40 Easter Treats That are Almost Too Cute to Eat
Easter is a Southern potluck of epic proportions. While the hostess always handles the ham and your aunt brings her best-ever macaroni and cheese, someone always gets saddled with dessert. And this year, that might be you. With Easter being more whimsical than most Southern holidays—with the pastel eggs and baby chicks and whatnot—we think dessert is exactly where you can run wild. Think festive, fun, and (if feeling frisky) miniature! We’ve rounded up 40 delicious, easy, and spring-inspired treats that’ll wow the crowd at Easter lunch. Choose something classic with a twist, such as our Hummingbird Cupcakes, or celebrate the coming of spring with our Strawberry-Lemonade Cake. But, if nothing else, go with our most cheeky Easter treat: Bunny Butt Cookies. They’re the sweetest thing you’ll see all day, even with the pastel eggs and baby chicks. Get ready to celebrate Easter Day with the ones you love—and with these 40 cute Easter desserts.
Bunny Butt Cookies
These delightful Easter cookies are sure to put a smile on any guest’s face this spring.
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Carrot cake just got a whole lot cuter.
Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
We fancified your carrot cake with coconut flavor—but made the recipe into a sheet cake to even the playing field. Layer cakes, beware!
Recipe: Easter Cookies
Make sure to include a bouquet or two of these easy cookies at Mama's lunch this year.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
You'd never guess these mini cakes were made by cutting rounds out of a quick vanilla sheet cake. Oh-so easy.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
This cake is like spring in a slice.
Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Recipe: Chocolate Zucchini Cakes
Trust us, these mini loaves taste even better than they look. Dense and incredibly moist, they're a shoe-in for favorite Easter treat.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Serve up a slice of the Florida Keys with this Southern classic.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Easter deserves next-level treats. So combine two spring party favorites—strawberry cake and banana pudding—into a cool and creamy icebox cake. That'll do it.
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
We've taken our classic Hummingbird Cake to the cupcake pan. If you loathe icing layer cakes, this one's for you.
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
We'll happily hunt for these sweet treats on Easter.
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Get ready to be the talk of the town—er, Easter lunch. This citrus-inspired cheesecake beckons rave reviews.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
We made this one almost too easy for you. Made with boxed cake and brownie mixes, this Bundt will save any hostess in a time crunch.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Garnish these easy cupcakes with rose petals that coordinate with your favorite Easter colors.
Mini Coconut-Key Lime Pies
Recipe: Mini Coconut-Key Lime Pies
Behold: the perfect Key lime bite with just a hint of coconut. You may never go back to the basic recipe.
Chocolate Peanut Butter-Fudge Bars
Easter-Egg Shortbread Cookies
Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Because bourbon can belong at Easter, too. Just ask your uncle—he agrees.
Mini Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cakes
Talk about grab-and-go service. These mini pound cakes will serve up some sticky fingers—and we're here for it.
Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Get ready for some fruity, buttery, crumbly goodness.
Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
Equal parts romantic and rustic, this cake will fit right in at the egg hunt.
Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
Recipe: Beet Red Velvet Cupcakes
Alert, alert! No artificial coloring required here. These festive cupcakes get a natural tint from beets. (And no one will know the difference.)
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Get a taste of the tropics by adding coconut milk to these classic Southern bars.
Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
This recipe is plain to-die-for. You'll be wondering where all the pound cake went.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
This poke cake will feed a crowd, which is good—because they're going to be coming back for more.
Hummingbird Bundt Cake
Recipe: Hummingbird Bundt Cake
This spin on a classic Southern cake will make any hostess very happy. (Frosting a layer cake can make even the most seasoned chef nervous when she knows company is coming.)
Chocolate Éclair Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake
This three-tiered creamy, dreamy cake makes a show-stopping centerpiece for Easter.
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts
You won't find a treat prettier than these mini tarts. And they only take 30 minutes of hands-on time.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Everyone will know that spring has officially sprung when these cupcakes hit the table. Top with lemony buttercream tinted in the pretty pastel shades of your choosing.
Recipe: Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines
We're all for a grab-and-go Easter sweet, and this praline recipe might be our best-ever.
Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
These bars crumble into nutty, berry-licious heaven with every bite.
Recipe: Chocolate Trifle
Here's what they won't know: These fancy mini trifles only take five storebought ingredients.
Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes
This isn't your basic strawberry shortcake recipe. It's even better.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Just imagine those perfectly toasted peaks residing over the Easter table.
Coconut Meringues with Elderflower Strawberries
Airy meringues topped with pillows of mascarpone cream and fresh, juicy strawberries in an elderflower-mint syrup? Say no more.
Recipe: Crepe Cake
It’s a bright dessert with the unmistakable flavor of a fruit-filled crepe—with, wait for it, 12 layers. We'll take two.
Peach Icebox Cake
Recipe: Peach Icebox Cake
Cool off any post-hunt heat with a hearty helping of this icebox cake. Peaches will pop alongside your Easter pastels.
Tres Leches Cake
Recipe: Tres Leches Cake
Imagine the creamiest cake of all time, infused with nutmeg, coffee, and sweetened condensed milk. Well, here you go.
Grand Marnier Cakes
Recipe: Grand Marnier Cakes
There's nothing that mini cakes soaked in a Grand Marnier glaze can't fix.