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Embrace Spring on Easter Sunday with 13 Pastel Party Desserts

Every holiday deserves a dessert table that'll 'wow' you and your guests. I mean, there's nothing better than ending the perfect holiday meal with some dessert! With Easter just a few weeks away, it's time to start thinking about some Easter dessert recipes. I'm sure I'm not the only one, but dessert just happens to be my favorite meal of the day and these are some of the best Easter desserts around.

Sure you might have a gorgeous carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on the dessert table this year, but if you're looking for a variety of other DIY dessert recipes, you came to the right place. You and your guests will be happy to dig into any of these mouthwatering Easter desserts.

1. Speckled Malted Coconut Cake

Celebrate Easter with this beautiful speckled coconut cake that resembles a robin's egg. The cake tastes like a Cadbury malted egg, making this Easter cake perfect for your dessert table. Plus, it uses coconut cream for a divine coconut buttercream that you'll be tempted to use on every other dessert recipe, too.

There's also a bird nest on top that you can easily make with phyllo dough. So pretty!

Here's the recipe.

2. Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A fresh Easter cake filled with fresh lemon juice and specks of poppy seeds that is super quick to whip up for Easter dessert. This cake recipe is even fitting for an Easter brunch.

Here's the recipe.

3. Carrot Patch Brownies

This quick Easter dessert recipe uses a shortcut with a brownie mix (homemade works, too), so you'll have it ready in no time! Strawberries are dipped in white chocolate dyed with a little orange food coloring to resemble carrots for the carrot patch.

Have the kids help you garnish the carrot patch with crushed Oreos and robin's egg candies for a festive dessert.

Here's the recipe.

4. Pound Cake Cupcakes

Sometimes a variety of cupcakes are the best options for Easter dessert! Maybe you're already planning on making carrot cake Easter cupcakes, and if you need another flavor idea, these pound cake cupcakes are perfect.

Instead of cream cheese frosting, each cupcake is dipped in a creamy pastel white chocolate mixture and topped with a pretty edible flower.

Here's the recipe.

5. Lemon Meringue Pie

This Mile-High Lemon Meringue Pie might make you pucker up, but is balanced out by the sweet and fluffy meringue on top. The lemon custard recipe calls for Meyer lemons, which tend to be a little sweeter than regular lemons, but if you cannot find them, regular lemons will be fine for this lemon cream pie.

Here's the recipe.

6. Easter Egg Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

These beautifully decorated Easter egg sugar cookies will brighten up any dessert table. They even make great gifts to wrap up and place in an Easter basket. You can create these pretty designs or do your own thing - be creative with your Easter cookies!

Here's the recipe.

7. Strawberry Shortcake Roulade

If you don't want to make a layer cake, a roulade is the way to go! A roulade is a type of cake that's airy and fluffy and in this recipe, wrapped around a sweet whipped cream and strawberry filling.

Dust the top of this strawberry shortcake roulade with powdered sugar and serve in slices. No one will refuse this Easter treat!

Here's the recipe.

8. Easter Bunny Cake

You might have memories of making an Easter bunny cake every year with Mom or Grandma, and if you're looking for something a little different (and with a surprise inside!) you'll love this quick recipe. This Easter bunny cake might look difficult, but it's actually just one layer of cake that's cut in half and stacked together. Plus, you can use a cake mix to make the process easier.

Even better, there's a surprise when you cut into the cake: Easter candy! The cake is filled with candy that's commonly found in an Easter basket, which makes this super festive!

Here's the recipe.

9. Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Pizza

Pizza for dessert anyone? This Easter egg dessert pizza is so easy to make. Just roll out store bought or homemade sugar cookie dough into an Easter egg shape and bake.

Spread a layer of homemade cream cheese frosting over the cookie crust and top with different fruit. You can use raspberries, blueberries, orange slices, apricots, pineapple or other fruits; pick different colors and shapes to make a cool design. This delicious Easter dinner dessert as centerpiece will definitely impress your friends and family!

Here's the recipe.

10. Mini Banana Pudding Cheesecakes

I absolutely love these individual banana pudding cheesecakes, I might just have to include them in my dessert table this year! They're creamy and that extra swirl of fresh whipped cream makes them extra special. I wouldn't blame you if you doubled the recipe!

Here's the recipe.

11. Easter Basket Cookie Cups

For a fun, kid-friendly Easter treat, these Easter basket cookie cups will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth! If you love peanut butter cookie dough and buttercream frosting, you'll love these cookie cups. Garnish them with Easter candy eggs, even some shredded coconut would be delicious, too.

And if you're craving chocolate, feel free to fold in some chocolate chips to the cookie dough.

Here's the recipe.

12. Lemon Flower Tarts

For a refreshing and quick springtime Easter dessert, these mini lemon cream flower tarts are so easy to bake up. Use store bought or homemade pie dough and use a flower cookie cutter to get the pretty shape.

Fill these tarts with lemon curd and dust with powdered sugar. You can even add some pastel sprinkles on top for an extra pop of color.

Here's the recipe.

13. Rice Krispie Nests

Besides being tasty and easy to make, these buttery marshmallow Rice Krispie treats in the shape of a bird's nest are just adorable. You can also change up the recipe and use chocolate or multicolored cereal to make the nests colorful or add different flavors to the mix. Let the kids help shape the gooey treats into nests and then choose their favorite Easter candy to put inside; from chocolate eggs to jelly beans, there's no wrong decision here.

Here's the recipe.

This article was originally published on April 3, 2019.

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