44 of the best Easter cake ideas 2022 - traditional ideas and modern twists

Easter cakes and bakes shouldn't be forgotten when it comes to the Easter weekend feast. And, there are so many options, from Simnel cake recipes and hot cross buns to easy Easter biscuits and spring-themed treats.

A collection of the best Easter cake ideas 2022

Easter cakes and bakes shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to the Easter weekend feast. And, there are so many options, from Simnel cake to hot cross buns to easy Easter biscuits and spring-themed treats. Choose from one of our best Easter cake ideas.

"The Easter holidays are perfect for baking with kids, whether it is to use up excess chocolate over Easter or to make some yummy treats to enjoy over the Easter period," says Ruth Chubb (opens in new tab) of  Three Bears Cookery Club. "Not only is baking with your children a great way to keep them entertained over the holidays, but it also has so many benefits – it prepares them for later life and helps build their confidence and their academic skills, from maths to literacy to science, and you get something yummy at the end!"

Baking an Easter cake is the perfect opportunity to give a classic treat an Easter twist. Whether you're decorating your cake with Creme Eggs with one of our popular Creme Egg recipes (opens in new tab) or decorating with Mini Eggs too, like our Mini Eggs recipes (opens in new tab). It's a good chance to get your kids in the kitchen.

Scoffing copious amounts of chocolate eggs is a crucial activity of any Easter weekend (though there are also lots of other Easter food (opens in new tab) traditions, lest we forget) and, of course, anything made from chocolate has to be top of the list when it comes to baking. Alas, we have naturally included a lot of choc-based treats in our collection of Easter cakes – including our finest, not-to-be-messed-with Easter chocolate fudge cake.

Our best Easter cake ideas

Mini Eggs chocolate nest cake

An unusual twist to this nest cake with the addition of pretzel sticks
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1. Mini Eggs chocolate nest cake

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

This rich chocolate cake is ingeniously decorated with pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and a handful of Mini Eggs to make a very convincing Easter nest. "This is a great one for older children to do to impress family and friends," says Ruth Chubb. A top tip after you've wowed your dinner guests with how fancy it looks is to remove the whole nest from the cake before you slice it, so you don't end up with bits of nest flying all over the table – which would never do.

Get the recipe: Mini Eggs chocolate nest cake (opens in new tab)

Mini Egg cake

This indulgent cake is covered head to toe in Mini Eggs

2. Mini Egg cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

Never mind topping a cake with a smattering of Mini Eggs, we are taking things to a new level – covering every bit of the surface and sides with them (maybe we should give out a prize for the person with the closest guess as to exactly how many there are?!). Lashings of Nutella are needed to stick them all in place, of course. And if all that chocolate is slightly too much chocolate (as if), then there's always the option of doing the cake as a vanilla sponge instead, just to mix things up a bit. One of our favourite Easter cake ideas.

Get the recipe: Mini Eggs cake (opens in new tab)

Mini Egg brownie tart

The ready-made pastry case makes this an easy luxury dessert to bake

3. Mini Egg brownie tart

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

This delicious, gooey and rich Mini Egg brownie tart is one of our favourites in this collection. It is so simple to make (but doesn't look it – always our favourite sort of recipe) because you can just buy the pastry case ready-made – though, of course, there's nothing to stop the pastry experts among us from making their own. Serve it warm after dinner, especially with good quality vanilla ice cream or fresh pouring cream.

Get the recipe: Mini Egg brownie tart (opens in new tab)

Nadiya Hussain’s red berry Simnel cake

Nadiya's brilliant colourful twist on a classic

4. Nadiya Hussain’s red berry Simnel cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 2 hours

What Nadiya Hussain can't do with a cake isn't worth knowing about, frankly, and, here, the most successful ever winner of The Great British Bake Off has dared to mess with tradition - with some sterling results. She's taken the classic Simnel cake to the next level by adding fresh fruit in the cake and freeze-dried berries to the marzipan to give it that vivid colour. Purple power.

