Add some extra sweetness to your holiday this spring with one of these ideas for a festive Easter cake to share with your family and friends. Even if you are a novice baker, by getting creative with items such as candy, food coloring and fruit, it will be easy to make a delicious and adorable treat.
Since Easter occurs during spring, you might decide to bake a lighter cake to enjoy in the warm weather. You could opt for a white cake, angel food, carrot or a classic yellow recipe. If you are not as experienced with baking, do not hesitate to buy cake mix in your favorite flavor from the grocery store. Store bought mixes can also be very tasty and are also often timesavers. You could bake your recipe in a regular cake pan if you want to be able to mold into shapes later, or you could use a custom cake pan that is shaped like an Easter bunny, Easter egg or even an Easter basket. Themed cake pans and molds are available for purchase online or at kitchen stores.
The edible decorations that you use on your cake will help turn it into a colorful and whimsical Easter dessert. The key is use your imagination to brainstorm ways to use everyday candy and fruits to represent things that are typically characterized by the holiday. One example is to use jellybeans on top of cakes as mini Easter eggs. Green frosting, sprinkles or coconut shavings dyed with green food coloring can be used to represent grass. Black licorice could be cut to create the whiskers on a bunny face, and a pink M&M or a cinnamon red hot can become a cute button nose. Marshmallow Peeps in the shapes of rabbits and chicks are also possibilities for cake toppers.
If you do not have an Easter cake mold, here is one example of how you can get creative with your decorating to transform a regular round layer cake into a vanilla and strawberry Easter bunny cake. Bake a white cake or yellow cake recipe in two round pans (use two pans, because this is a two layered cake). After your cake layers are done baking and have properly cooled, cover your bottom layer with vanilla buttercream or cream cheese frosting. Then top the frosted layer evenly with sliced strawberries. Place the top layer of the cake carefully on top of the bottom layer. Now cover the top and sides of your cake with the rest of the frosting. Create a bunny face onto your layered cake by using two round chocolate candies or kisses for eyes, a strawberry slice for a nose and black licorice for whiskers. For the ears, you can carefully insert two sticks of white rock candy into the top of your cake or on the side above the eyes. Now you have a delicious cake that resembles the Easter bunny!
Your guests will enjoy both the delicious taste and the adorable appearance of your creative Easter cake.