Easter Cake Recipes

Whether your style run to the classic—like a fluffy white coconut layer cake—or the whimsical—like a bird's nest-shaped Bundt—there's no better finale to your holiday meal than a beautiful Easter cake. In need of some inspiration? We've got dozens of ideas for every taste and skill level. Like to keep things simple? You can't go wrong with a traditional pound cake or a creamy, vanilla-scented cheesecake topped with jammy fruit, rich chocolate sauce, or fresh whipped cream. (They're classics for a reason!) Kids always love mini desserts, and we've got plenty of cute Easter cupcake decorating ideas, from marshmallow bunny ears to jelly bean daisies. Citrus cakes offer a welcome bit of sunshine in springtime, and our favorites—like lemon buttermilk cake and olive oil cake with vanilla oranges—look sophisticated but come together in a snap. Or maybe you really want to pull out all the stops? Look no further: our Easter surprise cake (think part dessert, part pinata!) is guaranteed to leave your guests speechless.

Apricot-Coconut Cake

This coconut cake gets a major flavor upgrade, thanks to sweet apricot preserves and a deliciously rich icing. Half of the jelly gets mixed into the batter before baking, and the other half is sandwiched between the two layers of moist white cake. That sinfully creamy frosting incorporates heavy cream, whole milk, and sour cream, for a thick whipped topping that’s spread over the top, and along the sides, where you’ll press toasted, shredded coconut for a little texture and crunch. Plan ahead to bake the two layers, in 8-inch round cake pans, well before you’re ready to put the dessert together.