Get the recipe: Nadiya Hussain's red berry Simnel cake (opens in new tab)

Easter chocolate fudge cake

Mini Eggs, Flakes and fudge. What's not to love?

5. Easter chocolate fudge cake

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 25 minutes

This rich Easter chocolate fudge cake is decorated with Mini Eggs and crumbled Flakes (though feel free to go off-piste and decorate in any way you wish). It's rich and luxurious and feeds at least 12 people. It's also worthy of getting out your finest china and your best cake stand, don't you think? The top tip we can give you here is to remember to ice and decorate it on the serving plate, to avoid any disasters – it’s almost impossible to move once decorated. 

Get the recipe: Easter chocolate fudge cake

Chocolate Creme Egg cake

This simple choc cake is fancified by ganache and a Creme Egg topping

6. Creme Egg cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 25 mins | Cook time: 30 minutes

You'll need to get down to the shops in plenty of time before they run out of Creme Eggs for this one. The ganache is made with five eggs, there’s another three in the filling, plus three more and you'll also be needing a packet of miniature Creme Eggs for the topping. But, hey, you can never have too many Creme Eggs, can you? The cake is an easy, simple choc sponge, and overall, it looks rather fancy, wouldn't you agree? One of our most popular Easter cake ideas.

Get the recipe: Creme Egg cake (opens in new tab)

Easter nest cake

This choc nest cake is as cute as it is tasty

7. Easter nest cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 25 mins | Cook time: 30 minutes

Why just have mini Easter nests when you can have an entire Easter nest cake? Take a regular sponge cake, cover it with melted chocolate and press Easter nest mix along the edges. The nest is made from crushed Shredded Wheat tossed in melted chocolate, and assembling it is messy and very fun. You stick clumps of this to the sides, stacking it up as you go until the whole cake is covered - one for the kids to get stuck in with.

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A brilliant fusion of two Easter classics

8. Mini Eggs Simnel cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 1 hr 40 mins

Traditional Simnel cake is usually decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the Apostles, but we're rewriting the rule book and also adding Mini Eggs to the decoration – because, surely, there is absolutely nothing that isn't made better with the addition of Mini Eggs? It might encourage kids who wouldn't normally partake in a slice if simnel cake to get stuck in (though there is a flaw in this plan, as it will leave less for us adults...). One of our best Easter cake ideas.

Get the recipe: Mini Eggs Simnel cake (opens in new tab)

Happy Easter cake

Fondant flowers make this a perfect tea party cake any time in Spring

9. Happy Easter cake

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

Top a delicious chocolate cake with seasonal decorations to turn it into a worthy dessert for an Easter Sunday. Filled with buttercream and topped with pretty pastel flowers and Maltesers, it could also easily be a cake for a Spring birthday. Get your poshest teapot out and make it part of an Easter tea party, with your finest cucumber sandwiches. A delight.

Get the recipe: Happy Easter cake (opens in new tab)

Mini Egg brownies

Sticky, delicious and great one to make with the kids
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10. Mini Egg chocolate brownie bars

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Go on, give the kids a special treat in the lead up to Easter by making some of these brownie bars to jazz up their lunch boxes or have ready as an after school treat. Wonderfully moist and jolly indulgent, the brownies are topped with a delicious buttercream frosting (you weren't expecting that, were you?) and are entirely enveloped in chocolate – plus a little row of Mini Eggs, because it would be rude not to.

Get the recipe: Mini Egg chocolate brownie bars (opens in new tab)

An Easter classic, covered in marzipan, a perfect tea time treat over the holidays

11. Simnel cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 3 hours

One for the more serious of bakers, this is the most iconic of all Easter bakes. For the uninitiated, simnel cake offers a nod to the true meaning of Easter, as it is topped with exactly 11 marzipan balls to represent the twelve apostles, minus Judas – he doesn't get one for his betrayal of Jesus. You'll need to be a fan of marzipan to truly appreciate the joys of a simnel cake - it's not only the topping, but there's a layer baked inside – and this step-by-step recipe guides you through.

