56 Easy Easter Cakes
There is more to Easter Sunday celebrations than church, dresses, parties, and egg hunts. You’ve also got to debut a delicious Easter cake for the occasion. Lucky for you, we’ve got Easter cake recipes that will wow your friends and family at every egg hunt this season. From the deliciously springy Coconut Cream Cake to a Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake or the prettiest cupcakes you’ve ever seen, we’ve got all the Easter cakes you could ever think to make. Go ahead and choose your favorite Easter cake recipe, that is if you can pick just one from the bunch. Don’t worry about making too many – think of those extra Easter cakes as decoration for your cake stand collection and Easter table! We're sure they'll be enjoyed.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
A water bath cooks the cheesecake gently, making it extra creamy with a smooth, crack-free top
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
Here the cream cheese is added after beating the butter and sugar, and 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.
Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
This beautiful and fresh cake will be the center of attention at Easter lunch.
Chocolate Éclair Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake
This layer cake stays true to the beauty and perfection of a truly authentic éclair.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Simple white cupcakes are topped with rose-vanilla buttercream and petals to match your decorations.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Recipe: Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
You can make the lemon curd that tops this cheesecake up to two weeks in advance to save you a step the day-of.
Vanilla Layer Cake with Flower Cuff
You don’t need expert decorating skills to make this cake look gorgeous.
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
This recipe, courtesy of the Junior League of Houston, is drizzled with two icings so every bite is different.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
This Arnold Palmer-inspired cake is perfect for springtime, and you can make the icing tipsy if you’re having an adults-only Easter dinner.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
These mini cakes are perfect for little hands.
Mary's Mango Cake
Recipe: Mary's Mango Cake
This cake tastes bright and sunny, so it’s perfect for an early Easter brunch.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
We feel like the name probably says it all for this incredible recipe, and it’s one you have to try.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
These easy cupcakes start with a box of cake mix, but your guests will never know, especially with adorable Easter egg toppings that look professional.
Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
Recipe: Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
This is not a cake for beginners by any means, but the payoff will be well worth it when you see how much your family enjoys it.
The Coconut Chiffon Cake
Recipe: The Coconut Chiffon Cake
This storied layer cake is the queen of cakes, and it’s guaranteed to earn “oohs” and “aahs” from your Easter crowd.
Yogurt Pound Cake with Pomegranate Syrup
Greek yogurt adds a hint of tang to this sweet pound cake that’s extremely moist after being soaked in a lemon-cardamom liquid.
Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
These cakes might be miniature, but they’ll make a big impact.
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Love lemon bars? Love cheesecake? Then we’ve got great news for you.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
This might be the easiest Hummingbird Cake recipe ever, and it makes two dozen cupcakes for your biggest Easter crowd.
Toasted Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
These cupcakes are as full of coconut flavor as they could possibly be, and this recipe makes 30 of them to ensure everyone gets to try.