15 Beautiful Easter Dessert Recipes For Spring

Easter Desserts add a little color and brightness to early spring. This list of my favorite Easter recipes includes beautiful show-stopping cakes, fun cupcakes and plenty of color.

Layer cake with buttercream roses | Easter Desserts

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.

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Graham Crackers

These easy homemade graham crackers are delicious, and a fun way to swap out the store-bought variety. They’re delicious as is, or perfect for s’mores!

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A pile of homemade graham crackers on a marble countertop

These graham crackers are named after the flour, not my husband, Graham 😉.

I make these homemade graham crackers on season 2, episode 12 of Zoë Bakes on Magnolia Network, but the recipe has recently been updated after testing multiple batches for my brand new cookie book, Zoë Bakes Cookies, which is available for pre-order now!

Looking for recipes that use graham crackers? Try some of these:

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9 St. Patrick’s Day Desserts

Guiness Chocolate Cake with White Knight Frosting | St. Patrick's Day Desserts collection

I’ve had the good fortune of traveling to Ireland twice. It’s such a beautiful place with friendly people, and St. Patrick’s Day gives me an excuse to relive my adventures there. I’ve made several recipes for the holiday over the years, and I love that the day breaks up the spring doldrums. It pops up between the holiday season and before the weather really starts warming up here in Minnesota, and offers a fun excuse to wear green, spend a day as an honorary Irish person and eat some of these wonderful St. Patrick’s Day desserts.

This holiday gets me thinking about spring. Check out some of my other favorite desserts for this time of year:

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St Patrick’s Day Cupcake

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes | ZoeBakes photo by Zoë François

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Here is a simple, but delicious St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes recipe to help you celebrate this greenest of holidays. You can watch me bake and decorate these St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes in my Instagram videos. You’ll also see me save a buttercream from ruin and bring it back to fluffy perfection. The art of pastry is being able to fix what goes wrong. And there is a blow torch involved, so that’s fun.

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Easy Homemade Pizza Dough (Featuring 00 Flour)

This is an easy pizza recipe anyone can make! It’s a great for beginners and experienced chefs alike. I used 00 flour for its wonderful chewy texture, but you can substitute all-purpose flour too.

Thin crust pizza made in a pizza oven with Zoë François olive oil cruet on a marble countertop

You truly don’t need much to create amazing pizza at home, and it starts with great pizza dough. This is such a simple recipe that provides wonderful results every time. High-quality ingredients are also really important to making your pizza restaurant-quality. So go for the good stuff and don’t overload your pizza with toppings!

Check out more favorite recipes for beginners here! Or, check out another simple and delicious pizza recipe made in a cast iron skillet!



A pile of golden brown gougeres on top of a raised platter

Gougères are just cheese puffs with a fancy name! The exterior is crisp and the interior soft and custardy. Made small, they are a great snack to serve before dinner or make them larger to be filled. Gougères are typically made with Gruyère cheese and thyme, a combination that begs to be filled with sweet orange marmalade (my personal favorite). You can substitute any hard cheese and herbs you desire in the recipe.

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