Bunny Birthday Cake
Especially light for children, and so easy to make
Sift, measure 2 1/4 cups Presto Cake Flour, Set one side.
Cream 1/4 cups butter (part shortening if desired)
With 1 1/2 cups sugar.
Add 1/4 cup egg yolks (about 3). Beat light and fluffy.
Add also 1 teaspoon vanilla
Measure 1/4 cup milk. Add to creamed mixture alternately with about 1/2 cup Presto at a time. Stir smooth by hand after each addition.
Fold in 3/8 cup egg whites (about 3 it equals half of 3/4 cup. But each 1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons, so to get 3/8 cup, you could measure out 1/2 cup, and remove 2 tablespoons. or the reverse, measure out 1/4 cup, and ADD 2 tablespoons) beaten stiff. Do no overmix. Divide batter into deep, round layer cake pans, greased, the bottoms lined with waxed paper and the paper greased. Bake. Cool. Put layers together with currant jelly. Frost with double boiler frosting colored pink. Decorate with Marshmallow Bunnies. Bake 350 degrees F 25-30 minutes. Makes 2 9-inch layers.
Note: use electric mixer only for creaming butter, etc. and beating eggs. Add Presto and milk by hand.
Purchase 1 lb. marshmallows. With toothpick dipped in red food color, diluted with water, draw eyes, nose and mouth on 18-20 of the marshmallows. Draw 3 buttons on 10 more marshmallows. For the arms, cut 5 marshmallows into quarters by cutting the marshmallow in two and then splitting in half. Run a toothpick through the head and body. Run toothpick through each arm and run the other end diagonally though the body. The legs are formed by two marshmallows placed side by side, a toothpick diagonally through each up into the body. Cut out petal-shaped pieces of paper 1 1/2 inches long and about 5/8 of an inch wide at the middle, pointed at one end and not quite pointed at the other end. With red pencil color ears as shown. Fold through the middle with colored side in. WIth scissors, snip 2 slits in the top of the bunny head and insert ears. Use bunny faces as candleholders. Press a small candle into each. Press bunnies into frosting around outside of cake. Where hands meet, press in small pink gum drops. Or use marshmallow peeps.
Remember- no baking powder or salt when you use Presto Cake flour.