Easter Desserts That The Whole Family Will Love

Whether you're planning the menu for an Easter dinner with a beautiful tablescape, or you're opting for a mid-day brunch, dessert for this spring holiday should definitely be top of mind. Certainly, the Easter menu staples such as ham, scalloped potatoes, and roasted asparagus are total classics. But it's an Easter dessert that will truly steal the show and impress the whole family.

Luckily, we have a slew of options ready for you to make so deciding on dessert can be that much simpler. Whether you're hoping for a quick option for a sweet treat, or you're willing to spend a bit longer in the kitchen to whip up a decadent cake, there's plenty of options to satisfy any sweet tooth. From sweets with pastel hues to bright, fruity flavors, we've put together the ultimate list for you. These are the best Easter desserts to make so you can serve something the whole family will love.

McDonald's Cadbury Creme Egg Mcflurry copycat recipe

McDonald's is certainly known for its seasonal ice cream treats. Shamrock shake, anyone? And while the Shamrock Shake steals the heart of McDonald's lovers each year, the Cadbury Creme Egg Mcflurry follows closely as a cult favorite. But now, you don't even have to hit the drive-thru to get one. With this McDonald's Cadbury Creme Egg Mcflurry copycat recipe, you can whip up a batch of delicious Mcflurries on your own at home. Grab ice cream, double cream or heavy cream, and your Cadbury Creme Eggs, and you'll be all set. Decorate your homemade Mcflurries with chocolate or caramel sauce and another egg for a festive touch!

Carrot cake

Carrot cake is certainly a treat that deserves space on the dessert table any time of year. But Easter is when it truly shines. Perhaps it's the association of bunnies eating carrots that makes it an Easter dessert, but we don't mind either way. This carrot cake recipe walks you through how to make an impressive three-layer cake. Complete with delicious baking spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, along with pecans, and, of course, shredded carrots, you'll be able to whip up a wonderfully moist carrot cake with plenty of cream cheese frosting on top that's perfect for the occasion.

Cadbury Creme Eggs cupcakes

Jelly beans and mini candy eggs are certainly classic Easter candies. But for many, Cadbury Creme Eggs definitely steal the show. And while eating these luscious eggs on their own is delicious, they may be even better when used as inspiration for an Easter cupcake. These Cadbury Creme Eggs Cupcakes are made with a simple chocolate cupcake batter, but there's a surprise inside. Each cupcake has a mini Cadbury creme egg baked inside. Then, they're topped with a pastel yellow buttercream frosting and another split-open egg. It's the perfect dessert to really lean into that Cadbury egg obsession.

Easter cupcakes

Easter and springtime bring a whole new color palette. Pastel hues are included in everything, and these pretty cupcakes follow suit. While the vanilla cupcake recipe paired with vanilla buttercream frosting is simple, it's the decorating that makes these Easter cupcakes truly shine. Robin's egg blue is a quintessential Easter color, making it the perfect hue to top this sweet treat. Use a brush to add the speckled egg effect, and then top your festive treats with a few mini candy eggs to finish them off.

Easter bunny cake

Need something fun to put on display? This Easter bunny cake is a total classic. You may have remembered making the same cake with your mother when you were young. This step-by-step recipe walks you through just how to bake and cut the cakes to form a cute bunny shape. Then, it's all up to you with the decorating! Toasted and dyed shredded coconut is used to mimic fur, while jelly beans serve as eyes and licorice is placed for whiskers. It's such a sweet cake with a hint of nostalgia, making it the perfect dessert to make with the family.

Bird's nest cookies

Chances are, if you are making an elaborate meal, you won't want to turn on the oven for dessert. There's no shame in keeping things simple! But, of course, you wouldn't want to skip dessert altogether. These bird's nest cookies are the perfect solution. Made with just five ingredients, and flavored with peanut butter, white chocolate, and toasted coconut, these chewy no-bake cookies are absolutely delicious. Plus, shaped as little nests with a few mini eggs for decoration, they're nothing short of adorable.

Lemon meringue pie

When it comes to spring, it's all about fresh, light ingredients. There's just something about lemon that screams spring, and this lemon meringue pie brings the tart flavor of lemon to the table perfectly.

Start off by making a delicious graham cracker crust to serve as the base for your pie. Then, add your tart, luscious lemon filling, and top it all off with an extra fluffy marshmallow meringue. The flavors and textures of this beautiful dessert are sure to impress anyone who takes a bite. And your family will definitely be asking for a second slice!

Apple galette

Wanting to try your hand at a more elaborate pastry dessert for Easter? It's a special occasion -– why not go all out! This apple galette is nothing short of stunning. And while it may look a bit intimidating, you can totally pull it off at home.

Once you make your own pastry to serve as the base, you'll add a delicious apple filling to the middle. Create a beautiful pattern with your apples, fold up the crust for your treat, and then bake it to perfection. The whole family will love enjoying this dessert right out of the oven. Warm apple galette with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? We think yes!

Strawberry cake

Pink is another beautiful hue for Easter, often incorporated into dresses, baskets, décor, and more. Why not bring it to the table in the form of dessert? With fresh strawberries baked into the cake, paired with a fresh strawberry glaze, this strawberry cake is jampacked full of delicious strawberry flavor for the season.

Make this festive cake in a bundt pan, or switch up the shape if desired. Either way, the pastel pink hue will be a lovely match to your family's Easter tablescape.

Lemon curd

While we often see lemon curd paired with cakes, cupcakes, or even on toast, this balanced treat can certainly stand alone on its own. Long gone are the days of only turning to a store-bought option for this lip-puckering sweet. Utilizing just sugar, eggs, egg yolks, butter, lemon juice, and lemon zest, you'll be able to whip up this luscious lemon curd in no time.

Serve the fresh lemon curd in a beautiful dish with whipped cream and fresh berries for a seriously impressive Easter dessert.

Lemon cake

Is there such a thing as too much lemon? When it comes to spring, we think not! The fresh flavor that comes from utilizing lemons in a dessert recipe is unmatched, and this lemon cake recipe proves that point.

Put together a quick and easy bundt cake using this lemon cake recipe for a decorative option. Utilizing fresh lemon zest and lemon juice in the cake recipe adds bold flavor, paired with sour cream to make it extra moist. Then, include even more lemon zest in the glaze to top this fresh, light cake with even more delicious tangy lemon flavor.