Our Best Easter Desserts

Easter recipes don't stop at the ham; it's time for dessert! Our collection of Easter-theme desserts includes cupcakes decorated with bunnies, truffles shaped like Easter eggs, and several takes on carrot cake. Take your pick of the best desserts for Easter.

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    Lemon-Lavender Poppy Seed Cake

    You don't have to look too far for Easter dessert inspiration. Just take a peek into your garden! A touch of lavender in this cake batter adds an extra layer of flavor to the classic pairing of lemon and poppy seed.

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    Neapolitan Marshmallow Treats

    Classic crispy cereal treats, now in layers. Strawberry jelly provides the pink layer, semisweet chocolate pieces melt down for the brown layer, and the top layer of classic vanilla is simply vanilla flavoring. Voila! An ice cream favorite, made into marshmallow treat form just in time for Easter.

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    Marbled Easter Egg Truffles

    This year, let the Easter Bunny bring a basket full of adorable Easter egg truffles instead of store-bought candy. The marbled candies are made from rich, smooth white chocolate and can be flavored using the extract of your choice.

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    Zucchini-Carrot Cake

    Veggies and cake shouldn't work together ... but they do in this recipe. And we're not just talking about the marzipan vegetable patch. Double up on the veggies in this dessert with a tasty combination of zucchini bread and carrot cake.

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    Pink Lemonade Cake

    Lemon-lovers will clamor for another slice of this lemonade-flavor Easter cake. With lemonade buttercream frosting and pretty pink lemonade layers, this gorgeous cake is sure to impress everyone at Easter.

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    Hummingbird Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Hummingbird cake is a Southern favorite, and cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to the classic spice cake flavors. There are countless ways to have fun with frosting, like these Easter-ready bunnies and lambs.

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    Dressed-Up Marshmallow Bunnies

    Take a favorite Easter treat to the next level by coating it in chocolate and adding pizzazz with sprinkles, coconut, and mini marshmallows. These bite-size Easter desserts will be a must-have for kids.

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    Layered Sherbet Cake

    Our Easter take on ice cream cake will give your holiday table a touch of pretty pastels. After carefully layering sherbet flavors, be sure to top your confection with coordinating sprinkles. 

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    Malted Vanilla Cake

    Classic vanilla cake gets an Easter-worthy update when layered with buttercream frosting and topped with cotton candy and malted milk Easter eggs. Choose Easter egg candy in pastel colors for an extra-special display.

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    Sugar Cookie Cutouts

    Lambs, rabbits, and chicks—oh, my! Roll out the dough and hand out the cookie cutters: This Easter dessert is perfect for the kids. Cutting out the cookies isn't the only fun—there's also the decorating and the eating, which is an all-ages activity.

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    Almond Cookie Carrots

    These cookies might look like carrots, but their crunch definitely comes from almonds. Piping on squiggles is always fun, so let your little bunnies help. If they aren't quite ready to handle the piping bag, put them in charge of adding almond slivers for the carrot tops.

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    Best-Loved Carrot Cake

    This Easter dessert is a certified classic, inspired by the Easter Bunny's favorite veggie. You'll need 3 cups of shredded carrots for this lush layered carrot cake finished with cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans.

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    Easy Easter Bunny Bites

    The flavor for these Easter Bunny cupcakes is up to you, so just pick your favorite. The rest of the bunny is created with piping skills and candy.

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    Berry Trifle

    Here's an easy Easter dessert idea: This Berry Trifle is stacked high with vanilla pudding, pound cake, and juicy strawberries and blueberries. Pretty, portable, and smartly made ahead, it'll be one of the easiest Easter treats to make! 

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    Sweet and Salty Chocolate Flowers

    These bite-size treats top the cute Easter dessert list! They're the perfect light dessert after Easter dinner—or for sneaking a quick snack before the meal.

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    Rhubarb Chess Pie

    An amazing Easter dessert doesn't have to be aggressively sweet. A delicious buttery filling provides a smooth base for tart rhubarb to shine.

