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Raspberry Snack Cake for Easter Brunch

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The other night at dinner, we were talking about plans and such for the next few weeks. My husband casually mentioned “…and we go to San Diego in a month…” and my eyes popped out of my head.

We’re going over Spring Break to visit family. In a month. You know what that means? That Easter is in a little over a month. How in the heck did that happen?

I mean, I just got finished with Valentine’s Day. Birthday season is officially over. I’m thinking in mint and rainbows…and now I have to remember that Easter is just around the corner? I need to plan brunch and Easter baskets and and egg hunt? Really?

When I think about Easter, I think about egg hunts. And I think about brunch. We don’t do huge things for Easter. It’s usually just the three of us. Once the egg hunt is out of the way at 7:07 am, the day stretches ahead of us. I like to make a fancy brunch (or go to one) because it makes the day seem more special, even for those of us that don’t celebrate it in the traditional way.

If you’ve been to any store recently, you’ll have noticed all the fun pastel and Easter candy and baskets that are lining the shelves. Last week I went shopping at Cost Plus World Market and I hit Easter pay dirt! I was able to get a bunch of great items for my Easter brunch table, plus some food and some items for Jordan’s Easter basket!

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I am in love with World Market. Not only do they have a kitchen section that will make any foodie drool, but their food section is overwhelming – in a good way. They have food products from all over the world! Then, there is the home decorating section (where I found curtains for my family room for 50% off thankyouverymuch), the furniture section, and, my new favorite place in the store, the seasonal Easter section.

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Let me tell you about a few of the items I was totally crushing on at World Market. The white glass cake stand is so pretty – the leg is almost like a candlestick! And it’s a perfect stand to hold the Carrot Cake Cupcakes from the mix I bought. And that yellow and white striped mixing bowl is the perfect size – I’ve already used it tons of times in the kitchen. It’s also perfect to hold the White Cheddar Bunny Tails that World Market sells this time of year. And, perfect for a crowd, the mason jar drink dispenser. I’ve had my eye on a drink canister for awhile and when I saw this mason jar one at World Market it was love at first site!

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As I was shopping and trying to  decide which what to bake with Easter Brunch in mind, I spotted this Raspberry Curd. It totally jumped out at me, because I’ve never actually seen it before. I always see lemon curd in the stores, but never any other flavors. I decided I wanted to make some sort of a bar with the curd…but I wanted it cute for Easter. When I saw the chocolate covered almonds (and that beautiful baking dish), I knew immediately what to make!

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This Raspberry Snack Cake is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or dessert. It’s a coffee cake base with a ribbon of raspberry curd flowing through the middle. It’s dense and fluffy at the same time, and not too sweet. Topped with the pastel chocolate covered almonds, this cake is almost too addicting. Seriously, I had to freeze it before I ate the whole thing. I need to save something for Easter morning!

Aren’t the cloth napkins so adorable? I bought one in every color. You can’t have too many cute napkins, especially when you entertain a lot…or are a food blogger. :)

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I don’t know how anyone shops at any store this time of year without spending a fortune. I wanted to buy one of everything for Jordan’s Easter basket! World Market not only has cute Spring and Easter candy and toys, but they have a whole section of fun things for kids. Remind me never to take Jordan shopping there! I think this fun Easter basket will be a great centerpiece for our brunch table!

With the Carrot Cake Cupcakes, the Easter candy, and the Raspberry Snack Cake, this brunch is looking a little more like dessert. But that’s okay! It’s a holiday. :)

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You must make this Raspberry Snack Cake. I promise you’ll love it! I can’t wait to inhale the rest.

What do you serve for Easter brunch?

Raspberry Snack Cake for Easter Brunch

Raspberry Snack Cake for Easter Brunch

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used coconut, you can use regular or low/fat-free)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (10.5 ounces or thereabouts) Raspberry Curd
  • 20-30 Easter egg shaped candies

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Stir eggs, melted butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add half the milk and half the flour mixture, stir until just combined. Add the remaining milk and flour mixture and stir until the dough just comes together, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  4. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and spread to cover the bottom of the pan. Spoon the raspberry curd over the top and spread lightly with an offset spatula. Spread the remaining cake batter over the top of the curd carefully. Swirl gently with a butter knife.
  5. Bake for 28-33 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Immediately press the egg shaped candies equally over the top of the cake (so each slice gets one egg). Let cool completely before serving.

Notes

I used an 8x11 pan, so my bars were thicker. A 9x13" pan will work great!

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74 Responses to “Raspberry Snack Cake for Easter Brunch”

  1. serena@serenabakessimplyfromscratch posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:13 am (#)

    I love the chocolate covered almonds on top of the cake! It defiantly gives the cake an Easter feel! The cake it’s self looks amazing!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks Serena! Those eggs were addicting!

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  2. Ashley posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:30 am (#)

    Thanks for the reminder! Easter really is sneaking up on us this year. This is such a pretty cake, and I love your baskets too!

