Easter Cake (Seems Like a Nest!)

Let me train you the way to make a stupendous lemon-hinted coconut Easter cake adorned like a nest! High with silky lemon cream cheese frosting, fluffy feathery coconut, and, in fact, chocolate Easter egg candies! You simply want some primary baking staples, an electrical mixer, and an ordinary Bundt pan to make this beautiful springtime dessert that’s straightforward sufficient for cake adorning learners.

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 believe Easter sweet takes the cake. (See what I did there?) Easter bunny, you’ve obtained the best thought. Give me a basket filled with peanut butter eggs, please!

Right now I’m sharing a enjoyable Easter cake dessert, a recipe I initially revealed again in 2017 and have served each Easter vacation since. This lovely birds’ nest cake actually makes an impression, however one of the best half is… adorning this Bundt cake couldn’t be simpler! Undoubtedly a lot easier than a layer cake, although in case you’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, straightforward to embellish—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 tip.
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 developing 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 here are one of the best elements to make use of in 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 can also make this DIY cake flour substitute.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda: Each leaveners elevate this cake up because it bakes.
  • Salt: At all times wanted for taste.
  • Butter: For that unparalleled buttery cake taste. That you must cream the butter, so be sure you’re beginning with correct room temperature butter (it might be cooler than you suppose!).
  • Sugar: We’re utilizing granulated sugar to sweeten this Easter cake.
  • Lemons: For one of the best taste, use contemporary lemons. You’ll use each the zest and the juice; keep 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 muffins helps to maintain the cake moist; and right here you’ve the additional advantage of slightly additional coconut taste, too.
  • Eggs: Key for binding the elements collectively, so the cake doesn’t collapse (see beneath!). 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 provides this cake one of the best 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 at this time’s coconut Bundt cake, my workforce and I went by means of 3 rounds of testing to land on perfection:

  1. I began with a few of the similar elements and ratios as this lemon coconut cake. Bundt muffins can tend to end up heavy and dry, and my first attempt at a coconut model was each. The feel was overly dense—even powerful. I’m fairly positive mama chicken wouldn’t deem this a suitably smooth nest for her eggs!
  2. The second cake my workforce and I examined had higher taste and was positively 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 observe from my cranberry orange Bundt cake and used a mix of bitter cream and entire milk to attain the best 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 appeal, and that’s the recipe you’ll see right here at this time.

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

Anticipate 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 clean 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 at this time’s cream cheese frosting with contemporary lemon juice, however be happy to additionally add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract to the frosting in case you’d wish to amp up the coconut taste.

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

How you can Enhance This Easter Cake Like a Nest

Reworking this cake right into a chicken’s nest is fast and straightforward. Merely slather on the frosting (I exploit 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 fingers this Easter cake will entice!

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: How you can Toast Coconut for Topping

I wish to toast slightly 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’ll be able to go away 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 straightforward.

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

Extra Easter Dessert Recipes

And in case you love Easter sweet as a lot as I do, you should definitely 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.

Easter Cake Recipe

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  • Prep Time:
    35 minutes

  • Prepare dinner Time:
    1 hour

  • Whole Time:
    4 hours (contains cooling)

  • Yield:
    serves 10-12

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This lovely springtime nest cake is straightforward sufficient for cake adorning learners. High the calmly candy coconut Bundt cake with creamy lemon cream cheese frosting, feathery sweetened coconut, and, in fact, candy-coated chocolate eggs!


Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

For Topping


  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 pace till clean and creamy, about 1 minute. Add the granulated sugar and lemon zest and beat on excessive pace 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 pace to mix. With the mixer working on low pace, add the eggs separately, then add bitter cream and the vanilla and coconut extracts. Beat on medium-high pace 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 working on low pace, add the dry elements in 3 additions, alternating with the lemon-milk combination and mixing after every addition till simply included. Don’t over-mix. The batter might be thick and fluffy. Fold within the coconut.
  5. Spoon/pour evenly into Bundt pan and bake for 55–65 minutes, or till the perimeters are golden brown. For those who discover the highest is browning too shortly, loosely cowl with aluminum foil about midway by means of 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 pace till clean, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and vanilla extract with the mixer working on low. Enhance to excessive pace 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. High with sweetened flaked/shredded coconut. Fill the outlet within the middle 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 muffins in a cake carrier.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: You may make and funky the cake 1 day earlier than serving, retailer coated in a single day, and embellish and serve the next day. You may as well 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 convey 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 one of the best outcomes, I strongly advocate 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 needs 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 beneficial for one of the best style and texture. You’ll be able to substitute full-fat plain yogurt for the bitter cream, if wanted. And in case you don’t have entire milk, decrease fats or nondairy milk work in a pinch.
  7. Toasted Coconut for Topping: If desired, you’ll be able to toast some or all the 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 desire 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 should use this frosting and adorning method with one other taste Bundt cake resembling cheesecake swirl carrot Bundt cake, chocolate marble banana Bundt cake, lemon berry yogurt cake, and cream cheese pound cake.
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