3D Lamb Cake For Easter is a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting and coconut flakes.
I made this adorable cake LIVE on my Facebook page today! It's perfect for Easter which is this Sunday, April 16th. If you go to my Facebook page, you can still see the video of me showing you just how easy it is to decorate this sweet lamb cake!
I've always wanted to make one of these 3D Lamb Cakes, but I was afraid it would be too tricky. Well I'm here to tell you that it's not tricky at all. It's actually fairly simple. The most important thing to do is to grease the pan extremely well which I'll explain in a bit.
When I was growing up, I would make a bunny cake at Easter time which is also cute. But a lamb is more symbolic for this Christian holiday which makes it special and that's why I love it.
How to Make a 3D Lamb Cake for Easter
1) Grease the pan!
Greasing the pan is the most important step. Make sure you grease both pans generously with vegetable shortening, then add some flour. Swirl the pan around to distribute the flour over all of the shortening. Pour out any extra and discard.
2) Prepare batter, pour in pan!
Pour the batter in the pan with no hole. The pan above is the one with the hole, right in between the ears of the lamb. That is the lid. Pour all except for ½ cup of batter into the prepared pan. Then place the lid on top.
I found this 3D lamb cake pan on Amazon (affiliate):
3) Bake the cake!
Place on a cookie sheet with raised edges and bake in a 350°F. oven for 50-55 minutes.
Note: I used all of the batter and some of it overflowed. That's why I say to use all but ½ cup of batter. Discard the extra batter or make a cupcake.
4) Let it cool!
After the cake is done, let it cool. Then remove from pan to a serving plate.
5) Frost the cake!
Make the buttercream and frost the cake generously all over the body. Frost with a thinner layer of frosting on head, so that you can still see "his" features.
6) Decorate the cake!
Add coconut flakes for his fur and small jelly beans for the eyes and nose.
For a festive presentation, add green colored shredded coconut for grass and extra jelly beans for color.
This 3D Lamb Cake for Easter is the perfect addition to your holiday table.
Do you have an Easter recipe that's a tradition in your family? Let me know in the comments.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
An Easter Bible Verse:
The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said." Matthew 28:5-6
3D Lamb Cake for Easter
For the cake
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon soda
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup buttermilk or ¾ cup whole milk, plus 2 teaspoons vinegar if you don't have buttermilk
For the frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 sticks
- 1 pound powdered sugar 4 cups
- ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups coconut flakes or more, enough to cover lamb
- Jelly beans I used the small jelly beans for eyes and nose, like Jelly Belly
- 1 bag shredded coconut for grass
- Green food coloring
- Ribbon for bow if desired
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare 3D Lamb Cake pan by greasing generously with vegetable shortening. Then add some flour and swirl around until it covers everywhere. Pour out excess. Set aside.
- In mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs, beating until light and fluffy. Stir together dry ingredients in a medium bowl and add to creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk while beating on low speed with electric mixer. Once combined, beat on medium low for 2 minutes.
- Pour all but ½ cup of batter in prepared pan. Discard extra batter or make a cupcake. Bake for 50-55 minutes. Let cool. Carefully remove pans and place cake on serving plate.
- Meanwhile, make the frosting. Beat softened butter on medium speed with an electric or stand mixer. Beat for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, cream, and vanilla extract with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes. Add more powdered sugar if frosting is too thin or more cream if mixture is too thick.
- Frost lamb cake. Add two small blue jelly beans for eyes and one small pink jelly bean (cut in half) for nose. Cover the body with coconut flakes.
- To make grass, place shredded coconut in a large bowl. Add green food coloring and mix until combined. Place the green coconut around the base of the cake. Then add more jelly beans, if desired.