Easter Cake Recipe

Easter Cake Recipe

Easter is a month away! I love all of the pretty spring colors and gorgeous desserts to go along with the season. It has been a while since I’ve decorated a cake, so I decided to make an Easter cake. I think the last cake I made was for my sister’s wedding and making that cake (as well as the various practice versions) was enough to last me a while. I decorated this spring layer cake with rustic ruffles like I did when I made the wedding cake. They are super easy to make in this light, airy vanilla bean frosting!

I wanted to include a lot of pictures in this blog post to show more of the steps, so I am trying something new with these slideshows. To see the images, you can let the slideshow move from image to image, you can click the arrows on the left and right or you can click on the little circles on the bottom left side of the images.

To make this Easter cake recipe, start by preheating the oven to 325 degrees. Next, prepare three 9-inch cake pans. Generously grease the pans with shortening. A quick kitchen tip for greasing pans: put your hand in a plastic sandwich bag, use your plastic covered fingers to grease the pan, turn the bag inside out as you pull it off your hand and toss it in the garbage.

Then, sprinkle some flour in the cake pan. Tip the pan and turn it in circles, gently tapping the pan as needed to completely flour the pan bottom and sides. Turn the pan upside down, over the sink to remove any excess flour.

Finally, trace the bottom of the pans on parchment paper and cut out parchment circles to line the bottom of each pan.

Rainbow Cake Batter

Put two white cake mixes (I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic White Cake Mix), vanilla yogurt, water, egg whites and oil in large mixer bowl. Mix for about 30 seconds until moistened. Then, beat for 2 minutes. The batter will be thick. Measure three cups of batter into three separate bowls (3 cups of batter in each bowl). Tint the batter with your desired colors. I used Wilton Icing Gel in lemon yellow, teal and pink.

Spread the batter into the prepared pans and firmly tap the pans on the counter a couple of times. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans and peel off the parchment circles. Cool the cakes completely on a wire rack.

Once the cakes the cooled, level the cakes by using a serrated knife to cut off the rounded tops. Set the cake tops aside for later.

When ready to frost the cakes, prepare the fluffy vanilla bean frosting. Use a mixer to beat a package of softened cream cheese. Mix in the powdered sugar. Beat in the marshmallow cream and vanilla bean paste until smooth. Gently stir in the thawed whipped topping by hand.

Place the first cake layer on a cardboard cake round on a rotating cake stand or place it directly on your cake platter. Spread one cup of the frosting on the first layer and repeat with the two remaining layers.

Frosting Ruffles

Use the remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake. Then, use an offset spatula to make rustic ruffles around the sides and the top. Hold the tip of the offset spatula in the frosting and turn the cake platter until you get back to where you started. Continue making ruffles, moving up the cake after each ruffle. To make ruffles on the top of the cake, hold the tip of the spatula at an angle in the center of the cake, turn the cake platter while slowly moving the spatula to make bigger and bigger spirals.

Cake Crumbs

I looked through my supply of sprinkles and I didn’t have any that matched the cake. So, I checked my local grocery store, but they didn’t have the right colors either. One of the joys of living in a small town! So, I improvised and used cake crumbs instead. I still had the cake tops that I had cut off when leveling the cakes. Set the cake top on a piece of waxed paper and use a serrated knife to gently scrape crumbs off the cake onto the waxed paper. Repeat this with each of the cake tops.

Easter Cake

Sprinkle the cake crumbs on the top of the cake.

Spring Cake Recipe

Store the cake in the fridge until ready to serve.

Layered Easter Cake

This Easter cake recipe was easy to make, pretty to look at and fun to eat. It could also be served at a spring party or a girl’s birthday party. The light, airy frosting and the moist cake layers were fantastic!

