I don’t really know the history of the Italian Easter Lamb Cake. I do know, however, that it’s often used as a centerpiece on the Italian Easter table. 

When I was growing up my mom used to make this fun version of the “torta di agnello”, except in the form of a super sized rice krispy treat. Actually, it wasn’t until recent that I remembered the lamb.  Once I remembered, I immediately hit mom’s box of  “recipes”. There I found a very old newspaper clipping (circa 1972) with this fun version of the Italian Easter Lamb Cake.  

Rice Krispy Lamb

Ingredients: Metal Lamb Cake Mold, Puffed Rice, Mini Marshmallows, butter, almond extract, shredded coconut, green food color, jelly beans, and pink ribbon for decoration

To be honest, I really never appreciated this little guy or how forward thinking my mother was to even use the recipe.

Easter Lamb Centerpice

1. Start by toasting the rice cereal in the oven and then pouring melted marshmallows with butter and almond extract into a large bowl. Mix together until combined. It will get sticky 🙂

Luckily, I was able to find a super cute Wilton Lamb Mold and was able to attempt our old Easter tradition.  It actually didn’t come out so bad.

 

Easter Lamb Centerpiece with WIlton Pan

2. Grease the pan on both sides. Then press the rice krispy mixture into each half and then close up until completely cool and stuck together. Overnight is best.

 

Easter Lamb with Coconut Grass

3. Color coconut with green food coloring and tablespoon of water. Remove the lamb when set, lay coconut on a serving dish and place on top.

In honor of my Mom….a super woman who was ahead of her time in many ways and was never afraid to break the “mold”.  She really loved the Easter holiday and I miss her the most this time of year. I hope she’s proud that I am now honoring this family tradition!

Italian Easter Lamb Centerpiece on Coconut Grass

Decorate lamb with jelly bean eyes and nose. Tie a pretty ribbon around the neckline for an added touch.

 Buona Pasqua – Happy Easter!

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Ingredients
  • 8 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 bag shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • green food coloring
  • Black Jelly Beans
  • Colored Jelly Beans
Servings
Ingredients
  • 8 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 6 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond flavoring
  • 1 bag shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • green food coloring
  • Black Jelly Beans
  • Colored Jelly Beans
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Instructions
  1. Pre heat oven 350 degrees F
For the Lamb
  1. Heat puffed rice in a shallow baking pan for 10 minutes
  2. Pour into a large greased bowl
  3. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat then add marshmallows and stir constantly until smooth
  4. Add almond flavoring and stir
  5. Pour over cereal and stir until coated evenly
  6. Grease hands and press evenly into well of greased lamb mold
  7. Repeat on other side
  8. Then snap lamb closed and let cool thoroughly
For the grass
  1. Put the shredded coconut in a jar (like a mason jar)
  2. add the water
  3. add 10 drops of green food coloring
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Place lamb on a platter or tray
  6. Cut a black jelly bean in half and press in to make eyes
  7. Add a jelly bean for the nose (optional)
  8. Surround the lamb with coconut and garnish with more jelly beans or eggs
Recipe Notes

Use cooking spray to grease hands, bowl and lamb mold
Tie a cute ribbon around the lambs neck to decorate
I let cook aprox. 6 hours before removing from mold

Easter Lamb Centerpiece

First blog photo of the Easter Lamb Centerpiece