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  3. Trish @ Mom On Timeout posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:33 am (#)

    Gorgeous Dorothy! You totally reminded me to get out and do some serious Easter shopping. I think I may need an invite for Easter too… ;)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

      Yes, and you can bring those Peeps in a Basket! :)

      Reply

  4. Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe posted on February 25, 2013 at 11:54 am (#)

    That cake looks delicious! I’m really intrigued by the raspberry curd. You found so many fun things at World Market! One of the reasons they are one of my favorite places to shop. ;)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      It’s mine too! Now I need a recipe for that curd… :)

      Reply

  5. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:02 pm (#)

    I wish I could find raspberry curd around here, it sounds so tasty! [This is what happens when you live in a small town, far away from any big towns with cool grocery stores.]

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      I bet we could make our own! It was so good, I need to find a recipe!

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  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:08 pm (#)

    That’s awesome you get to come to San Diego. I swear we just had Xmas…how is it even Easter already?! Everything seems so fast and early this year! I love Cost Plus…I can’t even go in there though. It’s like going into Target, Anthro, Pier 1, etc…unless I have money to burn, I better just keep out unless I want to torture myself :)

    Love the flavors you used in this snack cake!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Totally Averie! I signed up for their rewards program and got 10% off my next purchase…so I went and bought curtains on sale. And ooops, there were some cute pillows to match…

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  7. Tammilee Tillison posted on February 25, 2013 at 12:17 pm (#)

    Really want to go shopping at World Market after reading your post. Raspberry curd sounds amazingly delicious.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      I’ve been back twice since, lol. My new favorite place!

      Reply

  8. Pamela posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#)

    Beautiful! Love everything!

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  9. melissa {persnickety plates} posted on February 25, 2013 at 1:54 pm (#)

    I thought those were Cadbury mini eggs (NOT the creme filled ones – but the chocolate with the candy shell) on the top & got excited. I think you should make something with those :)

    Your table is so cute! All the World Markets closed in my area :(

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      I think I need to too! Those are my FAVORITE holiday candy, hands down!

      Reply

  10. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm (#)

    I love World Market and always end up walking out with more than what I walked in for! This snack cake is perfect for Easter brunch!

    Reply

  11. kathe posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm (#)

    Such a cute and drool worthy Easter brunch you’ve set up! I <3 World Market! I get the jitters if I haven't been in one for awhile lol!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      LOL, I see that happening to me now too!

      Reply

  12. tanya posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm (#)

    You can send that basket to me please! I’ve never had raspberry curd, but it sounds wonderful!!! Great find and a perfect way to use it up! I have to remember this when I plan my Easter menu!I

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks Tanya! Finding a recipe for it is next on my list! :)

      Reply

  13. Fit Missy posted on February 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm (#)

    Just came across your site – beautiful photos
    Can’t wait for Easter – will put this in my Evernote. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you! :) And welcome!

      Reply

  14. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on February 25, 2013 at 4:04 pm (#)

    This cake looks yummy! I have never had raspberry curd either! Easter will be here so soon, it actually falls on my birthday this year so a double whammy for me! I am so excited for easter and I love this cake I kind of want to make chocolate version with the raspberry curd with Cadbury Mini Eggs on top! Ugh I love Cadbury Mini Eggs!! We have already gone threw 3 of the extra large bags at my house OOPS! As for world market.. pretty much a weakness like target! Ha

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Oh, that sounds AMAZING. I cannot even buy Cadbury Mini Eggs. I’ll eat the whole bag!!

      Reply

  15. Cindy Harris posted on February 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm (#)

    What a fun spring post. Looks like I need to take a trip to World Market–love that place. The snack cake looks delicious, perfect for Easter Brunch.

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  16. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm (#)

    What a great post, Dorothy! I love World Market and since I have a store very close to my work, I often stop in over my lunch hour. I’m always tempted to buy pretty much everything in there!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      Ha, me too! Thanks Ashley!

      Reply

  17. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts posted on February 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm (#)

    I have never heard of raspberry curd before, but it sounds wonderful in this coffee cake.
    I LOVE World Market. I could go there every day and find something new. I was just there last week, and bought more than I should have :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      I think it’s going to be my new addiction…the curd AND World Market!

      Reply

  18. Liz posted on February 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm (#)

    AAAAHHHH, Easter is only one month away? Thanks for reminding me! I better start planning a few things. It seems the older I get the more time flies by :( Slow down world!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      I know, right!? It’s annoying how fast it’s going. :)

      Reply

  19. Summer @ Mallow and Co posted on February 25, 2013 at 7:04 pm (#)

    Seriously, Easter is waaaay too early this year! This snack cake looks delicious- love the raspberry ribbon going through it. I’ve got to go buy me some raspberry curd!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 25th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I think that’s what’s throwing me off, that it’s at the end of March practically! So early! Thanks Summer!

      Reply

  20. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme posted on February 25, 2013 at 8:07 pm (#)

    I can’t believe Easter is sneaking up on us. I LOVE World Market! I used to live near one when we lived in VA but there is not one near me here in NY. :( This cake is perfect for a Spring brunch, love it!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 9:03 am

      I almost wish I hadn’t re-started my addiction, lol. Thanks Jennifer!

