Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas
Our Easter dessert recipes are sure to please adults and kids alike, including rhubarb-and-pistachio pavlova, Meyer lemon pastry, decadent chocolate cake, fruity tarts, cheesecakes, and trifles. We also have Easter-themed desserts that look like bunnies, chicks, eggs, nests, and Easter baskets.
Easter Dessert Recipes
Try our brightest ideas for spring desserts — the perfect way to sweeten your celebration!AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Almond Custard CakeThis cake reveals a moist and creamy filling and is topped with a sweet fruit compote.
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Find a variety of sweet seasonal treats for your Easter celebration, including bunny-shaped sugar cookies and lemon-raspberry sandwiches.
Easter Cake Recipes
Any one of these recipes would provide a delectable ending to your Easter feast, from a dramatic egg-shaped coconut almond cake, rich carrot cheesecake, and much more.
Vanilla Custard Served in EggshellsThe pristine white egg shells cradle a sweet, delicate dessert with a rich yolk-yellow color that invariably will have guests asking: Which came first, the custard or the egg?
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Easter CheesecakeThis is the very richest, smoothest cheesecake. The finely ground almonds which dust the pan are a pleasing contrast to the silkiness of the cake. Use a straight-sided pan 8 inches wide and 3 inches deep. This recipe is adapted from "Entertaining" by Martha Stewart.
Easter Egg CakesThese desserts are made from pound cake shaped to resemble an egg white, then scooped out and filled with a lemon-curd "yolk." These cakes can be made in advance and stored in the freezer. When ready to decorate, bring to room temperature before glazing. The glaze must be made just before ready to use, or it will dry out.
Marshmallow Easter CrittersA parade of bunnies and eggs -- what's not to love? These confections resemble the classics we know so well, but ours are fresher, softer, much more delicious -- and customizable. Make separate sheets in different colors.Recipe
Pecan TorteThis torte is both dairy- and gluten-free.Recipe
Basic White Sheet CakeOur classic sheet cake is the tried-and-true foundation for a traditional birthday cake. The cake ingredients are enough to make one layer; you will need two to assemble the cake.Recipe
Flower SugarThis sugar will give baked goods such as shortbread and pound cake new flavor; it is also perfect in a steaming cup of tea.Recipe
Sugar-Coated Marshmallow Bunnies and ChicksThe idea of making marshmallow treats from scratch may seem daunting, but while the task is exacting, it isn't complicated, and you can be sure guests will marvel at your creations.Recipe
Mrs. Kostyra’s BabkasLaden with dried fruits and nuts, these babkas -- from a recipe brought to us by Martha's mother -- make perfect hostess gifts, for cooks willing to share.Recipe
Chocolate Macaroons with Ice CreamThis coconut dessert is the perfect end to either an Easter or a Passover meal.Post
Amazing Animal Cakes That Are Super-Cute (Check Out the Bunny Cake!)
Our 4 adorable Easter cake projects range from easy enough for kids to a cake for those who love to pipe decorations.Video
Sponge Speckled Egg CookieFor a fun and simple Easter project, craft beautifully speckled designs on egg shaped sugar cookies in three easy steps.Recipe
Mother-Hen CakeOur mother hen was baked in an ovenproof mixing bowl, and then carved into shape; the chocolate cake is covered in feathers of piped buttercream; she roosts atop a nest of spun sugar.Recipe
Bunny Carrot CakeCarrot cake, naturally, is the foundation for our cotton-candy-tailed bunny cake. Miniature marshmallows make fur that is inexpensive, easy to apply, and fun to eat, while gold licorice whiskers are a cute touch.Article
Sponge-Painted Easter Egg CookiesFor a sweet take on speckled eggs, use a natural sea sponge to dab royal icing (colored in springtime hues) onto white-iced cookies. The results are far too pretty to merely serve as dessert -- set these beauties out on a platter to double as décor.Recipe
Chocolate Glazed MadeleinesBaking cakes in molds and then glazing them with chocolate makes a great Easter treat. We used egg, rabbit, lamb, and chicken molds.Recipe
PaskhaThis traditional Russian dessert is similar to a no-bake cheesecake. Dried-pineapple cutouts embellish this cake, but Martha sometimes uses jelly beans instead.Recipe
Individual Lemon-Coconut CakesWe adapted this recipe from Mamma Agata's Hidden Treasure Cooking School, on Italy's Amalfi Coast, and her cookbook, Simple and Genuine.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Bunny CookiesTwo quick snips and a couple of pokes into an oblong ball of sugar-cookie dough create sweet bite-size bunnies.Post
Simple, Cute Bunny Cupcakes
Creating cute cupcakes can be simple and fun. It doesn't have to take a lot of time. With a little imagination, you can even make these bunny cupcakes with items you might already have in the kitchen. Your kids will be so psyched they might just hop for joy!Recipe
Raspberry TartThis classic fruit strip is made simply from luscious fresh raspberries and silky pastry cream inside a crisp shell of puff pastry. The tart shell can be made up to one day in advance; avoid filling it until an hour or two before you are ready to serve it in order to keep the shell as crisp and flaky as possible.