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Chocolate Simnel Cake

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.

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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?

Rum And Raisin Easter Cake

Rum And Raisin Easter Cake

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

Chocolate Box Celebration Cake

Chocolate Box Celebration 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

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Lemon Chiffon 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

Hazelnut And Nutella Meringue Cake

Hazelnut And Nutella Meringue 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

Mocha Chocolate Bundt Cake

Mocha Chocolate Bundt 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

Easter Celebration Cake

Easter Celebration 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: Easter Celebration Cake

Gluten Free Easter Cake

Gluten Free Easter Cake

If you're gluten free or know someone who is and they're coming round this Easter, then try our gluten free Easter cake. You'd never know, it's so delicious and it looks stunning too. So everyone can enjoy a lovely bake this Easter.
Get the recipe: Gluten Free Easter Cake

Simnel Cake

Simnel 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.

Get the recipe: Simnel Cake

Pistachio and Rosewater Cake

Pistachio and Rosewater Cake

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.

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Cardamom Rose and Rhubarb Cake

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Cardamom Rose and Rhubarb Cake

Our cardamom rose and rhubarb cake has spring written all over it. Ideal enjoyed outside in the garden if the Easter bank holiday weekend brings good weather; if not, it's just as delicious enjoyed indoors. This one looks great and tastes even better - so all your guests will be impressed.
Get the recipe: Cardamom Rose and Rhubarb Cake

Orange Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

Orange Chocolate Chip Hot Cross Buns

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.

Girly Cupcakes

Girly Cupcakes

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.

Get the recipe: Girly Cupcakes

Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake

Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake

Nothing is more simple and yet as enjoyable as a lemon and lime drizzle cake. Enjoy the flavours of spring this Easter in the form of this lovely sponge cake. 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

Lemon and Marzipan Drizzle Cake

Lemon and Marzipan 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.

Rachel Khoo's Melon Charlotte

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Rachel Khoo's Melon Charlotte

For something slightly unusual but visually so impressive, try Rachel Khoo's melon charlotte. 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

Sour Cream Cake with Lavender

Sour Cream Cake with Lavender

Nothing is simpler to make than this sour cream cake with lavender - it's so moist and tempting and the fresh lavender flowers to decorate really top it off! It's a really simple cake to make but looks and smells amazing.
Get the recipe: Sour Cream Cake with Lavender

Rose Petal Cake

Rose Petal Cake

Make Easter Sunday a really special occasion with our rose petal cake. Although it looks as though it's quite complicated to make, it's surprisingly easy and the results are well worth the time and effort you put in.
Get the recipe: Rose Petal Cake

Dark Chocolate and Almond Torte

Dark Chocolate and Almond Torte

This dark chocolate and almond torte is the ultimate indulgence. So rich and dreamy, it's one of our favourite desserts. 
Get the recipe: Dark Chocolate and Almond Torte

Chocolate Ombre Cake

Chocolate Ombre Cake

There's nothing more impressive than slicing open a cake and discovering that it's ombre. This lovely chocolate ombre cake will wow your guests, leaving them truly in awe of your creation. It makes a wonderful addition to any Easter celebration that the whole family will love.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Ombre Cake

Chocolate Almond Torte

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Chocolate Almond Torte

Stir things up a bit this Easter with this square chocolate almond torte. It's just as delicious as it looks which means that by the time your family and guests have left the dinner table after Sunday lunch, there will be nothing left of it! 
Get the recipe: Chocolate Almond Torte

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

Who thought making your own honeycomb could be so easy? This delicious chocolate and honeycomb torte is really rich and a real treat. 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

Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Chocolate Fudge Cake

You'll only need a small sliver of our chocolate fudge cake to quell that chocolate craving; it's so rich and indulgent, you won't be able to handle any more! What's better than a slab of chocolate fudge cake to celebrate Easter?
Get the recipe: Chocolate Fudge Cake

Miette Tomboy Cake

Miette Tomboy Cake

This lovely Miette tomboy cake is both beautiful and delicious. The light pink raspberry flavoured buttercream is totally irresistible and it looks great at the centre of an Easter table.
Get the recipe: Miette Tomboy Cake

Eric Lanlard's Glamorous Chocolate Cake

Eric Lanlard's Glamorous Chocolate Cake

What's more glamorous than chocolate and gold leaf? This gorgeous chocolate cake has it all and it's a real crowd pleaser too. Give it a go! 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.
For more Easter recipes, take a look at our Easter recipe collection.