After 40 days of Lent, many of us expect nothing but to indulge in a celebratory cake. From traditional Easter bakes to modern interpretations of classic recipes, check out these Easter baking recipes to get inspired this year.
1. HOT CROSS BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING
Nothing says Easter more than hot cross buns, but you can go one step further with this easy hot cross bun bread and butter pudding. All you need is six hot cross buns, some butter, chocolate chips, and a handful of other ingredients you might already have in your home. Ready in 45 minutes, it’s an excellent choice for the Easter Sunday breakfast or afternoon tea.
2. CARROT PATCH CAKE
Carrot cake is a beloved classic, but this recipe enriched with pistachios and sultanas or raisins is much more flavourful than the traditional recipe. You can bake it in a loaf tray and cover it in sugary icing, or stick to tradition and bake it in a regular cake tray, then fill it with cheese cream and glaze with icing. No matter your choice, rest assured everyone in your family will love it.
3. EASTER BISCUITS
Ready in less than half an hour, Easter biscuits are a delicious treat and colourful decoration for the Easter table. They’re also ideal for Easter baking projects with the kids, allowing bigger kids to bake and the smaller ones to decorate each biscuit with icing.
4. SWEET RICOTTA TART
It might not be British, but this Italian classic can easily conquer everyone around the table. The sweetness of ricotta cheese blends perfectly with the bittersweet flavour of dark chocolate. The texture is given by candied fruits inside the cheese filling, and pine nuts sprinkled on top of it.
5. CLASSIC SIMNEL CAKE
Symbolising the end of Lent, the Simnel cake is another classic that can’t miss from your home this Easter. Rich in fruit, spices, and marzipan, it goes wonderfully with the afternoon tea, or you could have a slice as a mid-morning snack. Decorate it with tiny chocolate Easter eggs or any other Easter theme for an eye-catchy effect.
6. CHOCOLATE CHIP TRAYBAKE
Looking for a fuss-free recipe to try with the kids? The chocolate chip traybake is not only easy to make, but it’s also an all-age contender. For a lovely Easter effect and single-serving portions, decorate with chocolate bunnies or fondant decorative carrots.
7. OREO EGG CHEESECAKE
Another decadent dessert that can satisfy kids and adults alike, the Oreo egg cheesecake combines the goodness of Oreo biscuits with the deliciousness of cheesecake and Oreo mini eggs. Perfect to pair with an equally decadent Oreo milkshake.
8. LEMON SPONGE CAKE
Fruity and zesty, lemon sponge cake is a great alternative to decadent chocolate desserts if you want something lighter. It is also one of the most versatile desserts that you can easily adapt to gluten-free. This recipes is vegan and tastes wonderful!
9. HOT CROSS BUN BROWNIES
Tired of classic hot cross buns? Try these hot cross bun brownies that will surely bring a fresh twist to the classic recipe. They’re quick and super-easy to make, and once you’ve tasted them, you’ll never go back to the classic buns. Bake them in a brownie Bonanza tray for the best results.
10. EASY RABBIT CAKE
Making animal-shaped cakes sounds complicated, but you can make a rabbit cake with little to no effort – and the kids can help, too. All you need is two round sponge cakes in your favourite flavour. Use one sponge cake to cut out the bunny’s ears and a bow tie, assemble the cake, then use icing and sprinkles to add the finishing touches and decorate the cake. Whilst you can literally use any type of sponge cake and filling, here’s one of the simplest rabbit cake recipes to get you inspired.
11. EASY EASTER NESTS
A no-bake Easter baking recipe might come in handy if you’re looking for easy dessert options to make with the kids. These Easter nests are easy to make with shredded wheat or other cereals such as cornflakes or rice cakes. Melt some finely chopped chocolate in a pot (you could use milk chocolate or a combination of milk and dark chocolate varieties), then mix it with the cereals. Scoop “nests” of the mixture into a tray and fill with two or three Easter eggs. Keep it in the fridge until solid, then serve.
12. EASTER CUPCAKES
Cupcakes are another all-age contender that is easy to make. Delicious and decorative at the same time, they will look amazing next to a hot cross pudding or carrot cake. Again, you can use any cupcake recipe you like and decorate them with anything from coloured frosting to sugar paste decorations. No matter your choice, remember that the secret to moist cupcakes is substituting the butter with olive oil.
So, what do you say? Which recipes are you going to try this Easter? Looking for more recipes that you can make with the kids? Check out this article. Or, if you’re on a sugar-free diet, here are a few sugar-free dessert recipes for you to try out this Easter.