31 Top-Rated Easter Cake Recipes

Malted Milk Instant Pot® Cheesecake
Photo: Kim's Cooking Now

Regardless of the holiday, no celebration is complete without a cake to top off the festivities. Easter ushers in a wave of fresh spring flavors that inspire everything on the table. Consider classic flavors like carrot cake and strawberry shortcake, or dare to try more adventurous combinations like almond-rhubarb or apricot nectar. And we have no shortage of novelty cakes like Easter bunny cakes or classic Easter lamb cakes. Here you'll find all the Easter cake and cupcake inspiration you need to plan your perfect Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner.

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Carrot Cake III

side view of a cake with frosting between two layers and on top, garnished with pecan halves and chopped pecans

Easter and carrots go hand in hand, so you can never go wrong with a classic carrot cake. With over 5,800 five-star ratings, it's safe to say this is a favorite recipe.

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Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Carrot Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing

Cupcakes are easy to serve and pleasing to look at on any dessert table. This recipe includes a white chocolate cream cheese icing for an extra level of decadence.

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Lemon Cupcakes

Lemon Cupcakes

These zesty lemon cupcakes can also be made using limes, as reviewer naples34102 did: "This is a beautiful cake I would not hesitate to recommend or to make again. It's moist, not too fluffy yet not too dense. It has that wonderful richness only butter can contribute and just the right level of fresh citrus flavor (I used lime rather than lemon)."

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Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake
Pam Ziegler Lutz

An old-fashioned strawberry shortcake never goes out of style. Take it from reviewer cookliketheGods who says, "It was almost as if heaven itself entered my mouth upon every single bite."

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Coconut Cream Cake I

coconut cake with coconut topping and strawberry mint garnish

What's the secret to this succulent coconut cake? White box cake mix. But no one will ever be able to tell.

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Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting

Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting
Lemon Cake with Lemon Filling and Lemon Butter Frosting. Jens Zalzala

Reviewer Amanda says,"For someone that loves lemon everything, I found this recipe to be nothing short of exceptional! The flavor was so intense!"

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Italian Cream Cheese and Ricotta Cheesecake

slice of Italian cream cheesecake with toppings

Italian cheesecake is made with ricotta cheese, resulting in a texture that's creamy without being overly dense or heavy.

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Lemon-Buttermilk Pound Cake with Aunt Evelyn's Lemon Glaze

pound cake on a white plate with glaze, lemon slice, and mint garnish

"If you're in search of a good lemon, buttermilk and/or pound cake, stop here," says reviewer naples34102. "This one is all you'd hope for. Moist, great flavor, tender crumb, not too dense (the small amount of baking soda gives it just the right amount of lift) and beautiful."

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour cream adds moisture and flavor to otherwise standar pound cake. Top off each slice with homemade whipped topping and fresh fruit for an elegant presentation.

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Strawberry Dream Cake I

strawberry cake with icing and strawberry slice garnish
Ali Cat

White cake mix gets dressed up with the help of frozen strawberries, cream cheese, and a white chocolate frosting.

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Rhubarb Cheesecake

Rhubarb Cheesecake

Rhubarb becomes available in early spring, right in time for Easter festivities. Fresh, chopped rhubarb adds that distinct, sweet-tart flavor to this cheesecake

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Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake
Blaine Moats

Looking for the perfect Easter brunch cake? Look no further than this almond and rhubarb coffee cake. Reviewer BYRDSEED suggests toasting the almonds first for optimal flavor.

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Real Strawberry Cupcakes

Real Strawberry Cupcakes

"Most strawberry cake recipes ask you to use artificially flavored gelatin. This one uses only fresh ingredients," says recipe creator drewface. "Also makes a great cake!"

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Strawberry Chocolate Mousse Cake

a single-layer cake with strawberry halves around the side, topped with whipped cream and strawberries in a flower shape

A chocolate cookie crust is filled with a light and fluffy chocolate mousse and topped with whipped cream and strawberries. "Very easy and absolutely beautiful," raves reviewer gwynne3.

