As Easter is fast approaching you may be looking for some Easter bake inspiration. With the help of a fabulous group of top food bloggers, I can bring you 38 amazing Easter recipes. Here we have everything from traditional Easter bakes like Simnel cake and hot cross buns, through to tips for making your own Easter eggs and ideas for using up any left over Easter chocolate. And if you're catering for those with allergies there is a delicious selection of free-from Easter recipes to whet your appetite, from gluten-free, to lactose-free and even sugar-free!
So with a huge thankyou to my blogging friends for allowing me to share this ultimate collection of Easter bakes with you, lets check them out!
38 Easter Bakes
~ Showstopper Easter Cakes ~
This cake has serious 'wow' factor! It's the perfect Easter showstopper cake if you were hosting a party. Though you could, of course, make it just because..! Jenny not only tells us this cake is perfect for those who love Easter and the chocolate which comes with it, but she also shares a 'how to' video alongside her recipe demonstrating how easy this Easter showstopper cake is to assemble. The difficult part would be ensuring the children (big and small) didn't eat the mini eggs before it was finished!
If rich, dark, chocolate cakes are your passion then Kate's Easter cake recipe, covered in Cadbury mini Eggs, would be the perfect choice for you this year. She tells us that it is most definitely very very
chocolatey courtesy of the dark chocolate and cocoa, and the extra depth of flavour arises from a splash of fresh-brewed coffee.
Whether you describe this inviting, and undoubtedly delicious, Easter bake a cake or cheesecake is up to you given that it contains both! As Helen says, you get the best of both worlds with this Easter themed cake (or is that cheesecake!). An easy chocolate cake is sandwiched together with a creamy vanilla cheesecake mixture, containing chopped creme eggs, and finished with a chocolate ganache glaze and more creme eggs!
How impressive do anti-gravity cakes (or you may know them as illusion cakes) look! This one would be perfect as an Easter party centre piece. Caroline shares with us just how straight forward her anti gravity Easter cake is to make.
~ Simnel Cake Recipes ~
~ Cupcakes Perfect for Easter ~
These Easter & springtime themed cupcakes, complete with a fondant bunny butt, are so much fun! They're surprisingly easy to make and would be the perfect bake for a family party this Easter.
~ Hot Cross Bun Recipes ~
Wholemeal Apple Hot Cross Buns from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All ?
Although fruit is considered a traditional addition to Hot-Cross Buns, Vicki shows us that it's actually not essential. This hot-cross bun recipe includes a little mixed spice and orange zest to bring about much of the usual flavour, but by omitting the dried fruit this recipe is free of added sugar, both refined and fructose. If that wasn't enough, Vicki's recipe is also gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free and low FODMAP too!
~ Homemade Easter Eggs ~
lot of fun, but it's also the perfect way to ensure that you have your preferred chocolate filled with the goodies that you love! (or rather the recipient loves!)
Charlotte provides clear steps of how to temper chocolate allowing you to produce some amazing homemade Easter eggs!
And of course, don't leave out those who have a dairy intolerance or live a vegan lifestyle. Nathalie shows us that it's just as straight forward to make free-from Easter eggs!
If you're conscious about the type and quantity of sugar in your, and your family's, diet then Vicki's easy to make dark chocolate Easter eggs, filled with a strawberry fondant made with cashew nuts, is just what you need. Not only are these chocolate eggs free of refined sugar, having been made with cocao butter and powder, they're also gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soya-free and low in fructose! Vicki shares a video showing just how easy they are to make, so there's no reason why anybody should miss out on the yummy fun associated with the Easter holiday!
~ Ideas For Using Up Left Over Easter Chocolate ~
Claire's Easter fridge cake is the perfect way to use up left over chocolate
this Easter. She tells us that a whopping 30,000 tonnes of chocolate
and sweets are thrown away in the UK every single year, and yet Easter
Eggs, chocolate bars and buttons don't easily spoil and can all be melted down to create a
wonderful Easter tray bake with a handful of ingredients.
Jody shares another great recipe to use up Easter egg chocolate. It uses store cupboard ingredients and is so versatile allowing you to add what ever treats you have to hand.
If you're anything like our family, Nathalie's Chocolate Marshmallow Crispies will bring back so many fond childhood memories. Grandma used to regularly make these for my brother and I. They were so good. I can just imagine the same is true for Nathalie's free-from version, which would be a great recipe for using up Easter chocolate.
I ask you, can the popular Millionaire's Shortbread recipe with its short and crumbly buttery base, thick caramel centre, topped with delicious chocolate be improved upon? Well, clearly, yes. Chonnie has cleverly taken it one step further by scattering it with broken up mini eggs giving it a wonderful pop of colour!
This Easter recipe is seriously wickedly indulgent! A triple chocolate treat of creme egg encased in a chocolate brownie and then rolled in a crumbled flake! Wow!
~ Fun & Easy Easter Bakes ~
I just love the fun and quirkiness of Easter Bunny Butts!
Claire explains that these cute Easter treats are devilishly easy to
make, in fact they'd be a great Easter bake activity for children!
~ Desserts Perfect for Easter ~
Cliona shows us that there's absolutely no reason why those watching their calorie intake can't enjoy an Easter treat. These easy low syn no-bake cheesecakes come in at just 3 sys, on the Slimming World diet, courtesy of the mini eggs decorating each one. Cliona also shares a short video showing just how easy they are to make.
How deliciously inviting do these Easter lava cakes look?! Filled with a mini creme egg, Jody explains that they are incredibly easy to make in an Instant Pot, though of course you could bake them in the oven too.
This Easter bake is a seasonal tweek on the classic and warming bread and butter pudding. If you're looking for a different way to enjoy hot cross buns then this recipe is for you. Rebecca explains that it's simple to prepare and is delicious served either on its own or with cream.
~ Alternative Easter Bakes ~
Sarah shares with us this delicious sounding brioche chinois as an alternative to Hot Cross Buns for those who may not be keen on dried fruit. The recipe sees the buttery brioche dough rolled up with custard and chocolate chips! I can completely understand why she tells us that 'Chinois is terribly addictive'! As a skilled bread maker Sarah reassures us that brioche isn't difficult to make....I for one am certainly going to be trying out her recipe!
What will you be baking for Easter this year?