It’s hard to think of a day that’s more focused on sweet delights than Easter Sunday. But it doesn’t have to be all about eggs or even chocolate, with a huge number of Easter-themed cakes now on offer.
To save you disappointment of winding up with something less than delicious, we’ve done some serious cake eating to bring you the best of them.
Ranging from traditional offerings, such as Melrose & Morgan’s Simnel Cake, to cakes that are just really good fun, such as Tesco’s 3D Chick Cake, there’s something for everyone.
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10 best Easter cakes
10 best Easter cakes
1/10 Marks & Spencer Easter Bunny Carrot Cake
The detail in the decoration of a chocolate burrowing bunny and carrot, complete with brown soil will delight kids. The cake itself is moist and flavoursome and covered in a delicious cream cheese frosting and wrapped in great quality white chocolate. £12, marksandspencer.com (in store only)
2/10 Sainsbury’s Bunny Cupcake
Sainsbury’s instore bakeries have it nailed when it comes to individual cakes and biscuits for Easter this year and they’re all reasonably priced and really tasty. Fill a box of a variety of treats, we like these sweet bunny cupcakes. £1.35, sainsburys.co.uk (in store only)
3/10 Betty’s Apostle Simnel Cake
Simnel cake is an Easter classic. If you’re not baking your own this year, this one comes extremely highly recommended. The light, spiced, sweet and moist fruit cake is decorated with lovely thick marzipan and it looks striking too. £25, bettys.co.uk
4/10 Hummingbird Bakery Easter Red Velvet Cake
For a decadent Easter treat, Hummingbird has created a seasonal version of their signature red velvet sponge. Vanilla cake, with a hint of cocoa, coloured and topped with a cream cheese frosting then decorated with chocolate eggs, an edible bunny and a piped Happy Easter message. From £31.95, hummingbirdbakery.com
5/10 Tesco 3D Chick Cake
Kids will love this fun Easter themed cake. Made from three layers of Madeira sponge sandwiched with buttercream and jam, it’s coated in a yellow icing to look like a 3D chick. It claims to provide 18 servings, but that’s only if you cut them small. £6, tesco.com
6/10 Waitrose Simnel Cupcake
If you want a smaller bite of the Easter staple, these spiced, fruity cupcakes, topped with hand-piped orange flavoured buttercream frosting, a thin disk of marzipan and a mini egg, are an April treat. £1.20, waitrose.com
7/10 Marks & Spencer Chocolate Nest Cake
As if you won’t have enough chocolate this Easter, M&S has come up with this rich, moist chocolate sponge cake that’s filled and covered with smooth chocolate buttercream and finished with an egg filled nest. It’s a real winner in both the looks and taste department for kids and adults. £10 marksandspencer.com
8/10 Carluccio’s Colomba Cake
In Italy, the Colomba cake is central to Easter celebrations. Shaped like a dove (its meaning in Italian), it’s is made with candied fruit with hazelnut icing, sprinkled with almonds and sugar. £13.95, carluccios.com
9/10 Melrose & Morgan Simnel Cake
A light, moist simnel cake packed with apple soaked currents, sultanas and mixed peel, along with plenty of citrus and a mild spicing. It uses organic flour from Shipton Mill, while the marzipan, which is home made, is wonderfully soft and full flavoured. From £12.50, selfridges.com
10/10 Vorrei Colomba Cake
If you’re after a luxury yummy gift that isn’t an egg, this beautifully presented Colomba cake is handmade with top-notch ingredients. In terms of consistency, it isn’t a million miles away from panettone, with candied orange and raisins inside and a crunchy almond topping. £19.50, vorrei.co.uk
Mention the words “Easter” and “cakes” and most people think of Simnel cake. If you want to keep up the custom, Betty’s is well spiced and beautifully finished with soft sweet marzipan. For something less conventional, Hummingbird Bakery’s Easter Red Velvet cake is ridiculously good. After something cheaper? Marks & Spencer’s Chocolate Nest Cake is both enchanting to look at and scrumptious to eat.