Monday, 27 March 2017

38 Easter Bakes, The Ultimate Collection!

The ultimate collection of 38 Easter bakes, from traditional Easter treats like hot cross buns, and Simnel cake through to fun Easter themed cupcakes and plenty of ways to use up left over Easter chocolate.

38 Easter Bakes, containing traditional Simnel cake & hot cross buns, through to fun Easter themed cupcakes, free-from Easter recipes and ideas to use up left over Easter chocolate

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  ~ 



A Showstopping Easter cake, Malteser MaltEaster Bunny & Mini Egg Chocolate Cake

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!

A showstopping Easter Cake, Rich Mocha Easter Cake (gluten free) A showstopping Easter Cake, Rich Mocha Easter Cake (gluten free)

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.

A Showstopping Easter Cake, Cream Egg Cheesecake Cake A Showstopping Easter Cake, Cream Egg Cheesecake Cake

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! 


A Showstopping Easter Cake, Chocolate Truffle Cake

This wonderful looking chocolate cake looks even more exciting once sliced into with effective layers of white and dark chocolate ganache.  Although Jacqueline openly admits that this Easter cake is a little more involved having a few stages to the recipe, don't let that put you off trying it as she helpfully shares some useful hints and tips to enable you to recreate her wonderful Chocolate Truffle Cake this Easter.      

A Showstopping Easter Cake, Floating Anti-Gravity Mini Egg White Chocolate & Lemon Cake

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  ~



Simnel Cake, A traditional Easter bake

Simnel cake is such a classic Easter recipe, jam packed with fruit and marzipan.   Jacqueline not only shares her Simnel cake recipe, which she has made for many a year for very good reason, but also shares the history behind this Easter bake. 



Gluten Free Simnel Cake

There's no reason why those following a free-from diet should miss out on all of the delicious Easter treats!  Rebecca shares with us a wonderful gluten free Simnel Cake recipe, complete with marzipan decoration and a hidden marzipan layer in the fruit packed cake.

~  Cupcakes Perfect for Easter  ~



Fun Easter Cupcakes, Mini Simnel Cakes (Gluten Free)

These little cupcakes contain all of the flavours of a traditional Simnel cake, with fruit, spice and marzipan, but are presented as fun mini cakes.   Eb's Easter cupcakes are not only gluten free, but also have a rather delicious surprise in their centre!  

Fun Easter Cupcakes, Simnel Cupcakes

Or why not include even more marzipan in your Simnel cupcakes by incorporating it inside and ontop of the cake!  Extra marzipan surely equals deliciousness!  This Simnel recipe includes lemon yogurt, along with lemon zest, to bring extra moistness and a lightness of flavour to this classic Easter bake.  

Easter themed cupcakes, Chocolate & Banana Creme Egg Surprise Muffins

Corina's chocolate & banana muffins, containing a hidden mini creme egg, show that Easter treats needn't be sugar overload.  And yet this less unhealthy choice doesn't dilute any of the fun.  Imagine the children's delight when they bite down on what seemingly looks to be a regular chocolate banana muffin to discover the creme egg treat!  This recipe is surely a winner for both parents and children.       

Extremely Chocolatey Easter Cupcakes

These Easter cupcakes look very pretty and inviting, and are undoubtedly very chocolatey.  Having been made with an easy all in one chocolate sponge, chocolate butter cream, crumbled flake and Cadbury mini eggs, they're not a double chocolate, nor a triple chocolate bake, but rather a quadruple Easter chocolate treat!  Well, it is Easter!   

Easter Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream

There are so many ways to make Easter themed cupcakes, and these lovely cupcakes simply decorated with some easy vanilla butter cream frosting,  a few Cadbury mini eggs and a shaving of dark chocolate is possibly one of the easiest and yet equally as effective - especially when they're presented in a pretty wrapper.    

🐤  Easter Nest Cupcakes from Charlotte at Charlotte's Lively Kitchen  🐤

Easter Nest Cupcakes

With the help of a video and her 3 year old son, Charlotte shares how make these easy Easter cupcakes.  They definitely looked to have had a whole heap of fun in making these pretty cupcakes - surely the first rule of baking!   

Bunny Butt Cupcakes

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  ~



 Choc-Cross Buns (gluten-free)

Easter is all about chocolate, right?  So why not include some in a homemade hot cross bun?   This delicious looking bake is actually gluten free, though looking at those fabulous buns you really wouldn't know.   Kate tells us that they come extremely close to the gluten based versions, both in texture and flavour, and goes on to say that they're incredibly moreish eaten fresh hot & steamy straight from the oven!

