Gallery: 17 Dessert Recipes to Make for Easter

Coconut and Espresso Cream Layer Cake
Coconut and Espresso Cream Layer Cake

This is your Easter dessert show-stopper: 6 layers of coconut cake are slathered with heady espresso and sweetened condensed milk whipped cream. Each bite is soft, rich, and luscious.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Easter Egg Cake
Easter Egg Cake

This beautiful and easy centerpiece cake can be made with your favorite cake recipe (or in a pinch, boxed cake mix).

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps
Chocolate Marshmallow Peeps

DIY chocolate Peeps are fun to make and make an undisputedly awesome addition to any Easter basket.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Carrot Cake Truffles
Carrot Cake Truffles

These truffles are comprised of dense carrot cake mixed with cream cheese to form a decadent filling. A coating of high-quality white chocolate adds a sweet finish, making for a hoppy, er, happy eating experience.

Get the recipe!

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake

Feeding a large group is easy with this classic carrot cake, which is moist of crumb and topped with a thick, tangy cream cheese frosting.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Homemade Easter Corn
Homemade Easter Corn

Easter Corn is Candy Corn all dressed up for spring. And like Candy Corn, it tastes better when made at home.

Get the recipe!

[Photographs and original illustrations: Cakespy]

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

For those parts of the country that have seen the first spring produce come into the markets, this is the dish to make. What can we say? Sweet, sun-kissed strawberries pair perfectly with tart, crisp rhubarb.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

Bunny Bread
Bunny Bread

This loaf might be too cute to take apart.

Get the recipe!

[Photographs: Donna Currie]

Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet
Sour Cherry and Lavender Sorbet

Light and refreshingly tart, this is a good palate cleanser after a heavy meal. We like to pair it with simple shortbread cookies.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Gluten-free Carrot Cake
Gluten-free Carrot Cake

If you or one of your guests has a gluten allergy you can still serve the most classic of Easter desserts.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Stephanie Stiavetti]

Chocolate Coconut Nests with Jelly Bean Eggs
Chocolate Coconut Nests with Jelly Bean Eggs

These nests are a homemade version of the Russell Stover candy, and a fun Easter treat.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Greek Easter Cookies
Greek Easter Cookies

In Greece, these cookies are traditionally made in large batches around Easter to be shared with guests. A little dry and not too sweet, they have a hint of orange and pair perfectly with a cup of strong coffee and maybe some spoon sweets.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake

Another cake that looks as good as it tastes, Hummingbird Cake is chock full o' goodies like bananas, pineapple, and pecans. The best part? It's not fussy to prepare.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

White Chocolate Bread Pudding
White Chocolate Bread Pudding

This buttery, rich white chocolate bread pudding is doused in a luscious white chocolate sauce.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Honey Lavender Mille Crêpes Cake
Honey Lavender Mille Crêpes Cake

This cake is made from 20 layers of thin, buttery crepes. Honey and vanilla bean pastry cream is a delicate, sweet touch.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Tara Striano]

Melopita (Greek Honey Cake)
Melopita (Greek Honey Cake)

This cake is light and fluffy like a cheesecake, sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon. Make it even more special for Easter by topping it with any ripe berries you can find.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

White Chocolate Dipped Lemon-Almond Biscotti
White Chocolate Dipped Lemon-Almond Biscotti

This is an American twist on the Italian cookie. Its flavor is tartly lemony, which offsets the creamy white chocolate coating.

Get the recipe!

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]