Seven Easter cake recipes you need to know

Whether you’re cooking for a crowd or treating the family, Easter offers plenty of opportunities for baking. Try a twist on a Simnel cake, novelty Easter cupcakes or cute cake pops, with our easy Easter baking ideas.

  1. Easter surprise

    Delight your guests with this gloriously chocolatey cake, which conceals a hidden surprise – as you cut into the cake, each slice reveals a vibrant orange carrot.

  2. Classic cake

    Simnel cake is traditional cake for Easter; this light fruit cake has been made since Medieval times and is topped with 11 marzipan balls, which represent the Apostles (minus Judas). We’ve given it a modern twist with a lemon and ginger sponge and white chocolate icing – great for those who don't like fruit cakes and a brilliant way to round off your Easter feast.

  3. Serious showstopper

    Wow all of your guests with this ultimate, gravity-defying Easter egg cake. Follow our recipe (or similar gravity cake step-by-step guide) for this stunning chocolate cake, and see just how easy it is to create a magical masterpiece.

  4. Creative carrot cakes

    Keep the Easter bunny happy with a showstopping carrot cake this Easter. Serve up a multi-layered creation with this naked iced carrot cake or try adding some simple flavour twists with this carrot, pistachio and maple bundt cake; the nuts add both texture and a hint of gorgeous green colour to the cake. For the kids, these simple carrot cake squares make a great choice as they're packed with fruit and can be served plain or topped with a dollop of fromage frais.

  5. Super citrus

    Suffering a chocolate overload? Mix things up with some zingy citrus flavours that are perfect for a fresh, spring bake. This orange and poppy seed ring makes a pretty centrepiece with its candied orange slices on top, while this moist almond and orange cake could be served as a teatime treat or as a rich dessert to finish off a special Easter meal.

  6. Cute cakes

    For a fun Easter baking project try your hand at some cute icing decorations. These Easter bunny cupcakes have  adorable little rabbits disappearing into lightly spiced carrot muffins, while these individual bunny cake pops are easy to whip up with readymade cake and buttercream, perfect for the little ones to try rolling and decorating over the Easter hols.

  7. Better than buns

    Everyone loves a hot cross bun, but these easy hot cross cupcakes are much simpler to rustle up at home. With zesty orange and subtle spices they have all the flavour of a classic bun, plus a marzipan cross on top for a sweet almond finish. The best bits of a bun and a Simnel cake in one cupcake!