Does Easter make you think of family traditions? Our family tradition has always been to attend church together prior to sharing a nice big Easter dinner. We usually have the traditional ham with all the fixins. At the end of this post, I will share this year’s menu with you. Easter is usually the first time our family will share a big meal since Christmas dinner. We enjoy the family time together. What are your family traditions for Easter?
Long before Pinterest existed. Long before the internet existed. People used to come up with ideas on their own and share them with others. Eventually you would see a great idea in one of the popular magazines we read such as Woman’s Day, Family Circle or Southern Living. Pinterest has served to expedite that process through the miracle of the internet. Recently, the Easter Bunny cake has made a ‘comeback’ on Pinterest. I absolutely LOVE Pinterest, don’t you! You can follow this blog on Pinterest right here.
I honestly do not know who originally created the idea of the bunny cake and was gracious enough to share it. My family first started making it back in the late 1970’s. More than likely, one of us saw it in one of the previously mentioned magazines. It is possible it was in the newspaper too. I spent too long digging through old (unorganized) photographs to find these old pictures of our Easter Bunny cakes from yesteryear. I am generally not a person who likes to reflect so I have no explanation as to why I felt compelled to reflect on these cakes. We made them year in and year out for a few years, then we moved on. My daughter made one in 2012 which was fun. I hope you enjoy my trip down Easter memory lane.
Can you imagine two women in the same family, at the same event making the same cake? My sister-in-law and I made these two cakes together with my mother assisting in Momma’s kitchen. That was a nice time in life. It was a time when life was less complicated and easier to enjoy. Notice the ugly 1970’s wallpaper behind the stove!
I honestly cannot remember if me or my mother made this Easter Bunny cake, probably me. It became my duty for a few years to make this cake. Notice his ears are not pointed straight up! Our family went through a few years of going on pic nic’s for Easter dinner. This was one of those years. The photo was probably taken with an old 110 camera because the actual picture is a small square picture.
This one is also sitting outside on a picnic table. I see my bean pot in that picture. The bunny Cake needs his own table! He takes up a lot of space! I’m sorry we did not write the dates on the pictures, I wish we had. Nowadays with everything digital, the date is automatically included which is nice!
Fast forward to 2012. My oldest daughter is all grown up, married and the mother to 5 wonderful children. Four of them are in the photo (digital, never been printed) cheering her own as she completes the decorating process of her Easter Bunny Cake.
Notice that Tresa’s Easter Bunny cake does not have the bowtie I really like the way the nose and mouth are done too. This is a new twist on an old recipe and cake creation. You can see this recipe complete with step by step instructions here. This design was in the Kraft Food and Family magazine.
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Happy Easter to you and your family.
Please remember that Christ died for you. Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection and our redemption.
This year’s Easter dinner menu at our house:
Honey baked ham,
chicken and dumplings,
stewed cabbage, succotash, deviled eggs,
baked beans, squash casserole,
baked potato salad,
and for dessert;
Rainbow Cake and Peach cobbler!
We are expecting 15 from 4 different families. Everyone contributes to the meal. Everyone brings their own ‘to-go’ dishes so they can enjoy the leftovers later!