To this day, it’s the Bunny Cake I look for at every Easter celebration.
History of Easter Lamb Cakes
I recently ran across an article from the Smithsonian titled, “Easter Lamb Cake Meets the 21st Century.” Although traditional to many cultures, including my German ancestors, this article featured the Czech tradition of Lamb Cakes.
They write that Lamb Cakes were made from either cake batter or sweetened yeast dough and always baked in molds shaped like lambs. Much like the links above.
And as mentioned, these lamb molds were not only popular in the Czech Republic, but also in Poland, Alsace where they were called Lamalas, and in France too.
“These cakes represent Christ as the sacrificial Lamb of God,” they write.
“Some of today’s lamb cakes are dusted with a coating of confectioners’ sugar or drizzled with a light glaze of sugar icing. More elaborate ones are covered with fluffy white frosting, sometimes garnished with shredded almonds or coconut or spread with chocolate icing embellished with white icing swirls. The eyes are made from raisins, whole cloves, or coffee beans, and a small silk ribbon, often with a tiny bell attached, is tied around the lamb’s neck.
Some of these lambs also have a branch of fresh rosemary (symbolizing remembrance) in their mouth, and many hold a colored foil banner bearing the emblem of a lamb or a cross, recalling similar banners carried by Christian crusaders to the Holy Land a thousand years ago.”
Whether simple or fancy, Easter Cakes always have room at the table. Here are some easy and inspiring ideas to make your own holiday cake this year.
"Trisha Yearwood, award-winning country music superstar and best-selling cookbook author, said that her Grandma Lizzie prepared strawberry shortcakes like a regular cake: she baked the layers in standard round cake pans, then filled and topped them with whipped cream and fresh strawberries."
This flower-topped layer cake is so pretty you won’t want to cut it! Made with a lemon cake mix and Lemon Buttercream frosting, it’s incredibly simple to make, even though it looks impressive. Top with a ring of edible flowers and prepare for complements.
"Easter wasn’t Easter without the Bunny Cake. As I look back on the Bunny Cake, I can remember thinking it was amazing when I was really young. We were fascinated by anything in the “cake decorating” realm and I loved seeing it come together in person.”
“Jaws will drop when you present this stunning dessert! Decadent chocolate cake is frosted with ganache and covered with another layer of chocolate before being decorated with a “nest” made out of chocolate shavings and truffle “eggs” tinted blue and dusted with metallic luster.”