56 Divine Desserts To Celebrate Easter

Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Photo: Greg DuPree

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 Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie, Strawberry-Lemonade Cake, Strawberry Dream Cake, Strawberry Icebox Cake or Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes. And that is just the beginning! If you prefer something beyond strawberries for an Easter dessert, try the Carrot Cake Cheesecake, a delightful twist on the classic favorite, or Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream. Fanciful desserts such as Chocolate Bundt Cake, Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes, or colorful and citrus-flavored Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting will charm children of all ages. Welcome springtime with these vibrant desserts. Warning: no Easter egg hunt is required for these prized treats. Browse our full selection to find the perfect Easter dessert for your party.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Serve a slice of spring with this pretty pastel cake.

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Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Swap your usual carrot cake for this big-batch recipe that's sure to feed the whole crowd.

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Lemon Raspberry Cake

Lemon Raspberry Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake

In terms of fresh dessert ideas, this tangy and zesty treat takes the cake.

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Key Lime Pound Cake

Key Lime Pound Cake
Jen Causey

Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake

Capture the sunshine of the Florida Keys in this classic citrus cake.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake

Your Easter guests won't believe this tasty bundt is made with boxed cake and brownie mix...that is if you decide to tell them.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cake

Chocolate and strawberry come together to create a heavenly delight.

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Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake

Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake

Save your self a step Easter day by making the lemon curb topper up to two weeks in advance.

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Coconut Pound Cake

Coconut Pound Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake

You won't have to worry about room for leftover cake in the fridge with this tasty treat. It's sure to be a crowd favorite.

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Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Recipe: Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream

This sheet cake combines two seasonal favorites so no one is disappointed.

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Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: 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.

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Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges

Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges

Treat your Easter crowd to two dozen of what just might be the easiest version of our Hummingbird Cake recipe ever.

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Mini Confetti Cakes

Mini Confetti Cakes
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes

Little hands will love these mini cakes.

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Easter Egg Rice Krispies

Easter Egg Rice Krispies
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Easter Rice Krispies Treats

A pretty party decoration and delightful Easter treat all in one recipe.

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Chocolate Éclair Cake

Chocolate Eclair Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake

A cake that's just as worthy of celebration as the classic eclair, this chocolate confection is stunning, simple, and worth the extra effort.

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Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake

Dairy-free, gluten-free, and flourless, this fabulous dessert will meet any Easter guest's dietary needs without sacrificing flavor.

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Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Micah Leal

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes

Fresh ingredients combine to create sweet spring flavor in these gorgeous cupcakes.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This sinfully sweet dessert is the perfect blend of fresh bananas, creamy cheesecake, and crunchy vanilla wafers.

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Strawberry Dream Cake

Strawberry Dream Cake
Photo: Greg Dupree

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.

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Texas Skillet Cake

Texas Skillet Cake
Stephen DeVries, Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Texas Skillet Cake

Slice it up or eat it straight out of the skillet. This twist on the Lone Star State classic will be anything but left alone on your dessert table.

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Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie

Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Icebox Pie

Cool off after a heated egg hunt with a slice of fruity icebox Easter pie.

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Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream

Create petite white cakes for your celebration by cutting your sheet cake into rounds with a biscuit cutter.

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Easter Bunny Cake

How To Make An Easter Bunny Cake

Recipe: Easter Bunny Cake

This cute Easter centerpiece is one bunny you'll be happy to bite into after brunch.

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Mama's German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Mama's German Chocolate Cake

Dressed to impress, the rich frosting with pecans and flaked coconut is the star of this recipe.

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Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cupcakes with Buttermilk-Cream Cheese Frosting

Make birds' nests with malted milk balls and edible paper.

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Grand Marnier Cakes

Grand Marnier Cakes from Tea-Time at the Masters
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Grand Marnier Cakes

The orange liqueur glaze gives this simple orange pound cake an explosion of flavor.

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Raspberry Crumble Bars

Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Raspberry Crumble Bars

Add these irresistible berry bars to the Easter dessert spread for an easy grab-and-go choice.

