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Vanilla Cakes layered with Vanilla Frosting, a Dark Chocolate Ganache Drip, & packed full of Mini Eggs – The perfect Mini Egg Cake Easter Showstopper!

I posted a photo of a ‘drip cake’ a few weeks ago on my Facebook page, and you lot are OBSESSED with it (Thank you!). This led me to wanting to treat you to a delicious recipe that is not only a ‘drip cake’ but is a mixture of two of my favourite flavours, Vanilla & Chocolate, as well as being full to the brim of MINI EGGS. Yes, I realise you got that from the title of the recipe, but seriously… what could be better?!

I wanted to really start off my Easter Baking this year with a bang, and I honestly think that this is the way. I know that there are thousands and thousands of Drip Cakes going across social media all the time, and the obsessions with them hasn’t really stopped. I won’t lie, I am also obsessed – I much prefer these sort of cakes in comparison to regular fondant covered cakes as I love chocolate and frostings and all things delicious.

I decided that with this cake I would use a vanilla recipe for the actual cake as I wanted it to be something that most people would love. I went along with it and made the frosting vanilla as well, but I think the lighter colour of the frosting makes it very ‘Easter-y’ and the contrast with the dark chocolate ganache is amazing! I based the recipe on my Victoria Sponge – Celebration Cake which has always been one of the most popular cake recipes on my blog.

There is something so delicious about the simplicity of a vanilla cake, with a simple buttercream. I don’t usually bother adding vanilla to a buttercream like this as I often find that its Vanilla-y enough on its own, but its something you can easily do. Or, you can even add 50g of cocoa powder to it to make it chocolatey! The possibilities are endless with a recipe like this.

Mini Egg Cake

These sort of cakes can be utterly mind boggling to some people, and I can get that. The first one I made was an absolute disaster. Like, I question whether I should’ve eaten it its was a pile of smush, but hey… never waste anything! Seriously though, I usually use a Metal Scraper (affiliate link) to do a cake like this, but I have also find a new tool, A giant Cake Scraper, which is PERFECT.

Honestly, using either of the tools makes life so much easier. If you like, you can do a thin crumb coat of the buttercream first, chill it, and then go over again in a thicker layer. This prevents the cake going with the buttercream and causing a failure. You don’t want your buttercream to be too thick, but its best to not have it too thin either. It’s one of those annoying things to say, but its true. For this amount of buttercream I usually add 3-4 tbsps of boiling water one at a time.

This cake also goes the extra mile because it has crushed mini eggs between the layers. And I mean come on, crushed mini eggs in a cake? YES PLEASE. HELLO YUMMY. Too much yum. YUMMY YUM.

If you need any advice on the cake then email me at [email protected] or comment below! Enjoy!

Mini Egg Drip Cake!

Vanilla Cakes layered with Vanilla Frosting, a Dark Chocolate Ganache Drip, & packed full of Mini Eggs – The perfect Easter Showstopper!
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Category: Dessert
Type: Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Decorating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 15 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


Cake Ingredients

  • 450 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 450 g Caster Sugar
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 450 g Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Buttercream Ingredients

  • 350 g Unsalted Butter
  • 800 g Icing Sugar


  • 100 g Double Cream
  • 100 g Dark Chocolate (finely chopped)
  • 300 g Mini Eggs (Crushed)
  • 100 g Mini Eggs (Whole)
  • Small Easter Egg


For the Cake!

  • Heat the oven to 160C/140C Fan and line two DEEP 20cm/8inch cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.
  • In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder and Vanilla and beat again briefly till combined – try not to overbeat! 
  • Divide the mixture between the two tins and smooth it over – bake for 1 hour (Check after 45 minutes if your oven runs hot, can take longer) until the cake is golden and when the cake springs back (skewer should also come out clean)
  • Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack.

For the Decoration!

  • In a stand mixer, beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is smooth and loose and then beat in the icing sugar 1/3 at a time until its fully combined. 
  • Keep beating the buttercream for 5-6 minutes on a medium speed so it starts to get fluffier and lighter. If too thick, add one tablespoon of boiling water at a time till its smooth enough. 
  • Once the cake is cooled, I level them off so that they are flat, and then divide the cakes into two – so I end up with 4 layers. 
  • With the first layer of the cake, spread some of the buttercream onto the top of the first layer and sprinkle on 1/3 of the crushed mini eggs, add the second cake on top, and then top again with some of buttercream and mini eggs etc until you reach the top layer. Only use about 1-2 tbsp of buttercream per layer so that you have enough to decorate with!
  • With the leftover buttercream, as you can see, I covered the sides (and top) too! I tend to refrigerate my cake after step 5 to make this easier as the cake is so moist but this is optional – you could just slap it all on if you wished! Sometimes its best to do a thinner “crumb” layer and refrigerate it, and then do the thicker layer for the final finish!
  • Once finished, make the ganache – heat the 100ml of double cream until its just below boiling point, and pour over the finely chopped chocolate and leave for 5 minutes to just sit. After the 5 minutes, stir until smooth and leave it to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Gently pour/pipe the ganache around the edge of the cake to cause the drips, and pour the rest onto the top and spread evenly and leave to set in the fridge (This is when I inserted my bits of easter egg so that the ganache glued them to the cake)
  • Once the ganache is set, with any leftover frosting, pipe some little rosettes onto the top and top with the whole mini eggs! I then finished with a few more mini eggs as you can see!


