EASTER BONNET CAKE - easy cake mix

Nancy J. Patrykus Recipe

By Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin

15 Min

This looks like it takes hours to make! But this "Bonnet Cake" is done in a flash!...Thanks to cake mix, prepared frosting and candy violets,daises and other flowers you can buy at your grocery store.
I found this recipe and picture in the 1998 Family Circle magazine.
It was featured on the cover.
Thank you Family Circle.
It so beautiful and easy!!
A joy to behold!
My Easter recipe # 5

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1 box
yellow ( 18.25) oz) cake mix
16 oz (each) containers vanilla frosting
drops yellow food coloring
candy flowers and leaves for decorations
1 ribbon for decoration. your choice and color

Directions Step-By-Step

Heat oven to 325..
Prepare cake mix as following directions, using the ingredients as indicated on package.
Coat 11 inch tart pan (with a removable bottom) and a 4 cup oven proof bowl (6 inches across top) with a non stick cooking spray.
Pour 3 cups of cake batter into the prepared tart pan, filling it up about 1/2 way.
Pour the remaining batter, about 1-1/2 cups into the prepared bowl.
Bake the tart pan about 20 to 25 minutes.
The bowl about 30-35 minutes.
Cool both tart pan and bowl on a wire racks for 15 minutes.
Un-mold the cakes onto racks and cool completely.
If necessary, trim top of bowl cake so it is flat and level.
Spoon both containers of frosting into a large micro-wave safe bowl. Whisk in 4 drops of food coloring for desired shade..
Microwave the frosting on high power until a good spreading consistency, about 30 seconds.
Spread frosting with a metal spatula over the tart cake.
Then spread frosting over the inverted bowl cake.
Reserve left over frosting. Place cakes in refrigerator to set..about 20 minutes.
Place tart cake on a platter, or aluminum-foil covered cardboard. Place the bowl cake, flat side down on top of tart cake to form the bonnet.
Spread the remaining frosting over the entire cake for a finished surface. If the frosting becomes to firm to spread, reheat as needed to keep frosting spreadable.
Wrap the ribbon around base of the bonnet and make a decorative bow.
Arrange candy flowers and leaves as pictured.
Sit back and take a minute to enjoy your newly created beautiful bonnet.
Be sure to take a few pictures!!!

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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Kimi Gaines kimijo
Mar 3, 2012
Pampered Chef has a recipe for this bonnet. I made it for Mother's Day for my mom. They are beautiful.
Norma DeRemer PApride
Mar 3, 2012
What a beautiful idea for any occasion and thanks for sharing. Give's me some great idea's with this recipe. Have a good weekend.
Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Mar 3, 2012
so ...I wonder who was first????...LOL
Not that it matters..It is a beautiful cake!!
Can you share a picture of your cake???
Was it delish??????
Kimi Gaines kimijo
Mar 3, 2012
I can give you the recipe and maybe you can visualize it:

1 yellow or lemon cake mix...I used lemon (use a 2qt measuring oven safe bowl)
1 container of vanilla frosting-use yellow food coloring
13 lemon filled sandwich cookies-to place around rim of hat
1 fruit roll ups (rainbow color) 3 feet long each For hat band
1 box Jordan Almonds rainbow colors to make flowers
1 small bag of Easter m&m's to go between each flour
Piping bag with leftover frosting to dab on each cookie center.

I will try to find a picture to show you...
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Kimi Gaines kimijo
Mar 3, 2012
do you have an email I can send the picture too? I took a picture of the recipe book it is in.
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Kimi Gaines kimijo
Mar 3, 2012
Nancy I shared a picture...
Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Mar 3, 2012
Thanks for the pic...How cute...
Please post it on JAP..I am sure the gals would love it!!!
Kimi Gaines kimijo
Mar 3, 2012
I will put the recipe on...
Connie Harris connie26
Mar 3, 2012
Nancy , hi . I loved your Bonnet Cake . Really so pretty , I'm gonna make it for the family this Easter . Thanks so much for posting it . All my best to you :)
Susan Feliciano frenchtutor
Mar 3, 2012
Love this cake, Nancy. Thanks for sharing!
Kelly Williams Wildflours
Mar 6, 2012
So very pretty!!! Love this cake!! :D