What is an Easter Cake

Easter is almost here and it is a time of celebration, joy and happiness. It is also a time of cakes, chocolate eggs and sweets. Easter cakes have been popular since the Middle Ages, but nowadays the most common type of cake eaten on Easter day is the rich fruitcake that has become known simply as “traditional” or “traditional rich” in many recipes. For those who are interested in baking their own rich fruitcake for Easter this article will look at what ingredients go into making this cake so delicious and how to choose which recipe will get you the best results.

The Traditional Easter Cake

The traditional Easter Cake is made up of three distinct layers. The bottom layer is a dark chocolate cake that’s spiked with brandy and coffee, topped with a creamy frosting made from butter and sugar. Then comes the middle layer, which is a light and fluffy sponge cake that’s soaked in rum and topped with fresh strawberries. Finally, there’s the topmost layer: an egg-shaped meringue cookie shell filled with whipped cream and decorated with colorful marzipan flowers.

Conclusion

If you don’t want to go all out on Easter cake, there are other options. You can make a traditional hot cross bun or a loaf of bread (sometimes called “cake bread”) with fruit in it. In some regions of England, people even bake an almond-flavored sponge cake for the holiday! We hope this article has inspired you to try one more type of Easter food—whether it’s from our list or your own imagination—so that next time someone asks what an Easter cake is, we can tell them: “It could be anything at all!”

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BRIAN WOODCOCK

Easter is one of our favorite holidays for making cake! Sure, we love decorating eggs, the gorgeous church services, and coming up with delicious food for our Easter dinner or for our Easter brunch feast. But no matter what kind of a meal we have, and no matter whether it’s a huge party or just a small celebration with close family, it just isn’t an Easter feast without a delicious (and pretty) Easter cake on the sideboard.

Easter Cake Designs

Looking for Easter dessert inspiration? You’ll love this collection of Easter cake recipes and ideas! Featuring over 20 easy, cute Easter cake ideas and pictures, including bunny cakes, Easter egg cakes, flower cakes, lamb cakes, and more – you’re  guaranteed to find a cake you love.

EASTER NEST CAKE

This Easter Nest Cake is such a cute and easy Easter dessert! It’s baked right in a bowl, no special pan required, and the decorating is fun for the whole family!

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Close up of Easter Nest Cake on a green cake stand surrounded by greenery.
Sugar Easter Egg Cake

SUGAR EASTER EGG CAKE

Looking for a knockout Easter cake? Try this Sugar Easter Egg Cake! The look is based on old-fashioned panoramic sugar eggs, but it’s made out of CAKE! And unlike those classic sugar eggs, this dessert is entirely edible!

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CHOCOLATE EASTER BUNNY CAKE

It just wouldn’t be Easter without at least one adorable bunny-themed treat, and this Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake delivers! Moist chocolate cake, smooth buttercream, and lots of mini fondant decorations on top make this bunny cake a favorite the whole family will love.

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Chocolate Easter Bunny Cake | From SugarHero.com
Layer cake covered with white buttercream and colored sprinkles.

EASTER POLKA DOT CAKE

Don’t let this Easter Polka Dot Cake fool you! With simple ingredients and just a few steps, you can create this beautifully whimsical cake and wow your guests with surprise polka dots INSIDE the cake.

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EASTER EGG PETIT FOURS

Make the Easter bunny jealous with these Easter Egg Petit Fours! They’re gorgeous mini cakes filled with raspberry and tangerine flavors, and decorated with a pretty speckled glaze in pastel colors.  

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Easter Egg Petit Fours | From SugarHero.com
Strawberry Swirl Bundt Cake | From SugarHero.com

STRAWBERRY SWIRL BUNDT CAKE

Strawberry Swirl Bundt Cake is as delicious as it is gorgeous. This beautiful bundt features a moist vanilla cake with a strawberry swirl inside, topped with fresh berries and stunning buttercream flowers! 

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EASTER PUSH-UP POPS

These Push-Up Pops are perfect for Easter! Chocolate cake, frosting, and chocolate rocks are layered in push pop containers, then topped with adorable chocolate bunny ears, carrots, and bunny butts.

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Two push-up pops filled with chocolate cake and topped with bunny ears and a chocolate carrot.
Spring In Bloom Layer Cake | From SugarHero.com

SPRING IN BLOOM LAYER CAKE

This Spring In Bloom Layer Cake is an extra-tall spring cake COVERED with gorgeous buttercream flowers! It’s filled with lemon curd and raspberry jam, and bursting with bright and colorful buttercream blooms. It looks and tastes like spring! 

