This fun Easter Bunny Butt Cheesecake Ball is a fun spin on those traditional cake balls that have been popular for a few years. Try this easy recipe for the kids for Easter!
Easter Bunny Butt Cheesecake Ball
l love easy desserts, and this Easter Bunny Butt Cheesecake Ball fits into a busy Easter week schedule so well. It’s much easier than cake balls! Anyone remember those?? In the early 2000’s they were trending and you would see them at just about every baby or bridal shower, not to mention themed cake balls for each holiday.
The only downside of these delicious bites of cake was the work involved. Not only were they painstaking to make– each one had it’s own stick you had to dip in melted chocolate– but they were also precarious. A little too much or too little icing and they would not be the correct consistency. We do have a couple recipes for cake balls on the website but if you’re making them for the first time let me just tell you, it’s a learning process!
The good thing about this Cheesecake Ball is that you can have all those flavors of cake balls without the work. Yep. This cheesecake ball is basically made out of 4 sections. That’s a few dozen less than a batch of cake balls! 🙂 Take a look at the recipe to see the steps and make this fun dessert for the family for Easter!
How to Make the Bunny Butt Cheesecake Ball:
This recipe starts out with a Funfetti Cake Mix. There are several options to choose from in this line of Pillsbury cake mixes. Most have a vanilla or white cake base and birthday cake type sprinkles throughout. The type of Funfetti mix doesn’t really affect the final product.
If you are not able to find a Funfetti Cake mix this time of year or stores do not have them where you’re located, you can opt to use a vanilla mix and about 1-2 Tablespoons of Birthday Cake colored sprinkles into the mix.
Heating Raw Cake Mix vs. Using Cooked Cake:
Food Safety Note on using a cake mix without cooking- The recipe below and video does call for a cake mix which is not baked prior to serving. If you’re doing this, it’s imperative that you heat up the cake mix to prevent any foodborne illnesses from consuming raw flour products. You can easily heat a cake mix by just spreading out the dry mix on a large baking sheet with sides. Then, cook in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the mix reaches 165 degrees F. The cake mix may be a little hard to crumble at first after you’re done heating it, but you won’t run the risk of anyone becoming sick due to using raw flour products. This is important if you’re serving to a group!
If heating up a dry cake mix isn’t your thing, we also included a note that has an alternative to using the raw cake mix. Just bake your cake according to the package directions and allow to cool. Then, crumble the finished cake and mix with the remaining Easter Bunny Butt Cheesecake Ball ingredients.
You will use less than the full block of cream cheese, so add it slowly as you go. That’s it! This is how we make traditional cake balls so either method should work well!
Finishing Up and Serving:
Finally, after your cake mix is ready, add your other ingredients and mix by hand. This dough will be thick and harder to mix with a spoon or spatula. I would recommend kneading by hand or using a stand mixer with a dough hook.
Separate the dough into four balls including three smaller ones which will be the tail and two paws.
Coat in additional sprinkles and coconut, and roll each dough ball in the coating. You can also add more by hand if needed. Finally, add M&Ms to the paws and arrange on a platter with Graham Crackers.
- 16 oz Cream Cheese
- 1/2 C Sprinkles
- 1/2 C White Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 C Sugar
- 1 C Funfetti Cake Mix
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Butter Extract
- 1 bag Coconut Flakes
- Graham Crackers
Spread cake mix out on a large baking sheet with sides. Bake at 350 degrees (with no other ingredients) for about 10 minutes or until internal temperature is at least 165 F. Let cool and crumble into a bowl.
Add the cream cheese, sprinkles, white chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla, and butter
extract to the cake mix.
Knead with your hands until all ingredients are well combined. The dough should be a cake ball consistency and hold its shape.
Separate into one large ball, two medium size balls, and one small ball.
Roll each one in coconut and pack them to make sure they are completely covered.
Assemble your bunny butt, by using the two medium size balls for feet and the small ball for a
Gently flatten out the feet and shape them with your hands.
Use your pink M&M's to create toes.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve with graham crackers.
If you cannot find the Funfetti Cake Mix, you can substitute with a Vanilla Cake mix and about 1 Tbsp sprinkles, gently folded into batter.
Instructions Using the Funfetti Cake Mix Baked:
Precook your cake mix according to package directions in a 9x13 pan and let cool completely. Use the lower recommend cooking time to give a very moist texture.
Crumble the cake by hand or with two large forks and empty crumbs into a large mixing bowl.
Add sprinkles, white chocolate chips, sugar, vanilla, and butter
extract into a mixing bowl.
Divide softened cream cheese in half. Add half and mix well. If your mix is still crumbly, add the second half of your cream cheese in 1-2 Tbsp blocks. You may not end up adding all of the cream cheese.
Continue with kneading dough and follow remaining instructions above.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g
This dessert ball is a fun centerpiece for a dessert table, or something to let the kids snack on throughout the afternoon– provided they haven’t filled up on Easter candy of course!!
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