50 Delicious Easter Dessert Ideas to Try This Spring
Lemon-Lavender Poppy Seed Cake
Easter Dirt Cake
Gardeners must try this Easter cake recipe! Chocolate cookie “dirt” and candy-dipped strawberry “carrots” make up this faux farm. Assemble these components atop a chocolate cake base for accurately-hued ground work.
Neapolitan Marshmallow Treats
Malted Vanilla Cake
Classic vanilla cake gets a holiday-worthy update when layered with buttercream frosting and topped with cotton candy and malted milk Easter eggs. Choose candy in pastel colors for a picture-perfect display.
Test Kitchen Tip: Can’t find—or not a fan of—malted milk eggs? Try peanut butter Easter eggs instead.
Everyone will giggle—then dig in—to help decorate these cute easter desserts! The bunny bums are made from coconut-coated jumbo marshmallows, while the itty-bitty feet are constructed with small marshmallows. Pipe pink icing foot pads on each to make them look just like little hoppers.
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. While there are countless ways to have fun with frosting, we’re fond of these Easter cupcakes. How cute are those sprinkle bunny “whiskers”?!
Marshmallow Easter Fluff
Take a break from more-common Easter Jell-O recipes and try a creamy pudding this year. The fruit-studded fluff makes a sweet foundation for the rabbit-shaped marshmallows. Stuff both inside a which chocolate egg “shell” and watch them quickly fly off the table.
Fun Flower Cupcakes
Celebrate spring’s arrival with a couple of dozen edible blooms. This easy Easter dessert recipe starts with boxed cake mix and store-bought frosting. That way, you can focus on dolling them up (then enjoying them).
Test Kitchen Tip: If you can’t find decorative cupcake liners like these, pastel Necco wafers pressed into the equator of the cupcake as “petals” would have a similar effect.
Spring Flower Cake Pops
Customize this fun dessert recipe with your preferred cake flavor and favorite colors. Hey, you don’t even need to bake a cake. Snag a prepared one from the bakery to crumble up and craft into darling little daisies.
Speckled Egg Sugar Cookies
Decorate this delicious sugar cookie recipe into brightly colored Easter eggs, speckled with brown sugar and vanilla to look like real eggs. Display these edible Easter eggs in a woven basket made from icing.
You might be able to guess that chocolate frosting branches build the cute Easter dessert “nest.” But can you tell how the bird comes to life? We can’t stop chirping about it: The body is built on a halved cream-filled oblong sponge cake!
Yummy Bunny Cookie
Easter cookie recipes don’t come much simpler than this! Bake a batch of refrigerated sugar cookie dough in one large oval, then trim a bunny-shaped head. Frosting, coconut flakes, and candies cutely (and craveably) finish this easy Easter dessert idea.
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. Slip on your creative cap and customize these cute Easter desserts’ design (we love the marbled look!) and flavor (using lemon, mint, almond, or vanilla extract).
Dressed-Up Marshmallow Bunnies
Are you someone who thinks the best Easter dessert recipe must include marshmallow bunnies? Then take your 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.
Vegetables 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 Easter cake recipe with a tasty combination of zucchini bread and carrot cake.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Add some pucker to the party! Citrus fans will clamor for another slice of this lemonade-flavor Easter cake recipe. With lemonade buttercream frosting and pretty pink lemonade layers, this gorgeous cake is sure to impress everyone at Easter.
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Lambs, rabbits, and chicks—oh, my! Roll out the dough and hand out the cookie cutters: This decorated Easter cookie recipe 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.
Adorable Lamb Cake
A charming lamb cake is never a baaah-d addition to the spring dessert spread. This creative Easter cake recipe gets a fur-like look from the simple lacy frosting pattern. Easy fondant shapes give the face personality.
Almond Cookie Carrots
These cookies might look like carrots, but their crunch definitely comes from almonds. Ask your little bunnies to help pipe on the almond-flavored frosting squiggles. Or if they aren't quite ready to handle the piping bag, put them in charge of adding almond slivers for the carrot tops.
Best-Loved Carrot Cake
This Easter cake recipe is a certified classic, inspired by the Easter bunny's favorite veggie. You'll need 3 cups of shredded carrots for this lush layered cake. Don’t skimp on the final flourishes: cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans.
Easy Easter Bunny Bites
Here’s an Easter cupcake recipe that’s precious, pretty, and perfect for the coconut-averse. (The fuzzy bunny texture is created by piped icing!) The flavor for these bunny cupcakes is up to you, so pick your favorite to act as the base.
Sweet and Salty Chocolate Flowers
These poppable treats might just top the cute Easter dessert list! They're the perfect light dessert after Easter dinner—or for sneaking a quick snack before the meal. You can also keep them on the menu all spring long to put extra Easter candy to good use.
Fans of malted milkshakes know the taste—a nutty, almost caramel richness from malted barley. This old-time drink powder flavors our brownies and the cocoa-marshmallow creme frosting.
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.
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. Just don’t be sure to crown each slice with a “bunny tail” of whipped cream or ice cream!
