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women going to the tomb with soldier nearby

Empty Tomb Cake

Baking and decorating an empty tomb cake is a great Easter tradition to observe. It’s fun to make, delicious to eat, and a great reminder that He is risen, indeed!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, easter cake, empty tomb cake, resurrection cake
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 300kcal
Author Jessica Fisher


  • plastic toys to represent Roman guards and/or Hebrew women
  • plastic toy trees and shrubs


  • one boxed cake mix prepared according to package directions or your favorite cake batter
  • frosting of your choice buttercream tinted it with a few Tablespoons of cocoa works well
  • one large cookie

Optional decorations

  • brown sugar or brown sprinkles
  • cookie or cracker crumbs
  • milk chocolate rocks
  • chopped nuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Spray a small Pyrex bowl and an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Fill the bowl about half full with cake batter. Pour the remaining batter into the square pan. Bake the square pan for about 25 minutes and small bowl for about 35. Check every 5-10 minutes for doneness, especially if you are using different size pans. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on rack.
  • Place the cooled square cake on a cake board or serving tray. Adhere the small bowl-shaped cake on top of the square cake with a little frosting.
  • Carve out a small section in the round bowl cake. Set aside. Frost both cakes.
  • Add rocks, plastic trees, and shrubs to the cake. Add Roman soldiers, Hebrew women, and/or other action figures. Use the cookie or the reserved section of cake as the stone to block the tomb.


Nutritional values will vary depending on what cake, frosting, and candies you choose for your cake.