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Easter Chocolate Cake with Two Simple Decorating Ideas

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If you are looking for an easy Easter cake to make with the kids, you have definitely come the right place! The colors are bright and colorful and who can resist chocolate cake?! Go here for the newly updated version.

I made one cake and will show you how to decorate in it two different ways that only takes a few minutes each to do. I used Hershey’s chocolate cake recipe (super fast) and when the cake was cooled, I used whipped cream, sweetened coconut flakes, and Easter candy to decorate the cake. Yummy! (Well my kids did not care for the decorations, they just wanted the delicious cake)!

So here we go.

  • The first decoration is to use simple whipped cream frosting, an edible chocolate bunny, and sweetened coconut flakes dyed with green food coloring to create the grassy look. See the recipe below for instructions on how to decorate it. Super easy!

And here is a hearty slice!

Easter Cake Chocolate Pieces

  • And the second decoration is to use whipped cream frosting with Easter egg candy, peeps, and sweetened coconut flakes dyed with green food coloring to create the grassy look. See instructions below. I decorated the bunny first then removed the bunny and add the eggs and a peep.

You can see how moist the cake is in the following photos! Doesn’t it make you desire a huge slice?

Easter Cake Easter Cake 2

I mean, one slice is just not enough of this cake! It really is so soft and so moist.

Here are the instructions to create either of these two delicious cakes! You may want to read the summary in the recipe first before proceeding to with the cake.

Easter Chocolate Cake with Two Simple Decoration Ideas
Following the recipe exactly as it is below makes two flatter cakes for layering. However, I wanted one small “not so flat” cake so I halved the ingredients except the baking powder and used a smaller pan (a deep round saucepan) instead. The baking soda in the cake does not cause it to rise much so adding more baking powder will help it to rise. I ended up NOT using the entire tub of frosting and the entire bag of coconut flakes. It depends on how large a cake you make and how much of either you want to use.
  • For Cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cups Hershey’s baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • For Frosting:
  • 1 tub cool whip
  • Yellow food coloring
  • For Decorations:
  • 1 14 oz pk sweetened coconut flakes
  • Green food coloring
  • Choice of either:
  • 1 Easter bunny chocolate
  • or 1 pk peeps and 1 pk Easter egg candy
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour a 9″ round baking pan.
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a large bow.
  4. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla.
  5. Beat on medium speed about 2 minutes.
  6. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  7. Pour into pans. Bake at 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool at least 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. To Frost:
  11. Mix in a few drops of yellow food coloring into the cool whip until desired shade is acquired.
  12. Frost the cooled cake.
  13. To Decorate:
  14. Mix the coconut flakes in a Ziplock bag with food green coloring.
  15. Seal and shake the bag until the coconut turns green. Add more food coloring until you get the desired look (this is the edible Easter grass).
  16. Add coconut flakes all around the bottom of the cake and on the top of the cake.
  17. Add desired choice of topping.
  18. ) If using the bunny, simply place it in the center of the coconut (grass) on the top of the cake.
  19. ) If using the peeps and eggs, place the eggs first then add a peep or two.
  20. See the photos above for decorating ideas.
  21. Enjoy a hearty slice!!

As you may notice in this next photo, the top of the cake sunk a little. That’s because my mom always told me never to open the oven while the cake is cooking. Well, I did because I thought the cake was done since the timer rang. I should have set the timer a bit longer because I made one whole cake instead of two smaller ones like the recipe called for. Anyway, it worked out well, because the little sunken spot was perfect to hold the edible Easter grass (the green coconut flakes). See the images.

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So there you have it! One chocolate cake with two simple decorations. So moist and yummy! Your family will definitely love it!

Easter Bunny Cake 2

I just love the images and the bright colors!

Easter Cake Colored

So tell me, which decoration do you like best? For me, the eggs look colorful but I am liking the simple bunny. It just looks so peaceful sitting there!

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness (Proverbs 31:27, KJV).

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17 thoughts on “Easter Chocolate Cake with Two Simple Decorating Ideas

  1. I love the looks of both – the chick and eggs and the bunny! They are both adorable. And I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Wish I had a big piece right now.

  2. Chocolate cake is sooo good! I haven’t made a from scratch one in almost two years. And I love the way you’ve decorated the! The peeps one is my favorite.

  3. Chocolate cake and Easter go together like peanut butter and jelly! Both of your cakes look very pretty for Easter. Those candy robins eggs with the Peep is very enticing! Easter is always a fun day to enjoy family time and the fun food makes it even better.

  4. This cake is making my mouth water, it looks so delicious. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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