Easter Lamb Pound Cake


When I was young, every Easter my grandmother would make this wonderful lamb cake in an old cast iron mold that she'd had since the 1950's. After the cake cooled, it was my duty to decorate the cake. What fun I had creating my masterpiece with frosting, coconut and jelly beans!

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
1 pound cake


  • 1 pound butter, room temperature

  • 3 cups sugar, divided

  • 8 eggs, separated

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • cup bourbon

  • ½ cup chopped pecans

  • 2 cups white frosting

  • sweetened flaked coconut for decorating

  • jelly beans or other small candies, or as desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a lamb-shaped cake mold.

  2. Beat butter and 2 cups sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color. Add the egg yolks one at a time, allowing each egg yolk to blend into the butter mixture before adding the next.

  3. Gradually mix in the flour, alternating with the vanilla, almond extract, and bourbon. Mix until fully incorporated.

  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Gradually add sugar, continuing to beat until medium peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the tip of the peak formed by the egg whites should curl over slightly.

  5. Using a large whisk or rubber spatula, gently fold 1/3 of the egg white mixture into the batter to lighten. Fold in remaining egg whites and blend in chopped pecans. Pour about 1 cup of the batter into the prepared cake mold. Put a toothpick into each ear and nose to help the cake hold together while baking. Pour remaining batter into mold.

  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 1 1/2 hours, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for at least 10 minutes, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  7. When cake is completely cool, transfer it to a serving plate and decorate with white frosting, coconut, and candies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1346 Calories
71g Fat
161g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 1346
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 71g 91%
Saturated Fat 38g 189%
Cholesterol 308mg 103%
Sodium 555mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 161g 59%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 119g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 251mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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