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: 3.32 stars
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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
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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.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 3.83 stars
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Make this glaze while the Cinnamon-Bun Bites are baking. 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.

Simple Lemon Cake

Rating: 3.17 stars
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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.

Glazed Lemon Pound Cake

Rating: 3.45 stars
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This Glazed Lemon Pound Cake doesn't rise very much, so don't be surprised if it's shorter than you might expect.

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.

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. 
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Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 3.61 stars
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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.

Almond Custard Tart with Strawberries

We love how balanced this tart is—the custard filling has a subtle almond flavor, isn't overly sweet, and pairs beautifully with the crunchy oat crust. It makes an excellent healthy Easter dessert and is dairy-free to boot.

Sugared Flowers

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

Ideal Sugar Cookies

Rating: 3.15 stars
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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.
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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.
Easter Cake Recipes Guaranteed to Steal the Show
Whether you're looking for a simple cake, or one with dramatic layers and next-level garnishes, we've got you covered. Any of these recipes would provide a delectable ending to your Easter feast.

Tofu Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.55 stars
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This smooth, chocolately dessert is made with silken tofu, which is usually sold in vacuum-packed, shelf-stable containers in the Asian-food section of grocery stores.