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Colorful Easter Egg Layered Cake!

Hello Monday! Hope everyone had a great weekend!!

I am really looking forward to Easter coming up. I love this holiday for so many reasons….teaching the kids the true meaning of Easter, the baking, the Easter Bunny and everything in between.

This is a fun cake that was really simple to put together. The kids love all the pretty colored layers and the moms love that it’s a breeze to make πŸ™‚

I posted my homemade cream cheese frosting recipe below, but I must confess I used the good ol’ Pillsbury frosting for this cake. Pretty and DELICIOUS! Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

1. Bake the thin layered cakes

2. Stack and cut into egg shape

3. Spread frosting between layers…….

4. Frost and….voila’,Β  Done!

Colorful Easter Egg Layered Cake

1 Box White or Yellow Cake Mix

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Cup water

8 oz sour cream or plain yogurt

4 eggs

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

Food Coloring or Decorating Paste (red, yellow, blue green)


2 8oz pkgs softened cream cheese

2 sticks softened butter

2 lbs powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, mix the cake mix, oil, water, sour cream, eggs and pudding mix until well combined; about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide batter evenly into 4 bowls. Add very little food coloring or paste to each bowl to create a pastel color of your choice. Once mixed, pour each colored batter into well greased 9 inch cake pans (4 total). Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cakes are cooked through. Cakes will be thin.

2. Once cooled completely, remove from pans and stack on top of each other in the color patter you would like. Take a long sharp knife and cut an egg shape, see pics above. Once cut, place each individual layer of cake onto wax paper.

3. To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until well combined. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Place first layer of cake onto a cake stand. Spread frosting over top layer then place second layer of cake on top and continue this pattern until all layers are frosted. Frost top and sides once layers are frosted.

4. Cut into slices and serve with milk πŸ™‚

10-12 servings


Over the weekend we went to the Irvine Railroad Park for an Easter Eggstravaganza with my sister’s family. We had such a great time! I took the sweetest photo’s of her newest little angel…I want to keep her so bad!

To see more pictures of our day at the park click on my “life in OC” page πŸ™‚

Have a great new week!

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  1. 1

    That is so pretty! I want to make a fun Easter dessert and this may be it.

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    Miranda says:

    What a easy and beautiful cake….I just might have to make this for my daughters preschool class. They would LOVE IT!!! Thank you so so much!

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    Kat says:

    this is so cute!

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    HoneyB says:

    Jenny, the cake is so pretty and the baby is beautiful!

  5. 5

    so very pretty! I have never made a cake like this, but Easter might be the perfect time!!

  6. 6

    Gorgeous! I might have to make that for Easter!

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    Stacy says:

    So pretty! And it looks so good, taste-wise! Yummmmy!

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    Pat says:

    Beautiful. Looks very festive.

  9. 9

    That cake is gorgeous! I might have to make that for my DD’s 4th birthday this weekend.

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    Erica Lea says:

    Hello! I had a lovely weekend. πŸ™‚

    This cake is adorable! It would be perfect for an Easter Tea Party.

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    Beth D. says:

    Jenny, you’ve done it again! Love this idea for Easter… πŸ™‚

  12. 12

    Adorable! My kids would love this.

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    Freda says:

    Such a festive and yummy looking cake!!!!

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    Maria says:

    What a fun cake! So fresh and springy!

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    Beth D. says:

    Oh, BTW, where did you find that adorable cake stand?? πŸ™‚

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    Michelle says:

    So cute! I just made rainbow cupcakes (complete with a “pot of gold” coin on top) for St. Patty’s day. Never thought of cooking the colors separate like this! Great idea! I’m on board. This will definitely be on our table for Easter Dinner! Thanks!

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    Yen says:

    I was wondering, where do you buy your cake stand(s) from?

    • 17.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Yen,
      I find a lot of my kitchen pieces at TJ Maxx. I believe that’s where I got the one pictured here.

  18. 18

    so super pretty pretty pretty!!

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    Rick says:

    Easy and adorable! And it isn’t all that fattening!

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    Nicole says:

    Thanks for this idea! I definitely want to make something like this for Easter

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    Memoria says:

    I’m sure dads love that this is a breeze to meke, too. πŸ™‚

    It is a lovely cake. I love the photo of the slice.

  24. 24
    Amanda says:

    So pretty, what a wonderful idea!

  25. 25
    Fuji Mama says:

    What a fun cake! My girls would LOVE that!

  26. 26
    Nicole says:

    How cute! That’s what I’m going to make to take to our Easter dinner. Thank you.

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    Zara says:

    What a fun idea πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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    DianaHayes says:

    Nice job, it’s really pretty.

  29. 29

    Just made rainbow pancakes over the weekend – love the idea of a colorful layered cake for Easter – yum!

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    Krista says:

    What a fun cake and such a sweet baby!

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    Anna S. says:

    Oh wow! that cakes looks sooo good! I am probably going to make it for Easter. One thing I would like to ask is…how do you make your frosting come out so good and look so good on your cake? and how do you make it so smooth on it also? whenever i’ve tried frosting cakes it just doesn’t work out. I would really like to know how you do it! thanks!

    p.s. i think you make really neat recipes!

