Mini Egg Chocolate Cake!

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A Three-Layer Mini Egg Chocolate Cake with Pastel Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Mini Eggs! Perfect Easter Showstopper!

Oh, heyyyyy the most winning Easter Cake ever! That is a bit of a lie, I love all of my Easter Showstopper cakes equally, and this one even though it is new is already one of my favourites. It just looks so pretty and tastes wonderful. 

I thought I would post another Easter beauty this year, as I had a craving to do a layer cake with different pastel-like colours, and matching the Mini Egg colours seemed ideal! The buttercream colours contrast so nicely with the chocolate sponge, and it ends up looking quite spectacular! 

Last year I posted my Easter Piñata Cake, and I adore it still. Who doesn’t love a cake full of Chocolate. Last year I also posted my Easter Chocolate Fudge Cake, and I realise I have an issue with posting probably too many Chocolate themed Easter Cakes, but I just want to post more.

In 2016, I posted my Mini Egg Drip Cake, which has stayed as one of my all-time favourites, because it has an Easter egg poking out of the top, and I don’t think you can really ever beat that to be fair. HOWEVER. I am all for this new recipe, because just look at it. It’s simple, its delicious, and it’s going to please EVERYONE. 

If however, you don’t like chocolate, then yeah you won’t be a massive fan of it. But, there are notes in the recipe on how to make it a vanilla cake instead of chocolate if you preferred! I realise that Easter can be quite chocolate heavy for some, so you might want to change it to vanilla cake instead. 

I use Rainbow Dust Progel Colours for this cake, as they are such good food colours. You really only need to use a tiny amount, and you get the perfect shade. I really ~desperately~ hate supermarket own liquid food colourings, as they just don’t have the pigmentation you need. Also, they can often make buttercreams split as you need to add so much. 

Just like all my other Easter bakes, you can easily swap out the mini eggs for other Easter chocolate treats. I just use Mini Eggs as they seem to be the most popular on my blog, and I always buy so many. As soon as they’re in supermarkets, I spam purchase endless amounts, that I always think will I ever get through?! But I do…

You can bake this into one sponge and split them if you prefer, I just prefer to keep it as three separate sponges to make my life easier. Also, I have a large capacity oven, so they all fit on the same shelf at the same time. If you wanted to bake one instead, you’d have to lower the baking temperature to 140C, and bake for longer!

I do realise that this recipe basically means a lot more washing up that normal, as you will have three cake tins, multiple bowls, spoons and spatulas, but its all worth it. I tend to just chuck everything into my dishwasher and hope it gets everything off! 

This recipe is inspired by my Mini Egg Cupcakes that I posted the other day, and yeah you can see some crushed M&M eggs in there, but I’d ran out of Mini Eggs as I kept eating them… so my bad. Shows how easily you can switch it all around! 

Honestly, I adore this recipe so much, so I hope you all love this recipe too! Enjoy! x

Mini Egg Chocolate Cake!

A Three-Layer Mini Egg Chocolate Cake with Pastel Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and Mini Eggs! Perfect Easter Showstopper!
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Category: Cake
Type: Cakes
Keyword: Easter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 15 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie


For the Cake

  • 400 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 400 g Light Brown Sugar
  • 340 g Self Raising Flour
  • 60 g Cocoa Powder
  • 8 Medium Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder

For the Buttercream

  • 350 g Unsalted Butter (not stork)
  • 700 g Icing Sugar
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Purple and Pink Food Colourings


  • Mini Eggs
  • Sprinkles


For the Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line three 8"/20cm cake tins with parchment paper. 
  • Beat your Butter and Sugar together for a couple of minutes until light and fluffy!
  • Add in your Flour, Cocoa Powder, Baking Powder and Eggs and beat again till a delicious cake mixture is formed. 
  • Split evenly between your cake tins, and bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. Can take less or more time, depending on your oven. 
  • Check the cakes are cooled with a skewer! Leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool fully. 

