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Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total: 68 minutes

Servings: 10

Cost: $7.04 /serving


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Step 1

Preheat oven to 340F. Butter and flour three 6-inch cake pans. Soak baking strips in water. Strain the strawberry preserves.

Step 2

Sift dry ingredients (including sugar). Whisk to combine.

Step 3

In another bowl, whisk together wet ingredients.

Step 4

Combine wet and dry mixtures. Whisk until combined. Add a few drops of pink food coloring until a desired consistency is reached. If the batter is lumpy, it’s okay!

Step 5

Add baking strips to the cake pans.

Step 6

Evenly distribute batter into pans. I like to use a kitchen scale for precision.

Step 7

Bake for about 35 minutes or until the centers are set and springy to the touch.

Step 8

Beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar, slowly add in 1/3 cup of sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form.

Step 9

In a medium saucepan add the remaining sugar and 1/3 cup water then place on medium-low heat.

Step 10

Stir until sugar melts and becomes clear. Maintain at medium-high heat until temperature reads 235-240F.

Step 11

Drizzle the sugar into the mixer immediately.

Step 12

Run the mixer until meringue is cool/tepid or for about 15 minutes. You can speed up the process by adding bags of frozen peas to the base of the bowl.

Step 13

Add room temperature butter into running mixer one tablespoon piece at a time.

Step 14

Add the salt and vanilla.

Step 15

Beat until butter is combined and mixture has reached a silky consistency.

Step 16

Distribute into small bowls.

Step 17

Use food coloring to create a gradient of colors.

Step 18

Transfer to piping bags. Snip off the tips of each bag.

Step 19

In a stand mixer, cream the butter until fluffy.

Step 20

Sift in half of the confectioners sugar. Mix, then add the rest.

Step 21

Squeeze lemon juice and pour in 1 tbsp of strained strawberry preserves.

Step 22

Transfer 2 cups of the buttercream to bowl. Dye some a darker pink. Add the dark pink and the light pink to a piping bag fitted with a 127 tip for the roses. Transfer the rest to another piping bag. Snip off the tip.

Step 23

Cut a square of parchment paper. Use a tiny bit of buttercream to glue the paper to the piping nail for more stability.

Step 24

Pipe a small cone of very thick buttercream in the middle of the square.

Step 25

Use a 127 tip with the pointy side up to make the petals.

Step 26

Start with a spiral for the center.

Step 27

Pipe small arches for each petal, pointing the tip outward as you get towards the outer petals.

Step 28

Pipe the strawberry buttercream between each layer.

Step 29

Crumb coat the cake with the strawberry buttercream. Smooth with a scraper.

Step 30

Starting with the darkest pink, pipe the Italian Meringue gradient.

Step 31

Smooth with a scraper.

Step 32

Chill the cake for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 33

Place the chocolate bunny in the middle.

Step 34

Scatter the roses and eggs throughout the top of the cake.

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