There are many different types of desserts you can make for Easter. Traditional Easter desserts include hot cross buns and Easter bread, but it’s also common to make fun desserts themed around eggs or rabbits.
Other desserts suitable for Easter concentrate on light, spring flavors such as lemon and coconut, and chocolate is always a common Easter ingredient.
Whatever type of dessert (see also ‘26 Easy Asian Desserts To Make At Home‘) you’re looking for is sure to be included in our 33 delicious Easter desserts.
These adorable cupcakes can be made in a number of different colors. The cupcakes themselves are plain vanilla flavored cupcakes and are relatively easy to make.
Once baked, spread the frosting across the top of the cupcake, ensuring that there is a little pile in the middle. The ears are made from marshmallows that have been cut diagonally in half.
Add some food coloring to sanding sugars and decorate your bunnies!
Sugar cookies (see also ‘28 Delicious Age-Old Italian Cookie Recipes‘) are one of the easiest and most versatile styles of cookies you can make. This recipe takes the basic sugar cookie (see also ‘18 Amazing Sugar-Free Cookies‘) and makes them ready for Easter.
Making and decorating these cookies can also be a fun activity for children so consider letting them into the kitchen to help you prepare.
As with all sugar cookies, make sure that you chill the dough before baking and that the baked cookies are cool before you decorate them.
The cookies can be iced with a variety of toppings and you can use chocolate or sprinkles to make the faces.
Cookies are always a good choice regardless of the time of year but these Easter-themed cookies take a different approach to the regular chocolate cookie.
Instead, they’re made out from a recipe that is very similar to carrot cake that is then topped with the same type of frosting you’d expect to find on a carrot cake.
The cookies can also be frozen, so if you want to prepare the cookies ahead of time you can do so as long as they’re consumed within a month.
Don’t worry as this carrot patch cheesecake doesn’t actually contain any carrots!
Instead, the name comes from what it looks like when it’s finished and fully assembled as the combination of the cheesecake filling, chocolate topping, and strawberries dipped in orange chocolate make it look like a carrot patch.
This cheesecake is not only tasty, but the inventiveness of the presentation will make it stick in the mind of everyone who tries it.
If you need even more chocolate in your Easter celebrations, then you can’t go wrong with a chocolate pie (see also our favorite Thanksgiving pies). This recipe uses a packaged pie crust but you can make your own if you wish.
The chocolate taste of the filling comes from a few tablespoons of cocoa powder and you can adjust this as you need. When cooked, it’s best served with some whipped cream or ice cream.
The refreshing combination of lime and coconut makes this tart taste light and fresh. It’s an interesting combination of flavors that works surprisingly well.
The base of this tart is made from chocolate, butter, and shredded coconut and requires around 20 minutes in the oven to bake. The filling doesn’t require any baking at all and is a mix of cream cheese and lime juice.
For the finishing touches, add some shredded lime zest and lime slices.
This coconut layer cake looks as light and fresh as it tastes. As the name suggests, it is made by layering coconut cake with coconut and vanilla-flavored frosting. The recipe calls for three layers of cake with two layers of frosting between them.
Once assembled, you can cover the sides and top of the cake with more of the frosting and press some shredded coconut into it for decoration.
Spring and Easter is a time for colorful flowers to begin blooming again after the harsh winter and this cake takes its name from one of the flowers most commonly associated with spring.
The cake is made from two different batters, one of which has the zest and juice of a lemon and orange included. The glaze is also full of citrusy flavors to give a light and fresh taste.
You can make your own creme eggs with this do-it-yourself recipe! Although they look complicated, this recipe uses only a few ingredients to make the filling and relies on yellow food coloring to make the egg yolk.
The main ingredient is heavy cream and this is mixed with butter and confectioners’ sugar to make a stiff frosting. You will need to be careful when wrapping the white filling around the yellow yolk and then the egg can be dipped in chocolate.
10. Easter Bread
Easter bread is a traditional Easter food in Italy and Greece. It’s similar to brioche and is a sweetened bread that has colored eggs baked into the dough. After the dough is made, it is split into three equal parts and then braided together.