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Sweet Tea Bundt Cake

Sweet Tea Bundt Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Tea Bundt Cake

The only thing better than a tall glass of sweet tea is a cake that's filled with the same, delicious sweet tea flavor.

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Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes

Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes
Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Easter Birds' Nest Coconut Cupcakes

Mix edible luster dust with powdered sugar to tint the coconut on these birds' nest toppings to give your dessert a shimmery color.

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Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

Recipe: Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie

It's called best-ever for a reason; this silky lemon pie is the prized dessert on Easter Sunday.

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Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Pineapple-Ginger Upside-Down Cake

Caramelized pineapple serves as a rich topping to this adored cake.

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Orange Cake

Orange Cake Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Orange Cake

This cake was first shared and published in Southern Living back in 1995, and makes a wonderful holiday or springtime dessert.

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Lemon-Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Combining two zesty flavors and topped with rich, homemade frosting—this cake is simply irresistible.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake

This cake is a fancier version of a whipped cream-and-cookies icebox cake but with an added strawberry flavor twist.

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Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Combining two carrot cake and cheesecake to create a tender and delectable mile-high cake.

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Strawberry Lemonade Pie

Strawberry Lemonade Pie
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Pie

This sweet and refreshing pie will be the ultimate winner at the dessert table.

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Lady Baltimore Cake

Lady Baltimore Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Lady Baltimore Cake

With a rich frosting and extra delicate cake texture, this white cake is one-of-a-kind.

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Pineapple Pie

pineapple_pie

Recipe: Pineapple Pie

Try baking up this sweet, Mexican-inspired dessert—you won't be sorry.

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Coconut Cream Cake

Fluffy Coconut Frosting
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake

A Southern Easter favorite, this gorgeous white cake is garnished with toasted coconut shavings.

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7UP Bundt Cake

7-UP Bundt Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: 7UP Bundt Cake

This 7UP recipe may just be one of the most iconic ways that soda is used in baked goods.

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Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake

Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Apricot-Almond Coffee Cake

Apricot preserves offer traditional coffee cake a sweet twist that's topped off with slivered almond and a vanilla glaze.

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Caramelized Banana Pudding

Dessert Recipes: Caramelized Banana Pudding
Photo: Jennifer Davick, Prop Styling: Annette Joseph, Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Caramelized Banana Pudding

Caramelize the bananas in brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter to make this dessert even more irresistible.

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs
Cedric Angeles; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Eggs

These homemade chocolate peanut butter treats will rival the likes of any store-bought ones. Add signature piping to each for even more festive decor.

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Oreo Cookie Balls

Oreo Cookie Balls
Southern Living

Recipe: Oreo Cookie Balls

Use pastel food dye to dress these chocolate treats up for Easter.

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Lemon Meltaways

Lemon Meltaways
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Lemon Meltaways

These little lemon cookies are tossed in powdered sugar while they're still warm.

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Mini Coconut-Key Lime Pies

Mini Coconut-Key Lime Pies
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Peach Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Lindsey Lower; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake

Because bourbon can belong at Easter, too. Just ask your uncle—he agrees.

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Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars

Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones

Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars

Get ready for some fruity, buttery, crumbly goodness.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Greg DuPree

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.

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Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake

Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Hadas Smirnoff

Recipe: 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.

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White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

We'll happily hunt for these sweet treats on Easter.

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Chocolate Éclair Cake

Chocolate Éclair Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Éclair Cake

This three-tiered creamy, dreamy cake makes a show-stopping centerpiece for Easter.

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Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines

buttermilk pecan pralines
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Buttermilk-Pecan Pralines

We're all for a grab-and-go Easter sweet, and this praline recipe might be our best-ever.

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Chocolate Trifle

Chocolate Trifle Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chocolate Trifle

Here's what they won't know: These fancy mini trifles only take five store-bought ingredients.

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Peach Icebox Cake

Peach Icebox Cake
Iain Bagwell; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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.

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Cheesecake Cookies

Cheesecake Cookies
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Cheesecake Cookies

It's no secret that everyone loves cheesecake. These bite-sized cheesecakes with cherries on top are sure to be a hit.

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Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake

Get ready to be the talk of the town—er, Easter lunch. This citrus-inspired cheesecake beckons rave reviews.

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