55 Easy Easter Cakes
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
You'll fall in love with this too-good-to-be-true strawberry cake. Fluffy whipped frosting made with marscapone cheese, sugar, whipping cream, and vanilla and almond extracts is the perfect finishing touch. We love the presentation of cake slices with upright strawberries between the layers. When it comes down to the details, this sweet confection takes the cake.
Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
If you're not confident with your layer cake skills, this sheet cake is perfect.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
This pastel cake is beautiful for an Easter spread, and it tastes like spring.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Look for packaged coconut shavings in your grocer's natural foods section.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Serve a taste of the Keys this spring.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
Boxed cake mix and boxed brownie mix meet in this decadent and easy recipe that has twice the chocolate of your usual cake.
Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
This recipe is based on a classic Southern favorite called 7UP Pound Cake, which was created in the 1950s when the soda company suggested using its soft drink instead of other liquid in pound cake recipes. The result: one of the best, and simplest, cakes you'll ever make.
Watch: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
You won’t find a drop of artificial flavor or dye in these gorgeous spring cupcakes.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
A slice of this coconut pound cake will make even the orneriest guests smile.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
These citrus treats are too good to keep to yourself. Make an extra batch and bring to a friend for the sweetest surprise.
The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake
These layers are tender, so remove from pans carefully!
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
We took the traditional pound cake recipe and raised it a stunning, triple-chocolate twist. This cake means business. A duo of glazes—one creamy chocolate, the other subtle buttermilk—comes together atop this dreamy confection. It’s indulgent and, we admit, so much fun to eat and serve. Chocolate enthusiasts will be over the moon for this recipe, but it has enough unexpected flavor—thanks to the addition of the buttermilk glaze—that you’ll also win over the harder-to-please dessert eaters at the table. Warning: You—and they—won’t be able to resist a second slice. Go for it. We won’t tell.
Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Serve this decadent spring dessert at your next ladies' luncheon and wow the crowd with edible flowers.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Trust us: This simple and swoon-worthy sheet cake will be a keeper in your recipe box. File it under "Springtime Crowd-pleaser."
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake
Layers of tangy-sweet Key lime custard and graham crackers stack up to make one quick and easy layer cake with just enough pucker to take the heat off summer. Add the lime juice once you've fully cooked the custard to let the cornstarch thicken the mixture properly.
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Securing parchment paper with masking tape (it won’t melt at the low temp) makes it easy to spread picture-perfect layers of meringue.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Dress up traditional pound cake with a little lime zest and a homemade Key lime glaze for a deliciously tropical dessert.
Carrot Cake with Chèvre Frosting
Recipe: Carrot Cake with Chèvre Frosting
Substituting goat cheese for the standard cream cheese gives this frosting an extra-tangy kick.
Green Tea-Honeysuckle Cake
Recipe: Green Tea-Honeysuckle Cake
Spring-green ribbons of matcha-flavored batter and a homemade honeysuckle glaze elevate a basic vanilla butter cake to gourmet status. Bonus: It tumbles from the pan perfectly fluted and party ready.
Two-Step Fresh Peach Pound Cake
Recipe: Two-Step Fresh Peach Pound Cake
Turn out a high-rise cake with a moist, tender crumb by layering the ingredients in the bowl in the order specified. Don't have a stand mixer with a 4-qt. bowl and paddle attachment? Prep the batter the traditional way.
Recipe: Caramel Cake
This old-fashioned cake will seal your reputation as a baker.
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.
Layered Carrot Cake
Recipe: Layered Carrot Cake
The star of this classic carrot layer cake is the thick sweetened cream frosting that you spread between the cake layers and on the top and sides of the cake. The cake gets extra sweetness from the addition of crushed pineapple to the batter.
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake
From pineapple to cream cheese, the same ingredients first featured in the 1978 version of this popular layer cake still shine in our new version— simplified by baking in a Bundt pan.
Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
Recipe: Triple-Decker Strawberry Cake
Layers of moist strawberry cake and Strawberry Buttercream Frosting make this three-layer cake a must for strawberry lovers.
Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake
Recipe: Mama Dip’s Carrot Cake
This recipe from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, restaurateur Mildred "Mama Dip" Council is one of the best carrot cakes we've tested. The cake layers can be made ahead and frozen up to one month.
Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Heavenly Angel Food Cake
The rich, moist texture of this divine angel food cake is unlike any other. Made from scratch in minutes, it's spread with frosting that's a lemon lover's dream.
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
There are a few things to note about this recipe before you start baking. First, the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar. And, yes, you read the cooking instructions correctly—the cake bakes at a slightly higher temperature than usual.
Best Carrot Cake
Recipe: Hummingbird Cake
This ultimate recipe is the most requested in Southern Living magazine history and frequents covered dish dinners all across the South, always receiving rave reviews.
The Lane Cake
Easter Bunny Cake
Recipe: Easter Bunny Cake
The kids will love this sweet cake that they can help decorate and devour.
Recipe: Crepe Cake
This elegant and fruity dessert would be a gorgeous addition to an Easter brunch spread.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
If you’re hosting a crowd this Easter, swap your usual carrot cake recipe for this big-batch recipe that’s oh-so-festive and sweet.
Lemon Bar Cake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake
A bright citrus dessert is always welcome on our Easter table, especially when it’s made with the hands-off ease of the slow cooker.
Grand Marnier Cakes
Recipe: Grand Marnier Cakes
Mini Bundt cakes make for the prettiest presentation with this vintage recipe.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
This so-moist poke cake was made to feed a crowd, but we guarantee there won’t be any left after the meal.