Ah, Easter. A chance to spend a long weekend with friends and family, relaxing, eating and drinking. Mark the occasion with a spectacular bake, and invite your nearest and dearest to come and tuck in over a cup of tea. We've rounded up a few of our favourite recipes from GBBO's Briony Williams – from the simple to the truly spectacular.
Briony Williams says, "For me, Easter is about getting together with family. As a child, there was nothing more exciting than going into the living room and seeing the chocolate eggs pile up high. Now, every Easter Sunday, we go to my mum's and organise an egg hunt for the kids. They love it so much, they don't even eat the eggs; they make us put them back out so they can find them all over again!"
Scroll on for Briony's recipes:
Briony's rainbow cake
Possibly the ultimate celebration cake, this winning recipe works for any celebration – birthdays, summer parties, baby showers… and Easter, of course! Topped with stripy meringues, this beauty is guaranteed to impress.
cherry arctic roll
How pretty is this cherry-adorned arctic roll? Perfect for bringing out after a barbeque (weather allowing…) or an Easter roast, it's easier to assemble than you'd think – and generously serves 14. The ultimate dessert to herald the end of winter!
carrot cake cheesecake
Mixing a crunchy 'carrot cake' base, thick orange curd and sweet cream cheese, this irresistible cheesecake needs to be baked for around 50 minutes, and chilled in the fridge before guests can tuck in – we promise, it's worth the wait!
Gluten-free orange and pistachio sticky toffee pudding
If you're in the mood for a no-fuss, one-dish dessert, look no further than this gluten-free sticky toffee pudding. Topped with a zesty orange sauce, this pud is best served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream, thick Greek yoghurt or custard. Tuck in!
picture-perfect Easter cake
Mini eggs, macarons and gold sprinkles crown this light, vanilla sponge with citrus buttercream.
Briony says, "This elegant cake is the perfect treat to slice into afterwards; make it the day before so you can join in all the fun of the egg hunt, too. Try it for yourself..."
These fruity pastry cups are cute, delicious, and the perfect bake for getting the kids in the kitchen over the holidays.
"Crammed with crème fraîche and juicy fruit then sprinkled with chocolate eggs, these are the ideal treat for your Easter table," says Briony.
Chick cake pops
For a super-fun seasonal treat, try making a batch of these baby chick cake pops. We use ready-made cupcakes to simplify the recipe, making them perfect for little chefs.
Briony says, "These vanilla and coconut cake pops are so easy, with no baking involved, so cooks of all abilities can have fun getting their hands messy!"