For the Buttercream

  • Make sure your butter is at room temperature, and beat on its own for about 5 minutes to really loosen it. 
  • Add in the Icing Sugar roughly 1/3 at a time, and beat fully. 
  • Add in your vanilla and beat till smooth - I will beat it for about 3-4 minutes to really fluff it up. 
  • Split the mixture evenly between three bowls - make one purple, one pink and leave the last as it is for yellow/white. 

For the Decoration

  • Get your first sponge, and spread/pipe over your first colour. Sprinkle on some crushed mini eggs if you like! 
  • Get your second sponge and repeat till you have your top sponge!
  • Add on your last colour, and decorate how you like - use any leftover buttercream, or whatever you fancy and add on as many Mini Eggs as you prefer with some cute sprinkles! 


  • I will always recommend Sugarflair colours or Rainbow Dust progel food colouring!
  • I recommend using these large piping bags as they're perfect for the job!
  • And if you want to pipe the blobs of buttercream on, you can use this amazing round piping nozzle
  • Supermarket wise, the Dr Oetker extra strong gels can work for this, you might just need quite a bit of it! 
  • This cake will last for 3-4 days at room temperature!
  • I used probably 300-400g of mini eggs in this, but you can use more or less as you please!
  • If you want it to be not chocolate flavoured, take out the cocoa powder and replace with more self raising flour. 
Nutrition Facts
Mini Egg Chocolate Cake!
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 23g144%
Cholesterol 191mg64%
Sodium 52mg2%
Potassium 204mg6%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 58g64%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1225IU25%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* These are only estimates and can vary dependant on brands of ingredients and serving sizes.


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  • Jemima Christmas
    October 20, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Hey Jane. Happy Birthday!

    How could I convert this sponge into a 3 layer, 10 inch cake?

    Thankyou x

  • Cheryl Wilson
    October 7, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Hiya Jane, I love this recipe have used so many times, what would the recipe be for a 6” round 3inch deep 2x tins and cut the sponges into two please thank you xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      October 9, 2020 at 10:20 am

      Hey! So typically I say a 6″ is 2/3 of an 8″ recipe – and they should still cut into two! x

  • Barbara Dismore
    September 22, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Hi. How deep are your cake tins please?
    Thank you 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie
      September 23, 2020 at 7:59 am

      All my cake tins are 2.5″ or deeper for cheesecakes/sponges x

  • Jade
    July 22, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Hi Jane!
    Would you say this chocolate sponge recipe be able to withstand being covered in extra buttercream and fondant too?
    Many thanks

  • Lucy Hinton
    July 8, 2020 at 11:51 am

    5 stars
    I’d like to make this chocolate cake but with a chocolate ganache on top and chocolate buttercream in between the layers. Do you think that would be too much? Should I chose either ganache or buttercream?
    Is ganache just 1:1 ratio of dark choc to double cream?
    Thanks for your help, I love your recipes!!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      July 8, 2020 at 7:07 pm

      Hey! No it wouldn’t be too much – have a look at my Biscoff Drip Cake for inspiration (but yes dark chocolate is 1:1) x

  • Stacey Tatham
    July 6, 2020 at 10:26 am

    5 stars
    Brilliant recipe!

  • JJ
    June 28, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane
    I recently made your Eton mess cake for a birthday and it was such a success, it is a 6 egg recipe for 3 tier cake and was the perfect size for the number of people
    Could I make this cake as a 6 egg recipe, still keeping the 3 tiers or do you advise sticking with 8 eggs for a specific reason e.g does the chocolate cake rise a bit less?
    Hope that makes sense and sorry for all the questions, I’m new at baking and your recipes are the only ones I am having success with and feel confident using xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 29, 2020 at 8:35 am

      Hey! So as the Eton mess one has strawberries in, the weight isn’t as little in comparison (if that makes sense) but also chocolate cakes like this do tend to rise a little less! You could make it thinner, but personally I find the sponges too thin with a 6 egg mix in three tins! Maybe a 7 egg mix would be better? xx

