Celebrate Easter Sunday with these delectable dessert recipes perfect for everything from a large gathering to a small family dinner.
Every holiday meal needs a showstopper dessert to top off the celebration. Whether you do Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner, we have a mouthwatering selection for you to choose from for your Easter celebration. Many of our divine Easter desserts showcase one of our favorite fruits, the beautiful and luscious strawberry. Your guests will happily dig into Strawberries and Cream Cake, Strawberry Mousse Cake, Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake, Strawberry-Orange Trifle, or Mini Strawberry Tarts. And that is just the beginning! If you prefer something beyond strawberries for an Easter dessert, try the Banana Pudding Cheesecake, a delightful twist on the classic favorite, or our Best Carrot Cake, which is so fabulous it has become an Internet sensation. Fanciful desserts such as Bunny Tail Bon Bons, Easter Egg Shortbread Cookies, or colorful and citrus-flavored Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting will charm children of all ages. Browse our full selection to find the Easter dessert perfect for your party.
Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
This sheet cake combines two seasonal favorites so no one is disappointed.
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
You'll fall in love with this too-good-to-be-true strawberry cake. Fluffy whipped frosting made with marscapone cheese, sugar, whipping cream, and vanilla and almond extracts is the perfect finishing touch. We love the presentation of cake slices with upright strawberries between the layers. When it comes down to the details, this sweet confection takes the cake.
Chocolate Truffle Pie with Amaretto Cream
Start with refrigerated pie crusts to make prep for this pie a breeze. Slivered almonds mixed into the batter give each sweet bite a crunch.
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts
These sweet treats start with a pistachio crust. A dreamy mixture of cream cheese, lemon juice and zest, and whipped cream are folded together before filling the individual tarts. Toss the fresh strawberries in sugar, just before topping the tarts, to give them just a hint of added sweetness.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
These citrus treats are too good to keep to yourself. Make an extra batch and bring to a friend for the sweetest surprise.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Look for packaged coconut shavings in your grocer's natural foods section.
Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes
For a creative, updated take on shortcake, we added coconut and pecans to the dough.
Pound Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Pound Cake Cupcakes
A Thumbelina version of the tube-pan classic, these Pound Cake Cupcakes are pretty enough for a fairy-tale princess—and only a muffin tin away.
Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies
Strawberries and Cream Cake
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake
We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This sinfully sweet dessert is the perfect blend of fresh bananas, creamy cheesecake, and crunchy vanilla wafers.
Green Tea-Honeysuckle Cake
Recipe: Green Tea-Honeysuckle Cake
Spring-green ribbons of matcha-flavored batter and a homemade honeysuckle glaze elevate a basic vanilla butter cake to gourmet status. Bonus: It tumbles from the pan perfectly fluted and party ready.
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Spiked with a triple hit of chocolate (we're talking intensely rich sour cream-fudge frosting here), these are definitely not your garden-variety zucchini cakes.
Strawberry Mousse Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Mousse Cake
Pretty in pink, this mousse cake recipe is perfect for a shower, family get-together or party.
Bunny Tail Bonbons
Package these white chocolate-cheesecake truffles in clear plastic boxes as a sweet takeaway for guests. Chilled, they'll keep for one week.
- Recipe: Bunny Tail Bonbons
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake
From pineapple to cream cheese, the same ingredients first featured in the 1978 version of this popular layer cake still shine in our new version— simplified by baking in a Bundt pan.
Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Heavenly Angel Food Cake
The rich, moist texture of this divine angel food cake is unlike any other. Made from scratch in minutes, it's spread with frosting that's a lemon lover's dream.
Recipe: Easter Cookies
Try this Easter dessert with a simple five-ingredient dough that can be made up to three days ahead and stored in the fridge.
Hot Cross Buns
Recipe: Hot Cross Buns
Bake the traditional English nutmeg-and-cinnamon-spiced Hot Cross Buns on Good Friday or for Easter breakfast. Lemon icing is easily piped through a zip-top bag to form the traditional cross on top.
Nutter Butter-Banana Pudding Trifle
This homemade pudding is divine, economical, and uses on-hand ingredients. Tip: The pudding has thickened enough when a distinct trail is left in the mixture when you stir with a spoon. The cookies will soften the longer the dessert chills.
Best Carrot Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Orange Trifle
The sweetness of strawberries combined with a hint of tart from the orange segments makes this dessert absolutely delightful.
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Securing parchment paper with masking tape (it won’t melt at the low temp) makes it easy to spread picture-perfect layers of meringue.
Strawberry-Fromage Blanc Tartlets
Miniature ready-made phyllo shells make these tiny treasures a quick-and-easy gourmet fix.
Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Make birds' nests with malted milk balls and edible paper; wilton.com
Layered Carrot Cake
Recipe: Layered Carrot Cake
For this healthier version of carrot cake, we reduced the fat in the batter by using less vegetable oil and sugar, yet it is still as moist as traditional cakes. We also reduced the butter and used reduced-fat cream cheese for the frosting, without losing the flavor!
35th Anniversary Hummingbird Cake
Over-ripe bananas (yellow peels splotched with brown flecks) are best for baking. You won't get the same depth of flavor or moistness without them.