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Easter Lamb Cake Recipe For Beginners

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

Lamb cakes are as Easter as the bunny herself! Make your family and friends a cute-as-a-button lamb cake this Easter with this simple step-by-step Easter lamb cake recipe using a lamb cake mold pan. I’ll show you my no-fail tips to make this traditional 3D lamb cake for Easter.

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 totally ‘from scratch’ lamb cake pan recipe …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

Keep reading for the easy Easter lamb cake recipe, step-by-step instructions, and supply list.

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Supplies and Ingredients for making the Easter Lamb Cake recipe:

Ingredients for an Easter lamb cake (recipe from Wilton)
1 box (about 18 oz) yellow or devil’s food cake mix (make sure the boxed cake mix is 18.5 oz – see my note below if your box is only 15.25-16.25 ounces)
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 package (3.8 oz) instant pudding mix (use vanilla flavored pudding for white or yellow cakes, use chocolate-flavored pudding for devil’s food cakes)

What if I cannot find an 18.5 oz package cake mix?
Isn’t it sneaky how manufacturers have quietly reduced the cake box ounces from 18.5 ounces to 15.25-16.25 ounces for the same or higher price? So there are a couple of ways to adjust this recipe if you cannot find 18.5 oz cake mix boxes. What I do is buy two cake mixes and then measure out the extra ounces using my food scale, then I keep the rest in the bag/box for my next ooey gooey butter cookie baking day. Alternatively, I found this article that talks about other methods too, including substituting 5-6 tablespoons of flour.

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Supplies for an Easter lamb cake
Wilton’s original Lamb cake pan (this is mine) or Nordic Ware’s classic standup lamb pan
Kitchen twine and scissors
Baker’s Joy
Cookie sheet
KitchenAid stand mixer
Cooling rack

How to decorate a 3D standup Easter lamb cake

Easter lamb cake

Make a traditional Easter lamb cake with this pound cake recipe. Includes tips on how to keep the lamb's head stable when baked.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Cooling Time 4 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Lamb cake pan
  • Kitchen twine and scissors
  • Baker's Joy (recommended)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Cooling rack

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box yellow cake or devil's food cake mix 18.5 oz - see note below
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 box instant pudding mix 3.8 oz - vanilla for yellow cake or chocolate for devil's food cake

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to the temperature on the side of your cake box. Grease the lamb cake pans thoroughly using two thin coats of Baker's Joy, or grease and flour by hand
  • Mix cake mix and pudding mix with a whisk to combine. Then add eggs, water, and oil. Mix until combined.
  • Place the lamb's face down onto the counter. Pour five cups of batter into the pan. Spread the batter so it's flat and all the way to the edges of the pan. Support neck with toothpicks (see full instructions in post).
  • Place the pan back on top of the filled front and carefully wind kitchen twine to secure. Bake for 50-60 minutes, test it by poking a toothpick in the hole on the top of the pan.
  • Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Cut the twine, remove top pan, and cool for another 5 minutes. Put pan back on, flip, and remove other pan. Cool completely for 4 hours.
  • Decorate lamb cake as desired. See my post for decorating instructions.

Notes

What if I cannot find an 18.5 oz package cake mix?

Isn’t it sneaky how manufacturers have quietly reduced the cake box ounces from 18.5 ounces to 15.25-16.25 ounces for the same or higher price? There are two ways to adjust this recipe if you cannot find 18.5 oz cake mix boxes. I buy two cake mixes and then measure out the extra ounces using my food scale, then I keep the rest in the bag/box for my next ooey gooey butter cookie baking day. Alternatively, substitute 5-6 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
Keyword Cake, Cakes, Dessert, Easter

How to make an Easter Lamb Cake:

Step 1: Prepare your ingredients and lamb cake pan

Gather all your supplies and ingredients. 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

Step 2: Mix the lamb cake ingredients

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, water, and oil.

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

Step 3: Pour batter into the lamb cake pan

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 leftover 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

Step 4: Tie the lamb cake pan together and bake

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 (see your cake recipe for the temperature to use – mine was 350 degrees) 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. 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

Step 5: Cool the Easter lamb cake thoroughly

OK now back to the lamb cake. Here’s where you can poke your toothpick into the lamb cake 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 lamb cake pan (which is the lamb’s back, the pan with the hole in it). Let the Easter lamb 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 cake is completely cool, place her in the refrigerator until you’re ready to decorate, then place her on a platter to decorate your lamb cake with icing and coconut grass.

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

>> Next step: Decorate the Easter lamb cake with fluffy “wool icing” and coconut grass

>> And then make a cute and easy (and edible!) chocolate candy clay Easter bonnet

 

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Easter lamb cake pan and recipe

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Roslyn Hanson

Saturday 24th of March 2018

I am baking this but don't see the temperature setting for the oven. I will try 350 degrees and hope it works.

Kathy

Saturday 24th of March 2018

Hi Roslyn, I used 350 too. What does the back of your cake recipe say? I also see that the Wilton website says 350 for its Strawberry Chardonnay Lamb Cake (http://www.wilton.com/strawberry-chardonnay-lamb-cake/WLTREAT-34.html) so that sounds like a good temperature to use. Let me see your finished lamb cake! I'm at facebook.com/merrimentdesign or @kathybeymer on instagram. Happy Easter!

Stephanie

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

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

Stephanie

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

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

Kathy Beymer

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

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 (https://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)!

Amy Anderson

Monday 11th of March 2013

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

Kathy Beymer

Wednesday 13th of March 2013

Thanks, Amy! You're sweet. :D

CT at Baker's Joy

Wednesday 6th of March 2013

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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