September 24, 2023

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Easter Cake (Appears to be like Like a Nest!)

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Let me train you learn how to make a lovely lemon-hinted coconut Easter cake embellished like a nest! Prime with silky lemon cream cheese frosting, fluffy feathery coconut, and, after all, chocolate Easter egg candies! You simply want some primary baking staples, an electrical mixer, and a typical Bundt pan to make this gorgeous springtime dessert that’s simple sufficient for cake adorning newbies.

Easter cake decorated like a nest with a Bundt cake, coconut, and Easter chocolate egg candies on pink serving dish.

Out of all of the seasonal sweet offered in shops all year long, I feel Easter sweet takes the cake. (See what I did there?) Easter bunny, you’ve received the proper thought. Give me a basket stuffed with peanut butter eggs, please!

Right this moment I’m sharing a enjoyable Easter cake dessert, a recipe I initially revealed again in 2017 and have served each Easter vacation since. This stunning birds’ nest cake definitely makes an impression, however the perfect half is… adorning this Bundt cake couldn’t be simpler! Undoubtedly a lot less complicated than a layer cake, although for those who’re up for a problem, my carrot cake and coconut cake recipes additionally make for a candy finale to a springtime meal.


Right here’s Why This Will Be Your Favourite Easter Cake

  • Simple to make, simple to brighten—in case you have younger fledglings in your nest, they love to assist!
  • You’ll discover coconut each inside and on prime of this Easter cake—toasting some for topping provides colour and texture variation.
  • The cake and frosting aren’t overly candy (save that for the Easter sweet!), with a touch of tartness from lemon and tanginess from cream cheese frosting.
  • Can prep the cake the day earlier than.
  • Adorning takes solely about 10 minutes, tops.
  • Makes sufficient for a crowd of your favourite “peeps.” 😉
  • Cake with sweet. You’re welcome; the top.
slice of coconut Bundt cake topped with cream cheese frosting and Easter chocolate egg candies on blue plate.

Begin With the Bundt Cake

Let’s start by establishing the inside of this nest: the cake. Cradling these valuable pastel-hued chocolate eggs is a calmly candy coconut-flavored cake with a touch of contemporary lemon.

Listed below are the perfect elements to make use of on your Easter cake and why:

  • Cake Flour: To maintain this coconut Bundt cake smooth, and stop it from being too heavy, cake flour is a should. For those who can’t discover it, you may make this DIY cake flour substitute.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda: Each leaveners raise this cake up because it bakes.
  • Salt: All the time wanted for taste.
  • Butter: For that unparalleled buttery cake taste. It’s essential to cream the butter, so ensure you’re beginning with correct room temperature butter (it might be cooler than you assume!).
  • Sugar: We’re utilizing granulated sugar to sweeten this Easter cake.
  • Lemons: For the perfect taste, use contemporary lemons. You’ll use each the zest and the juice; bear in mind to zest first, earlier than slicing and juicing—a lot simpler than attempting to zest a squeezed lemon half!
  • Coconut Oil: Utilizing oil in truffles helps to maintain the cake moist; and right here you could have the additional benefit of somewhat further coconut taste, too.
  • Eggs: Key for binding the elements collectively, so the cake doesn’t collapse (see under!). Use entire eggs right here, for a denser-style cake. My common coconut cake makes use of simply egg whites, and is far lighter and fluffier.
  • Vanilla + Coconut Extracts: Taste and extra taste.
  • Bitter Cream + Complete Milk: A cautious ratio of those 2 elements offers this cake the perfect steadiness of construction and moisture.
  • Sweetened Shredded/Flaked Coconut: I like to recommend utilizing sweetened shredded coconut, generally offered as sweetened flaked coconut. It’s moister than unsweetened coconut, and that makes a giant distinction within the cake’s texture. I decreased the added sugar within the cake batter to make up for the sweetness. A cup goes into the cake batter; save the remainder for feathering the nest!

Extra Easter Recipes

I’ve loads of Easter recipes, together with a roundup of my favourite Easter brunch recipes.

ingredients on counter including eggs, butter, cut lemons, cake flour, coconut, sour cream, and more.

