Easter is just around the corner, meaning you can legitimately faff around in the kitchen trying to create fondant-shaped bunnies and cute chick motifs without anyone mocking you (too much). Traditionally, Easter baking is for kids but adults can have fun too and the internet is brimming with incredible spring-themed creations that are as beautiful as they are technically challenging. From exquisitely-painted egg shells filled with cake to adorable creme puffs bunnies and even a doughnut filled with gloopy egg fondant, here are our top ten most eye-popping Easter cakes of Pinterest - with recipes, so you can try each one at home:
The sparkling carrot cupcakes
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You can have your carrot and eat it thanks to these cute and quirky cupcakes, which are baked inside ice-cream cones to get their distinctive shape. Chocolate cake batter is used for the filling, with orange sprinkles for a touch of sparkle and edible grass as the final flourish.
The egg shell cake bakes
Incredibly dainty and fragile, these cake bakes cooked inside an egg shell require cooks with a strong, steady hand. But the picturesque result is definitely worth it for the wow factor. The eggs are first de-yolked and painted however you wish, before a small amount of cake mix is fed into the shell via a pipette.
The surprise inside bunny cake
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Amanda Rettke (aka iambaker.net) is the lady behind this clever "surprise inside" cake, with icing ears and a bunny face that only reveals itself once you dig in. We imagine that getting the eyes and mouth in exactly the right place takes a certain amount of skill - you can find out how to do it yourself in Rettke's new book.
The Boston creme egg doughnut
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A round doughnut filled with white and yellow fondant and laced over with chocolate? Count us in. We can't imagine the Boston creme egg cake is good for the waistline but it sure does make for one of the most good-looking and tasty creations around.
The spring pastel confetti cake
All the colours of spring are brought to life in this fabulous pastel-shade rainbow cake with jumbo confetti sprinkles. If you want to kill the competition when it comes to a show-stopping Easter centrepiece, this is the recipe for you.
The chocolate macaron simnel cake
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A Simnel cake with a sophisticated twist, this deliciously naughty chocolate cake uses macarons in the place of traditional marzipan balls, to represent the twelve apostles. With sour cherries chocolate ganache for extra moistness and chocolate buttercream icing, it would be good enough as is - but the chocolate ganache macarons add an extra dash of decadence.
The Easter cake pops
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Fun and irresistible to look at, Easter cake pops are brilliant for decoration - and you can spend many happy minutes garnishing them with anything from jelly beans to chocolate buttons, rainbow sprinkles, star-shaped sweets and more. Plus the possibilities for garnish-coloured icing is endless. Let the happy times commence!
The Easter bunny with fondant ears and feet
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Granted, a full-sized fondant bunny is not for the fainthearted cook but if you can be bothered to invest a good, long afternoon in creating it, it is a wonderfully kitsch way of celebrating Easter. Brushes and dyes will definitely be your friend in this, as will oval fondant cutters. The best bit? You can include whatever tableau you like to go with it.
The Easter chick macarons
Sweet on all fronts, these Easter chick macarons are guaranteed to delight. Grab yourself an armful of lemon curd and yellow food colouring and get set to spread the joy with these bold and bright treats.
We've ticked off our top ten Easter cakes but we couldn't resist adding in these two at the end. Firstly, this super-easy Easter basket cake, made with mini eggs and a circle of Kit Kats (click here for a recipe). Far simpler than any of the recipes above (you can even use a shop-brought cake as the base), it still looks great. The burrowing bunny is an extra, but could easy be fashioned from a combination of marshmallows and strategically-placed Smarties.
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... And secondly, these aren't strictly cakes but they're beautiful all the same. And healthy. For a low-carb take on the Easter egg, these rainbow-coloured jelly eggs are simple to make and completely delicious. Grab yourself some jelly mix and an egg-shaped mould and you're good to go.