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Lamb Cake with White-Chocolate Buttercream

The perfect Easter dessert! For the decorating technique, see our step-by-step photos.

  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2005


  • Unsalted butter, softened, for molds
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup seedless blackberry or raspberry jam
  • White-Chocolate Buttercream for Lamb Cake
  • White-Chocolate Curls


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter both halves of an 8-cup lamb-shaped cake mold. Dust with flour; tap out excess.

  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add egg and yolk, 3/4 cup warm water, the buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Beat on low speed until smooth.

  3. Pour batter into halves of molds. Bake until a tester comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in molds on wire racks 30 minutes. Unmold; let cool completely.

  4. Trim flat side of each. Trim excess from edges. Cover flat side of 1 cake with jam. Turn halves upright; stick together.

  5. Spread a thin layer of pale-yellow buttercream over cake, sealing edges. Refrigerate 30 minutes. Spread with a second layer, smoothing around head.

  6. Cover with chocolate curls (exclude head). Put brown buttercream in a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip; pipe eyes and mouth. Refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 2 days.

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