Easter baking recipe ideas

Homemade Easter baking with lamb cupcakes

If you’re looking for easy Easter baking recipes, you’ve come to the right place. Now, while I’m no Nigella Lawson (I wish.!), I’m all for unleashing my inner baker, especially when there’s good reason. And what better time is there than Easter for the chance to fill your kitchen with beautiful cooking aromas? Actually, the best bit for me is sampling my baking delights. In fact, I have been known to leave a little for the husband to enjoy from time to time..!

Easter is going to be a little different again, as we won’t be entertaining in our home for the second year running. However, four days off work is the perfect excuse to don an apron and spend some time on Easter baking. You’ll already know how much of a sweet tooth I’ve got… So I’ve gone cakes and sweet treats crazy here! I hope you enjoy trying some of these recipes at home. Do let me know how you get on with them. If you’ve got any tips, I’d love to hear them too. I may even share some on my Instagram feed @styleanddecoruk.

Spring lamb cupcakes

Homemade Easter baking with lamb cupcakes

Now aren’t these just adorable? Whether you’ve got kids or not, these are not only fun to make but they look super cute, too! I have bought or even made buttercream icing which I’ve piped onto mine (see piping above) and I really enjoy making black and white sugar-paste ‘faces’.

However, I recently came across this Spring lamb cupcakes recipe from delicious. magazine – it looks like a great one to try because it’s pretty easy to follow. These little lambs could be the best way to add a little cuteness to your cooking plans for the long weekend and cupcakes are one of my favourite Easter baking ideas. Make sure you buy a 12-hole muffin tin (if you haven’t already got one) and don’t forget your cupcake cases. For those who’d rather cheat when it comes to producing the eyes, you can always pick up readymade edible candy ones. Just don’t forget to buy edible glue to stick them on, too. I’ve just bought a new Dualit electric hand mixer which will come in extremely handy for this sort of cooking. Anyway, I’m planning to follow this recipe at the weekend so watch this space!

My tip: If you’re not a fan of piped icing, why not buy some mini marshmallows as seen in the delicious. recipe? I’m going to try these this weekend.

Carrot cake

Homemade carrot cake for Easter baking

If you’re looking for an utterly delicious Easter bake, carrot cake has got to be it. Between you and I, I can’t get enough of it! I’ll let you into a secret though…I’m really not a fan of sultanas, so I always leave these out when I’m cooking this at home. In fact, I think this recipe is still filled with flavour without them. However, I’d follow these words of advice – when you make your cake, try to grate your carrots finely. This way, they will add texture and help to moisten the cake. As a result, you’ll create a sumptuously soft sponge and don’t forget to make some marzipan carrots for a fun finish. I find Good Housekeeping’s Deluxe carrot cake recipe absolutely delicious for an Easter baking treat – just store it in the fridge and you’ll find it will keep for up to five days (minus the marzipan decorations).

Top tip: If you don’t have the time to make the cute carrots, simply buy them in.

Easter baking with sweet treats

Easter baking biscuits

As you’ve probably already guessed, I’m a big fan of sweet treats. When it comes to macarons, I love them but, I must confess, I’ve never actually tried to make them from scratch. However, I have now conjured up Calissons and they are truly mouth-watering. This traditional treat from Provence is delicious and it tends to feature ground almonds with a layer of icing on top. What I particularly like about this Easter baking delight is that, if you can’t eat them all in one sitting, simply pop them in the freezer.

I find this recipe for Sweet Orange Calissons from Bonne Maman pretty straight-forward. Have a closer look and you’ll also find a handy recipe there on how to make macarons – who knows I may join you on an Easter baking macarons session one day?

My tip: Can’t eat them all at once? Then you can store your homemade Calissons in the freezer for up to one month.

Easter mini cheesecake nests

Easter mini cheesecake nests

I just love mini cheesecake nests, which tend to be very popular across the pond. That’s why I’ve chosen to share a recipe with you from the USA. So, keep in mind that some of the measurements will differ. For example, when a ‘cup’ is mentioned, there is a slight difference. In fact, a US measuring cup tends to be 250mls whereas a UK one is 240mls. So, half cups are 125mls in the UK and 120mls in the USA.

I suggest you try this Fox & Briar recipe , which suggests coconut for the actual nest. However, chocolate shavings are one of my personal preferences. So, you can simply add them with the mini eggs at at the end of the recipe to serve.

My tip: I’ve never found Graham crackers here in the UK. So simply substitute them for digestive biscuits!

Hot cross bun and butter pudding

hot cross bun and butter pudding

Now I do like those recipes with a modern twist on the more traditional fare you expect to find at Easter. So any modification on the typical hot cross bun gets a thumbs up from me! That’s why my Easter baking ideas just had to include this mouthwatering pudding from Dairy Diary. If you’re a vegetarian, this one’s for you. It’s not too hard and taste amazing, so you’ve got no excuse not to try this one at home!

My tip: Add custard when serving for the perfect finishing touch.

Are you vegan and in need of some mouthwatering mains you can try at home? If so, you may like this selection from my favourite meal ideas.

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