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This cake will make a great centerpiece for your Easter celebrations and it’s easier than it looks

Easter Passion Cake

SERVES 16

PREP 45 MINS

COOK 30 MINS

300g golden caster sugar

3 eggs

300ml sunflower oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

300g self-raising flour, sieved

2 tsp ground cinnamon

50g desiccated coconut

150g carrots, peeled and grated

225g can pineapple in juice, drained and crushed in a blender

Filling and decoration:

250g mascarpone  or cream cheese

2 tsp vanilla extract

25g golden caster sugar

325g jar lemon curd

100g mini sugared eggs

2 x 20cm (8in) round cake tins, lined with baking parchment

1 Heat the oven to 190°C, Gas 5. Put the sugar, eggs, sunflower oil and vanilla into a bowl and whisk with an electric mixer for a few mins, until pale and well combined.

2 Sieve in the flour and cinnamon. Add the coconut, carrot and pineapple. Gently fold everything together. Divide mixture between the tins. Bake for 30 mins, until well-risen, golden and shrinking away from the sides of the tin. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

3 To make the filling: Put the mascarpone, vanilla and sugar in a bowl and mix together until smooth.

4 Slice each cake in half, horizontally. Put the base of 1 cake on to a cake stand or serving plate, spread with 4 tbs lemon curd. Top with another cake and spread with half the flavoured mascarpone. Repeat with the other 2 layers of cake and arrange the sugared eggs on top.

Per serving: 410 cals, 31g fat, (12g saturated), 56g carbs