Carrot, Chocolate, Red Velvet: Tasty Cakes for Easter Gatherings

By: Toni Cunningham | April 14, 2014
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It’s time to dust off those Easter baskets, folks! Get ready to tie-dye some eggs and dig into a delicious family dinner—one that likely consists of ham, cheesy potatoes and other tasty side dishes.

Forget the chocolate bunnies (for now) and cream-filled eggs (forever—does anyone really like those? Gross), because a meal that extreme should be followed up with a decadent dessert: cake.

While it would be seasonally appropriate to indulge in carrot cake in honor of Peter Cottontail, carrot cake is only one of the top five cakes suitable for your Easter dinner table. What are the others? I’m glad you asked.

I present to you, the top five cake flavors for Easter Sunday:

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Red Velvet 

Red velvet is my favorite cake flavor of all time. If I were stranded on a deserted island, I would hope for red velvet cake to fall from the sky like rain. Swing by Love & Buttercream, 3202 Crooks Rd., Royal Oak, for a red velvet cake with a little something extra. The bakery makes a Raspberry Red Velvet cake, which consists of classic red velvet cake with a layer of raspberry filling, topped off with cream cheese buttercream.

If afterwards you’d like to whip up your own version, try this recipe for Southern Red Velvet Cake from

Devil’s Food

I never trust a person who utters the words “I don’t like chocolate,” especially when devil’s food cake exists. This moist, super chocolate-y concoction is typically a crowd pleaser, so it’s perfect for an Easter gathering. Head to Hermann’s Bakery, 317 S. Main St., Royal Oak, for a Devil’s Food Chiffon cake that will satisfy all of your dinner guests.

When you want to whip one up yourself, take a look at this recipe for Moist Devil’s Food Cake from the domestic goddess herself, Martha Stewart.

Carrot Cake

Carrot cake is obviously the most reasonable choice if you’re watching your weight, because said cake contains vegetables. When topped with chopped walnuts, it also provides you with some of your necessary daily intake of protein and fiber! Take a trip to Astoria Pastry Shop, with locations in Greektown and downtown Royal Oak, to get one. Here, the Carrot Cake is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg and topped with cream cheese frosting.

If the urge to whip up your own carrot cake from scratch arises, go with this Moist Carrot Cake Recipe courtesy of


Marble cake is best suitable for those who are indecisive and want the best of both worlds. It’s also great for a crowd, because you don’t have to make the heartbreaking decision of whether to go with chocolate or vanilla. This way you get both, and everyone is happy. And you want everyone to be happy. You can order a marble cake from Southgate Bakery, 13258 Northline Rd., Southgate, with your choice of icing (buttercream, chocolate or whip cream), and a filling if you so desire (there are nearly a dozen choices). Round cake or sheet cake, it will be a party pleaser.

This Taste of Home recipe for Marvelous Marble Cake will allow you to whip up a pound cake/chocolate cake combo in the comfort of your own kitchen.


Any excuse to combine cake and booze is a great opportunity, in my opinion. Why is the rum gone? Because it’s seeping into every nook and cranny of this deliciously moist cake, that’s why. While not the traditional rum cake, Sweet Dreams, 3848 E. 13 Mile Rd., Warren, takes a delightful spin on the ‘ol classic. The bakery’s Chocolate Rum cake is made with chocolate chiffon cake and chocolate rum mousse, combining two of the best flavors on the planet.

Perhaps you’re more of a traditionalist, which is a-okay. Try this Golden Rum Cake, courtesy of, on for size and you’ll be a happy camper. This one is a quick recipe since it calls for a boxed cake mix—you’ll save yourself some time in the kitchen and will have more hours in the day to enjoy your rum-filled creation!

Whether you’re having a large Easter gathering or just an intimate dinner with immediate family, a cake following Easter dinner will be much appreciated. Get ready to become known as the best dinner host around!