Easter baking ideas

27 March 2017 ( 11 April 2019 )

Whether you’re entertaining the grandchildren or fancy whipping up some sweet treats for yourself, Easter is a great time to get baking. Try our suggestions for perfect Easter cakes, biscuits and buns.

Easter cakes

Almond, apricot and Amaretto cake

Diana Henry’s luxurious and impressive cake makes a perfect alternative to Simnel cake. It has a rich batter flavoured with marzipan, Amaretto and vanilla that’s sure to go down a treat with guests this Easter.

Recipe: almond, apricot and Amaretto cake

Speckled egg Easter cake

Speckled mini egg cake

This show-stopping recipe from Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite looks divine and the speckled effect is actually not hard to do – just flick a (clean!) toothbrush dipped in a mixture of cocoa powder and vanilla extract. It’s the perfect Easter cake for children.

Recipe: speckled mini egg cake

Mango and passion fruit cake

Mango and passion fruit cake

Sweet a fruity but with no refined sugar, this gorgeous passion fruit cake uses the natural sweetness of mango puree and maple syrup. It’s topped with fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of passion fruit.

Recipe: mango and passion fruit cake

Classic lemon drizzle cake

Easy lemon drizzle loaf

If the above cakes just seem like too much hard work, or you fancy something a bit lighter and less sickly, you could do a lot worse than baking a traditional lemon drizzle loaf. It’s easy to throw together (especially if you have a mixer) and is popular with almost everyone.

Recipe: lemon drizzle loaf

Simnel cake

Simnel cake

A traditional fruit cake with a topping of 11 marzipan balls to represent the 12 apostles, minus Judas.

Recipe: Simnel cake

Mary Berry's orange drizzle cake

Orange drizzle cake

A gorgeously sweet and zingy cake recipe from Mary Berry that's ideal for an Easter afternoon tea.

Recipe: orange drizzle cake

Citrus and ricotta cake

Citrus and ricotta cake

A beautiful Sicilian spring cake flavoured with orange, lemon and almonds.

Recipe: citrus and ricotta cake

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Easter biscuits and buns

Simnel swirl buns

Simnel swirl Easter buns

These lovely little sticky buns are a cross between hot cross buns and traditional Simnel cake, making them a must-bake this Easter. A little more luxurious than a hot cross bun, these spiced buns combine dried fruit with marzipan and chopped almonds.

Recipe: Simnel swirl Easter buns

Easter biscuits

Easter biscuits

Decorate your own Easter biscuits with colourful icing and sprinkles. Use this basic buttery biscuit recipe with a cookie cutter of your choice, such as Easter bunnies, chicks, eggs and flowers, and give the grandchildren – or yourself – the chance to be creative.

Recipe: easy biscuit recipe

Almond and fennel seed biscotti

Almond and fennel seed biscotti

If colourful bunnies and chicks aren’t your idea of appetising then why not try this grown-up Easter bake? Diana Henry’s gorgeous almond and fennel seed biscotti are perfect with a refreshing cup of tea and they can keep for up to two weeks.

Recipe: almond and fennel seed biscotti

Recycled biscuit cake

Leftover biscuit cake

A simple no-bake ‘cake’ made from leftover biscuits crumbled into melted chocolate. In the unlikely event that you end up with too many Easter eggs it’s also a great way to use up leftover chocolate – just combine the ingredients in a pan, turn out and leave to cool until solid. Easy peasy!

Recipe: leftover biscuit cake

Lemon and cinnamon buns

Cinnamon lemon buns

For a lighter version of the Simnel swirl buns above try these soft and sweet cinnamon and lemon buns.

Recipe: cinnamon lemon buns

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