Easter Cake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 cake
Ingredients
  • 2 white cake mixes (I used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Classic White Cake Mix)
  • 1½ cups vanilla yogurt (I used Dannon Light 'n Fit Vanilla)
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 egg whites
  • ½ cup oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Generously grease and flour three 9 inch cake pans. Line them with parchment circles.
  3. Mix together cake mixes, vanilla yogurt, water, egg whites and oil for about 30 seconds, until moistened.
  4. Beat for two minutes. Batter will be thick.
  5. Put three cups of batter in three separate bowls (3 cups of batter in each bowl).
  6. Tint the batter the colors you want.
  7. Spread the batter into the prepared pans and firmly tap the pans on the counter a couple of times.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 30 minutes on a wire rack.
  10. Carefully remove the cakes from the pans, peel off the parchment circles and cool completely on wire racks.
Assembly:
  1. First prepare the Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting below.
  2. Once the cakes the cooled, level the cakes by using a serrated knife to cut off the rounded tops. Set the cake tops aside for later.
  3. Place the first cake layer on a cardboard cake round on a rotating cake stand or place it directly on your cake platter. Spread one cup of the frosting on the first layer and repeat with the two remaining layers.
  4. Use the remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake.
  5. Then, use an offset spatula to make rustic ruffles around the sides and the top.
  6. Sprinkle with top of the cake with cake crumbs from the leftover cake tops.
  7. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¾ cup marshmallow cream
  • 3 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 16 oz container whipped topping, thawed (this is the large container)
Instructions
  1. Use a mixer to beat a package of softened cream cheese.
  2. Mix in the powdered sugar.
  3. Beat in the marshmallow cream and vanilla bean paste until smooth.
  4. Gently stir in the thawed whipped topping by hand.

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Comments

  1. Megan says

    We made this cake for our Easter Life Group get together and it was a huge hit. The frosting is by far one of my favorites I have ever made. Do you think you could make it and pipe it onto cupcakes?

  2. Amy says

    My husband and I made this cake for the first Easter dinner we hosted, and it was a HUGE HIT. Everyone loved it, kids and adults both. I love the cool temp of the cake and the refreshing cream-cheese-cool whip frosting. This is definitely a new Easter tradition for us!

  3. Jeanne says

    I baked the cake today. Can I frost it and put it in the refrigerator overnight to serve tomorrow or do I have to wait til tomorrow to do the frosting? Thanks, Jeanne

    • says

      I’ve never tried baking with the liquid eggs whites, so I’m not sure what the results would be or how much you would need. From what I could see online, some of them are okay to use but others have flavoring like onion and pepper in them. Best of luck! ~Tonia

  4. says

    This Cake is so cute! And the colors! They’re just lovely! I’ll definitely bake this for the Easter Egg hunt i’m setting up this coming Sunday! Thanks Tonia!

  5. Angela says

    Use Wilton cake release instead of greasing and flouring. When I use the cake release I never have to waste time cutting parchment paper. Wilton also has these awesome wraps for around the cake pan that you soak in water. Once soaked you wrap them around the cake pan and then bake. This keeps the cakes perfectly level. The sprinkles on top do not have to match perfectly…pastel Easter colors are perfect. So I did not slice off my cake as they were perfectly level and just used fun pastel sprinkles.

  6. Amanda says

    This is such a beautiful cake, I was wondering since the icing calls for the whipped topping (cool whip, correct?) Do you have to keep the cake refrigerated?

  7. Laurie says

    That is so pretty. I’m going to an Easter party next weekend and my friend sent me this link because I’m making the cake. I’m doing a bunny butt cake and I was wondering if you think the colors would run into each other as they bake. I have to bake the cake in a bowl for the round shape.

  8. Lori says

    Made this cake for Easter lunch – what a great success! Used Wilton’s gel colours and it was fantastic – no impact on taste but the colours were incredible! Also, made four layers by using only two cups of batter for each layer. Decreased baking time to roughly 17 minutes and it worked like a charm. Could not be happier with this recipe! Thanks Tonia for sharing!

  9. Andrea says

    This cake will be served Easter Sunday. I can’t wait to cut this present and share it with family.
    It was fun making it. Not difficult. The icing is great and I also used left over cake tops to make the “sprinkles” with.
    Great and fun recipe.

  10. Laura Kennedy says

    Beautiful cake – The kids are making it today. I am sure that it won’t turn out as pretty as yours but we wil have fun making it!

  11. Sharon says

    Being from a small town as well, I have no idea what or where to get vanilla bean paste! Is there anything than can be sustituted?

  12. says

    This cake is so pretty! I love the burst of colour when you cut into it. Not sure mine is going to end up as elegant as this but I can’t resist having a go. Thanks for sharing, Jade.

  13. Anita says

    Tonia, that cake is beautiful! It kind of remind me a bit of Dr. Seuss. The cake sprinkles were an awesome idea. They look great!

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