18 Fantastic Easter Desserts You Should Try

We’re just a handful of days away from Easter and it’s a reminder of all things fresh and new. The traditions that come along with each holiday are part of what make them so special, not necessarily the activities themselves, but the significance of each one and the chance to enjoy them together. We all celebrate in a different way, maybe it’s a sunrise worship service or an Easter Egg hunt with the kids, or a decadent brunch. However we choose to celebrate, there will be together time and there will be food! And it won’t be any old dish, it will be something special, and that’s why I’ve gathered 18 fantastic Easter desserts for your celebration this weekend.

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

18 Fantastic Easter Desserts

It’s always nice to have new options to add to some of those traditions, so we’ve found several types of yummy Easter desserts to add to your menu and grocery list this week. Some are more traditional, some are the perfect combination of quick and impressive, others involve fresh fruits and then I’ve even thrown in a few the kids can do with you. Whichever you choose, there are plenty of options to enjoy making and eating together!

For those who love the fresh taste of fruit in dessert

Strawberry Pie – This is a classic that you can never really go wrong with.

Pound Cake  with fresh berries and whipped cream – There are so many beautiful and tasty ways to serve this crowd pleaser.

Lemonade Cake – A personal favorite of mine.

Grilled Pineapple Dessert – A dessert that can be made on the grill and involves fruit is a perfect way to welcome spring.

Strawberry Shortcake – Another fun dessert with fresh strawberries.

Cherry Limeade Cake – Tasty, not fussy to make and it looks beautiful.

For those who want to get the kids involved

Meyer Lemon Pies – This one literally only has 3 ingredients.

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding – Have you ever met a kid who doesn’t love pudding or Nutter Butters?

Double Chocolate Mousse – A recipe that starts with brownie mix, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream is sure to impress those gathered around the table when the kids announce that they made it.

Coconut Cream Chocolate Dessert – There are several steps for this one, but each one is quick, making it fun for the kids to help create and serve.

For those who need to save time or oven space

Easy Pineapple Carrot Cake  – It’s Carrot Cake with the word Easy in front of it, which makes it a great option with all the other cooking for your dinner

Key Lime Mousse – A fresh, fruity dessert than can be prepped and ready ahead of time

Lemon Cheesecake Dessert -Easy, fresh and perfect for warm spring Easters!

Tuxedo Bars – These bars are made in a 9 x 13 pan and start with a cake mix, so they save lots of time, and the kids can even help

Chocolate Cheesecake – This cheesecake can be made in the crock pot, and you don’t have to be a Cheesecake expert to make it either.

For those who want something extra special

Pavlova with Lemon Curd and Fresh Berries – It may surprise you to find Pavlova included on several traditional Easter Dessert menus until you see this light beauty with a delicious ingredient list!

Baked Pineapple Dessert – One of those desserts that look way more complicated than it really is, and is great for Easter!

Zucchini carrot cake – You simply have to include carrots on the Easter menu somehow!

Coconut Pineapple Crisp with coconut macadamia nut ice cream – This recipe is great for those who are sensitive to gluten, and having a tasty dessert is quite a treat for those on special diets

Now it’s your turn …

Now all that’s left to do is pick your favorite Easter Dessert! The hard part is picking just one to create the sweetest final course to your Easter meal. Go ahead and pin the lovely  Easter desserts below. Keep it in your Pinterest board to find all these yummy desserts again for your next special event. Even if that event is a family dinner on a Tuesday night. When family and friends are gathered around the table it’s a meal worth celebrating!
18 fantastic Easter desserts

Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Pears and cinnamon are a natural combination.  Pear Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream is even better.

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

This is an old-fashioned cake recipe.  I started with a recipe for Fruit Cocktail Cake that my mom had.  It’s a simple, from-scratch cake that uses basic, pantry ingredients.  The original recipe includes a nut topping, but I really wanted cinnamon buttercream frosting to top this pear cake.