  • Jodie ward
    June 22, 2020 at 11:07 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane,
    Can I ask what coco powder you use please? I use bornville and the sponge doesn’t come out very dark in colour like this one
    Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      June 22, 2020 at 9:21 pm

      I use cacao Barry which is 100% cocoa content so quite dark! x

  • Vicki
    May 3, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Hi Jane, I’m going to make this as a vanilla version per your notes. When replacing the cocoa powder with flour do I replace for exactly the same weight, so 400g flour instead or 340g? Thanks 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie
      May 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm

      Yes! So you want the total flour, to be the weight of the flour + cocoa powder! X

  • Rosie
    April 20, 2020 at 1:03 am

    Hi Jane, I’m making this cake for my daughter for her birthday next week, I love your recipes, however she’s requesting a cake that looks like this with mini eggs but taste of chocolate orange between the layers. Is there a way I could do this? Thanks X

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 20, 2020 at 11:43 am

      The best bet would be to follow this recipe as it is, but add in 1-2tsp orange extract in the sponge, or the zest of an orange!

  • Sol
    April 18, 2020 at 1:52 am

    5 stars
    Hi Jane, this looks lovely!
    I’ve tried a few of your recipes before and loved them, and hoping to do a bit of baking with some leftover Easter goodies, possibly including this one.
    I’m having problems sourcing light brown sugar in a supermarket at the moment for a few of the recipes, due to having home deliveries only(amongst every other ingredient that you have to hope you can get hold of these days!) ; is there anything that can be substituted, as I know you get that lovely caramel flavour/smell from the brown sugar but not sure if you have any recommendations? Thank you!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 18, 2020 at 9:17 am

      You can use either caster sugar, or golden caster sugar, or dark brown soft sugar!

  • Sienna Golarits
    April 11, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Hellooo I’m going to make this for Easter but could I make it into a two layer cake? I don’t get all the 1/3s or 2/3s off the recipe though😂😂 I hate maths! Xx

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 11, 2020 at 1:45 pm

      Yes you can use 250g butter, sugar, 200g flour, 50g cocoa, 5 eggs and split between two tins!

  • Kim
    April 10, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    I can’t wait to do this cake but would love it if you could do a youtube video of it!

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 10, 2020 at 3:21 pm

      Hiya – I have a video of my mini egg drip cake which is similar so I’d watch that one! Unfortunately I won’t be able to film this one, this year.

  • Kelly
    April 28, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    5 stars
    Great crowd pleaser – I didn’t use mini eggs between the layers but that’s just personal preference (and I kept eating the mini eggs). Topped the cake with mini eggs and a happy Easter cake topper – using several bowls to colour the icing is so worth the effort.

  • Emma Porter
    April 6, 2019 at 1:15 pm


    I only have 9”/23cm tins, how much should I increase the quantities by?

  • Maya
    April 3, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    5 stars
    Hi Jane this looks stunning and can’t wait to make it for my boyfriend for Easter! I made your Easter recipe last year too and it was such a hit with everyone!! In fact I only use your recipes now. Can I use plain flour for this? Do you have a general rule of thumb regarding how many tsp of baking powder for a 400g sponge cake if using plain flour or would it vary from recipe to recipe?

    • Jane's Patisserie
      April 4, 2019 at 2:18 pm

      Hiya! Thank you so much! It varies from recipe to recipe – cocoa powder makes a cake dense more naturally, so it’ll be different to a vanilla cake. I would maybe use 2tsps total in this cake – but in general I MUCH prefer self raising flour for cakes. x

  • Ranjan
    April 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    5 stars
    Nice Specially Kids gonna love it. we will definitely try this at our Bakery, Thank you for Sharing

  • Helen Brown
    April 3, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    What nozzle do you use for piping the buttercream on this cake please?


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