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How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Lamb cakes are as Easter as the bunny himself! Make your family and friends a cute-as-a-button lamb cake this Easter with this simple step-by-step recipe.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

My friend Meg Wolff hosts a Lamb Throwdown contest each year. She sends lamb cake pans to contestants nationwide who must post finished lamb cake photos on Facebook for judging. For my entry, I made a sweet little lamb with her very own edible (and easy to make) Easter bonnet.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Decorating the lamb cake is key but first you’ve gotta bake it. This lamb cake recipe isn’t a ‘from scratch’ …instead, it’s a mash-up from Wilton of some box mixes with some other ingredients. Usually I prefer to bake from scratch but in this case, I knew I’d be spending a bunch of time on the decorating anyway, and it also made it easy for me and my baking assistant, Elise:

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Before I made this lamb cake, I pictured filling each half of the pan, then somehow icing the halves to hold them together. But no! Instead you just fill half, put in a few toothpicks to lend support to her neck, put the other pan on top, and let the heavy cake batter rise into the top pan.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

It’s kind of magical, really. You get a sturdy, browned little lamb ready to be decorated.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

See my step-by-step instructions below for how to bake the Easter lamb cake …and once she’s all baked and cooled, check out how to decorate your little lamb AND make her a super easy edible Easter bonnet.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

WANNA MAKE IT? Keep reading for the Easter lamb cake recipe, step-by-step instructions and supply list.

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Supplies and Recipe for making an Easter Lamb Cake:

Ingredients for an Easter lamb cake (recipe from Wilton)
1 box (about 18 oz) cake mix (I used yellow cake)
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 package (3.8 oz) instant pudding mix (use vanilla for white or yellow cakes, use chocolate for devils food)

Now be careful when you buy your cake mix. Lots of cake mixes come in different ounces but you must buy an 18oz mix. I had to look at a number of brands before I found one that came in 18oz.

Supplies for an Easter lamb cake
Lamb cake pan
Kitchen twine and scissors
Baker’s Joy
Cookie sheet
Aluminum foil
Cupcake liners for extras
KitchenAid stand mixer
Cooling rack

How to make an Easter Lamb Cake:

Gather all your supplies. Line your cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat the oven to the temperature on the side of your cake box.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Prepare your lamb cake pans by washing them and drying them thoroughly. Then grease it up! I used Baker’s Joy. I did a coat, let it sit, and sprayed a second coat just to be safe. Make sure you get all the little parts and divots and spray any spots that look shiny. Alternatively, you can grease and flour it by hand instead of using the spray but the spray is a lot easier.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Pour your cake mix into your stand mixer. Try to break up any big cake mix boulders with a fork.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Now pour in the Jello mix.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

And then the eggs.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Mix it up until all ingredients are combined.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Take the lamb front cake pan and place the lamb’s face down onto the counter. It’s the one without the hole in it. Pour five cups of batter into the pan. It will go all the way up to the top. Spread the batter so it’s flat and all the way to the edges of the pan. You may have a little batter left over but don’t try to force it all into the pan.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Now I put some toothpicks in the neck area to help support the lamb’s neck. The cake will bake around the toothpicks as it rises. Just insert the toothpicks halfway, making sure they don’t touch the bottom of the pan because you don’t want them to be seen from the front. And of course, remember they’re in there when you are eating it later! In hindsight, I searched to see if anyone else puts toothpicks in before baking and saw another way to add support by laying a bamboo skewer on top of the batter, which looks pretty neat.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Line up the lamb’s back on top of the filled pan and carefully wind kitchen twine around the pans and tie to help them stay together when baking. I tied the necks and the back. Make sure it’s pretty tight.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Pop the pan into a preheated oven lamb face down in the center of the oven (in hindsight mine was a bit too high) with the jelly roll pan underneath to catch any overflow, although mine didn’t overflow, hooray! Bake for 50-60 minutes, test it by poking a toothpick in the hole on the top of the pan.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

While we were waiting, we decided to bake a cupcake with the extra batter.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

I was too lazy to get out a cupcake pan so dropped it into a nut cup.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

And I tossed it onto the jelly roll pan while the lamb cake cooked. Bake according to your cake pan directions. I checked mine after about 10 minutes, can’t remember how long I let it go.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

No blue ribbon prizes here but I’m including it because it was fun to see how much the cake batter was rising in the pan.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

And it was fun to taste the cake without waiting until Easter Sunday. Pretty tasty, really, for a pound cake.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

OK now back to the lamb. Here’s where you can poke your toothpick to check for doneness. Now Wilton explains that baking AND cooling are very important. They explain that now that it’s baked the cake needs a chance to cool down and firm up. Take the pan out of the oven, put it on a wire rack and leave it closed up for 5 minutes.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

After 5 minutes are up, cut the kitchen string and carefully remove the top half of the pan (which is the lamb’s back, the pan with the hole in it). Let the cake cool for 5 more minutes.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Now you’re going to be flipping it and cooling it some more, so put the pan back on.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Put on oven mitts and carefully flip the pan over so the lamb’s face is facing you. Take off that pan and let her cool completely, Wilton says 4 hours.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

When the lamb is completely cool, place her in the refrigerator until you’re ready to decorate, then place her on a platter to get dolled up.

How to make a lamb cake recipe and step-by-step photos and instructions

Now the fun part! Decorate the lamb cake with fluffy “wool” icing and coconut grass and then make a cute and easy edible Easter bonnet.

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6 Responses to “Easter Lamb Cake Recipe For Beginners”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Hi Stephanie, it tastes good …it’s like a pound cake so more of a heavy cake texture but that didn’t stop me from eating a good 1/3 of it myself. As far as frosting, don’t tell anyone but I bought a can at the grocery. I know. Well, normally I like the Cakegirls recipes for buttercream frosting (thecakegirls.com) but I felt like taking a shortcut. I used a star tip. And yes, I have a post for how to frost it (http://www.merrimentdesign.com/how-to-decorate-an-easter-lamb-cake.php) and this week I’m also going to post how to make the edible Easter bonnet. I love the tail idea!! Would love to see your lamb on my Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/merrimentdesign)!

  2. Stephanie Says:

    Also what kind of frosting did you use? And what kind of piping tip?

  3. Stephanie Says:

    I want to make this…how does the recipe taste?

  4. Kathy Beymer Says:

    Thanks, Amy! You’re sweet. :D

  5. Amy Anderson Says:

    This cake is AMAZING!! You have so much talent – wow. I could never do this. Well, maybe if I follow your instructions. :D

  6. CT at Baker's Joy Says:

    Your lamb cake is adorable! Nice to see that you use our Baker’s Joy too! Thanks for mentioning that. Here’s a URL for a coupon for your next purchase:
    http://www.bakersjoy.com/coupons/


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