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Hot croissant ring cake

An impressive bake without the faff of weighing and measuring

12. Hot croissant ring cake

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 35 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

Using shop-bought croissant dough, you'll need to get your hands on a bundt ring, in which this cake will rise triumphantly, producing the perfect breakfast for a bank holiday weekend. Served warm in slices (or even toasted), it’s a delight at breakfast time over the Easter bank holiday. You don’t even have to add toppings because it has jam, spices, and raisins hiding inside. A spot-on way to start the day. One of our favourite Easter cake ideas.

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Hot cross buns

A step-by-step way to make the most famous of Easter bakes

13. Hot cross buns

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 15-20 mins

"Hot cross buns are made with a rich, sweet dough. They taste great, but this also means the dough can take longer to rise than one made without butter, sugar and eggs. Give your dough time to rise - around an hour and a half once kneaded," says baker Rhiannon Abbott of The Epsom Bakehouse, who runs classes teaching people to make their own hot cross buns. While most people opt for the shop-bought variety, you'll have your baking credentials massively upped by serving them homemade this Easter. Delicious straight out of the oven with a little – or a lot of – butter.

Get the recipe: How to make hot cross buns (opens in new tab)

Add a fruity twist to the classic Easter bun

14. Blueberry hot cross buns

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 40 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Once you've mastered the art of basic hot cross buns you can play with the flavours. These blueberry hot cross buns will make a lovely breakfast treat on Easter Sunday. "The crosses on hot cross buns are usually a flour and water paste piped on before baking. But you could also try piping crosses using icing sugar and water paste once the buns are baked and cooled," says Rhiannon Abbott. The whole blueberries reduce down slightly when baked, but still add a fruity twist.

Get the recipe: Blueberry hot cross buns (opens in new tab)

Lisa Faulkner’s choc chip hot cross buns

Hot Cross Buns with choc chips from the Masterchef winner

15. Lisa Faulkner’s choc chip hot cross buns

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

Because chocolate goes with everything, we are big fans of this pimped up hot cross bun recipe by Lisa Faulkner. The choc chips replace the usual raisins (though you could always add both). We're sure the Celebrity Masterchef winner and her chef hubby John Torode will be sitting down to a freshly baked batch of them, dripping with butter, this Easter weekend, as will we. Put the kettle on, will you?

Get the recipe: Lisa Faulkner's choc chip hot cross buns (opens in new tab)

Vegan hot cross buns

An egg and dairy free alternative to the classic recipe

16. Vegan hot cross buns

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 45 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

Because why should vegans miss out on all the Easter indulgence? Using soya milk and vegan margarine in place of butter, you wouldn't even know these hot cross buns are entirely free of egg and dairy-free. Moist and delicious, they're warmly spiced with fresh lemon and currants (though you could swap those out for dark chocolate chips if you fancy) and are most delicious fresh out of the oven.

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The classic pudding with an Easter twist

17. Chocolate hot cross bun bread and butter pudding

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 50 mins

There's a glut of chocolate and a glut of hot cross buns around the house at this time of year, so this is a smart way of using them all up and creating a fancy pudding. You soak the buns in a creamy, homemade custard, and can scatter over either dark choc chips or pieces of smashed up Easter egg. Make sure you save plenty of room after your Easter Sunday roast, because this ain't a light dessert. We're sure you'll power on through though.

Get the recipe: Chocolate hot cross bun bread and butter pudding (opens in new tab)

easter cupcakes: hot cross bun cupcakes

A break from tradition with these Hot Cross Bun themed cupcakes

18. Hot cross bun cupcakes

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

"This is a great recipe to do with young children, they can help stir the mixture and have a go at spooning it into the cases," says Ruth Chubb. It's also a good recipe for adults who don't fancy their chances with a home-made hot cross bun, with none of the hassle of all that proving and rising. The crosses are easier too, made from strips of marzipan. Sssh, don't tell the traditionalists but we think they're every bit as good as the real deal.

