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Easter Cakes Decorating and Ideas

Updated on February 1, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

Whether you do a big Easter celebration or not, Easter cake decorating ideas are fun to look at. There is something about Spring that creates the desire to celebrate with something special.

Easter cakes can take many forms. They can contain any number of symbols including:

  • Cross
  • Flowers
  • Bunnies
  • Lambs
  • Easter Eggs
  • Easter Baskets

There are many more themes that you can create with your Easter cake.

The other thing to consider is size. Tiered cake, layer cake, cupcakes, and petit fours are all possibilities for an Easter cake.

Slideshow of Easter Cakes, Decorating and Ideas

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These cute cupcakes are simple to make with green frosting and icing flowers. image: istock; licensedA round layer cake is easily turned into an Easter bonnet with icing or fondant. image:istock; licensedAnother idea for a layer cake is to make an Easter basket. The basket weave technique for the icing takes practice but isn't difficult. image:istock; licensedAnyone can make a cute 3-D lamb or other figure with specialty pans image:istock; licensedSpecial pans like this one make creating a special Easter cake easy as... well, pie! image:via Amazon
These cute cupcakes are simple to make with green frosting and icing flowers. image: istock; licensed
These cute cupcakes are simple to make with green frosting and icing flowers. image: istock; licensed
A round layer cake is easily turned into an Easter bonnet with icing or fondant. image:istock; licensed
A round layer cake is easily turned into an Easter bonnet with icing or fondant. image:istock; licensed
Another idea for a layer cake is to make an Easter basket. The basket weave technique for the icing takes practice but isn't difficult. image:istock; licensed
Another idea for a layer cake is to make an Easter basket. The basket weave technique for the icing takes practice but isn't difficult. image:istock; licensed
Anyone can make a cute 3-D lamb or other figure with specialty pans image:istock; licensed
Anyone can make a cute 3-D lamb or other figure with specialty pans image:istock; licensed
Special pans like this one make creating a special Easter cake easy as... well, pie! image:via Amazon
Special pans like this one make creating a special Easter cake easy as... well, pie! image:via Amazon

Shaped Cake Pans

You can buy Wilton pans in a variety of shapes that enables even the most novice cake decorator to create a beautiful Easter cake. Some of the pan shapes are retired but you can get them on eBay. Consider some of the following possibilities:

Egg Shaped – These pans come in either individual sizes or one large size. You can bake your cake in these pans and then decorate it with buttercream to look like a large Easter egg. You can also use this pan to make a shaped Easter basket

Checkerboard – Use a checkerboard pan to create a checkered effect with pastel colors like pink, green, yellow, blue, and lavender.

Cross – Use a cross shaped pan and then decorate with lilies or dogwood blossoms.

3-D Bunny or Lamb – This pan makes the figure really stand up rather than laying flat. It isn’t difficult to do at all.

Flowers – This pan makes several individual flower cakes.

Cupcakes are Quick Favorites

Cupcakes are quick favorites. There is just something about the diminutive size of a cupcake that has many people seeking them out. Cupcakes can be decorated easily for Easter with just a swirl of pastel buttercream frosting, sprinkles, or other decorations. You can get cupcake picks and other special items to give them the flair that you are looking for. Cupcake wrappers finish the festive look if they are the right kind.

  • If you are good at icing flowers you can even bake individual sized cakes in small (clean) terra cotta pots. Add some flowers to the top and enjoy your edible garden.
  • You can use marzipan or fondant to create small figures for your cakes if you can’t find what you want. Small fondant bunnies, chicks, and lambs are easy to make.
  • The easiest decorations of all are the small chocolate Easter eggs, Peeps, and other Easter candy that you can put on the top of a simply frosted cupcake.
  • You can add cut flowers like sweetheart roses to the tops of cupcakes or bigger fresh flowers to cakes.

Serving Your Special Cake

Use a cupcake display rack, a cake plate or something else but remember that people need food to be beautiful as well as delicious. Spend a few minutes and find just the right cake place to show your cake off to its best.

If you have vintage serving dishes and/or tea cups this is a great time to use them. Remember that everything works together to make your holiday table special.

It may take a little time to come up with your favorite Easter cake decorating ideas but the result will be well worth it.

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    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Yummy! It sounds easy to make. I might try this this Easter. Thanks for sharing.

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      Yum!...I love cupcakes and these are to pretty to eat.....I may just have to try my hand ..thank you for sharing...

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Those cupcakes look delicious, and I don't even like sweets very much! I would hate to eat them though, they look so pretty!

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Oh my those daisy cupcakes look sooo good - thank you for sharing, pinned and voted up.

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      Alexander Pease 6 years ago from Maine

      All these cupcakes look and sound delicious. I may have to make them, regardless of whether it is Easter or not.

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub that is very colorful.

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      AlmostLola 6 years ago

      Love your hub and your photos!

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      slushatwork 6 years ago from Canada

      Yum! Great Hub, thank you! Very cute ideas and they definitely make me think of when I was a kid and I used to "help" my mom make cakes. Okay, so licking the spatula probably wasn't much help, but mom always made me feel like she appreciated it!

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      What a neat little photo slideshow. I just LOVE the cupcakes with the cute little flowers on top. We'll definitely be making some decorative cupcakes of our own come Easter. Cheers!

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      Enrico 7 years ago

      Wow, that looks great! My little girl love´s easter an with your tipps it will be much greater!

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      Beth Therese 7 years ago from New York, NY

      I love these ideas! I might celebrate Easter a couple times this year to try out a few different things!

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      Sweetkisses9187 7 years ago from Essex, Maryland

      Great hub! I'll have to keep this in mind when easter comes to do with my daughter.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Delightful hub and also brought back memories - I used to bake and sell personalized cakes. Think sometimes I might miss it but then again, no I don't...your hub was nice to read and remember and you gave great tips! Thank you!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That was great and thank you for putting together such a great selection