This is a subtle cake: the coffee tempers the sweetness, and the buttery sweetness keeps it all mellow. Even if you don't make cakes, this one is a cinch. Don't be alarmed if the two sponge layers look thin when you unmold them. They are meant to be, because the cake gains a lot of height with its frosting. This cake is all about old-fashioned, homespun charm, so don't worry about how messy it looks: however the frosting goes on is fine. (Photo: Craig Lee for NYT)
Follow these step by step instructions to make the traditional bunny cake you fondly remember from your childhood. You'll need two 9-inch layer cakes. Cut out the ears and the remaining cake is the bow tie. Decorate with white icing, shredded coconut, jelly beans and licorice.