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Hot cross bun loaf

A light and spicy loaf, toasted or untoasted, it's delicious either way

19. Hot cross bun loaf

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 4 hours

"Who doesn’t love home-baked bread?" says Ruth Chubb. "Plus using hands in this recipe to knead the dough is great for children’s sensory development." So get the kids on board to make this hot cross bun loaf, a great recipe for a Bank Holiday when you've got plenty time to potter about. It's great for breakfast, spread with butter and jam – we find apricot works particularly well, but there are no rules.

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Easter bread

Easter bread is rather more sweet and colourful than a standard loaf

20. Easter bread

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 30 mins

This tasty recipe is made with cinnamon and orange zest and topped with colourful eggs. You'll also impress your guests with your culinary cultural know-how – because this sweet bread is what the Greeks eat at Easter. Known as Tsoureki, there are lots of versions of this bread, and it can be iced, or covered in sesame seeds – or even multi-coloured sprinkles. Ya Mas!

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Easter nests

The classic fun recipe for cooking with kids
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21. Easter nests

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: No bake

"If you've had too much chocolate over Easter and want to use it up, this is perfect and an easy one for little ones. You will need to melt the chocolate but they can mix it altogether and spoon it in to the cases," says Ruth Chubb. The Shredded Wheat makes the nests look particularly, well, nesty, but these can, of course, also be made with cornflakes or rice krispies. One of the most popular Easter cake ideas.

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easter desserts: chocolate mini egg meringue nests

Has there ever been a sweeter, more gooey Easter treat?

22. Mini Egg chocolate meringue nests

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 10 mins | Cook time: 1 hr 30 mins

A gluten-free dessert, sure to put a smile on the faces of anyone with an intolerance, these crisp and gooey meringue nests are a kooky, unusual pudding for your Easter table. Mastering your own meringue is nothing like as tricky as you might imagine, either. Top with the classic Mini Eggs or take it one step further and top with gooey Creme Eggs instead. Or both, because there are no rules.

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most delicious chocolate desserts

A seriously rich, indulgent twist on a classic
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23. Chocolate bread and butter pudding

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 35 mins

For a really filling, comforting pud, classic bread and butter pudding is always a winner - but then along comes Essentials magazine's recipe for chocolate bread and butter pudding. Best made the day before to let everything soak it and become seriously flavoursome, this dessert can be served with ice cream, thick pouring cream, or the classic custard – heck, hardy chocoholics could even be bold enough to go for a chocolate custard.

Get the recipe: Chocolate bread and butter pudding (opens in new tab)

Easter rocky road with Mini Eggs recipe

Those ever versatile mini eggs are perfect in a rocky road

24. Easter rocky road 

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: No-bake

"No oven required for this one, the kids will have fun bashing up the biscuits and squashing it altogether, using any leftover Easter chocolate," says Ruth Chubb. Made with the usual sultanas and marshmallows, as well as fudge and shortbread, but with added Mini Eggs for a seasonal twist. This fridge cake takes a mere 20 minutes to put together, but you'll have to exercise patience while it spends a few hours chilling before you get stuck in. 

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Cereal cakes

The classic no-bake Easter cupcakes, made with cornflakes

25. Chocolate cornflake nests

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 45 mins | Cook time: No-bake

An oldie but a goody, you can't really go wrong with a chocolate cornflake cake, especially when it provides a nest for some pretty pastel coloured mini eggs. Melted chocolate and cereal is such a simple but wonderful combination. Older kids could go independent on these and make them for the rest of the family (with a wee bit of background supervision while they do the melting) - just make sure they don't eat it all in the process.

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Creme Egg brownies

Creme Eggs AND brownies. Could there be a finer treat?

26. Creme Egg brownies

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 30 mins | Cook time: 20 mins

These Easter egg brownies smoosh (isn't that a great word?) Creme Eggs and mini eggs into slightly under cooked brownies before you stick them back in the oven for them all to melt together. 'The kids will love this one, breaking up the Creme Egg to squash into the nearly cooked brownie. Once out of the oven, all you need is a spoon!" says Ruth Chubb. So messy, like a lot of the best things are. One of our favourite Easter cake ideas.

