
Using a ball tool form a dent for the nose.
Roll three balls of Pasta Model. Two round for the eyes. Fix the eyes into the sockets. Shape the third to form the nose.
On a plate over a candle melt a little of your cocoa butter.
Add a little black powder to the cocoa butter and mix to make the paint. You can add a little white powder if your shade is too dark.
Paint the rabbit grey as shown. Leave the insides of the ears white. Using a fine brush paint between the paws with a darker grey paint.
Paint the darker grey around each eye to give shading.
Paint the nose with your pink powder colour mixed with cocoa butter. Using pink dust and a soft brush lightly dust the cheeks and inside the ears.
Mix black powder with cocoa butter and paint the eyes.
Use a little white paint to add a small dot to each eye.
Using your brown and skin tone powder mix with the cocoa butter and paint the basket as shown.
Continue painting around the outside of the basket.
Using green and yellow powder mix with cocoa butter and apply to the base.
Dab using a wide brush to blend and give the textured appearance.
Using brightly coloured chocolate balls or eggs fill the basket.
Decorate the board as you would like.