Easter Cake Recipes

If you need a cake recipe for your Easter meal, we’ve got what you need, from coconut and carrot to strawberry shortcake and pineapple upside down cake.

  • Strawberry Mousse Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck and Caroline Cunningham

    Strawberry Mousse Cake

    Strawberry-sweetened frosting surrounds the outside of the cake while creamy strawberry mousse divides the layers. This beautiful cake is ideal for brunch, baby showers, or any springtime celebration.
  • 35th Anniversary Hummingbird Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    35th Anniversary Hummingbird Cake

    Over-ripe bananas (yellow peels splotched with brown flecks) are best for baking. You won't get the same depth of flavor or moistness without them.

  • Key Lime Icebox Cake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Key Lime Icebox Cake

    Add the lime juice once you've fully cooked the custard to let the cornstarch thicken the mixture properly.
  • Bird's Nest Cake
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: Elizabeth Blake

    Bird's Nest Cake

    Frost a cake. Add Peeps. Boom: Bird's nest on a cake. Go on and impress your friends. You can even say the idea was yours; we won't tell.

  • Almond-apricot Cake
    James Carrier

    Almond-apricot Cake

  • Coconut Triple-Layer Cake
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Coconut Triple-Layer Cake

    Impress your Easter guests with this low-fat, three-layer coconut cake that’s topped with a fluffy frosting made with egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar.
  • Easter Kugelhopf

    Easter Kugelhopf

    Kugelhopf is an Austrian cake (also claimed by bakers in Alsace, Germany and Poland) that’s a cross between a bread and a bundt cake. It’s typically filled with raisins and fruit, baked in a special kugelhopf pan or a bundt pan, and sprinkled with a light dusting of powdered sugar.
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake

    This lightened version of an old-fashioned pineapple upside-down cake is full of the flavor you expect, as well as the pineapple slices with cherries in the middle, but has less than 8 grams of fat per serving.
  • Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake

    You can assemble this glorious cake up to two days ahead; store at room temp. Also, you can freeze cooled layers up to a month in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

  • Classic Strawberry Shortcake

    Classic Strawberry Shortcake

    With juicy strawberries spooned over sweet and tender biscuits, old-fashioned strawberry shortcakes are the perfect springtime dessert.
  • Best Carrot Cake
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Leslie Byars Simpson

    Best Carrot Cake

    The MyRecipes audience raves about this "best carrot cake ever" with its sweet buttermilk glaze, rich cream cheese frosting and cake layers filled with carrot, pineapple, coconut and chopped nuts.

  • Hummingbird Cake
    Photo: Lee Harrelson

    Hummingbird Cake

    This cake is the most requested recipe in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews. The spiced cake layers feature crushed pineapple, chopped banana, and pecans, and the cake is topped with a rich cream cheese frosting and more pecans.
  • Fresh Strawberry Cake
    Oxmoor House

    Fresh Strawberry Cake

    Start with a cake mix and strawberry gelatin and make an easy strawberry sheet cake that has less than 250 calories per slice and is topped with heart-healthy fresh strawberries and toasted almonds.
  • Classic Angel Food Cake
    Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Classic Angel Food Cake

    Beaten egg whites are the key to an angel food cake’s light and airy texture. This recipe has a number of variations from the basic cake recipe: chocolate, citrus-glazed, orange, peppermint, and even an ice cream cake.
  • Grapefruit Pound Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Grapefruit Pound Cake

    This citrus pound cake blossoms from the floral essence of grated grapefruit rind, while fresh grapefruit juice packs refreshing flavor to the powdered sugar glaze which is drizzled over this moist pound cake.
  • Coconut Cake

    Coconut Cake

    This classic coconut cake features a homemade frosting made from sugar, lemon juice, egg whites, vanilla extract, and shredded coconut.
  • Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Cari South

    Buttermilk-Mexican Chocolate Pound Cake

    Instead of using Mexican chocolate in this pound cake recipe, we developed the same flavor profile using more common ingredients--semisweet chocolate and cinnamon.
  • Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Lemon Shortbread Cheesecake

    Top this tangy lemon cheesecake made with cream cheese and goat cheese with fresh strawberries for a lovely springtime presentation. Use crumbled shortbread cookies for an irresistible crust.
  • Strawberry Tallcake
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Strawberry Tallcake

    Create a super-size version of traditional strawberry shortcake by layering a stack of butter cakes with strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

    Lemons and blueberries are a popular pair, and here they appear in an easy-to-make bundt cake that’s perfect for springtime brunches or lunches.
  • Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake
    Photo: Randy Mayor

    Sour Cream Lemon Pound Cake

    The bright, fresh citrus flavor in this classic pound cake comes from fresh lemon juice, lemon rind and lemon extract in the batter and the sweet lemon glaze that's drizzled on top of the cake.
  • Strawberries and Cream Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Strawberries and Cream Cake

    We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.

  • Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell  

    Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cheesecake

    Let the rest of your dishes be light and spring-ready; this indulgent cheesecake is too rich, delicious, and gorgeous to pass up.
  • Kulich


    After being iced, the bread is topped with raisins to form the letters XB, meaning "Christ has risen."

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