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Blueberry-Lemon Pound Cake

Blueberry-Lemon Pound Cake

As blueberry season approaches, put them on display in this zesty lemon pound cake.

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Strawberry Cream Roll

Strawberry Cream Roll
Strawberry Cream Roll | Photo by Meredith.

You'll want to leave this cake out for folks to admire first — it's that pretty! "Ideal for that special ending to a special luncheon," says recipe creator JJOHN32. "Decorate this jelly roll with crystallized violets, if desired. A few fresh violet leaves on top also may be used."

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Lemon Chiffon Cake

lemon cake with lemon glaze and whipped topping

A combination of whipped cream and lemon pie filling is layered between light and luscious lemon-flavored chiffon cake.

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Lemon Fiesta Cake

Lemon Fiesta Cake
Carson's Mommy

Golden raisins add extra texture and flavor to this lemony cake.

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Easter Lamb Cake II

Easter Lamb Cake II

Lamb cakes are tradition in many households, and this simple white cake is dense enough to hold its shape. Decorate with icing, jelly beans, and other candies.

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Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes

Raspberry White Chocolate Buttercream Cupcakes
Liz Bensman

The raspberry and white chocolate flavor combination is a favorite, and more than appropriate for springtime.

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Real Pistachio Cupcakes

Real Pistachio Cupcakes

Recipe creator Candice says, "No pudding mixes here, just roasted pistachios. A wonderfully not-too-sweet pale green cupcake that is sure to please. Easy and quick to make, too!"

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Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

carrot cake with pineapple cream cheese frosting and icing carrots

Pineapple is a common addition in many carrot cake recipes, but this recipe adds it to the cream cheese frosting instead.

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Rhubarb Spice Cake with Lemon Sauce

slice of spice cake with rhubarb and lemon sauce

Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add warm flavor to this otherwise tart rhubarb cake with lemon sauce. "My mother got this recipe back in the 1950's from the minister's wife," says recipe creator PRICKLY PEAR. "It's been a family favorite ever since--even for those who claim to dislike rhubarb."

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Vegan Carrot Cake

whole carrot cake on a silver cake stand
Mackenzie Schieck

This vegan carrot cake can be made with the accompanying vegan "cream cheese" frosting so no one has to miss out on dessert.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Two classic cakes combine to make the ultimate Easter dessert. "This was a gorgeous cheesecake with a delightful addition of carrot cake crust," says reviewer Jennifer Johnson McGowan.

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Aunt Connie's Coconut Cake

A rectangular tray holding mini bundt cakes topped with white frosting and shredded coconut
Deb C

Reviewer Stephanie describes this cake as, "Not overly sweet and a wonderful coconut flavor throughout. The cake batter itself was addicting! It made a perfect Easter cake which I brought to my family gathering and everyone loved it."

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Mom's Apricot Nectar Cake

bundt cake with glaze

This apricot nectar-infused cake is drizzled in a lemon glaze for a fruity dessert that's ideal for Easter.

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Easter Bird Nest Cupcakes

Easter Bird Nest Cupcakes

Chocolate buttercream and sprinkles make the "nest" in these cupcakes, each of which holds three chocolate eggs. "Kids will love to help make these Easter cupcakes," says recipe creator mumofsix.

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Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake

You don't need any fancy molds to make this Easter bunny cake — a round pound cake (either homemade or store bought) is decorated with frosting, candy, and construction paper for ears.

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Malted Milk Instant Pot® Cheesecake

Malted Milk Instant Pot Cheesecake
Kim's Cooking Now

The Instant Pot cuts quite a few dishes out the picture when making this festive cheesecake. "If you like malted milk balls, you will love this cheesecake! Perfect for Easter, when those colorful malted milk eggs are available, or anytime of the year using Whoppers® candies," says recipe creator Kim's Cooking Now. "Cheesecake can be decorated with additional candies, a chocolate drizzle, or however you like."

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Mazurek (Polish Easter Cake)

easter cake with candy and almond topping

"This sweet sheet cake is a must in Poland on Easter," says recipe creator mar_janna. "It looks beautiful with the flower decoration made out of 2 different colored jams and flaked almonds."

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