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easter cupcakes: creme egg cupcakes

These cute cupcakes with yellow frosting and a mini Creme Egg are a perfect for Easter

27. Creme egg cupcakes

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 25 mins

These chocolate cupcakes are really easy to make and seriously moreish. For Easter, decorate them with mini Creme Eggs – or you could use Smarties, Maltesers, Flakes, or any other topping you please if you're making them for kid's birthday parties at another time of the year. "This is great one for children to practice hand-eye coordination with their piping skills," says Ruth Chubb. 

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Easter chocolate torte

A sophisticated European-style cake addition to your Easter table

28. Easter chocolate torte

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 15 mins | Cook time: 40 mins

Putting us in mind of the sort of sweet treat you might get in a Viennese coffee house, this stunning torte is made with ground almonds, breadcrumbs, marzipan, double cream and chocolate, and decorated with foil-wrapped mini eggs. It's made with apricot jam, but you could switch this to a different flavour of your pleasing. We feel this one simply must be served with a strong and sophisticated coffee, while reading a book or making your way through the Sunday papers.

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Easter egg cake

A chocolate cake shaped like an Easter egg, wrapped with a bow. Because why not?

29. Easter egg cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 35 mins

Could a cake be any more fun, do we think? And it's not only the look of it on the outside – what with it being shaped into that of an Easter egg – this cake is pretty fun on the inside, too, with an impressive rainbow coloured sponge inside. It is also covered in not just one but two layers of melted chocolate and sandwiched together using chocolate spread. Divine.

Get the recipe: Easter egg cake

Chocolate orange Easter cake

A sophisticated dark choc cake, one to set aside for the grown-ups

30. Chocolate orange liqueur Easter cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 45 mins | Cook time: 1 hour

A rather, posher, more adult bake than a lot of offerings on the Easter treat front, this chocolate orange Easter cake recipe is reminiscent of an Austrian sachertorte. It makes good use of Cointreau (though this could be swapped in for a coffee or almond liqueur for a totally different take) and is topped with extra chocolate (of course) and a chocolatey nest. Beautiful, and decadent. Maybe a shot of Cointreau on the side? It is a Bank holiday, after all.

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Take your time to make this extra special celebration cake

31. Truffle cake

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 1 hour | Cook time: 35 mins

Chocolate cake, covered in chocolate and topped with more chocolate? Sure. Bit of a showstopper this one, and ideal for dark chocolate lovers. As much as we love Mini Eggs, there are a lot of them around at this time of year, so this cake is mixing things up a bit by using cocoa dusted truffles as a rather more fancy topping. You could always mix add different chocs from your Easter box too. One of our favourite Easter cake ideas.

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easter activities and games: easter gingerbread house

Keep the kids occupied making this spring gingerbread house

32. Easter gingerbread cottage

Skill level: Medium | Prep time: 2 hrs 15 mins | Cook time: 15 mins

Could this Easter gingerbread cottage be any more adorable? We'd quite like to move in, given half a chance. Sure, gingerbread houses are traditionally  popular around Christmas, but we're all for tearing up the rule book, and this cottage has been given a spring clean. So, make like Hansel and Gretel,  bake up some gingerbread and turn it into the cutest house you've ever seen. 

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easter biscuits: chunky mini egg cookies

These cookies are perfect served warm with ice cream

33. Chunky Mini Egg cookies

Skill level: Easy | Prep time: 20 mins | Cook time: 10 mins

Roll up those sleeves and get creative with your Mini Eggs. These delicious, buttery cookies can be made in minutes and eaten as soon as they come out of the oven. There are crushed Mini Eggs in the cookie dough, and you'll be wanting extras to decorate the top. The best thing of all is that if you scoff them warm from the oven, the Mini Eggs will be a little bit gooey. And all the better if you crumble them up over some vanilla ice cream.

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