Our recipe editor, Silvana Franco, picks out her favourite Easter bakes

Silvana Franco

Easter is the perfect time to dust off your pinny and grab your rolling pin for some baking fun for all the family.  While no Easter bake-­off is complete without classic hot cross buns and Simnel cake, woolly sheep cupcakes and fun-filled fruit soldiers with lemon-cream eggs are a great way to entertain your little ones and get them involved during the holidays. So hold on to your apron strings and take your pick from some of my all-time favourite Easter baking recipes.  


Classic Easter bakes 


Simnel cake 

Easter Sunday wouldn't be complete without a traditional Simnel Cake at the centre of the table. Classically, it's a light fruit cake layered and decorated with marzipan, then gently toasted on top until golden brown. This delicious version is spiced up with with cinnamon and ginger and is very simple to make.

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Fun for all the family 


My must-have baking ingredients

Every baker needs the right ingredients to create show-stopping bakes, so these are a few of my favourite things. Save time buttering cake tins by giving them a quick spritz with Fry light sunflower oil spray. You can also save some valuable minutes by using a vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla pods - it has all the flavour of a good extract but with those all-important seeds included too.

Give your sponge cakes and pastries a wonderful golden hue with fabulously flavoured Guernsey butter, and get every last bit of cake mix out of the bowl with a sweet sundae silicone spoon. For dark chocolate with lots of flavour that melts really well, my choice is always the Waitrose continental plain chocolate. Don’t forget the finishing touches with Dr Oetker Wafer Daisies, they make the plainest cupcakes as pretty as a spring garden. 

Contemporary Easter bakes