  • If your ganache isnt fully melted after the mixing the chances are that the cream wasn’t hot enough – heat it for 10 seconds at a time in the microwave until its smooth. Its important to leave it to cool before decorating the cake otherwise it might melt the cake.
  • As its for easter, you could easily dye the frosting a pale shade of pink, blue, etc – add in a little of colouring as you’re whipping the frosting up!
  • All of the decorations are completely optional – but I love this style of cake! (You can also make half of the recipe to make a smaller cake, as this is a beast… but it really is a showstopper!)
  • I bake the cake at 140C In my oven as its a deeper cake, and it makes it bake flat. It also tends to stay moister. If you’re in a rush you can bake it at the usual temperatures, but adjust the baking time accordingly.
  • This cake will last in an airtight container for 3 days, at room temperature.


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  1. Nicola on July 29, 2021 at 8:22 am

    I’m attempting to my make my first show stopper cake for my birthday next month so this recipe looks perfect. Can I ask why this cake has baking powder in I noticed that other cakes like the sprinkle fondant cake on dani’s blog doesn’t have baking powder in. There is so many variations in recipes it’s so hard to choose 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 30, 2021 at 11:31 am

      They are different cakes, different examples, and just different recipes! x

  2. Natasha on April 27, 2021 at 9:38 am

    I want to make this cake but my cake tins are only 3 inch tall, would that work or are they not deep enough? I’m wanting to make a vanilla sponge cake with jam and buttercream but this size cake so would I just use this recipe for quantiles?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 8, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      Hey, yes the tin will be fine and yeah that could work!xx

  3. Wendy on April 2, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Hi Jane, I made this cake this morning and sadly it sunk in the middle. I’m in the USA so I know our ingredients can differ but I’m from the UK and I have a good set of scales 😊 I’m wondering if US eggs are bigger than UK and maybe I should try 5 instead of 6?? I find the self raising flour here hard to work with , it’s less inclined to rise, should I add more baking powder or will it affect the taste? Thank you in advance, Wendy

  4. Zoe Clemence on March 29, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    5 stars
    Hi jane another amazing recipe!! I have a couple questions this is my first time trying a cake like this… does the butter cream have to be thinner then cupcake buttercream? And my ganache was too thick..could I just heat it abiy more? Thank you in advance

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  8. Christina on January 22, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Hello 😊 I’m planning on making a smaller version of this. I have 20cm take tins but they are not deep. What quantities would I use if I used 3 tins?

  9. Eliza on January 19, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    Hiya, when I do my second layer of butter cream and go to scrape it Smooth I end up on some parts scraping back down to sponge and in others there are air bubbles In the buttercream. Where am I going wrong? I just want super smooth and even sides x

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      That sounds like you aren’t putting enough buttercream on – watch a few of my videos on YouTube or any other drip cake video and it may help!

  10. ellie on September 7, 2020 at 11:38 am

    If I don’t have 2 deep tins, how many normal 8inch tins would this batter fill?
    My 8inch tins are probably about 2inchs deep

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 7, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      You’d want four so that they don’t over flow x

  11. Nicola Fenlon on September 6, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Jane!

    I’m looking to make this for my friends daughters birthday but I am wanting to do 3 layers. Could you please let me know how much of Each of the ingredients I would need to do this in 3x 9” tins please? Thank you so much x

    • Jane's Patisserie on September 7, 2020 at 2:47 pm

      For a 3 layer/9″ cake I would do maybe 500g flour/sugar/butter and 10 medium eggs – and then increase the decoration by about a 1/3 to make sure you have enough! x

  12. Rachael on May 31, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Hi Jane, Your recipes are always amazing. Thank you!
    could you use milk chocolate for the ganache?

    • Jane's Patisserie on June 1, 2020 at 11:10 am

      Hiya – you can, but it’s not a straight swap! You need to use 2:1 chocolate to cream! x

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  18. Josie on March 9, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Hi, I want to use the base of this recipe but decorate it slightly differently – would I be able to substitute the dark chocolate for white chocolate for the ganache, so I can add blue food colouring to make it blue?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      No – different chocolates work very differently! White chocolate is a 3:1 ratio!

