Easter Dessert Recipes

Layer cake with buttercream roses | Easter Desserts
Buttercream Rose Cake

Especially here in Minnesota, Easter is one of those first milestones of spring. By this time of year we are getting some warmer weather, and that makes it a great time to make colorful and floral desserts. Below is a list of some of my favorite Easter desserts that you can make for the holiday, or on any of those nice spring days.

Easter Desserts

This carrot cake is perfectly spiced, moist and unbelievably good! Using candied carrot peels as decoration (optional), cream cheese frosting and sweetened shredded coconut, this cake is simply the best — I make it all the time!
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This wonderful cake is based on Flo Braker’s Crystal Almond Pound Cake from The Simple Art of Perfect Baking, which is out of print. I changed the glaze and added roses.
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These chocolate macarons are both light, as a macaron should be and fudge-y, like a brownie. The chocolate macaron shells are made with cocoa powder and then they’re filled with a chocolate ganache, so they’re super deep chocolate fantastic flavor.
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This honey cake is unique in the way it is made and baked. There is honey in the layers, the filling and the buttercream is made with honey instead of sugar. I decorated it with easy-to-make sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine.
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This Easter cheesecake is decorated with an all white blanket of roses over a swirl of wild color within.
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These Easter Egg Cupcakes are decorated for kids, but the flavors will satisfy adults. Go with whatever flavor combinations get you excited.
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Crêpes make a great breakfast for a special occasion, and double as a wonderful dessert. For these, I folded lightly sweetened whipped cream into soft chèvre as the filling. I roasted strawberries in balsamic vinegar and quickly cooked the rhubarb in sugar and vanilla.
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Fresh, local strawberries need very little to become a spectacular dessert, so I kept thing simple for this strawberry shortcake. I used my son's signature scone recipe for the "shortcake" and it worked perfectly.
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This is a delight on a cake stand, with all the party presence of Phyllis Diller. If this cake could laugh, it would cackle. This tropical taste of whimsy is a blast to make.
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My stepmother, Patricia, is from Alabama, and she introduced me to the Southern red velvet cake. The cake's origins are a little murky, but the bright-red version we see today was invented in the 1920s by an extract company and then suddenly became one of the most beloved cakes in every city, not just the south. A note about this recipe: I baked the layers in three 6×2-inch cake pans, which is why it is soooooo tall. If you go with smaller pans, you will want to check them about 5-10 minutes earlier when baking, since they will be done sooner the smaller they are. 
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This Lemon Honey-Meringue Pie is very easy to make, but there are some steps that will take your pie from a weepy mess to a magnificent mile-high showpiece.
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The curd in this mango curd tart is made just as you would a lemon curd, but I used a combination of mango and lime. It makes very little sense, but the lime makes the mango taste more like mango and not just cloyingly sweet. Slow cooking the curd over a double boiler is the key to the satiny texture. This will make an 8-inch tart that is very full, or a 9-inch tart that leaves room for the fruit on top.
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These jelly filled doughnuts are served during Hanukkah. The pillowy fried dough can be filled to your liking, and jelly is the classic option. Dip them in ganache or glaze for a little extra sweetness and a picturesque look.
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Pavlova | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François
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A pavlova is a study in perfect imperfection. It bakes into a delicate, smooth shell that collapses in the middle, begging for any manner of filling.
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Delicate and brittle on the outside with rich buttercream or ganache in the middle, macarons are not as difficult as you think. You can color them for any occasion and they're just beautiful, delicious and fun. Note: This recipe does require a scale, otherwise there is too much variability in the measurements to come out well.
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3 thoughts to “Easter Dessert Recipes”

  1. I love dessert and cake and really happy to come across this site of yours as I was searching for some dessert recipe so that I try making it myself at home. This weekend I will surely try making easter cheesecake. Thank you for sharing these recipes.

  2. so many wonderful desserts to choose from, have to go with the ultimate carrot cake first, too creative too ignore and also just love carrot cake, thank you for all of them

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