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Mascarpone Frosting
Give one of our favorite Easter cake recipes—carrot—a delicious update with subtle flavor upgrades like mascarpone in the frosting and cardamom in the cake. And the thatched pattern is actually a cinch. Frost as usual, then use an angled spatula to press and pull out individual shingle-like pieces.
Here's an easy Easter dessert idea that can be made up to 24 hours in advance! This berry trifle is stacked high with vanilla pudding, pound cake, and juicy strawberries and blueberries. The semi-homemade dessert is pretty, portable, and takes less than 25 minutes of prep time.
Welcome spring with rich and chocolaty garden-inspired cupcakes. The fondant carrots, radishes, and lettuces are pulled together in a few simple steps. Then plant them into the crumb-coated cupcakes to finish the cute Easter dessert display.
Strawberry and rhubarb are a match made in spring flavor heaven. Combine this dream team to make these springtime bars. Don’t fear the tang of the rhubarb: A sweet ginger glaze tames any lingering tartness.
Coconut Layer Cake
A delicate toasted coconut chip crown elevates this creation over the Easter cake recipe competition. For even more nutty goodness, the layers are sandwiched with a luscious and creamy coconut filling. Ice with creme fraiche frosting—or your favorite snow-colored flavor.
Hyacinth Flower Cake Pops
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. Bake them up the night before Easter brunch, then cover and chill until it’s time to serve the easy Easter dessert recipe.
Mother Hen and Chicks Dessert
Get into the spirit of spring with a mother hen cake and her lovable 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 Easter cake recipe.
Carrot and Zucchini Bars
Yes, we already shared a mash-up Easter cake recipe featuring carrot and summer squash, but these bars are different. And the best Easter dessert recipes for those watching what they eat, bar none! Even with our creamy citrus frosting, these warmly-spiced delights are just 125 calories per serving.
‘Tis the season to celebrate with pretty garden cupcakes. The impressive spring blooms get a citrus kick from lemon peel to perk things up. Make the fancy flowers by simply piping frosting in your petal design, then gathering your favorite candies in the center.
Vanilla Ruffle Cake
Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries
No-Bake Lime Crunch Cheesecake
Instead of filling colorful plastic eggs with candy, coins, or other treasures, fill the eggs with citrus cheesecake. Press a crunchy shortbread cookie crumb crust into the base of each medium-size egg, then pour in a creamy, no-bake lime-cream cheese filling and chill.
Lamb and Ducky Cupcakes
These too-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. They’re super tasty, too!
Three ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for this easy Easter dessert recipe. 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. Or send them home as favors!
Bake Easter cupcakes from our simple white cupcake recipe, then get creative! Think of it like a blank canvas for all of your spring spirit. For an adorable Easter egg design, pipe green frosting onto the cakes to form grass, then add assorted jelly beans for eggs. Bring spring flowers to life with the remaining colored frosting or mini candies.
Tangerine Cheesecake Bars
Put a modern spin on orange cheesecake with these mouthwatering tangerine Easter cheesecake bars. It’s worth the extra effort to candy the peels for the topping. Plus you can use any leftovers for cocktail garnishes come happy hour!
Strawberry Hand Pies
Skip the traditional piecrust and make these individual hand pies for a creative Easter dessert idea. Stuffed with a sweet strawberry filling, they're sure to be a hit after dinner. Feeling decadent? Dunk in whipped cream or warmed-up icing.
Chocolate-Dipped Bunny Treats
These chocolate-dipped bunnies top our list of fun Easter dessert recipes. With only five ingredients and some simple assembly, you can whip up a batch in no time. Hop to it!
Carrot Cake Bread
Iced Oatmeal-Rhubarb Cookies
This take on oatmeal-raisin cookies is dressed up for spring! Swap in-season rhubarb for the dried fruit and top with a sweet lemon glaze. Store the finished Easter cookies in the fridge for up to five days.
Stuffed Churro Puffs
A plate of these creamy churro puffs is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This Easter dessert idea is filled with luscious whipped cream and purchased dulce de leche.
Test Kitchen Tip: Try swapping the whipped cream for scoops of vanilla ice cream!
Strawberry, Mango & Rose Pavlova
This decadent pavlova is topped with fresh mascarpone whipped cream and fresh fruit. Make it holiday-ready with a sprinkle of edible rose petals just before serving.
Banana Rum Trifle
This easy Easter dessert starts with a homemade vanilla cream. To create the dish, layer it with freshly sliced bananas, ginger snaps, and rum whipped cream.
Test Kitchen Tip: For the best flavor, make the Easter trifle the night before and keep it chilled until you're ready to serve it.
Carrot Cake Cream Pies
When carrot cake meets an oatmeal cream pie, yumminess transpires. Chewy oversize oat cookies contain traditional carrot cake ingredients: shredded carrots, toasted pecans, and warm spices. Instead of billowing on top, lemon-cream cheese frosting is sandwiched between the cookies. Decorate with piped frosting carrots.