Lombard, Illinois (PressExposure) April 18, 2011 -- Amid the recent political turmoil and tax season stress, there's another issue weighing heavily on citizens across the U.S. Do we go with the bunny or the lamb cake this year?
"Many homes alternate between the two," explained Jeff Schweppe, president of Schweppe Foodservice Supply and Equipment in Lombard. "In other homes with traditions deeply rooted in one or the other, trying something new is absolutely out of the question."
Experts say that "lamb" people tend to be more spiritual/religious, since the lamb represents the Biblical sacrificial lamb aspect of Easter. In the 10th century, pieces of a roasted lamb were included in the Easter basket (hopefully not touching the jelly beans). More recently, the lamb cake was adopted as a Czech folk tradition---baked the Thursday before Easter and served on Easter Sunday.
The bunny cake is an offshoot of Easter bunny folklore---the Easter bunny being a fertile creature that symbolizes the coming of spring. Strictly speaking the bunny cake is a celebration of spring and not Easter per se---something a lamb cake enthusiast would be quick to point out.
If you've never made either a lamb cake or a bunny cake, this is the year to try. It's pretty simple. All you need is a mold, one package of cake mix, two containers of buttercream frosting, and a few pieces of candy for decoration. If you want to go the extra mile, make coconut "fur". The only tricky part is releasing the cake from the mold. Wilton actually makes a great cake release lubricant that works wonders. You can buy bunny and lamb molds to make a single cake, but now you can also buy cupcake-like pans that create six of the little creatures.
"We sell a lot of these molds at the store this time of the year," Schweppe said. "If you buy a quality mold---the only kind we sell---it should last for generations and generations."
So, you have four options: 1) bunny cake, 2) lamb cake, 3) bunny and lamb cake, or 4) no cake. Are there bigger things to be concerned about, probably. But wouldn't the world be a nicer place if bunny vs. lamb dominated the 24-hour news cycle---at least around Easter?