Easter Dessert Recipes
Whether your Easter features tons of early-spring berries, lots of lemon or frosted cakes galore, we have the decadent desserts to sweeten your celebration.
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Florence's Orange Cake
This dense cake gets its vibrant flavor and color from fresh orange zest and a tangy orange glace drizzle.
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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Fresh, sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham cracker crust — no baking required!
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Alton Brown's carrot cake is rich and moist with a dense quick-bread-like texture.
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Serve individual trifles of amaretto-soaked pound cake, whipped cream and balsamic-tossed strawberries for the perfect finish to your holiday meal.
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Lemon Meringue Pie
Alton keeps it simple with his fresh, zesty lemon curd filling and three-ingredient meringue. The flaky, buttery short crust is perfect for bringing these flavors together.
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Carrot Cake Cookies
Fill these fluffy carrot cookies with a lemon-flavored cream cheese frosting for a fun twist on the staple holiday cake.
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Sour Cream Cheesecake
Sour cream adds even richer flavor to Alton's cheesecake, which is baked in a water bath for an evenly moist end result.
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Few desserts signal the start of spring like a rhubarb-strawberry concoction. The humblest of the lot – a juicy low-maintenance crisp – perfectly balances the sweet-tart spectrum with its chunks of fruit and crispy caramelized oat topping.
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Adding a bit of orange and lemon zest to the cream cheese icing brings out the bright, spiced flavors of these incredibly moist carrot cupcakes.
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Pineapple Rightside-Up Cake with Fresh Thyme
Preserve the best part of a pineapple upside-down cake – the gooey caramelized topping – without the separation-from-the-pan anxiety by baking individual-sized cakes in Mason jars. The topping is actually at the bottom of the jar, making these rightside-up cakes, but they are equally as beautiful served with a dollop of cream on top.
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Giada’s take on the age-old Italian Easter tradition – a rice and ricotta pie – is a breeze to prepare, thanks to phyllo dough sheets that layer the pie dish and are rustically draped across the top.
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Easter Candy Bark
Why wait until after Easter’s over to put all that colorful candy to creative leftover use? Nestled in a thick white chocolate bark, a rainbow of pastel Peeps, chocolates and jelly candies never looked so festive (or tasted so sweet).
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Beatty's Chocolate Cake
Ina Garten's chocolate cake has a subtle mocha flavor thanks to the cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter, but our favorite part of this recipe is the thick chocolate buttercream icing on the top of the cake and between its layers.
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Is it any surprise that the Barefoot Contessa's lemon bar recipe is just a bit sweeter and richer than the average?
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Chocolate Caramel Monkey Bread Muffins
To give monkey bread a more crowd-friendly twist (read: sparing your floors of sugary-gooey residue), Zoe Francois bakes individual-sized monkey bread muffins with layers of chocolate and caramel. She doesn’t abandon the pull-apart notion entirely, though – each portion contains four little biscuits, ready for sticky-fingered eating.
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Chuck's delicate madeleines are made even more indulgent when dipped in a tangy lemon glaze.
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Lemon Pound Cake
This rich and tangy pound cake makes for a refreshing dessert on an ordinary weeknight or, when placed on a pretty pedestal stand, a perfect holiday dessert.
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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake With Hawaiian Sea Salt
This classic dessert recipe celebrates the beginning of pineapple season with its beautiful exposed-fruit topping. Pink Hawaiian sea salt adds a unique, briny touch when sprinkled over the finished cake.
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The best thing about these sweet-tart mousse parfaits that taste like the inside of a Key lime pie? Most of the work can be done a couple days in advance, so simply fold in egg whites and cream, then top with macerated berries before serving.
Get the Recipe: Lemon-Lime Mousse
A Gooey, Decadent Chocolate Cake
Tyler’s chocolate cake gets its gooey decadence from a dense chocolate-chip buttercream frosting and a drizzle of raspberry liqueur.
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Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes With Strawberry Glaze
Creamy mascarpone cheese keeps Giada's bite-sized cupcakes moist and fluffy, and it serves as a perfect complement to her sweet strawberry glaze topping.
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Orange cream cheese frosting gives this dessert citrus fragrance, but it's the moist, rich, raisin- and walnut-studded carrot cake that counts.
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Top light lemon cupcakes with a sweet-tart lemon butter icing for a refreshing, tangy dessert.
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie With Almond Crumb Topping
Baking (or at least eating) this classic pie is practically a quintessential rite of spring. Make yours special with a crisp almond-crumb topping.
Lemon Ricotta Granita
Prepare this simple, refreshing granita a few days in advance of the holiday – with only six ingredients. Top with strands of lemon zest to add a pop of color and to give the bowls elegant, guest-ready presentation.
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