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HYDRANGEA CAKES

These Hydrangea Cakes are gorgeous miniature cakes that look like hydrangea flowers! You’ll be surprised to learn how easy it is to make the pretty, colorful blossom design on the outside. The inside is beautiful, too, with swirls of multicolored cake!

This recipe makes six 4-inch cakes. Each cake can serve at least 2 people, or more depending on appetites.

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Hand holding a mini cake stand with a hydrangea cake on it.
Layer cake with chocolate drip, confetti sprinkles, and pink buttercream swirls on top.

MINI EGG CAKE

This one’s for serious Cadbury mini egg lovers. This Easter mini egg cake is covered in a chocolate drip, bright confetti sprinkles and mini egg frosting!

(via cakedbykatie.com)

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PAINTED FLOWER CAKE

Delicate painted buttecream flowers are perfect for Easter! This easy cake painting tutorial shows you how to hand paint beautiful floral art onto a cake using buttercream frosting, food coloring, palette knives, and paint brushes.

(via partylicious.net)

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White layer cake with buttercream flowers painted on the sides.
Chocolate loaf cake with green buttercream grass and Easter egg candies on top.

EASTER LOAF CAKE

This Easter loaf cake is so much fun. The chocolate sponge is rich and tender, while the vanilla buttercream grass, fondant bunny butt, icing carrots and crunchy Mini Eggs come together to make the perfect spring scene.

(via amummytoo.co.uk)

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SURPRISE EASTER BUNNY CAKE

Surprise! Nested inside a flavorful lemon cake is a surprise blue velvet bunny. Fun for everyone!

(via all-thats-jas.com)

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Pound cake covered with pink fondant with a blue bunny baked inside.
Layer cake with speckled light green frosting and Easter egg candies, egg shells, and yellow flowers on top.

SPECKLED WHITE CHOCOLATE EASTER CAKE

Specked egg cakes are an Easter classic, and this version is perfection! A white chocolate layer cake is decorated with delicate green peppermint buttercream, and topped with mini eggs, flowers, and decorative egg shells.

(via littlesugarsnaps.com)

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VEGAN CREME EGG CHEESECAKE

This delicious no bake vegan creme egg cheesecake pulls out all the stops! With a creamy tangy dairy-free vanilla filling on a cookie crust, stuffed with butterscotch sauce and topped with homemade vegan creme eggs.

(via addictedtodates.com)

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Cheesecake with creme eggs on top on a white plate.
Carrot loaf cake slice with a white bunny baked inside.

CUTEST EASTER CARROT CAKE

This Surprise inside Easter carrot cake is the ultimate Easter cake with a hidden bunny in each slice!

(via spatuladesserts.com)

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EASTER BUNNY CAKE

This cute Easter Bunny cake is simple to decorate using a template. If you can pipe a frosting star, you can make this cake!

(via hungryhappenings.com)

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Sheet cake decorated with a pink and white Easter bunny on a white cake board.
Yellow layer cake with chocolate drip, buttercream swirls, and mini eggs on top.

MINI EGG EASTER DRIP CAKE

This mini egg Easter cake decoration recipe is just what you need to bring family and friends together this Easter! A beautiful buttercream cake is decorated with a chocolate drip, buttercream swirls, and Cadbury mini eggs.

(via simshomekitchen.com)

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SPECKLED EASTER CAKE WITH RUBY CHOCOLATE

This speckled egg cake is a strawberry cake with ruby chocolate whipped ganache frosting, topped with a beautiful chocolate nest filled with Easter egg candy.

(via spatuladesserts.com)

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Pink layer cake with chocolate speckles and a chocolate nest on top filled with Easter candy.
Mini layer cakes in pastel colors with jam in between the layers, and blue buttercream swirled on top.

EASTER MINI LAYER CAKES

Easter Mini Layer Cakes are made from a box mix and a jar of jam. They are delicious, pretty, and easy to make with included step-by-step instructions.

(via krazykitchenmom.com)

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EASTER LAMB CAKE

This tried and true Easter Lamb Cake recipe has been passed down for generations. The rich and buttery pound cake recipe is paired with a sweet frosting that has a hint of orange.

(via threesnackateers.com)

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Lamb cake covered in flaked coconut against a purple background.
Green layer cake topped with edible Easter grass and a chocolate Easter bunny.

EASTER PINATA CAKE

Easter Cake with a surprise inside is super easy to make and people will be mystified how you did it! It’s a box mix hack so any type of cake can be used (regular, gluten-free, allergy-friendly, etc)!

(via boulderlocavore.com)

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