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.

Staff Picks

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Rating: 3.32 stars
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.

Cream-Cheese Pound Cakes

Rating: 3.58 stars
For best results, bake these cakes at least a day before serving. Store, wrapped in plastic, for up to three days at room temperature, or freeze for up to three months.

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. 

Lemon-Meringue Sheet Cake

This burnished beauty gets its flavor from fresh lemon zest, and its stature from not-too-sweet meringue. (More than half of the sugar gets boiled into a syrup that you beat into egg whites—the result is cool, thick, and silky.) Dollop tons on top for a dramatic presentation, and if you don't have a kitchen torch, brown the peaks with a quick blast under the broiler.

Simple Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.17 stars
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.

Triple-Citrus Bundt Cake

The "triple" in this recipe comes from citrus in the batter, citrus syrup brushed over the warm cake, and a finishing touch of citrus glaze just for fun!

Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting

Ruffles of white chocolate-cream cheese frosting take this carrot cake to the next level. Seen from above, it looks like a rose. Make this cake a day or two ahead for the best flavor.

Rhubarb-Raspberry Cheesecake Squares

Topping cheesecake with shimmering fruit is nothing new, but we spun this one in two fresh directions: We swapped out the expected cherries for ruby-red rhubarb-raspberry gelee, and we baked the whole thing in a 9-by-13-inch pan -- perfect for serving a crowd. It begins with a traditional press-in graham-cracker crust; the layer of creamy filling bakes through quickly and evenly without the usual requisite water bath.

Sugared Flowers

Rating: 3.35 stars
Use these candied flowers to embellish our Spring Cupcakes or any dessert you like.

Orange-and-Poppy-Seed Sheet Cake

Full of citrus flavor, this recipe includes orange zest, sour cream, poppy seeds, and vanilla paste in the batter and orange juice in the luscious, easy icing. To serve, shower with more poppy seeds and get creative when cutting: Small and large planks, slices on the bias, and even triangles are fair game when it comes to a sheet cake.

Martha's Easter Sugar Cookies

A foolproof recipe for the sugar cookie dough and royal icing that we use for Easter cookies. Find out more about the easy techniques for decorating these cookies and learn about the story behind these treats from Martha.


This traditional Russian dessert is similar to a no-bake cheesecake. Dried-pineapple cutouts embellish this cake, but Martha sometimes uses jelly beans instead.

Inspiration and Ideas

20 Crave-Worthy Carrot Cake Recipes

From a classic layer cake recipe to inspired thumbprint cookies, say hello to spring with these delicious carrot cake recipes.

Healthy Easter Desserts That Are Full of Flavor

Finish off your Easter feast with a lightened-up treat starring all kinds of better-for-you ingredients.

Easter Babka

Rating: 3.19 stars

This delicious recipe for Easter babka comes from the "Martha Stewart Living" television show.