34 Spring-tastic Easter Cake Recipes

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After a satisfying Easter brunch or dinner, the kids will likely steal away to a corner of the house, peeling open piece after piece of candy. But what about the adults? As with any good holiday meal, it’s important to end Easter on a sweet, special note. Our 34 favorite Easter cake recipes featuring beautiful pastels and family-favorite springtime flavors will draw everyone back to the table.

34 Spring-tastic Easter Cake Recipes

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    Caroline's Carrot Cake

    Caroline's Carrot Cake

    Food52 - Richard Reutter

    Author Notes This easy, no-nut carrot cake comes right out of my mother Caroline’s (of Caroline's Cakes) grandmother’s kitchen. Four moist layers of carrot cake are filled and iced with the creamiest cream...

    Lemon Meringue

    Lemon Meringue

    Food52 - heinstirred

    Author Notes This cake will be fitting for any New Year’s Eve celebration or a New Year’s day lunch. I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than with a big slice of meringue, pistachio, lemon...

    Sweet Cream Bundt Cake

    Sweet Cream Bundt Cake

    Food52 - BrendaZ

    Author Notes I don't know what the origin of this cake is, but I got the recipe years ago from a neighbor, who didn't know where it originated from either. If any of you readers out there have heard of...

    Louisa's Cake

    Louisa's Cake

    Food52 - Jennifer Wagner

    Author Notes Louisa is a family friend, gardener and chef from Castellina in Chianti, Italy, where we gather several times a year. She cooks everything from memory and threw this together one night last...

    Battenberg Cake

    Battenberg Cake

    Food52 - Miranda Keyes

    Author Notes I grew up on British cakes and treats thanks to my mum. We had everything from tea cakes and digestive biscuits to Yorkshire puddings and toad in the hole. One of my favorite cakes was a Cake—not...

    Coconut Layer Cake

    Coconut Layer Cake

    Food52 - Yossy Arefi

    Author Notes An ethereally light cake soaked with coconut and rum syrup, filled with Swiss buttercream, and coated with a generous amount of crisp and nutty toasted coconut flakes. Use 8-inch pans for...

    Effortless Angel's Food Cake

    Effortless Angel's Food Cake

    Food52 - Stella Parks

    Author Notes This is probably the easiest meringue you’ll ever make. Just put some cold egg whites and sugar in a bowl, start whipping, and then stop before they’re stiff. With a squeeze of lemon for this...

    Fennel Honey Cake

    Fennel Honey Cake

    Food52

    Author Notes This recipe comes from Sticky Fingers, Green Thumb by Hayley McKee. In the book, the cake is affectionately called Honey for Ray—a title she explains in the headnote: "This one goes out to...

    Pink Champagne Cake

    Pink Champagne Cake

    Food52 - Anne Byrn

    Author Notes In 1960, women who frequented the nightclub scene sipped pink Champagne, or at least that’s what the gossip columnists said. In England, Princess Margaret was out sipping pink Champagne in...

    Fancy Pavlova

    Fancy Pavlova

    Food52 - SweetTea

    Author Notes Pavlova is crispy on the outside but light and fluffy inside and is believed to have been created to honour Anna Pavlova during or after one of her tours to Australia and New Zealand. The...

    Simnel Cake

    Simnel Cake

    Food52 - Katherine Knowles

    Author Notes If you believe, as I do, that any ceremony worth its salt merits celebration with a fruitcake, then you’re probably already looking forward to Easter to eat a Simnel cake—the fruit-packed,...

    Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

    Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

    Food52 - Kenzi Wilbur

    Author Notes Melt rhubarb, butter, sugar together in a cast iron skillet, then lay down clumps of sturdy dough onto the warm fruit, less like a blanket and more like a dowdy, misshapen comforter. It will...

    Crêpe Cake

    Crêpe Cake

    Food52 - Yossy Arefi

    Author Notes The recipe for these crêpes comes straight from my Parisian friend's family. You'll notice that it includes a bit of leavening which isn't often found in crêpes, but the original recipe calls...

    Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Chocolate Bundt Cake

    Food52 - Kelsey Banfield

    Author Notes Knowing my love for chocolate, my friend Hilary made me a version of this cake for my birthday one year. The recipe was inspired by something similar she had tasted in a restaurant during...

    Lemon Velvet Sheet Cake

    Lemon Velvet Sheet Cake

    Food52 - Jessie Sheehan

    Author Notes My lemon velvet sheet cake tastes like a cake from a boxed mix, but in the best way. The lemon flavor is extra bright from copious amounts of zest and freshly squeezed juice. I use oil, rather...

    Salted Egg Yolk Pound Cake

    Salted Egg Yolk Pound Cake

    Food52 - Coral Lee

    Author Notes Salt-cured egg yolks—in all physical states—are ubiquitous in Asian cuisine. Cooks crumble the gold into seafood stir-fries (pla meuk phad kai kem); stuff orbs into bean-paste mooncakes (the...

    Chocolate Roulade

    Chocolate Roulade

    Food52 - Erin Jeanne McDowell

    Author Notes After years of roulade-hating, I'm finally a convert. The finished cake is moist and creamy—it makes me nostalgic for cakes my grandma made and served to me cold right from the fridge with...

    Sweet Potato Hummingbird Cake

    Sweet Potato Hummingbird Cake

    Food52

    Author Notes There’s a debate that rages in all corners of the dessert-eating universe: cake or pie? It’s of particular importance in the South, where both tall-as-the-sky layer cakes and blue-ribbon are...

    Lemon Lavender Polenta Cake

    Lemon Lavender Polenta Cake

    Food52 - Chrissie

    Author Notes This is one of my favorite recipes using lavender—particularly in the springtime when we are looking for fresh and light flavors. Thanks to the polenta/cornmeal used in the recipe, this is...

    Surprise inside bunny cake

    Surprise inside bunny cake

    Food52 - Oh Sweet Day!

    Author Notes Chocolate bunny cake hidden inside a vanilla loaf cake —Oh Sweet Day! Makes one loaf cake CHOCOLATE CAKE • 1 cup sugar • 3/4 cup all purpose flour • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour • 1/4 cocoa...