30 Easter Cake Recipes That Are Sure to Impress

From carrot cake to confections shaped like the Easter bunny, these treats are the perfect way to wrap up your meal.

March 02, 2023

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Our Most-Festive Cakes

Wondering what to serve for dessert after your Easter dinner? You’ve got plenty of sweet options, including cookies and cupcakes—but few treats offer the same wow factor as cake. Whether you choose a carrot cake layered with cream cheese frosting, a rich-and-creamy cheesecake or a too-cute confection shaped like a bunny or chick, you’ll find that all of the recipes in this roundup are sure to impress, starting with this adorable bunny. Our step-by-step guide makes it easy to turn two 9-inch round cakes into a rabbit—and a simple layer of buttercream frosting and coconut makes the perfect fluffy coat.

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Easter Egg Cake

All it takes is two layers of chocolate cake, buttercream frosting and a couple handfuls of pretty colored candies for this festive Easter dessert.

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Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a tall, moist carrot cake, light in texture and lightly spiced with cinnamon and touch of nutmeg. Heavy cream whipped into the cream cheese frosting makes it extra fluffy.

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Coconut Bunny Butt Cake

Crushed pineapple in the batter gives this cake a dense pound cake-like texture, which is helpful when anchoring the cupcakes and decorating. The cakes and cupcakes can be made a day ahead and wrapped in plastic wrap. Don't worry if you're frosting job doesn't look perfect — covering the cake with coconut hides every flaw.

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Coconut Layer Cake

This heavenly cake is piled high with layers of dreamy coconut cream and shredded coconut.

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Strawberry Bunnies and Carrots Cake

Transform strawberries into adorable bunnies and carrots for a festive and fun Easter dessert that everyone will be hopping to eat.

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Chocolate Bunny Cake

Don’t mistake this for a hollow chocolate bunny: It’s solid cake inside! To make the jumbo treat, we baked a chocolate cake in a 3D bunny pan and covered the whole thing with a shiny ganache. To complete the look we served the bunny on a bed of green-tinted coconut.

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Chocolate Pastel Easter Cake with a Chocolate Vermicelli Nest

Moist chocolate cake is frosted with an easy, fluffy buttercream and topped with a chocolate nest for this festive Easter dessert. The nest is made from fried rice vermicelli, lightly salted and coated in chocolate for a crispy treat.

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Raspberry-Lemon Easter Cake

Spread raspberry jam and lemony icing in between layers of vanilla cake. Decorate with store-bought cookies and candied almonds.

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Peep Sunflower Cake

There's a bounty of cupcakes hiding under this lovely sunflower, making it the perfect centerpiece for a springtime party.

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Chocolate Malt Nest Cake

This decadent cake is an edible display for your Easter candy too. Candy eggs fill the "nest" made of entirely of chocolate-flavored cake, frosting and cereal coating. Your guests will be dying to dig in.

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This classic cheesecake can be dressed up for your Easter celebration with fresh berries or a drizzle of raspberry sauce.

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Easter Basket Cake

Buddy says, "This is a real showstopper that almost turns a cake into an Easter basket with basket-weave piping on the sides, grass on top, and Easter candies, jelly beans (representing eggs) and chocolates filling the basket on top. I've got to be honest with you, this cake isn't a walk in the park: The basket-weave piping takes real skill and precision, so this is for more advanced cake decorators. However, if you have some experience with a pastry bag and turntable, or are a quick study, go for it and make this for your next Easter celebration. It's a fun, festive, unforgettable cake that might become a tradition for your family, as it has for mine."

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Peep Cake

This 10-inch-tall Peep is made out of cake, making it 200 times larger than the classic marshmallow variety.

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Scott Conant has only one thing in mind after Easter dinner: his family's Italian cheesecake.

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Blueberry Lattice Cake

Sandra's cake takes little prep time thanks to her use of white cake mix and instant white chocolate pudding for the cake batter.

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Easter Egg Hunt Cake

This clever sheet cake is a joy to decorate and a perfect project to do with your kids. It'll make a great centerpiece for a spring celebration and has the added bonus of being easy to serve.

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The Pioneer Woman celebrates Easter with a retro favorite.

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Black Forest Cake

Some historians trace this famous cherry-chocolate cake (called Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in German) back to the 16th century, but it was most likely named and popularized by German baker Josef Keller in 1915. Germans take their world-famous dessert seriously: The cake was granted protected status by the European Commission in 2013, meaning that for a dessert to be sold as a Black Forest Cake, it must contain Black Forest kirsch, a brandy made from local cherries.

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Carrot Cake Jelly Roll

Each slice of this spiced, jelly roll-inspired cake comes with a creamy spiral of cream cheese frosting. Topped with cute frosting carrots, it's an extra-special dessert for Easter or any springtime celebration.

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Chocolate Sheet Cake with Coconut Frosting

After baking our one-bowl chocolate cake batter, spread the cake with a thick vanilla frosting. After forming the frosting into peaks, use a kitchen torch to toast it until lightly browned.

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Chocolate-Glazed Pound Cake

Need dessert done in 10 minutes? Drizzle a chocolate, butter and honey syrup over store-bought pound cake for a decadent-looking treat that's ready almost instantly.

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Alton's Carrot Cake

Technically, carrot cake is not a cake at all, at least from a mixing standpoint. It's actually like a muffin batter, with all of the dry ingredients mixed together first, then the wet ingredients and then both together.

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Ham Cake

Break out your carving knife: It’s time for dessert! To make this retro ham cake, we turned a layer cake on its side, then frosted it and brushed it with food coloring to give it that baked look. The pineapple rings and cherries are the real deal, and the faux cloves are just mini chocolate chips. It makes a fun, unconventional Easter centerpiece.

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Carrot Cake

This healthier take on traditional carrot cake still has a creamy frosting, thanks to reduced-fat cream cheese.

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Easter Lamb Cake

Celebrate Easter with this cute buttercream-piped lamb cake. It reqires a bit of time and effort—but is sure to wow your dinner guests.

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Sacher Torte

One day in 1832 when Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich demanded that his kitchen create a dessert to impress visiting dignitaries, his chef was out sick. Franz Sacher, a 16-year-old kitchen apprentice, used what he had on hand to create what would become the most well-known Viennese dessert: a dark chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam.

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Three-Layer Carrot Cake

The classic cream cheese frosting for this cake gets a spring infusion from fresh lemon juice.

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Easter Egg Hunt Cake

Hide a rabbit figurine or an almond in this cake: The person who gets it is the winner of the Easter hunt!

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Grandma Yearwood's Coconut Cake With Coconut Lemon Glaze

Trisha shares her grandmother's recipe for a moist coconut cake covered in a smooth lemon glaze.

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