Easter baking

From hot cross buns to simnel cake, baking is traditional at Easter. These Easter cake recipes will have everyone licking their lips and asking for more.

Easter baking
The delicious Easter cake

The delicious Easter cake

A most excellent Easter cake, with hazelnuts and marzipan. Perfect with a cup of tea.

Chocolate and caramel Easter cake

Chocolate and caramel Easter cake

This chocolate and caramel Easter cake recipe is perfect for Easter and tastes every bit as fantastic as it looks.

Simnel cake

Simnel cake

This traditional Easter cake is usually topped with 11 balls of almond paste, representing the apostles; ours has almond Easter eggs.

Chocolate nests

Chocolate nests

These chocolate nests are a perfect way to enjoy Easter, and kids will love making and eating them.

Ultimate chocolate mousse cake

Ultimate chocolate mousse cake

A sumptuous, rich and moist chocolate cake. To decorate the cake, we used edible rice paper daisies from Jane Asher Party Cakes.

The best carrot cake

The best carrot cake

This carrot cake recipe is the gold standard of carrot cakes – a true classic.

Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

Spiced chocolate and orange hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday, hot from the oven with lashings of butter. Try this chocolate and orange hot cross bun recipe for a bit of variation this Easter.

Chocolate simnel cake

Chocolate simnel cake

This rich chocolate fruit cake is packed with chocolate chunks. We’ve decorated it in a traditional way, but you can just dust it with cocoa and sugar eggs.

Scented cupcakes

Scented cupcakes

Gently flavoured with lavender sugar, lemon or rosemary, these gorgeous mini cakes look as good as they taste.

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

Coffee and walnut cake with tiramisu cream

A decadent cake recipe strictly for the grown-ups, perfect for a lazy afternoon with friends and a large pot of tea.

Dorset apple cake

Dorset apple cake

There are as many versions of this apple cake recipe as there are cooks but we love this lemony one. Serve with clotted cream.

Raspberry and lemon cake

Raspberry and lemon cake

This is a classic Victoria sponge cake recipe flavoured with lemon zest and sandwiched with raspberry jam and cream – scrumptious.

Chocolate beetroot cake

Chocolate beetroot cake

Carrot cake... courgette muffins... and now we come up with chocolate beetroot cake. Crazy as it sounds these ingredients work beautifully together – we dare you to try it.

Butterscotch sponge cake with cream cheese frosting

Butterscotch sponge cake with cream cheese frosting

Indulge your friends and family with this luscious cake.

Marbled cherry and almond cake

Marbled cherry and almond cake

This marbled cherry and almond cake will go down a storm at any dinner party.

Moist ginger cake

Moist ginger cake

This moist ginger cake is a great treat for elevenses, or for a snack while you're on the go. The rich taste of the ginger will leave your taste buds tingling.

Zigzag chocolate Easter egg

Zigzag chocolate Easter egg

This clever recipe makes the best chocolate egg you'll ever lay eyes on. See our tip for details of where to buy egg moulds.

Easter truffles

Easter truffles

These chocolate Easter truffles are a sophisticated alternative to a shop-bought Easter egg. Kids can help you make these delightful sweets and decorate the 'nest'.

Iced Easter biscuits

Iced Easter biscuits

These pretty biscuits will be a hit with all generations and they're so easy to make.

Simnel-spiced salted caramel Easter eggs

Simnel-spiced salted caramel Easter eggs

A crisp chocolate shell filled with spiced salted carmel – these Easter eggs are truly special.

Citrus golden-fruit simnel cake

Citrus golden-fruit simnel cake

This version of the traditional Easter cake uses only golden-hued fruits, such as apricots, pears and sultanas. It's juicy and moist - perfect with a strong cup of tea

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