Easter Egg Hunt Cake

Easter Egg Hunt Cake
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It’s so much fun to hunt for Easter eggs. This year, why not carry the tradition inside as well by making an Easter egg hunt cake? This delectable dessert is made to look like Easter eggs are hidden amidst the frosting. There are many ways to decorate this cake, so get creative. You can do miniature cakes, mufins or cupcakes instead of a whole sheet cake too. Grab some food coloring, coconut, and jelly beans and have a ball. Be sure to involve the kids as that’s half the fun.

Here are some easy recipes for you to try.

Easter Egg Hunt Carrot Cake (Courtesy of recipegoldmine.com)

This cake is delicious and beautiful whether you tint the coconut green to make an egg-studded lawn or leave it white like the Easter Bunny's tail.

1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups shredded carrots (about 3/4 pound)

1 cup chopped walnuts

Frosting:

1 pound cream cheese

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 cups confectioners' sugar

2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

Green food coloring, optional

Easter malted milk eggs, peanut M&M's or jelly beans for garnish

 

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan or two regular 8-inch round cake pans.

With an electric mixer, beat the sugar, oil, and eggs until smooth. Into the mixture sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt, and beat the batter until smooth. Stir in the carrots and walnuts and pour into the pan (s).

Bake the 9-inch cake for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or the 8-inch layers for 35 to 40 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge and invert the cake(s) onto a rack. Let cool completely.

Make the frosting: With an electric mixer, cream the butter. Add the cream cheese and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar and beat just until smooth and fluffy.

If using one layer, split it horizontally with a long serrated knife. Spread the bottom layer with 1/3 of the frosting, top with the other layer and frost the top and side with the remaining frosting.

In a bowl, stir the coconut with a few drops of food coloring until all the coconut is evenly tinted green. Cover the cake with the coconut and scatter the candies on top to resemble hidden Easter eggs.  You can add a fondant bunny as well or fashion a basket handle out of rope or twisted licorice.

Easter Egg Hunt Cakes (Courtesy of dotcome-masters.com)

(Really easy!  Kids can do it!)

Bake 6 massive muffins. Cool and frost them with green icing. Generously sprinkle unsweetened shredded coconut* on top of the frosting to resemble grass.  Place colored jelly beans throughout the coconut so they are half-hidden. Place small bunny toppers on the top of the muffins so they appear as if they’re discovering the jelly beans.

*To tint shredded coconut, place coconut in a plastic bag.  Add a couple of drops of food color.  Knead color into coconut. Dry on waxed paper.

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