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16 delicious Easter baking treats

Why not make an afternoon of it with these fun-to-make treats?

Looking to create some fun Easter eats that the whole family can get involved with making? Fill the house with the smell of these tasty treats.

1. Easter cupcake swirls
Love icing? You'll love the icing-to-sponge ratio on these beauties. Enjoy piling it high, or simply licking it from the mixing bowl and spoon afterwards. Cupcakes rule. See recipe for Easter cupcake swirls.

2. Surprise chocolate fairy cakes
Grown-ups and children alike will love these chocolate fairy cakes with their fudge frosting, mini-egg topping and surprise centres. See recipe for Surprise chocolate fairy cakes.

3. Carrot cake cupcakes
Adorable individual-sized carrot cakes couldn't get much more Eastery (or delicious). See recipe for Easter cupcakes.

4. Easter cookies
These spicy, fragrant and deliciously fruity cookies are perfect for an Easter tea-time treat. See recipe for Easter cookies.

5. Easter flower cookies
These are really simple to make and make a fun gift too, if you feel inclined to give them away. See recipe for Easter flower cookies.

6. Iced Easter biscuits
As with the iced Easter flower cookies, you can dress these up with different coloured icing, or add chocolate chips or silver balls. For something really unique, take the wooden end of a match, dip in the food colouring and create pretty patterns. Be sure to help little ones with this when handling matches. See recipe for Iced Easter biscuits.

7. Easter bunny cookies
These oh-so-sweet bunny cookies taste just as lovely as they look. What will you nibble on first – the ears or the tail? See recipe for Easter bunny cookies.

8. Chocolate nests
We’re loving these Easter-inspired birds’ nests - great fun to make with the kids. See recipe for Chocolate nests.

9. The ultimate Easter chocolate cake
As the name suggests, this is the ultimate in chocolatey goodness. Chocolate lovers will be in utter heaven. See recipe for The ultimate Easter chocolate cake.

10. Mini egg rocky road bite
Always popular so make sure that you bake plenty of these. And because they're mini you can have another. Right? See recipe for Mini egg rocky road bite.

11. Hot cross scones
Two delicious British classics combine to create one delicious baked treat. You’ll love these seasonal treats. See recipe for Hot cross scones - fancy a savoury twist? You'll lvoe these hot cross bacon butties.

12. Chocolate cheesecake
What to eat first! Attack the crunchy biscuity base or go straight in for the kill for the smooth, chocolatey topping? Either way by following this recipe your baking endeavours will be fully rewarded in taste. See recipe for Chocolate cheesecake.

13. No-bake chocolate tart
A dense and deliciously rich tart that looks impressive and is really easy to make too. See recipe for No-bake chocolate tart.

14. Simnel cake
A fruity simnel cake is an Easter classic. It might not count towards one of your 5-a-day, but it will certainly make a deliciously fruity alternative to all that chocolate. See recipe for Simnel cake

15. Hot cross buns
A firm Easter favourite, why not have a go at creating your own? Toast to perfection and spread with some of your favourite jam or preserve for extra deliciousness. See recipe for Hot cross buns.

16. Hot cross bun and butter pudding
Want to wow your family and friends? Try this clever combination of spiced hot cross buns,with a creamy custard and baked for everyone to dive into. Is your mouth watering yet? Right, get cooking! See recipe for Hot cross bun pudding.

Chocolate Easter nest cake recipe

200g (7oz) dark chocolate, minimum 60% cocoa solids, broken into pieces
150g (5oz) unsalted butter, cubed
4 medium eggs
150g (5oz) light soft brown sugar
150g (5oz) self-raising flour
25g (1oz) cocoa powder
To decorate
50g (2oz) white chocolate cake covering
125g (4oz) white chocolate
75g (3oz) butter, softened
275g (9oz) white icing sugar, plus a little extra
75ml (3fl oz) semi-skimmed milk
mini chocolate eggs, to decorate

Preheat the oven to Gas 4, 180°C, fan160°C. Line a 20cm (8in) springform cake tin with nonstick baking paper. 

Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl resting over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn't touch the water. Cool a little.

Whisk eggs and sugar together for about 10 minutes until light and foamy. Whisk in the cooled chocolate mixture, then whisk in the flour and cocoa.

Pour into the tin and bake for 40 minutes. Leave in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack.

Melt the white chocolate cake covering in a bowl resting over a pan of simmering water, making sure the base doesn't touch the water. Pour into a small, clean tub and chill until set.

For the topping
Melt the white chocolate in the same way. Cool a little. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a bowl until soft and creamy. Beat in the milk using a wooden spoon, then fold in the cooled white chocolate.

Cut the cake through the middle horizontally and spread a third of the buttercream over the base. Replace the top and use the remaining icing to cover the top evenly.

Use a vegetable peeler to make curls from the set white chocolate cake covering. Sprinkle them around the cake edge and decorate the middle with mini eggs.

Top tip
This cake freezes well. Once it's cool, wrap well in clingfilm and freeze for up to a month. Cool overnight at room temperature before serving.

Some products in this recipe are seasonal and so may not be available to buy online all year.

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