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Easter cake recipes to indulge in over the bank holiday, including a classic chocolate Easter celebration cake and traditional simnel cake
It’s nearly that time of year again, and what better way to get into the Easter spirit then baking a delicious Easter cake?
Try our collection of Easter cake recipes to indulge in over the bank holiday, including a classic chocolate Easter celebration cake, lemon and lime drizzle cake and pretty cardamom, rose and rhubarb cake.
Our pick of Easter cake ideas will make an impressive centrepiece when you’re expecting a crowd at lunch on Easter Sunday, especially this brand new twist on traditional Simnel cake; our chocolate Simnel cake recipe.
It wouldn’t be Easter without hot cross buns, but we’ve given ours an interesting twist – forget the traditional recipe and try our orange chocolate chip hot cross buns instead. They combine two of our favourite flavours , chocolate and orange, which come together in the most wonderful way in these fluffy hot cross buns!
There’s also a traditional Simnel cake recipe, which is a light fruit cake made finished with a layer of marzipan and decorated with 11 marzipan balls to represent the 12 apostles, minus Judas.
Meanwhile, we’ve got everything from quick and easy bakes like our lemon and marzipan drizzle cake to some real show-stoppers, such as our stunning chocolate ombre cake or our glamorous chocolate cake recipe.
After 40 days of Lent, and especially if you’ve given up chocolate, it’s time for a really indulgent chocolate cake recipe. Try our dark chocolate and almond torte or our chocolate fudge cake, which will really hit the spot if you’ve managed to go the whole time without chocolate!
However, if you’re saving yourself for chocolate Easter eggs, make a cake that’s a bit lighter and fruitier. Try Rachel Khoo’s melon charlotte, which is really unusual and super delicious.
Scroll down to see our Easter cake recipes. Which will you be making?
Chocolate is such a big part of Easter that it's hard to imagine the perfect Easter cake recipe without it!
This rum and raisin chocolate cake certainly looks the part topped with Mini Eggs.
Get the recipe: Rum and Raisin Chocolate Cake
Make an Easter centrepiece with this easier-than-it-looks chocolate box cake, lined with chocolate cigarillos and filled with plenty of chocolate eggs.
It would make the perfect decoration to any Easter celebration table.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Box Celebration Cake
Super light lemon chiffon cake is made with whisked eggs and no butter, so it's light as air and dairy free too.
This makes a wonderful Easter recipe makes a wonderful spring cake that will look perfect on the table.
Get the recipe: Lemon Chiffon Cake
Layers of meringue and chocolate filling make a seriously good cake that doubles as Easter dessert to share.
With light and nutty meringue and a gorgeous chocolatey filling, this is a recipe you'll go back to again and again.
Get the recipe: Hazelnut and Nutella Meringue Cake
This mocha chocolate bundt cake gets its wow factor from the distinctive shape of the tin as the recipe is actually very easy.
It's chocolatey and indulgent - everything a great Easter cake should be!
Get the recipe: Mocha Chocolate Bundt Cake
Our beautiful Easter celebration cake is a real showstopper and not only looks stunning but it's delicious too.
Despite the fact that it's got four layers, it's really easy to make.
Get the recipe: Gluten Free Easter Cake
For an absolute Easter classic, why not try a traditional recipe?
Make a Simnel cake, which is a traditional fruit cake topped with a layer of marzipan and 11 marzipan balls.
Our pistachio and rosewater cake is the perfect balance of delicate flavours. It's ideal for an afternoon in with your girlfriends this Easter.
Full of wonderful fragrance and Middle Eastern flavours, it's a great one to serve up to your guests this year.
This one looks great and tastes even better - so all your guests will be impressed.
Get the recipe: Cardamom Rose and Rhubarb Cake
It wouldn't be Easter without hot cross buns, so why not try something new and give our orange chic-chip hot cross buns a go.
They've got a bit of a twist and chocolate and orange complement each other perfectly.
Our girly cupcakes are ideal for when you're expecting friends round for a cup of tea on the bank holiday weekend. They're really dainty and taste delicious and look perfect on the table!
Try them this Easter for a simple way to add some glamour into your life.
Using clotted cream rather than butter gives this cake an even lighter texture that you'll just love.
Get the recipe: Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake
Our lemon and marzipan drizzle cake is the perfect balance of zingy and sweet. It's full of light, fresh flavours that everyone will enjoy.
Everyone loves a good lemon drizzle cake, so give this marzipan twist a go and you'll have a new favourite.
It's a wonderful centrepiece and will leave friends and family in awe!
The flowers on this cake make it a wonderful spring recipe that makes it perfect for Easter celebrations.
Get the recipe: Rachel Khoo's Melon Charlotte
It's a really simple cake to make but looks and smells amazing.
Get the recipe: Sour Cream Cake with Lavender
Get the recipe: Rose Petal Cake
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate and Almond Torte
It makes a wonderful addition to any Easter celebration that the whole family will love.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Ombre Cake
Get the recipe: Chocolate Almond Torte
It would make a great dessert at any Easter gathering or spring dinner party you've got coming up.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte
What's better than a slab of chocolate fudge cake to celebrate Easter?
Get the recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cake
Get the recipe: Miette Tomboy Cake
This recipe feeds up to 14 people too, so it's a great one to try if you've got a whole crowd coming for Easter tea.