 🐇  Wholemeal Apple Hot Cross Buns from Camilla at Fab Food 4 All  🐇

Wholemeal Apple Hot Cross Buns

Just check out the glaze on these beauties!  They sound absolutely delicious having been made with wholemeal flour, a much healthier alternative than white, and I can only imagine how light they must be having had two prooves! 

🐤  Free-From Hot Cross Buns from Vicki at free-From Fairy  🐤

Free-From Hot Cross Buns

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!           

🐇  Healthy Hot Cross Buns from Sarah at Tales From The Kitchen Shed  🐇

Healthy Hot Cross Buns

Easter just wouldn't be complete without a hot cross bun.  Sarah, renowned for her bread baking skills in the blogging community, has devised this healthy hot cross bun recipe which sees the dough enriched with buttermilk and naturally sweetened with fruit and agave syrup, though she explains that you could use honey or maple syrup instead.

🐤  Apple, Date and Walnut Hot Cross Buns (free-from) from Midge at The Peachicks Bakery  🐤

Apple, Date and Walnut Hot Cross Buns (free-from)

This free-from hot cross bun recipe is not only suitable for those with allergies, being gluten-free, egg-free, lactose-free and citrus-free but also rings the changes as far as the flavour combination is concerned.  Midge has used a delicious combination of apple, date, walnuts and a little cinnamon to create a bake which I'm sure tastes amazing.

🐇  Mini Orange & Cranberry Hot Cross Buns from Solange at Pebble Soup  🐇

Mini Orange & Cranberry Hot Cross Buns

To me the combination of orange & cranberries, with a little mixed spice, in a hot cross bun sounds heavenly.  Here Solange tries out an Easter recipe from BakingMad.  


~  Homemade Easter Eggs  ~



How to make Easter Eggs, including tips to temper chocolate

Why not consider making your own Easter Eggs this year.  Not only would it be a 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!    

Dairy Free Easter Egg

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!

Darkest, Healthy Homemade Chocolate

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  ~ 



Ideas to use up left over chocolate, Easter Fridge Cake - White Chocolate Bark & Malt Easter Tray Bake

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.

Ideas to use up left over chocolate, No Bake Easter Slice

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. 

Ideas to use up left over Easter chocolate, Chocolate Marshmallow Crispie Squares

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.

Mini Egg Millionaire's Shortbread perfect for using up left over 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!

Creme Egg Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate brownie with creme eggs anybody?  This Easter brownie recipe sounds absolutely heavenly.  As Camilla says, the cream egg and extra milk chocolate chunks bring a touch of awesomeness to this popular chocolate treat.

 Scotch Brownie Creme Egg

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  ~  


Fun Easter Bakes, Tunnock's Teacake Easter Bunny Bums

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!

Fun Easter Bakes, Bunny Butt Cake Pops

Bunny Butts certainly seem to be the hottest (though not literally!) treat this Easter.  There's no denying that they're a lot of fun and incredibly effective too.  These cake pop bunny butts are the perfect way to use up left over cake crumbs after carving a cake.  Though of course there's nothing stopping you making a few cupcakes especially for this fun Easter treat!  




Fun Easter Bakes, No Bake Butterscotch & Peanut Butter Bird's Nest Cookie

We've all made Easter nests either with children or as a child ourselves invariably with cornflakes or some other breakfast cereal.  But have you ever thought of making those rustic chocolate nests with chow mein noodles?  Check out Sam's Easter nest recipe for this seriously easy and fun take on a traditional Easter treat.



Fun Easter Bakes, Quick Chocolate Cream Filled Nests

This quick and easy Easter recipe, a gluten free twist on traditional Easter nests, is so easy that they were made by Rebecca's son.  Clearly a fun and undoubtedly yummy activity for children (and adults!)





~  Desserts Perfect for Easter  ~ 



Easter dessert ideas, MaltEaster Bunny & Mini Egg White Chocolate Cheesecake

Jenny's Easter inspired no-bake cheesecake would make the perfect Easter holiday dessert.  Not only does it look amazing with the pretty pastel coloured mini eggs and mini chocolate rabbits, but it's also incredibly easy to make.  Being a cheesecake fan I can imagine that it tastes amazing too with its white chocolate cheesecake mixture containing even more mini eggs!  Well, it is for Easter!

