59 Easter Cakes for the Prettiest Holiday Finale

Coconut Cream Cake
Photo: Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

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 Lemon Bar Cheesecake, we've got all the Easter cakes you could ever think to make. Our Strawberry Dream Cake has a full layer of strawberries standing up inside, making for a beautiful surprise when you slice in. In the mood for something a little simpler? Opt for our Strawberry Cupcakes.

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.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

This pastel cake is beautiful for an Easter spread, and it tastes like spring.

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Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

If you're not confident with your layer cake skills, this sheet cake is perfect.

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Key Lime Pound Cake

Key Lime Pound Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake

Serve a taste of the Keys this spring.

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Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake

We love the presentation of these cake slices with upright strawberries between the layers. When it comes down to the details, this sweet confection takes the cake.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

This beautiful layer cake tastes like a chocolate-covered strawberry.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

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.

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Lemon Raspberry Cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake

This lemon cake with cream cheese-raspberry frosting is one of the most elegant cakes we've ever made.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: 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.

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Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

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.

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Hummingbird Bundt Cake

Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

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.

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Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake

Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Coconut Pound Cake

Coconut Pound Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake

A slice of this coconut pound cake will make even the orneriest guests smile.

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Micah Leal

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

You won't find a drop of artificial flavor or dye in these gorgeous spring cupcakes.

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The Ultimate Carrot Cake

Ultimate Carrot Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake

These layers are tender, so remove from pans carefully!

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Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake

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.

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Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake

Serve this decadent spring dessert at your next ladies' luncheon and wow the crowd with edible flowers.

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Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: 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."

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Easter Bunny Cake

How To Make An Easter Bunny Cake

Recipe: Easter Bunny Cake

The kids will love this sweet cake that they can help decorate and devour.

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Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Hummingbird Cake

The legendary Hummingbird Cake is our most popular recipe of all time. If that's not reason enough to make it, we're not sure what could convince you!

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Heavenly Angel Food Cake

Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Southern Living

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.

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Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: 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.

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Best Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake
Tina Cornett

Recipe: Best Carrot Cake

Make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home. Simply adding a can of crushed pineapple and the luscious Buttermilk Glaze makes this truly the Best Carrot Cake.

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The Lane Cake

The Lane Cake
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: The Lane Cake

This legendary Southern cake is the ultimate labor of love, and your Easter guests will taste it in every bite.

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Lemon Bar Cake

Lemon Bar Cake
Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Vanessa Rocchio; Prop Styling: Missie Crawford

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.

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Grand Marnier Cakes

Grand Marnier Cakes
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Grand Marnier Cakes

Mini Bundt cakes make for the prettiest presentation with this vintage recipe.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Chocolate Éclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake

This layer cake stays true to the beauty and perfection of a truly authentic éclair.

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Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake

Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Jennifer Causey

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.

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Lemon-Orange Pound Cake

Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake

This recipe, courtesy of the Junior League of Houston, is drizzled with two icings so every bite is different.

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Mini Confetti Cakes

Mini Confetti Cakes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes

These mini cakes are perfect for little hands.

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Mary's Mango Cake

Mary's Mango Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Mary's Mango Cake

This cake tastes bright and sunny, so it's perfect for an early Easter brunch.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick

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.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: 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.

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Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake

Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Cindy Barr; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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The Coconut Chiffon Cake

The Coconut Chiffon Cake
Hector Sanchez

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.

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Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

These cakes might be miniature, but they'll make a big impact.

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Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Love lemon bars? Love cheesecake? Then we've got great news for you.

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Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: 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.

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Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake

This coffee cake will be the best way to finish off Easter brunch with a warm cup of coffee.

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Tropical Carrot Cake

Tropical Carrot Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Tropical Carrot Cake

Update your classic carrot cake with the tropical taste of pineapple and coconut.

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Classic Coconut Cake

Classic Coconut Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Classic Coconut Cake

With coconut sponge, coconut filling, and a light whipped cream frosting, this layer cake is a coconut lover's dream.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Both cheesecake and carrot cake lovers will be thrilled with this layered dessert.

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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lydia Pursell; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Delight everyone at the table with a vintage classic that showcases spring's fresh strawberries.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Pineapple Coconut Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake

Tropical pineapple and coconut are a match made in dreamy cake heaven.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

You can top this classic pound cake with seasonal fruit and dollops of whipped cream for perfect Easter presentation.

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Lane Cupcakes

Lane Cupcakes
Southern Living

Recipe: Lane Cupcakes

We turned the beloved Lane Cake recipe into an easy-to-serve cupcake recipe that kids and adults will love.

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Toasted Almond-Butter Cake

Toasted Almond-Butter Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Toasted Almond-Butter Cake

This tender cake is topped with cream cheese frosting, which any and every Easter guest will love.

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Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Bright lemon brings a springy feel to this new pound cake recipe that's a fun replacement for the plain classics.

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Four-Layer Coconut Cake

Four-Layer Coconut Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Four-Layer Coconut Cake

Take your Easter celebration to the next level (literally) by adding an extra layer to your dessert.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake

Busy hostesses rejoice: You can still put a picture-perfect dessert on the table without turning the oven on.

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Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Crème Brûlée Cheesecake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Crème Brûlée Cheesecake

Two favorite holiday desserts—crème brûlée and cheesecake—meet in this incredible mashup recipe.

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Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Angel Food Cake

Light, fluffy angel food cake is absolutely heavenly to serve on Easter.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

If you have family members with dietary restrictions, this dairy-free and gluten-free dessert will delight them.

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Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

This was one of our most popular cake recipes of 2019, so it's definitely holiday-worthy.

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The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake

Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake

This vintage cake reminds us of Grandma, and a floral topper is beautiful for Easter.

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Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting

The kids' table will be thrilled to see this colorful confection on Easter.

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Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Karin Olsen

Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake

The beauty of this 8-ingredient pound cake lies in its simplicity. It is one cake that everyone should master for impromptu parties. This quick-fix pound cake is a crowd-pleaser, and it couldn't be easier to make. Personalize it with additions you love—we recommend fresh fruit for a pretty Easter dessert.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Give everyone their own personal cheesecake with this sweet spring recipe. These petite cheesecakes look super fancy, but they only require five easy steps to put together, and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. To customize, trade the blueberries for your family's favorite fruits.

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Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake

Look for packaged coconut shavings to garnish this sweet treat in your grocer's natural foods section.

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