Our Best Easter Desserts

Find the perfect ending to your Easter feast with these light and fresh springtime desserts.

Black and White Angel Food Cake Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Healthy Easter Desserts

Make your Easter menu memorable by ending on a sweet note. From cookies to cakes, our Easter desserts are fresh, bright, and pretty enough for your holiday table.

If you can't decide whether you want vanilla or chocolate, this Black and White Angel Food Cake is just for you. Beaten egg whites create the light, airy texture of this classic dessert.

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Easter Egg Cookies Recipe

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Easter Egg Cookies

These festive cookies are loosely based on the Greek Easter specialty koulourakia. Use egg-shaped cookie cutters to create these Easter "eggs" (we ordered ours from H.O. Foose Tinsmithing Co.). Enlist kids to decorate these simple cookies.

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Sponge Cake with Orange Curd and Strawberries Recipe

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Sponge Cake with Orange Curd and Strawberries

Matzo and almond flour sponge cake is delightful—floral and sweet, with lemon, orange, and tangy berries.

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Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

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Coconut Cream Pie

When it comes to creamy, dreamy coconut pie, never settle for anything less than mile-high. We fluff up the flavor, deploy an Italian meringue, and re-create a blue-ribbon dessert that won't march your diet into madness (learn how our Test Kitchen made over this recipe).

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Carrot Cake Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Carrot Cake

This lighter twist on traditional carrot cake features a tender cake packed with grated carrot, juicy pineapple, flaked coconut, and chopped pecans. Cream cheese frosting and a garnish of grated carrot tops the cake.

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Easy Lemon Squares Recipe

Easy Lemon Squares

Whip up this easy crowd-favorite in a matter of minutes for a light dessert that's deliciously sweet and tangy.

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Chocolate-Mint Pudding Recipe

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Chocolate-Mint Pudding

Bursting with fragrance, mint adds dimension and seasonal flavor to chocolate pudding.

Prep Tip: Unless milk is stabilized with a thickener such as flour or cornstarch, it will “break,” or curdle, when it becomes too hot; that’s why it’s important to watch the temperature as you’re cooking the custard. Also make sure and cover the surface of the pudding with plastic wrap (with the wrap actually touching the pudding) to avoid a skin forming.

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Fresh Coconut Cake Recipe

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Fresh Coconut Cake

Rather than knocking you out with fake coconut extract overtones, this towering, tender cake offers balanced flavor and nutrition—two things you can feel good about when serving a slice to your lucky guests.

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Gingery Banana Pudding with Bourbon Cream Recipe

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Gingery Banana Pudding with Bourbon Cream

A classic southern dessert gets a boozy finish when topped with our delectable bourbon cream. Gingersnaps stand in for traditional vanilla wafers giving the pudding a spicy edge of sophistication.

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Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Photo: Randy Mayor

Sour Cream-Lemon Pound Cake

This reader-favorite pound cake is perfect for making ahead. Simply bake the cake (omitting the glaze) and freeze until ready to serve. After it's thawed, drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.

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Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting Recipe

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Banana-Raspberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

Mashed ripe banana adds moistness to this springtime cake while a hint of lemon in the cream cheese frosting provides just the right amount of tartness.

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Lemon Cloud with Strawberry-Mint Compote Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Lemon Cloud with Strawberry-Mint Compote

Here's a case where you want your soufflés to fall. As they do, the lemon flavor intensifies, and the texture becomes almost cakelike. Any berries will work in place of the strawberries for the compote.

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Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Add some color to your dessert tray with these jam-filled thumbprints. We recommend filling with homemade Raspberry Refrigerator Jam, but in a pinch your favorite store-bought variety will work just fine.

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Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake Recipe

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Glazed Lemon-Blueberry Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Perfect for brunch, this light cake features sweet, seasonal berries and a lemony glaze. Garnish with ribbons of lemon rind and fresh blueberries.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream Recipes

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine.

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Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars Recipe

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Piña Colada Cheesecake Bars

Channel the tropics with these cheesecake bars that feature fresh, in-season pineapple. This recipe uses a small amount of coconut flour, which is slightly sweet, high in fiber (3 grams per tablespoon), and gluten-free. Look for it in health-food stores or order online from Bob's Red Mill. You also can substitute an equal amount of all-purpose flour.

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Caf au Lait Chiffon Pie

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Café au Lait Chiffon Pie

Boiling coffee down to a concentrated syrup, then mixing it with milk in an airy chiffon filling makes this chocolate-graham-cracker-crusted pie a dessert that's sure to give you a buzz.

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Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart Recipes

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Strawberry-Almond Cream Tart

Nestled in a creamy filling and crumbly graham cracker crust, strawberries shine in this delectable tart.

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Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Photo: Randy Mayor

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

Based on the classic whoopie pie, these soft sandwich cookies provide all the pleasures of traditional carrot cake in a fun-to-eat package, including the thick, tangy cream cheese frosting—especially the cream cheese frosting.

View Recipe: Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies

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