    • 31.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Anna,
      Start with A LOT of frosting on the cake before trying to spread it. I find that it spreads much easier this way. Make sure the cake is completely cooled too! Hope this helps!!

  32. 32
    Shelby Hill says:

    Hey Jenny, I wanted to make this cake for a family easter gthering, however my broter-n-law is siliac and can’t have gluten. I was going to try it with a gluen-free yellow cake mix. Do you have any cooking suggestions for the gluten-free mix.

    • 32.1
      Jenny says:

      I love Naturally Nora’s gluten free cake mixes, they bake beautifully and taste great! I haven’t tried any other gluten-free mixes. Let me know if you find another good one πŸ™‚ I think you will really love Naturally Nora. You may have to order it online though. Google her name.

      • 32.1.1
        Shelby Hill says:

        So i didn’t have time to order Naturally Nora’s gluten-free cake mix but i used Betty Crocker’s gluten-free yellow cake mix and it turned out great! The layers looked slightly different because the cake was more dense! but it turned out wonderful! The family loved it! thanks for the recipe!

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    Sarah C. says:

    I’m 2 weeks post-op from back surgery and getting bored, so this will be a great (but easy!) dessert to make for Easter. I did want to ask – when you divide the cake batter, about how much do you think goes into each pan? I am always terrible about dividing batters and doughs, and I always end up with parts that are significantly different in size. Any tips? Thanks!

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    Sheena says:

    I tried this cake for Easter and I was so excited with how it turned out I had to post pictures on my blog. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  38. 38
    Jenny says:

    I made this and everyone LOVED how cute and tasty it was! Thanks for the great recipes always πŸ™‚ I’ve made more than a few!

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    natysia says:

    this cake is nice

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    Kristen says:

    Oh Thank you, Thank you! Our twins turn one (eek!) on Easter Sunday and I have been slowly freaking out about what we are going to do – not worried about the babies, it’s the inlaws I’m stressing about and this cake will be just perfect!

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    kimberlycun says:

    although i don’t celebrate easter, but this is too gorgeous not to make! thanks for sharing the recipe πŸ™‚

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    Annarose says:

    Now how cute is this? I love that you cut it into the shape of an egg. This year I’m only allowing myself to make desserts for holidays (I love making desserts…) so I’m trying to find the perfect Easter dessert! This is definitely in the running.

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    Jill H says:

    I made this cake last night and it turned out great! This was my first attempt at a layer cake and it was only slightly crooked. How do you frost it without all of the cake crumbs showing up in the frosting?

    • 44.1
      Jenny says:

      Hi Jill, I make sure the cake is completely cooled and I put lots of frosting on top of the cake to start so you’ve got lots to work with. Also make sure to brush off any loose crumbs before you start frosting.

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    Joan Murray says:

    My mother used to make that when I was young (I’m almost in my 50s). She would make the white cake, split in half, make half blue, and the other pink. Then the yellow cake she would make the yellow and green layers. Then stack and ice and enjoy.

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    Taylor says:

    I know this is gonna sound pretty dumb, but I’m making this cake as I comment and I was wondering if you used all 2 pounds of powdered sugar?

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    I’m very new to baking but determined to try this one this weekend! This might be a stupid question but can I bake the cake on Saturday night and do the frosting Sunday afternoon before our Easter party? Can it be stored on the counter or does it have to be refrigerated??

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    Cassie Hansen says:

    I made this cake for my son’s birthday, and am making another today for my daughters 1st birthday! I was really nervous about it, but it turned out wonderful! It was delicious and so pretty! I even had a family member tell me that they usually don’t like cake at all, and she loved it and ate a HUGE piece! Loved it. There were NO leftovers!

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    Steph says:

    Made this to take to my boyfriend’s family’s easter dinner and it was gone in seconds!! I was sure i was going to screw this up (as i am more of a cook then a baker) but wow it came out GREAT. tasted deliscious also! all around an AWESOME cake. (i even decorated the out side like an easter egg!) this will definitely be my yearly easter tradition for sure!

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    Ducky says:

    this is really delicious if you substitute different packs of flavored colored jello mix instead of food coloring! great recipie πŸ™‚

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    Tiffany says:

    Hey!!! i love baking and i was looking for a great recipie for the oreo stuffed cookies and i was led here… thank god!!!! these all look so great!!! im so excited to start baking these wonderful creations! thankyou sooo much πŸ™‚
    ps. oh i forgot to mention i live in the OC too!!!!

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    Just added this to my next year’s baking list for Easter! What a wonderful looking cake! πŸ™‚

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    Michelle T. says:

    I am gonna bake this cake tonight for brother’s 31st tomorrow. Question. Is it compulsory to add the pudding mix in? I can’t find it.

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    Cake Tower says:

    Oh my gosh! I love that cake. Definitely saving this to my pinterest board. Thanks for the cool idea.

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    melissa says:

    it says 2lbs of icing sugar for the frosting? is this right sounds like a lot but really what do i know? could you clerify for me thanks want to make this for easter dinner and don’t want to disapoint!

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    Clara :D says:

    wow :p Do you already make a RainbowCake ?

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    thanke you.
    very beautiful.

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