Spring is here and for many it’s a great excuse to get baking, whether you’re making biscuits, cupcakes or a showstopping Easter cake for the family. For children, it’s a chance to embrace their love of chocolate and decorate everything with colourful eggs and sticky icing galore!
Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite centrepiece Easter cakes that are easy enough for kids to help make and decorate. If you’re after smaller bakes like muffins, fridge cakes and brownies, our Easter kids’ recipes has everything you’re looking for.
1. Easter nest cake
This crowd-pleasing Easter nest cake is decorated with a treasure trove of chocolatey treats and sweets – kids and adults alike will love it. Making the decoration is a fun activity in itself, you’ll be melting together gooey marshmallow with crunchy pretzels, wheat biscuits and cocoa to make the ultimate chocolate ‘nest’.
2. Carrot patch cake
Our carrot patch cake is the perfect companion to these cute bunny cupcakes, and both recipes involve rolling and shaping fondant icing, which is always a fun activity for little hands. Gently flavoured with cinnamon and a light soft cheese frosting, this classic cake has a wonderfully springtime feel.
3. Frosted white chocolate Easter cake
Simple madeira sponge is given a makeover in this frosted white chocolate Easter cake recipe. The method is easy enough for older kids to make themselves, then younger siblings can decorate the top with their favourite chocolate eggs.
4. Chocolate tiffin Easter nest
Frances Quinn’s chocolate tiffin Easter nest is a fridge cake that signals a very special occasion indeed. To make it really colourful you can use a mixture of large and small foil-wrapped treats together with plenty of sugar-coated chocolate eggs – but really, anything goes when decorating this one, which is why it’s such a good project for children.
5. Easter chocolate truffle cake
If your family tradition is to make a simnel cake at Easter, this version is a bit more child-friendly. Rolling the truffles is a fun and messy task that you can easily delegate to little helpers – try our Easter chocolate truffle cake.
6. Lemon & orange cake
Calling all gluten-free kids, this Easter project is for you! A wonderfully light and flavoursome sponge is made with the addition of mashed potato in our lemon & orange cake recipe. The finishing touch comes from a generous covering of zesty icing and, of course, a handful of mini chocolate eggs.
7. Sticky chocolate cake
If you can’t get to the shops this Easter, try making this sticky chocolate cake with the kids. This six-ingredient recipe tastes absolutely delicious with just a few storecupboard essentials – the secret here is marmalade, or jam, which helps to keep the cake moist and fruity.
8. Mini egg cake
Families of all shapes and sizes will enjoy this mini egg cake, which is flavoured with fresh oranges and baked in a pretty bundt tin. It takes a little more preparation than some of the others, so you’ll need the assistance of your finest mini sous chef – although younger ones will enjoy the task of sorting the eggs into different colours.