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Bars

    Strawberry and rhubarb are a match made in heaven. Combine this dream team to make these springtime bars as a delicious dessert to feed a crowd after Easter dinner.

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    Deluxe Lemon Bars

    Get ready—these classic lemon bars will disappear from your dessert table in a hurry! Made with lemon juice and lemon peel, they're full of citrus flavor.

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    Garden-Theme Cupcakes

    Welcome spring with our rich and chocolaty garden-theme cupcakes. The fondant carrots, radishes, and lettuces are pulled together in a few simple steps; plant them into the crumb-coated cupcakes to finish the Easter-theme dessert display.

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    Adorable Lamb Cake

    Our charming lamb cake makes a sweet addition to any Easter spread. The creative Easter dessert gets a fur-like look from the simple lacy frosting pattern; easy fondant shapes give the face personality.

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    Coconut Layer Cake

    Still looking for Easter recipes? This stunning coconut layer cake is sure to be the star of any Easter dessert table. Homemade coconut chips add a delightful crunch.

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    Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Mascarpone Frosting

    Give one of our favorite Easter desserts—classic carrot cake—a delicious update with subtle flavor upgrades like mascarpone in the frosting and cardamom in the cake. We even provide hints for making the cake into cupcakes!

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    Hyacinth Flower Cake Pops

    Create a beautiful Easter dessert to look like some of your favorite spring flowers: hyacinths! The bright and festive cake pops make a showstopping spring centerpiece at any Easter brunch or dinner.

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    Mother Hen and Chicks Dessert

    Get into the spirit of spring with a mother hen cake and her adorable cupcake chicks. Make one layer cake for the hen, then make cupcakes for her head and tail. Decorate with homemade vanilla frosting, toasted coconut flakes, and candy pieces for a truly delightful dessert.

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    Carrot and Zucchini Bars

    Carrot cake is a traditional Easter dessert, but we suggest you try our carrot and zucchini spice bars as a twist on the classic treat. Even with our creamy citrus frosting, the light Easter desserts are just 125 calories per serving.

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    Easter Cupcakes

    Bake Easter cupcakes from our simple white cupcake recipe, then get creative! For an adorable Easter egg design, pipe green frosting onto the cakes to form grass, then add assorted jelly beans for eggs. Make pretty spring flowers with the remaining colored frosting or mini candies.

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    Tangerine Cheesecake Bars

    Put a modern spin on classic orange cheesecake with these mouthwatering tangerine cheesecake bars. This Easter dessert is sure to steal the show.

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    Strawberry Hand Pies

    Skip the traditional piecrust and make these individual hand pies for Easter. Stuffed with a sweet strawberry filling, they're sure to be a hit after dinner.

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    Flower Cupcakes

    Celebrate the season with pretty flower-garden cupcakes. The impressive spring blooms get a citrus kick from lemon peel. To make the fancy flowers, simply pipe frosting in your petal design, then gather your favorite candies in the center.

    Editor's Easter Dessert Tip: To make cookie leaves, cut refrigerated sugar-cookie dough into leaf shapes and bake according to the directions. Cover with green icing, and arrange around cupcake flowers.

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    Vanilla Ruffle Cake

    With swirls of pink frosting and pretty white layers, this deliciously fluffy Easter cake makes centerpiece statement. To create rows of gorgeous vanilla-buttercream ruffles, use a decorating bag with a petal tip.

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    Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

    This beautiful cake—with swirls of pastel pink frosting and pretty white layers—is a breeze to make. Simply prepare packaged cake mix, but use champagne instead of water. Bake and frost with tinted canned frosting for a pretty spring dessert.

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    Bacon-Chocolate Bark

    Three ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for this easy Easter dessert. This salty-savory-sweet combo proves that homemade candy can be just as tasty as store-bought. Break up the bark and wrap in a see-through bags for a fun addition to this year's Easter baskets.

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    Lamb and Ducky Cupcakes

    These cute cupcakes made to look like baby animals are the perfect treats for Easter. Marshmallows, flaked coconut, and small candies come together to make these spring cupcakes super cute—and super tasty!

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