Easter dessert ideas, Low Syn Easter Cheesecake

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.

Easter dessert ideas, Instant Pot Creme Egg Lava Cakes

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. 

Easter dessert ideas, Slow Cooker Hot Cross Bun & Butter Pudding

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  ~ 



Alternative Easter Bakes, Brioche Chinois aux Pepites de Chocolat

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?




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38 Easter Bakes, containing traditional Simnel cake & hot cross buns, through to fun Easter themed cupcakes, free-from Easter recipes and ideas to use up left over Easter chocolate

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  1. oh wow! There are some seriously amazing bakes here, and I want them ALL!

    Thank you for including mine :)

  2. Oh my goodness, what a mouth watering selection of Easter recipes, I'd like to try them all! Pinning to my Easter board. Thanks for including 2 or my recipes:-)

    1. Aren't they just Camilla, I have a few pencilled in to try this year too! You're welcome and thankyou for pinning too
      Angela x

  3. Fantastic collection Angela! Thanks so much for including my muffins and there are a few other recipes I've seen that I really want to look at x

    1. Thankyou Corina and you're more than welcome, I think it's a great idea to have a regular muffin with a treat in its centre. I know just what you mean, my bake list for Easter has certainly expanded having checked out all of these scrummy ideas!
      Angela x

  4. Goodness,wish I hadn't read this empty stomach....I'm going to have to go on.a supermarket dash round my kitchen now to appease the rummbly tummy! Awesome round up Angela, thank you s much for featuring Glutarama xxx

    1. I know just what you mean Rebecca, it's dangerous to look at yummy treats when your tummy is rumbling! You're welcome, your Simnel cake looked amazing!
      Angela x

  5. So many things I want to eat! Thanks for including mine x

    1. You and me both Louise! I loved your little bunny butt cake pops - they're so much fun!
      Angela x

  6. AMAZING selection of Easter treats. Looks like a one-stop-shop to Easter perfection! Well done.... this is fab..... There has to be something for everyone here!
    Thanks too for including my Mocha Cake and Choc X Buns xx

    1. Aw thankyou Kate, but I have to say it's you guys with the amazing ideas which give it such breadth and make it, as you say, 'a one-stop-shop'! I was amazed just how many hot-cross buns there are - and they were all different!
      Angela x

  7. Wow there are some wonderfully creative recipes here. Thank you Angela for including my chocolate truffle and simnel cake amongst them. Im shall be pinning this so I can easily find it again as there are several recipes I would love to try.

    1. Aren't there just Jacqueline, I have my eye on a few of them to try myself! You're welcome, I love them both :-)
      Angela x

  8. What a fabulous collection of Easter treats! Something for everyone, including people with allergies. I can't even decide which is my favourite:)

    1. You're right monika, there's no reason why anybody should miss out on enjoying the foods associated with Easter. I'm always so impressed with the range of recipes suitable for those with allergies, they're very creative.
      Angela x

  9. Oh my, this is quite a collection. So many fab ideas. Please may I have one of each? :-D Thanks for including my mini simnel cakes. :-) Eb x

    1. Hahaha, you'd have to pace yourself ;-) You're welcome Eb, they're perfect for if you don't fancy making a large cake.
      Angela x

  10. I kept deciding on the one I really wanted to make until I came to the next idea - I love all the hot cross buns - can't wait to bake some - and I was amused by the tunnocks tea cake bunny tails and swooning over the millionaire's shortbread - so much good stuff

    1. I know, they're all so very tempting aren't they! I was impressed that there were so many different takes on the humble hot-cross bun! Ooh yes, those tunnocks teacake bunny tails are fab aren't they, so much fun and I imagine very easy to make too!
      Angela x

  11. Oh wow what a delicious round up of recipes. I love Easter bakes and cannot wait to make a simnel cake. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

    1. I know just what you mean Kirsty. I'm looking to diving head long into our Simnel Cake too - for no reason other than the fact that I just love marzipan!!
      You're welcome Kisty, it's a great linky, thankyou for hosting,
      Angela x

  12. Oh my Angela, what a delicious collection of recipes, my mouth is watering. Thanks for including my hot cross buns and brioche, looking forward to having a read of some recipes from your collection xx

    1. There are some amazing recipes and ideas aren't there - all courtesy of you guys! You're welcome, and I have to say I can't wait to try out your brioche recipe - it sounds amazing!
      Angela x


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