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Friday, March 30, 2018

Two Sistas and One Bunny Cake - Take 5

Hello, dear friends.  This is the fifth year that I am posting this tale of two Sistas and one Bunny cake.  As a warning: if you have read it in the past, it hasn't gotten any more entertaining.

The old homestead

Once upon a time, there was a aging, single, future Preppy Empty Nester, who came back to live at home with her parents after college.  Meanwhile, her Sista was working her fingers to the bone in college striving for straight C's.  Future Preppy Empty Nester looked forward to college breaks when Sista would come home and relieve her of being the focus of her parents' attention.  

The Sistas were not close growing up.  Sista always stole poor future Preppy Empty Nester's thunder, but they were beginning to build a bond.  Their union was built on the foundation of the three things: their childhood memories, making fun of their parents, and consuming empty calories.


Holy Saturday afternoon had been spent making the traditional "bunny cake" for their nuclear family of four.  Anyone who has made this classic cake knows the drill: two-layer cake - one layer for the face and the second layer for the ears and bow tie.  

Dick Purtan

Their Mama was very pleased with the girls as she watched them make the cake without killing each other and she was especially proud to see that there was very little frosting-swiping in the process.


  Their Mama always watched the girls' weight and offered "helpful nutritional substitutes" when she felt either one of the girls was carrying a few extra LB's.  Whenever she caught one of them red-handed with a fork full of Pepperidge Farm cake from the fridge, she would shake her head in utter disappointment, utter a few tsk, tsk, tsks, and kindly offer the girls a fist full of raw carrots.  

Sista had just turned 18 (drinking age in the Stone age).  She and future Preppy Empty Nester decided to skip the parents' "what are you going to do with the rest of your life" dinner and meet some friends at one of their favorite haunts at Fairfield Beach, the Nautilus. The "Naut" was your classic beach bar - no atmosphere and cheap drinks. 


They arrived home at around 1AM and eyed the gorgeous bunny cake.  Sista asked future Preppy Empty Nester if she thought the left ear looked bigger than the right ear.  She had not agreed with Sista on much in the past,  but on this point, she concurred.  Obviously, they had to make that left ear smaller. They owed it to their parents to present a cake that was worthy of them.  


The Sistas decided to get a knife and trim that unsightly ear.  They took turns disposing of the remnants in their mouths. The Sistas then looked at their masterpiece and realized the right ear looked huge... practically grotesque.  How could they ever present that sloppy looking cake to their wonderful parents?  They began surgery on the right ear.

This is not the actual cake.  
Traces of the aftermath can be found on the sistas' hips.

Before we they knew it, both ears were missing from their beloved bunny cake, and frosting hung from their chins.  They then discovered their dear Mama standing behind them with that "guilty as charged" tsk..tsk...sound. 

Two hours later, sometime around 3:30 AM, a nauseous future Preppy Empty Nester and sugared-up Sista finished off frosting another layer of cake... soon to be known as the ears and the bow tie.

Four hours later, Mama woke her girls up for 11AM Easter Mass.  When the girls questioned why they had to get up so early, Mama responded they needed extra time in the shower to get the frosting out of their hair and off their faces.

Emily Quinn

The names in this story have been changed to protect the not so innocent.

Until next time...


Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Haha.....cute story! Enjoy the Easter weekend!

  2. I enjoy it every year! Happy Easter, Katie! It's suppose to be a beautiful weekend in Massachusetts!


    1. It was so warm today! I took an extra long walk. Have a wonderful Easter, Annemarie.

  3. Definitely love this story...Happy Easter!

  4. I love this and never tire of reading it. Just curious, did you make a bunny cake for your celebrations this year?

    Have a very happy Easter.

  5. Too funny! Happy Easter weekend to you!

  6. Funny every single year! Happy Easter!

  7. It's funny every time!!! Happy Easter to ou and Sista, and all the others you hold dear. ❤️

  8. BEST Easter Tale EVER! Have a bunny beautiful Easter weekend!

  9. First time for me! Too funny! Happy Easter!

  10. Perfect! Now, that's an Easter to remember! -Jenn

  11. Well, this is my first Easter with you here so I thoroughly enjoyed your story!! Happy Easter to you and yours!

  12. Hilarious. Maybe you two should recreate it, you know, just for the fun. Lol.
    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  13. First time, hope I didn’t wake the house with my LOL read. Wishing you a happy Easter.

  14. HILARIOUS! Loved this Easter story.

  15. You have got to be kidding me, Sis. Years and eons ago, my dear sister (yes, the other one) who's SO much older than me, bought a box of the iconic Roger's chocolates (each one is a hockey puck and only available in Victoria) for her husband's secretary. I came over for a little bit of drinking and some tv watching and commented that it might be a good idea to ensure that the chocolates were worthy. We opened the box. You can do that with Rogers chocolates as each one is individually wrapped. We chowed down on one each and thought we'd simply plop the others (10) into a lovely basket. 20 minutes later we each had another. Then 5 minutes later another one each. And so on. Because you can't give the secretary 2 Rogers chocolates. That would be utterly disrespectful. I was dispatched to purchase a replacement box the next morning at the one spot that might sell them in Vancouver - a hotel gift shop. Thankfully they had one box. One.

  16. You are the best! The ultimate story teller! Happy Easter -- a day late but still happy!

  17. Although my sister and I were never quite talented enough to make a bunny cake we did enjoy more than our fair share of fork fulls of Pepperidge Farm cake. Sometimes Sara Lee, too.


  19. This is hilarious! You had me at "working her fingers to the bones..."
    How many times I told my (current) husband the dog at the fudge brownies... xo laura


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