Easter Desserts

Our Easter dessert recipes include favorites like cookies, cakes, cupcakes, puddings & pies. Plus, we have lots of chocolate treats and cute dessert ideas that will make your Easter super sweet.

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 901
Everyone needs a delicious coffee cake recipe in their repertoire, and this cinnamon streusel coffee cake recipe is the perfect option. Meaning "something strewn" in Old German, streusel is easy to throw together -- and then to throw on top of this sour-cream coffee cake. The sweet glaze in the recipe is the perfect coffee cake topping.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 4 stars 30
Everyone needs a cinammon roll glaze recipe like this one, made with just five pantry ingredients. Sure, it's perfect over Cinnamon-Bun Bites, but it's also worth drizzling over Bundt cakes, loaf cakes, and donuts. It's your homemade vanilla glaze for a myriad of baking adventures.

Hummingbird Carrot Cake

When you give carrot cake a hummingbird-inspired spin, it really takes a slice to new heights. To capture the essence of a classic Hummingbird Cake, we stirred shredded coconut and puréed pineapple into our batter and swapped butter for oil to get a rich crumb and featherweight texture. Then we coated the classic frosting with chopped pecans and topped it with a nest of candied carrots. 

Simple Lemon Cake

Rating: 3 stars 136
Whole lemons are the base of this rich, citrusy simple lemon cake batter. Precooking the fruit removes the pucker and makes for an intensely flavored cake that's a family-friendly dessert.

Ideal Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3 stars 892
Get out your cookie cutters! As its name suggests, this sugar cookie recipe is ideal for making cutout cookies for Christmas, Easter, or any other holiday or occasion that calls for shaped sweet treats.

Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 3.5 stars 389
This is the easiest cheesecake to make—it takes just 15 minutes to assemble and doesn't require a water bath. When berries are in season, you can serve them instead of the compote.

Embellished Wreath Cookies

Buttery classic, sugar cookies make a delicious treat anytime. Here, Martha heightens them to special-occasion status with a simple glaze and a fanciful combination of candied flowers, crystallized ginger, and chopped pistachios.

Pistachio Cannoli Cake

This dramatic four-layer dessert is inspired by the flavors of Sicilian-style cannoli, which is stuffed with ricotta, chopped chocolate, and candied orange zest. 

Strawberries with Sweetened Sour Cream

This quick and easy treat is ideal for a warm summer night.

Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 3.5 stars 344
Serve these bites directly from the baking dish, or unmold them and place the whole mound on a serving dish or in a basket. Recipe adapted with permission from "Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen," copyright 2009 by Maria Helm Sinskey and Williams-Sonoma, published by Weldon Owen, San Francisco.

Basic White Sheet Cake

Our classic white 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.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 302
This Glazed Lemon Pound Cake doesn't rise very much, so don't be surprised if it's shorter than you might expect.

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Easy Easter Desserts Include Cheesecake, Cookies, and Martha's Pashka
To finish the Easter feast, you need a sweet ending that's dramatic and delicious; it should also be either simple to put together at the last minute or made ahead and ready to be served. Whichever route you choose, you'll find easy recipes here.
Make Your Easter Celebration Extra Special with Our Cutest Bunny- and Chick-Shaped Dessert Recipes
The most adorable mascots of the spring holiday are here in cookie, cake, and cupcake form. 
New York-Style Crumb Cake

European immigrants made this confection -- which has large, crisp crumbs on top -- a New York City coffee-shop favorite. An optional layer of jam between the batter and topping adds a fruity component.