Easter is a holiday that many people associate with deviled eggs, chocolate eggs and coffee cake, since it is a Sunday holiday that is marked by early morning egg hunts, candy-filled baskets and leisurely family time. I love deviled eggs and coffee cake as much as anyone, but they’re not the only Easter-appropriate foods out there. Serve the deviled eggs and put out the chocolate, too, but mix things up with one of these seven delicious Easter desserts for a change of pace.
You might think that you have enough chocolate already, but Chocolate Coconut Easter Cupcakes are a great addition to any Easter party. They’re loaded with chocolate flavor and they’re fun to decorate, so they’ll make an eye-catching display on the table before you serve them up.
I had a relative who used to insist on bringing cannoli – even if it wasn’t very good – to Easter, so to this day I still associate Easter with a creamy ricotta filling. My Cannoli Pie is a crowd-pleaser and, unlike cannolis from the bakery, it won’t get soggy if it sits around for a while before dessert.
Pina Colada Bread Pudding is comfort food with a taste of the tropic. Chunks of tasty pineapple and shredded coconut give the pudding a bright, tropical flavor that you don’t usually find in wintertime desserts – and they’ll make you think of upcoming spring and summer vacations!
White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Mousse is a nice contrast to all of the dark and milk chocolate usually found in Easter candies. It is very light and not as sweet as you might think. It is perfect when served with fresh berries, and you can make the portions as small or as large as you need with ease.
A lovely Vanilla and Lemon Layer Cake is a beautiful way to end a holiday meal. The vanilla cake is layered with homemade lemon curd and a lemon cream cheese buttercream. If you have meyer lemons available, they also work very well in this recipe.
A towering Pink Lemonade Cake is ideal if you want a light dessert. This chiffon cake is airy enough that you’ll want a slice even after a heavier meal. It’s pink color is festive and perfectly suited to Easter gatherings.
And if you happen to have received a bunch of mini Cadbury Creme Eggs from the Easter Bunny, you must try a batch of Cadbury Creme Egg Muffins. Suitable for brunch or dessert, these muffins have a Cadbury egg baked right into them! It’s a sweet treat for a sweet holiday.