As a German Catholic homeschool family, Easter for us is about the Paschal Lamb of God, and His passion, death and resurrection. The Catholic Lenten season takes Catholic faithful on a journey to the Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday. Here are Easter brunch recipes featuring Lamb of God cakes. Make these lamb cake recipes as a centerpiece for your Easter brunch table. The Easter Lamb of God cakes are an ancient Catholic tradition. Our youngest son’s godparents are Croatian and they brought us an Easter Lamb of God cake. 3D lamb cake recipes are usually made with a quick release 2-piece set such as the Nordic Ware or Wilton Stand Up Lamb Cake Pan set. If you don’t have one of those, you can improvise with these lamb cake dessert recipes.
Godmother’s lamb cake recipe featured a luscious cream cheese pound cake is perfect for Easter brunch. I’ve name it Osterlamm Gottes which is German for Easter Lamb of God. Also, in keeping with Polish Catholic Swieconka tradition, several items from Easter brunch or dinner should be brought to church on Holy Saturday for the Swieconka Blessing of the Easter Baskets. Items include eggs, butter, cheese and meat. You might bring ingredients from Easter Lamb of God cakes.
Easter brunch recipes for Lamb of God cakes.
one 8-ounce package cream cheese
one and 1/2 cups butter
three cups raw sugar (Sucanat, Florida Crystals)
six large eggs (room temperature)
three cups unbleached white flour
one teaspoon almond flavoring
fresh sliced strawberries
green food coloring
Optional: white chocolate or white almond bark, cream cheese frosting, white mini marshmallows, jelly beans
Easter brunch recipes for Lamb of God cakes directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Spray stand-up lamb cake pan set with non-stick cooking spray and dust with flour.
Cream butter and cream cheese. Blend in sugar. Add eggs one at a time and beat until creamy. Add almond flavoring and blend.
Add flour all at once; blend until smooth.
Fill lamb cake pan set as directed here at Wilton. Or use this simple guide. Fill one half of pan with batter, almost to over-flowing. Snap the top half in place; secure with clip or use household wire (to prevent the halves from separating. Bake extra batter in greased spring form or regular cake pan. Bake on middle rack for one hour and ten-twenty minutes. Top half may be removed for the last ten minutes. Carefully release pan lock after an hour to check cake. Cook on wire baking rack.
If you don’t have a standup lamb cake pan set, use a bread or loaf pan. Trim cake down to oval for lamb’s body. Bake one cupcake for the lamb’s head. Add extra frosting or curls of white chocolate almond bark to sides of head for ears. Fill in with pink frosting for center of ears or place pink jelly beans in center. You can also bake a sheet cake, print Easter lamb patterns, trace on cake and cut out. Then decorate as you would the standup lamb cake.
When cake is hot, drizzle with thin icing made with warm water, powdered sugar, salt and almond flavoring. Sprinkle with coconut (for lamb’s fleece). Or frost and cover with white mini marshmallows. You could also frost and decorate with shaved white chocolate almond bark for curly lamb’s wool. Use black frosting or black jelly beans for lamb nose, feet and ears. Use black or brown decorator frosting to draw face.
To make this lamb cake into Easter Lamb of God cakes, draw a small cross near lamb’s body with brown frosting. You can design a cross from Popsicle craft sticks painted brown. You can also attach two fudge stick cookies. Arrange eco-friendly Easter grass or green tinted coconut around the base of the lamb. Add a few Whoppers bird’s egg candies, jelly beans or foil-wrapped chocolate eggs. Use as an Easter brunch centerpiece.