Once the braid is completed, the two ends are joined so your Easter bread makes a circle. You can also sweeten the bread further by adding sprinkles or other toppings if you wish.
Made from marshmallows and popcorn (see also ‘28 Best Flavored Popcorn Recipes‘), these Easter bunny popcorn bars are gooey and sweet.
You will need to melt your marshmallows and then fold in some popcorn to make the base of the bars and these can be filled and decorated with a variety of different candies.
Chocolate chips, M&Ms, and chocolate eggs are all ideal toppings for these Easter bars.
Cheesecakes are a great dessert at any time of the year and Easter is no different. However, this isn’t just a regular cheesecake as the cheesecake is actually set inside half of a chocolate egg to make it a really unique Easter dessert.
The cheesecake still has its crumbly biscuit base and cheesecake layer, they’re just placed inside a chocolate egg and topped with drizzled chocolate. This is the perfect cheesecake for chocolate lovers.
Truffles are not only a great dessert, but they’re also an ideal treat and can even be given as gifts to family and friends. This makes them a very versatile Easter dessert and with this recipe, you can make truffles of various different designs.
You can even get children involved in making them and turn it into a family activity. The interior of the truffles is made from crushed Oreo cookies (see also ’35 Oreo Desserts You Can Make At Home‘) mixed with softened cream cheese.
Allow the mixture to chill and then dip the truffles into melted chocolate (see also ‘23 Of The Most Delicious Truffle Recipes‘).
Rocky road is one of the most popular ice cream flavors and this Easter dessert takes the taste of rocky road to make a gooey and delicious sweet treat. It’s very easy to make as it only has four ingredients and doesn’t require any baking either!
The ingredients are just chocolate, peanuts, marshmallows, and mini-Easter eggs that are melted together. After the mixture is fully mixed, place it in the fridge to set, and then it can be cut into small pieces.
15. Easter Trifle
If you prepare and serve this trifle in a glass dish, your guests are bound to be impressed and intrigued by the combination of layers and colors on display. This is a dessert that needs to be seen and shown off as well as eaten!
It’s made colorful by using food coloring in the cake batter and you shouldn’t be afraid to go bold with your colors. When the trifle is assembled, you can top it with edible grass and marshmallow bunnies to really give it that Easter look.
Easter nests are a popular treat for Easter and one that are easy to make with children, too. This recipe gives you the option of four different types of nests that can be made—butterscotch, pretzel, cereal, and coconut.
All four use different ingredients and will make nests that taste differently so you can either concentrate on making just one or offer your friends and family a variety of nests and make them all.
17. Hot Cross Buns
Hot cross buns are a traditional Easter dessert that originated in Good Friday traditions. They’re usually made with dried fruit and are spiced with ingredients such as cinnamon and nutmeg.
They’re easy to identify because of the white cross on top of each bun and this is made with a powdered sugar glaze. Hot cross buns can be eaten either warm or cold and will last a few days if kept in an airtight container.
18. Lamb Cake
The cake is a simple vanilla cake that you can either make from scratch or buy from a store. It’s then covered in vanilla frosting and decorated to look like a lamb.
The recipe uses marshmallows, black gel icing, a pink jelly bean, and pink sanding sugar to make the lamb. This cute cake is sure to be a family favorite.
Light but delicious, these lemon bars only require seven ingredients. The filing is made from the juice of four lemons mixed with granulated sugar, flour, and six eggs and it can be dusted with confectioners’ sugar for that added finishing touch.
These cute lemon and buttercream sandwich cookies are sure to grab attention at any Easter party or event. They’re shaped to look like deviled eggs so they not only have Easter-appropriate flavors but also add to the “egg” theme in a humorous way.
The cookies are relatively simple to make and the “yolk” of the eggs is provided by a drop of lemon curd.
21. Lemon Cake
Lemon has a light and fresh taste that makes it a perfect flavor for spring and Easter desserts. This is similar to vanilla or white cake but has a slightly tartier flavor.
This lemon cake consists of two layers of lemon-flavored sponge cake that have a layer of lemon buttercream in between them.
The cake can also be covered in a layer of lemon buttercream when assembled and topped with white chocolate shavings to make a delicious but light cake.
