Raspberry Snack Cake for Easter Brunch



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!

shopping at world market

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.


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!


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!


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. 🙂


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. 🙂


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

Yield 24 servings
Serving Size


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13” pan with cooking spray.
  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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!!!

    1. 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.

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

  5. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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!!!!!