It's not hard to make this simple mini egg Easter Cake. If you want to make an Easter cake but without chocolate egg overload then this easy recipe for a simple vanilla sponge cake topped with vanilla buttercream and mini eggs is just what you need. There are even a few mini eggs inside the cake!
An easy vanilla sponge cake
If you're looking for an easy fail-safe cake recipe then this simple sponge cake is the one I always use. It's very easy to make, bakes evenly and has a delicious light vanilla flavour. It's the recipe I often use for birthday cakes as it's great for decorating with either buttercream or fondant icing.
A great Easter cake for kids
Usually I have a reason for making this cake but this time it wasn't planned at all. I didn't think I was going to make a new Easter recipe this year.
However, as so often happens, Little Miss Spice had other ideas! On Sunday morning she discovered the bag of mini eggs I'd hidden in the cupboard and she really really wanted to make an Easter cake with them.
My daughter designed this mini egg Easter cake!
It wasn't long before we were getting out the ingredients. She decided exactly how she wanted the cake to be. I suggested we make a chocolate cake. She chose vanilla.
I said shall we put a layer of buttercream in the middle? She said no, just a few mini eggs.
I asked how we should decorate it. She told me we were going to put the mini eggs on top as well. But how would they stick? Well, she said we could put a little buttercream on, but not much. Ok Little Miss Spice!
So as you see, this mini egg Easter cake is entirely thanks to my 5 year old daughter. I measured the ingredients and mixed them together but that is about all. I was just following instructions where this recipe is concerned. Oh, and I was told I had to put it on my blog, which is why I'm writing this right now.
Could you make this Easter cake more decadent?
I have to say I'm delighted that Little Miss Spice did not want too much icing on her Easter cake. Normally I don't go for overloaded sugar-laden cakes either but Easter does only come round once a year!
If you do want to make this Easter cake a little more decadent, why not cut it in it half and spread a layer of buttercream in the middle? You could even crush some mini eggs and scatter them onto the buttercream.
How long does this cake keep for?
This simple vanilla Easter cake will keep quite well for up to 3-4 days in an airtight container. I have to admit that it rarely lasts that long in our house though!
More of my Easter Recipes
There's still time to do some Easter baking! My kids love these Easter recipes too.
Simple Mini Egg Easter Cake
- 175 g unsalted butter at room temperature
- 150 g caster sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250 g self-raising flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 85 g mini eggs
Ingredients for the Topping
- 75 g butter
- 150 g icing sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 25 mini eggs
- Preheat the oven to 150C.
- Grease and line an 18cm cake tin.
To make in a stand mixer
- Put all the ingredients except the mini eggs into the mixer bowl. Beat on a low setting until the ingredients have formed a batter then increase the speed and beat for minute.
- Go to step 2 below
To mix the cake by hand
- Put the soft butter, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and cream together. Beat the eggs in one by one. Then fold in the flour.
- Put the cake batter into the cake tin. Put the mini eggs on top of the cake, spread out evenly.
- Bake the cake in the centre of the preheated oven. Check it after an hour. If a skewer comes out almost clean then it is ready. It may need a little longer so check it again after another 10 minutes. This cake took 70 minutes.
- Let the cake cool on a wire rack for at least an hour before decorating with buttercream.
- Sift the icing sugar and put all the ingredients for the buttercream into a food processor or stand mixer. Mix until smooth.
- Put the buttercream into a piping bag and pipe nests of buttercream onto the cake. If you don't have a piping bag, just put the buttercream in a plastic food bag and cut the corner off. Squeeze it out onto the cake. Decorate with the mini eggs.