Cupcakes are always a popular dessert and treat and these lemon cupcakes with strawberry frosting will be no different. The cake itself is lemon-flavored and should be light and moist, making it the perfect type of cake for spring and Easter.
The cupcakes are then topped with strawberry buttercream and for the added touch, you can add a strawberry or crushed freeze-dried strawberries to the top.
Lemon-poppy seed cake is a popular spring dessert. The poppy seeds add a nice crunch to the cake and make each slice look different and interesting as well.
Once the cake is baked you can drizzle it with a glaze made from powdered sugar and lemon juice. This glaze should be allowed to harden before being served.
The meringue shells of pavlovas are traditionally made with egg whites but this recipe uses a substitute so it is completely vegan (see also ‘33 Easy To Make Vegan Desserts‘). Baking the meringues takes a couple of hours but the recipe itself is easy to make.
This delicious cake is made from layers of malt cake and buttercream. The exterior frosting is made with white chocolate to make a deliciously light and delicate cake.
For those finishing touches, you can add some yellow food coloring to the frosting and decorate with chocolate eggs.
26. Mango Sorbet Pie
The combination of the mango sorbet filling and the vanilla Oreo and pistachio crust makes this pie a must-bake. It looks and tastes great but doesn’t take too long to make and the refreshing mango flavor will brighten up any Easter meal.
Add some more chocolate into your Easter diet with these chocolate brownies. They have a gooey and fudgy consistency made from dark chocolate and can be decorated with white chocolate and min-eggs.
If you’re from the south, this pudding may have been a staple of your Easter celebrations. It’s very quick and easy to make as the most complicated and time-consuming step is preparing the custard.
Once this is done, it’s simply a matter of layering the ingredients and putting it in the oven.
This is another good recipe to get the kids involved with. The base of the dessert is nutter butter cookies that are dipped into melted yellow chocolate.
Once the chocolate has set, the cookies can then be decorated with white chocolate to make the design of a broken egg shell.
The color of these butter cookies is entirely your choice. In this recipe, they’re colored in various shades of pink and white and the colored sugar was made by combining confectioners’ sugar with dried fruit.
You can change the fruit to change color or use food coloring.
Pound cakes are a simple but versatile dessert that are easy to make but are also reasonably filling.
This pound cake includes lemon zest and raspberries (see also ‘28 Incredible Raspberry Dessert Recipes‘) to give it a spring flavor and is topped with a glaze made from heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and raspberry jam.
Celebrate spring and the coming warmer months with this delicious strawberry tart. The strawberries are roasted in a mix of honey, vanilla, and salt to bring out their flavors and the base of the tart is made from puff pastry (see also ‘Top 30 Puff Pastry Desserts To Make At Home‘).
33. Sheep Cupcakes
Easter is also the lambing season, so lambs and sheep have long been an image associated with Easter.
These cupcakes look almost too adorable to eat and young children will have great fun decorating the cupcakes and drawing the faces if you want to include them in your baking.
The cupcakes are iced in buttercream and royal icing and you can draw the faces with an edible marker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to some common questions about Easter desserts.
What Desserts Do You Have at Easter?
There are a wide variety of desserts suitable for Easter. Traditional desserts include hot cross buns, but you can also opt for desserts with light, spring flavors such as lemon.
As chocolate is a big theme for Easter, any desserts that are heavy in chocolate are also suitable. For more fun desserts, include a rabbit, lamb, or chick theme in your baking. You can also try to incorporate Easter-themed chocolates.
What Should I Bring to Easter Dinner?
If you’re attending an Easter dinner and want to bring a dessert with you, then you could bring any dessert on this list. We would especially recommend something light or a dessert guests can take home with them, such as cupcakes or cookies.
We recommend this as it means that your dessert is less likely to go to waste if people are too full after a big dinner or dessert provided by the hosts.
From cupcakes to cookies, pies to trifles, we have listed a wide variety of delicious Easter desserts (see also ‘35 of the World’s Most Delicious Desserts‘) . We hope that whatever type of dessert you are looking for, there is a delicious recipe here for you to try. Enjoy your baking!