Easter Cake (Seems Like a Nest!)

Let me educate you tips on how to make a gorgeous 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 a regular Bundt pan to make this beautiful springtime dessert that’s straightforward sufficient for cake adorning rookies.

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 acquired the precise concept. Give me a basket filled with peanut butter eggs, please!

At present 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 very best half is… adorning this Bundt cake couldn’t be simpler! Undoubtedly a lot easier than a layer cake, although in the event 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

  • Straightforward to make, straightforward to embellish—you probably 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 establishing the inside of this nest: the cake. Cradling these valuable pastel-hued chocolate eggs is a evenly candy coconut-flavored cake with a touch of recent lemon.

Listed here are the very best substances to make use of in your Easter cake and why:

  • Cake Flour: To maintain this coconut Bundt cake comfortable, and forestall it from being too heavy, cake flour is a should. In case you can’t discover it, you can also make this DIY cake flour substitute.
  • Baking Powder + Baking Soda: Each leaveners carry this cake up because it bakes.
  • Salt: At all times wanted for taste.
  • Butter: For that unparalleled buttery cake taste. It’s good to cream the butter, so be sure you’re beginning with correct room temperature butter (it could be cooler than you assume!).
  • Sugar: We’re utilizing granulated sugar to sweeten this Easter cake.
  • Lemons: For the very best taste, use recent 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 making an attempt to zest a squeezed lemon half!
  • Coconut Oil: Utilizing oil in truffles helps to maintain the cake moist; and right here you will have the additional advantage of a bit of additional coconut taste, too.
  • Eggs: Key for binding the substances collectively, so the cake doesn’t collapse (see beneath!). Use complete 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 + Entire Milk: A cautious ratio of those 2 substances provides this cake the very 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 immediately’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 substances and ratios as this lemon coconut cake. Bundt truffles can generally 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 certain mama fowl wouldn’t deem this a suitably comfortable nest for her eggs!
  2. The second cake my group and I examined had higher taste and was positively softer, however fully crumbled aside once we reduce 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 complete milk to realize the precise 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 attraction, and that’s the recipe you’ll see right here immediately.

This Easter cake 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!

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 ultimately beautify.

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 wonderful “glue” for all of the fluffy, feathery coconut on prime.

You’ll taste immediately’s cream cheese frosting with recent lemon juice, however be happy to additionally add 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract to the frosting in the event you’d wish to amp up the coconut taste.

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

Methods to Adorn This Easter Cake Like a Nest

Reworking this cake right into a fowl’s nest is fast and simple. 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 together 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 what would launch the cuteness issue into overdrive? Including marshmallow chick Peeps to your nest!

Optionally available: Methods to Toast Coconut for Topping

I wish to toast a bit of 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 fully 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 the event you love Easter sweet as a lot as I do, be sure you do this 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

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  • Prep Time:
    35 minutes

  • Cook dinner Time:
    1 hour

  • Complete Time:
    4 hours (contains cooling)

  • Yield:
    serves 10-12

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This stunning springtime nest cake is simple sufficient for cake adorning rookies. High the evenly 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 operating 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 operating on low pace, add the dry substances in 3 additions, alternating with the lemon-milk combination and mixing after every addition till simply included. Don’t over-mix. The batter can 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. In case you 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 fully 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 operating 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 opening 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 normally retailer frosted truffles in a cake carrier.


  1. Make Forward & Freezing Directions: You may make and funky the cake 1 day earlier than serving, retailer lined in a single day, and beautify and serve the next day. It’s also possible to make and beautify the cake 1 day upfront; 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 very best outcomes, I strongly suggest cake flour. Yow will discover cake flour within the baking aisle and I’ve many extra recipes utilizing it. In case you 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 outdoors of the cake. Chopping the coconut is non-obligatory.
  5. Room Temperature Elements: All refrigerated objects needs to be at room temperature so the batter mixes collectively simply and evenly. Right here is why room temperature substances are essential in baking. 
  6. Entire Milk & Bitter Cream: Entire milk and full-fat bitter cream are strongly advisable for the very best style and texture. You’ll be able to substitute full-fat plain yogurt for the bitter cream, if wanted. And in the event you don’t have complete 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? In case you 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 should utilize 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.
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