Slideshow: 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.

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[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).

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[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.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[Photograph: Lauren Weisenthal]

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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

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.

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[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.

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[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.

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[Photograph: Tara Striano]

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.

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[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]