Recipe Testing This Coconut Easter Bundt Cake

For as we speak’s coconut Bundt cake, my group and I went via 3 rounds of testing to land on perfection:

  1. I began with among the similar elements and ratios as this lemon coconut cake. Bundt truffles can generally tend to prove heavy and dry, and my first attempt at a coconut model was each. The feel was overly dense—even robust. I’m fairly positive mama hen wouldn’t deem this a suitably smooth nest for her eggs!
  2. The second cake my group and I examined had higher taste and was undoubtedly softer, however utterly crumbled aside once we minimize into it. (Did you see that on my Instagram stories the opposite week? The coconutty cake crumbles tasted scrumptious over a bowl of orange sherbet, although!)
  3. For the third attempt, I took a be aware from my cranberry orange Bundt cake and used a mixture of bitter cream and entire milk to attain the proper steadiness of construction and moisture. We additionally decreased the quantity of coconut within the batter, which was inflicting extra crumbliness, and added another egg, to assist with binding the crumb collectively. The third time was certainly the allure, and that’s the recipe you’ll see right here as we speak.

This Easter cake just isn’t as gentle and fluffy as this layered coconut cake, as a result of a Bundt cake is at all times going to be extra dense, with a tighter crumb. However that’s okay! The feel is much like pound cake, and I simply love how a Bundt cake will get that chewy golden crust on the outside. LOVE!


Count on a thick and fluffy batter:

lemon coconut cake batter in bowl and shown again in Bundt pan.

After baking, let the cake cool for two hours within the pan, then invert it onto a cake stand or serving platter to proceed cooling, and finally embellish.


Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

Silky easy cream cheese frosting is very easy to unfold on a Bundt cake as a result of it glides proper on. As well as, it’s a superb “glue” for all of the fluffy, feathery coconut on prime.

You’ll taste as we speak’s cream cheese frosting with contemporary lemon juice, however be at liberty to additionally add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract to the frosting for those who’d prefer to amp up the coconut taste.

cream cheese frosting in glass bowl and shown again being spread on Bundt cake.

The best way to Embellish This Easter Cake Like a Nest

Reworking this cake right into a hen’s nest is fast and simple. Merely slather on the frosting (I take advantage of an icing spatula), then “feather the nest” by gently urgent the sweetened shredded coconut on prime, in order that it sticks to the frosting.

Lastly, lay your eggs—er, I imply, fill the middle of the nest along with your favourite candy-coated chocolate eggs. Then be ready to swat away any sneaky little palms this Easter cake will appeal to!

hand putting coconut on cream cheese frosted Bundt cake on top of pink serving plate.
Easter cake decorated like a nest with a Bundt cake, coconut, and Easter chocolate egg candies on pink serving dish.

And you understand what would launch the cuteness issue into overdrive? Including marshmallow chick Peeps to your nest!


Non-obligatory: The best way to Toast Coconut for Topping

I prefer to toast somewhat little bit of the sweetened coconut so as to add some colour variation on prime of this Easter nest cake. It additionally provides that scrumptious crispy texture and toasted taste.

For a distinction of texture and colour, I toasted about half of the coconut. You may depart the coconut untoasted or toast all of it—the choice is yours.

Unfold the coconut on an ungreased baking sheet, and toast in a 300°F (150°C) oven for about 6–8 minutes, till it’s golden-brown. Let it cool utterly earlier than utilizing. Tremendous simple.

slice of coconut Bundt cake topped with cream cheese frosting and Easter chocolate egg candies.

Extra Easter Dessert Recipes

And for those who love Easter sweet as a lot as I do, make sure you do that Easter bunny bark.

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Easter cake decorated like a nest with a Bundt cake, coconut, and Easter chocolate egg candies on pink serving dish.

Coconut Easter Cake


  • Writer:
    Sally

  • Prep Time:
    35 minutes

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    1 hour

  • Complete Time:
    4 hours (consists of cooling)

  • Yield:
    serves 10-12

  • Class:
    Cake

  • Methodology:
    Baking

  • Delicacies:
    American


Description

This stunning springtime nest cake is straightforward sufficient for cake adorning newbies. Prime the calmly candy coconut Bundt cake with creamy lemon cream cheese frosting, feathery sweetened coconut, and, after all, candy-coated chocolate eggs!