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  20. Naomi on October 8, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Jane!
    Could this mixture be divided into two 9″ tins or do i need to add more ingredients?

  21. Kylie on April 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Hi! Love your recipes! Have a small question…could i use your chocolate frosting recipe (found in Easter Chocolate Cake) for the inside layered buttercream part and the simple buttercream posted in this cake for the outside decoration part? are the tastes compatible you think? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 21, 2019 at 9:25 am

      Yes, that would work! x

    • Kylie on April 21, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      hi, again! thnx for answering so soon. One more question though…if i am to use the buttercream posted in this recipe, only on the outside part of the cake, should i minimize the ingredients? the amounts listed i mean.
      Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 22, 2019 at 9:37 am

      You could probably try halving it, but with drip cakes you need a little excess to make sure you have enough? So you could try 2/3, and freeze any leftover?

    • Kylie on April 24, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      hi! thanks for answering each time so quick! one more question can i finish the cake (buttercream, decoration and all) one day before the party that i’m taking it too?? and could i bake the cake maybe one day before that? that means 2 days before the party…
      I hope i wasnt too confusing…xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 25, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Yes you can, cakes usually last 4-5 days easily, but I stick with 3 days to be safe!

    • Kylie on April 28, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      The cake was a total success! Honestly! this was the first time trying a stacked layered cake and i think it came out great! Choosing to use the chocolate buttercream as a filling was an awesome choice. That thing tasted awesome! Had great feedback from friends and family and people left with the few pieces that were left. The only thing, the cake wasnt too moist but i think is my fault. Probably left it in the fridge longer than necessary or it was because i made it 2 days before serving date instead of 1! Thank you very much for sharing this recipe. I would love to send you a picture!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 29, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Yeah, the cake shouldn’t be kept in the fridge, or it was slightly over baked! x

  22. Sian on April 20, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Hi, Could I use stork for the butter cream or does it need to be unsalted butter?
    It looks amazing! I’ve loved all your recipes so far!

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 20, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      You should not use stork, it MUST be unsalted butter. Stork doesn’t ever work for buttercream!

  23. Terri Roberts on April 14, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Hi Jane, if I baked this cake today (or used a madeira recipe) and wrapped it tightly in baking paper and cling film until Thursday then decorated on Thursday and served on Friday do you think it would still be fresh? Thanks, Terri

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 14, 2019 at 10:27 am

      I would say that’s leaving it a little long, I would personally bake it on wednesday evening if I couldn’t bake it on the thursday!

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  25. Holly on March 29, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Jane!
    I’m just wondering how you managed to cut the Easter egg in half? Did you find it difficult? Any tips?
    Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 29, 2019 at 2:19 pm

      Most Easter eggs are actually already in halves and just not stuck together so I just used a half! Otherwise, cutting carefully down the line is good x

    • Leah on April 4, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Hi Jane I made this the other day and it was fab. I was going to make it again but I was wondering would it be possible to make into a chocolate cake as it’s the perfect size and amount of layers I need?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 4, 2019 at 9:35 pm

      Yes you can! You can take out 65g of flour, and add in 65g of cocoa powder!

  26. Jen on January 26, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Jane, if you’re dividing the batter by 3 shallower 8 inch tins how long do they need to bake for?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 26, 2019 at 5:38 pm

      I would bake them at 160C in my fan oven, rather than 140 – and then bake for 30-35 minutes or so maybe?!

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  28. Holly on November 3, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    5 stars
    Hi! Would it be ok if I kept the same amount of ingredients but split it between 3 8″ cake tins? Thank you X

    • Jane's Patisserie on November 4, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Hiya! Yeah it would!! x

    • Holly on November 14, 2018 at 10:44 am

      5 stars
      Thank you!! I have made 3 of your cakes now and every time they turn out perfectly!! You’re my go to now!!

    • Fiona Davies on January 10, 2019 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Jane I’m looking at making a ‘vanilla naked cake’ could I use this recipe for the sponge ? Or do you have an actual recipe for this many thanks fiona xx

    • Jane's Patisserie on January 10, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      Umm yes I guess you could use this one! Or just use a Victoria sponge type recipe! X

  29. Ash on July 16, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, Love the recipies, I bake your chocolate orange brownies all the time!

    Going to make this on a larger scale… ie. a 30cm tin. how much do i need to increase the ingredients, and baking times?

    • Jane's Patisserie on July 16, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you! You need to increase the cake ingredients by roughly 2.5 so butter you’d need 1125g in the sponge. To be safe you could make it 1250g. Timing wise I can’t tell you an exact time, but with 12″ cakes I tend to bake at 140C, and probably for above two hours? Keep an eye on it at the two hour mark! I wouldn’t bake it all in one, and would recommend baking two sponges and splitting them like in the recipe x

    • Ash on July 16, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you for your quick reply! Yeah my plan was to do identical to your recipe, but on a larger scale! so def going to do two sponges and split them! glad I asked now, as i would never have thought it would take as long as two hours! i would have taken them out far too early!

