Easter weekend is nearly here, and even though you may be fretting about what you’re going to cook for brunch/lunch/dinner that weekend, you should really take some time to think about the most important part of any meal, which is dessert, obviously.
Scrolling through food blog after food blog for amazing Easter dessert ideas will only waste more time, so I’ve compiled a solid list of some of the best (and most impressive) Easter desserts the internet has to offer. From simple, to decadent, to vegan, you’ll definitely find something that fits your fancy below.
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3-Ingredient Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Eggs
Let’s keep it simple to start with these chocolate and peanut butter eggs that only use one other ingredient: sugar. Sometimes less is more, because these eggs of Reese cup-esque deliciousness go a long way in flavour without too much effort.
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Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs
Ok, the easy stuff is out of the way, so lets step up your Easter egg dessert-game with your very own version of Cadbury Creme Eggs. You’ll need egg molds to complete this recipe, which is a tad extravagant if you’re not a committed baker/chocolatier, but the end result is quite pretty to look at. For anyone trying to be a tad healthy or a personal preference to include no animal by-products in your diet, try this vegan cadbury creme egg recipe as an alternative.
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Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns
When desserts enter the realm of breakfast, the whole world smiles, and surely your family will if you have these Chocolate Chunk Hot Cross Buns ready to go for Easter brunch. You will need to plan ahead for these buns, as the dough needs to initially rise for at least an hour, plus some in-oven rising time and the baking itself. The end result is worth it, plus these buns actually bear some symbolic significance to the real reason Easter is celebrated, so you can feel like a good Christian if you are one. If not, just enjoy.
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Carrot Cake Pie
Somewhere down the line of Easter history, bunny rabbits became associated with the holiday, and since bunnies eat carrots, carrot-based desserts grew into a tradition. We’ve all made/eaten carrot cake a thousand times over, so why not switch it up this year and transform the dessert into pie-form, which in my not-so-humble-opinion is far superior to a cake.
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Fresh Orange Ricotta Cheesecake
Religious links aside, Easter is also about the coming of Spring, and in the food world, the renewal of fresh flavours. Keep with culinary traditions with this Orange Ricotta Cheesecake, a dessert that sings with Springtime zest and tastes light enough that you won’t feel like you’re hurting your summer body, though I think all that cheese will do otherwise.
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Easter Egg Surprise Cookies
A little effort can go a long way, a lesson you’ll definitely learn once you make these Easter Egg Surprise Cookies. While the process of separating, colouring, and layering the cookie dough may seem a tad time consuming, the end result is truly worth it. Besides, it’s a long weekend, what else are you doing?
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The Mini Egg Easter Ombré Pinata Cake
And here we have the pièce de résistance, the sure-fire Easter dessert that will make anyone at your table say “dayummmm” upon seeing it, then go “mmmmmmm” once they’ve taken a bite. Ingredients-wise, this cake doesn’t take much, it’s just the 4 separate sponge cakes you need to bake that will take a bit of time. A 4-tier cake may seem a bit excessive, but as you can see from the photo, the effect is worth it.
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Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cakes
All vegans reading (or anyone who will have one dining with them over Easter) this ones for you. Easy to whip up, semi-healthy, and filled with the zesty freshness of lemons, these bundt cakes are an Easter winner. Think of them like Starbucks’ lemon poppy seed load, just in bundt cake form and vegan. Be certain to scroll down to the English version of the recipe in the link provided below.
Many thanks to An Edible Mosaic, A Culinary Ginger, A Lovely Side Project, Simply Delicious Foods, Crazy For Crust, Almacucina, La receta de la felicidad, Taming Twins, and Foodporn Vegan Style for providing all of these amazing recipes.
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