Spring is here, and for many, it’s a great excuse to get baking, whether that's 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.


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’ll need. Now discover our best Easter egg hunt ideas and how to host an Easter afternoon tea for kids.

Top 10 Easter cakes for kids

1. Easter nest cake

Chocolate cake with a slice cut out topped with Easter eggs

This crowd-pleasing Easter nest cake is decorated with a treasure trove of chocolate treats and sweets – kids and adults alike will love it. Making the decoration is a fun activity in itself: you'll be melting gooey marshmallow and mixing it with crunchy pretzels, wheat biscuits and cocoa to make the ultimate chocolate ‘nest’.

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2. Carrot patch cake

Carrot cake iced with white icing and fake carrots

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 topped with a light soft cheese frosting, this classic cake has a wonderful springtime feel.

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3. Frosted white chocolate Easter cake

White iced cake topped with mini eggs

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, while younger siblings can decorate the top with their favourite chocolate eggs.

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4. Chocolate tiffin Easter nest

Chocolate fridge cake topped with Easter eggs and surrounded by pretzels

Frances Quinn’s chocolate tiffin Easter nest is a fridge cake that signals a very special occasion. To make it really colourful, you can use a mixture of large and small foil-wrapped treats and plenty of sugar-coated chocolate eggs – but really, anything goes, which is why it’s such a good project for children.

5. Easter simnel cake

Easter simnel cake on a glass stand

Easter is a time to eat lots of chocolate and be with friends and family, but it’s also about the story of Jesus’s rebirth. You can use this simnel cake to explain the story of Judas’s betrayal of Jesus – the 11 marzipan balls represent Jesus’s remaining faithful disciples.

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6. Easter chocolate truffle cake

Chocolate cake with a slice cut out and truffles on top

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.

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7. Lemon & orange cake

Lemon and orange cake iced with mini eggs on top

If you need a gluten-free bake, this Easter project is for you! This wonderfully light and flavoursome lemon & orange cake recipe is made with mashed potato. The finishing touch comes from a generous drizzle of zesty icing and, of course, a handful of mini chocolate eggs.

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8. Sticky chocolate cake

Chocolate cake topped with caramel, cut into slices

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 and requires just a few storecupboard essentials – the secret is marmalade or jam, which helps keep the cake moist and fruity.

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9. Mini egg cake

White iced cake with mini eggs on top

Families of all shapes and sizes will enjoy this mini egg cake, which is flavoured with fresh oranges and baked in a bundt tin. It requires a little more preparation than some of the other bakes, so you’ll need the assistance of your finest mini sous chef – although younger kids will enjoy the task of sorting the eggs into different colours.

10. Garden carrot cake

Little girl decorating carrot cake

This vibrant Peter Rabbit-inspired carrot cake is the perfect Easter bake to get kids excited about being in the kitchen. The garden theme looks impressive, but is simple to make. You can use a piping bag to create the grass-like texture, or let the kids take the reins and spread the icing over the top with a cutlery knife.


Discover more fun ideas for Easter:

Easter crafts for children
How to decorate an Easter egg
Fun Easter baking recipes for kids
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