    • ASH on July 17, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Thank you for your quick reply!

      My plan was to follow your recipe exactly but on a larger scale, so two sponges is def the way to go! glad I asked, as i would never have thought it would take 2 hours! Thanks again!

  30. Jessica on May 15, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Hi Jane. Making this cake for a birthday but as I work full time, I’m having to make it over a couple of days. When refrigerating the cake after adding the buttercream, how long do you do this for? I was going to do a crumb coat and leave overnight but I’m worried it’ll dry the cake out. Also, if I bake the cake one day and then make the buttercream the next, would you say it’d last 3 days from baking the cake or 3 days from making the buttercream?

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm

      You only need to leave it in there to set, then take it out the fridge. And I would say three days from baking personally, but often they do last longer. As long as you tightly wrap the sponges in clingfilm once fully cooled if you’re waiting to decorate, it’ll be fine! x

    • Jessica on May 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Perfect thanks Jane! Sorry one more question how many medium eggs would you put in this? Having trouble finding large ones in Tesco!!

    • Jane's Patisserie on May 17, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      8 Medium! X

  31. Ellie on April 28, 2018 at 11:08 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, this looks amazing! I’m looking to make something very similar to this in the next week or so. I’m just wondering what size cake board you used? Thank you !

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      I always use a cake board thats two inches bigger than the tin, so theres an inch boarder. So for this, I used a 10″ xx

  32. Laura McEvoy on April 1, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    Hi! I’m making this cake 2moro for my daughters birthday, but only wanted to do 6” rather than 8”. Do I just halve the recipe to 225g flour, sugar & butter and then 3 eggs? Really looking forward to baking this! I made your kinder egg cheesecake this weekend and the mini egg cookie bake and they were amazing!! I have loads more of your recipes to try! Thanks in advance 💗 x

  33. Gabe on March 31, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I’m trying to make this cake and my batter was very thick because there was no liquid in it, was I supposed to melt the butter or something.

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 31, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      This is a standard cake recipe that I always use – they are naturally thick. You don’t need to add liquid to cake mixes such as this one. You can thin it out with milk if you wish, but there really is no need.

  34. Emily on October 7, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I’m looking to make a similar drip cake maybe a little taller however I don’t think I’ll have an airtight contacting big enough to store it in for a day or so. Will storing it in the fridge affect the cake?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 7, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Hiya – Yes storing the cake in the fridge will dry it out and it won’t be very nice. I recommend trying to buy a cake cardboard box online as they’re designed for taller cakes!

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  36. Ruth Richardson on April 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Hiya Jane,
    Is the butter frosting supposed to be thicker than a normal frosting for you to spread it on to the cake as smooth as you do. Im making it at the moment and it seems very thick to the point my mixer is struggling to mix it.
    Many Thanks

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      It shouldn’t be THAT thick that the mixer is struggling with it. The recipe worked well for me… you can loosen it slightly, but you don’t want it too loose otherwise it can buldge? x

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  38. sarah on April 8, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    can you please add the measures in cups ?

    • Jane's Patisserie on April 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      Sorry I wont be as I measure in grams, and personally find cup measurements too unreliable. A set of digital scales is a great investment for all recipes ☺️

  39. Jane on March 24, 2017 at 2:38 am

    This looks amazing! I was wanting to make mini versions of these for my daughters teachers. How would I adjust the cooking times/recipe?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 24, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      How mini are you talking?

    • Jane on April 2, 2017 at 8:47 am


    • Jane's Patisserie on April 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      I’m afraid I have no idea for that size, sorry!

  40. Lucy Smith on March 18, 2017 at 11:27 am

    LOVE this cake! Could you do this recipe but use 4 8inch sandwich tins instead of 2 deep ones?? 🙂

  41. Mabel on March 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Wow I have not tried baking it yet but it looks amazing but it looks amazing can you sell them or do we have to make them? What other cakes ? do you do?

    • Jane's Patisserie on March 8, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      I’m a recipe blog, I don’t sell cakes ☺️

  42. Sandra on March 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Jane was just wondering what depth are your 8″ tins?

  43. Kelly on March 2, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Wow this cake looks amazing!! I really want to make this!

  44. [email protected]'s Italian Kitchen on March 1, 2016 at 4:29 am

    I would not mind diving into that cake!

  45. Lyne on February 26, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Beautiful cake! Well done – plus it looks soooo delicious!

  46. Barbara golightly on February 26, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful. Well done

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