Cake

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

For Topping


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Generously grease a 10–12-cup Bundt pan.
  2. Make the cake: Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt collectively in a medium bowl. Put aside.
  3. In a big bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on excessive velocity till easy and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and lemon zest and beat on excessive velocity for 3–4 minutes till creamed. Scrape down the perimeters and up the underside of the bowl as wanted. Add the melted coconut oil and blend on medium velocity to mix. With the mixer operating on low velocity, add the eggs one after the other, then add bitter cream and the vanilla and coconut extracts. Beat on medium-high velocity till mixed. Scrape down the perimeters and up the underside of the bowl as wanted.
  4. Whisk the lemon juice and milk collectively. With the mixer operating on low velocity, add the dry elements in 3 additions, alternating with the lemon-milk combination and mixing after every addition till simply integrated. Don’t over-mix. The batter will likely be thick and fluffy. Fold within the coconut.
  5. Spoon/pour evenly into Bundt pan and bake for 55–65 minutes, or till the sides are golden brown. For those who discover the highest is browning too shortly, loosely cowl with aluminum foil about midway via bake time.
  6. Cool cake for two hours within the pan, after which invert onto a cake stand or serving plate. Cool utterly earlier than adorning.
  7. Make the frosting: In a big bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk or paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter collectively on medium velocity till easy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and vanilla extract with the mixer operating on low. Enhance to excessive velocity and beat for 3 minutes. Add 1 extra Tablespoon of lemon juice to skinny out, if desired. Style. Add a pinch of salt if desired.
  8. Utilizing an icing spatula or a knife, frost the cooled Bundt cake. Prime with sweetened flaked/shredded coconut. Fill the opening within the heart of the cake with candy-coated chocolate eggs. Serve instantly or refrigerate till able to serve, as much as 24 hours. If the cake has been refrigerated for longer than an hour, let it sit out at room temperature for about half-hour earlier than serving, to melt up a bit.
  9. Cowl leftover cake tightly and retailer within the fridge for as much as 5 days. I often retailer frosted truffles in a cake carrier.


Notes

  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: You can also make and funky the cake 1 day earlier than serving, retailer coated in a single day, and embellish and serve the next day. You can even make and embellish the cake 1 day prematurely; see step 8. To freeze, wrap unfrosted baked and cooled cake in 1–2 layers of plastic wrap, then a layer of aluminum foil. Freeze for as much as 3 months. Enable to thaw (nonetheless within the wrapping) in a single day within the fridge, then deliver to room temperature earlier than frosting, slicing, and serving.
  2. Particular Instruments (affiliate hyperlinks): Electrical Mixer (Handheld or Stand) | Bundt Pan | Icing Spatula | Cake Carrier
  3. Cake Flour: For the perfect outcomes, I strongly suggest cake flour. You’ll find cake flour within the baking aisle and I’ve many extra recipes utilizing it. For those who can’t discover it, attempt making this cake flour substitute.
  4. Sweetened Shredded Coconut: I like to recommend utilizing sweetened shredded/flaked coconut within the cake and because the topping. It’s moister than unsweetened coconut and that makes a giant distinction within the cake’s texture. If desired, pulse the coconut shreds in a meals processor to cut them up in order that they aren’t as lengthy inside and out of doors of the cake. Chopping the coconut is optionally available.
  5. Room Temperature Components: All refrigerated gadgets ought to be at room temperature so the batter mixes collectively simply and evenly. Right here is why room temperature elements are necessary in baking. 
  6. Complete Milk & Bitter Cream: Complete milk and full-fat bitter cream are strongly really helpful for the perfect style and texture. You may substitute full-fat plain yogurt for the bitter cream, if wanted. And for those who don’t have entire milk, decrease fats or nondairy milk work in a pinch.
  7. Toasted Coconut for Topping: If desired, you possibly can toast some or the entire coconut for the topping. Unfold the coconut on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in a 300°F (150°C) oven for six–8 minutes, or till browned to your liking. Let cool earlier than utilizing.
  8. Can I Use One other Frosting? For those who don’t need a cream cheese frosting, this lemon buttercream can be so tasty, and you’ll halve the recipe to make simply sufficient for the Bundt.
  9. Can I Use One other Taste Bundt Cake? Sure, you need to use this frosting and adorning approach with one other taste Bundt cake akin to cheesecake swirl carrot Bundt cake, chocolate marble banana Bundt cake, lemon berry yogurt cake, and cream cheese pound cake.
  10. Impressed by Real Simple.

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