      Reply

  21. Shanna@ pineapple and coconut posted on February 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#)

    I have a serious addiction to world market. Like bad. I do spend a fortune there. I get most of my food props there, coffee, snacks, lots of stuff. I pretty much freaked out over the Easter display when they started to put it up a few weeks ago. I was taking tons of pics and posting on instagram. I would die and go to heaven if they ever decided just to randomly send me one of each to have on my blog which I would GLADLY use in all of my pics. I have been a world market fan since they first opened a store in my hometown years ago. And your snack cake? LOVE!!!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 9:03 am

      Thanks Shanna!! I think I’ll be shopping there a LOT more soon. It’s addicting!

      Reply

  22. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious posted on February 25, 2013 at 9:01 pm (#)

    I love World Market, Cost Plus..right? I have a hard time not spending any money though. The sweets and candies from Britain always draw me in, I moved to the States 12 years ago and miss my Cadbury chocolates :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 9:02 am

      I know! They have SO many good food items – even crunchy Biscoff, which I’ve been coveting forever!

      Reply

  23. Joyti posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:29 pm (#)

    This year is just flying by, isn’t it? I too can’t believe that we’re that close to Easter – and spring!
    The cake sounds delicious.

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  24. aimee @ shugarysweets posted on February 26, 2013 at 3:51 am (#)

    Raspberry Curd??? I must figure out how to make this!!!! Your snack cake looks lovely :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I know, right? It’s on my list!

      Reply

  25. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on February 26, 2013 at 4:21 am (#)

    I’ve never seen or heard of raspberry curd before! But I am loving this cake Dorothy and that it’s made from scratch! It’s gorgeous. I love raspberry desserts. :)

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 8:58 am

      I hadn’t either! I’m going to have to make it from scratch. SO GOOD. I love this coffee cake recipe, it’s my moms and it’s so easy!

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  26. sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more posted on February 26, 2013 at 5:54 am (#)

    that’s it, I am coming for a visit just so I can go shopping with you, you have the coolest stuff near you!

    Reply

  27. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on February 26, 2013 at 6:51 am (#)

    Easter at the end of March is totally throwing off my baking this year. I need to switch gears and starting thinking more rabbit stuff! Ok, you have me convinced that I need to find a World Market very soon…so many fun things you picked up there. And hello, I spy a cute zebra mug in Jordan’s basket. LOVE! And raspberry curd in a coffee cake? Yummers!!! That totally sounds awesome!!!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 6:59 am

      I totally thought of you when I got that mug! Jordan is still in love with zebras from her project last year. It even has a figure of a zebra inside the mug! SO cute. Now, if only it was in pink… :)

      Yeah, early Easter is freaking me out. St. Pat’s, Pi Day, and Easter all in two weeks time. SIGH.

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  28. Sarah @ Miss CandiQuik posted on February 26, 2013 at 7:59 am (#)

    Oh yum!! I want some right now…can’t wait to see everyone in the Easter Peep roundup :)

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  29. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet posted on February 26, 2013 at 8:50 am (#)

    Raspberry curd? How did I miss that? It sounds amazing, Dorothy! Love this cake and the Easter baskets! Gosh, you just made me freak out a little that Easter is coming up fast!!

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  30. Wendy posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:00 am (#)

    The free membership program at World Market is awesome. Every $100 you spend on food items, they send you a $10 off coupon. For every 6 bags of coffee you buy , you get a coupon for 1 free. Even better, if you buy your coffee on Wednesdays you get double credit. So for every 3 bags of coffee you buy on Wednesdays, you get one free! Plus they are constantly sending me discount coupons by email. A little hint: if you don’t have a coupon with you, the cashiers usually have one. Can you tell I love that place? Next time I’m there, I’m going to get some fruit curd for this recipe. Thanks!

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  31. Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:41 am (#)

    This cake looks fantastic! And I am seriously in love with World Market! I wish I had one near by me now.

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Shawn! A lot of things are different there, I bet!

      Reply

  32. Kristin posted on February 26, 2013 at 1:07 pm (#)

    Thanks for reminding me that there’s yet another holiday coming up. I have no idea what we’re doing. Growing up, we always had a ham dinner on Easter.

    I’ll probably spend the day in a candy coma. (Like I did last year).

    Reply

    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

      Hey, we can be in a sugar coma together. :) That’s my usual…these days. Sigh.

      Reply

  33. Nicole @ youngbrokeandhungry posted on February 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm (#)

    World Market is a dangerous place. I could blow my whole paycheck there. I am loving the look of this Raspberry Snack Cake. The chocolate covered almonds on top are so cute!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on February 26th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      I totally could too! Thanks so much Nicole!

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  35. carrian posted on February 27, 2013 at 9:50 am (#)

    I have no words. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  36. Karyn - Pint Sized Baker posted on March 2, 2013 at 2:57 pm (#)

    Lovely dessert table! Thanks for sharing at Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker. I’ve pinned it!

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  42. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on May 11, 2013 at 5:16 pm (#)

    Raspberry curd, huh? Sounds absolutely divine . . . I need to find some or try to make some. Love how you used it in this cake, so festive and pretty!

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    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 12th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      I need to come up with a recipe for it! :)

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