I used Libby’s® Pear Halves for this cake.  Canned pears work really well here.  They’re always perfectly ripe and sweet.  And because they’re packed in juice there’s no added sugar sneaking in.

Speaking of sugar, I cut the amount of sugar in the original recipe by half.  It’s still plenty sweet.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Chocolate Mocha Pudding Cake

Pudding Cake, also known as Chocolate Cobbler, has been around for quite some time. It’s quick and easy to make, requires just a few ingredients, and the results are fantastic. I mean, what could be better than chocolate cake, and a layer of luscious chocolate pudding (think lava cake on a large scale)? Oh yeah…adding coffee could make it better!

Pudding Cake CollageIf you are a coffee lover, and you like chocolate, then this dessert is for you! It will definitely make an appearance at my house again. Even my girls liked it, and they don’t drink coffee except for the occasional Starbuck’s Frappuccino – which is so full of cream and chocolate chips that it’s a dessert as well.   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake

While pumpkin is generally the preferred flavor of fall, apple is my true favorite. I love going apple picking. And the farm’s warm caramel apples? They’re my true mark of fall. This is my favorite fall treat, in cake form.

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Even though this is made in the slow cooker, and slow cooker dishes aren’t notoriously pretty, this is a company-worthy dessert. As long as you grease the crock really well, it’ll pop out in one piece and you’ll be able to slice it like an oven-baked cake.

The caramel sauce permeates the whole cake before settling at the bottom. The apples are also heavy enough to fall to the bottom of the crock, too. The result is, when you turn the cake out, you have a nice layer of caramel, lots of apple pieces and then a soft, moist caramel cake.

Ready to get cooking? Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
Ingredients
  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 5 oz. can evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Grease the crock of the slow cooker very well.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cake mix, apple pie filling and water until well combined. Spread evenly in the crock.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir together butter, sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk until well combined. Bring to a boil, stirring often, and then pour over the cake mix in the crock.
  4. Cook on high for 2 - 3 hours, until the top springs back when lightly touched. Turn off, remove lid and let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Run a knife along the edge of the crock to loosen the cake. Invert the crock over a serving platter and let the cake drop out. Spoon any remaining caramel sauce over the top of the cake.
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Note from Tiffany: This is Kate’s recipe and post, but I couldn’t wait to make this cake! So I’ve added a few notes and photos of my own here too.

It doesn’t really feel like fall here yet, but I figure that as soon as kids are back in school, all things fall are fair game. Including pumpkin! I’ve been playing with pumpkin recipes for a while, and this was by far my favorite creation. I’d been trying to nail down a recipe for pumpkin cake to try, but when I couldn’t find one that included everything I wanted, I just went ahead and created my own. I love that it only needed a few ingredients and I loved that since it’s made in the slow cooker, I could set it up before company came and then serve a nice warm dessert after we’d all finished dinner.

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If you wrapped all the goodness of fall up in one dessert, you’d get this cake. It’s a super moist chocolate pumpkin cake that’s cooked with a creamy caramel sauce. The caramel starts out onto and as it cooks it works its way to the bottom, creating a deliciously sticky layer. Served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it’s fall heaven!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Caramel Sauce

 

Tiffany’s note: I think you can see in the photos that Kate’s caramel sauce was more saucy and mine turned out more gooey (it set up more).  I think that’s because mine cooked for 3 hours on high and in a pretty big crockpot.  If I’d used a smaller crock, I think that would have kept the sauce from setting up.  I think a 4 quart crock is a better size for this recipe.  Even though the caramel set up a bit, it was still delicious.

If you want to make this (and I know you do!), here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

How to Cut a Cake into More Slices for a Crowd

We’re going to get cakey this week.  Today, I have a tip for cutting more slices out of a layer cake.

Tomorrow, we’ve got Ingredient Spotlight: Cake Mix (I can’t wait for this one!)

And Thursday, I’ve got a recipe for cake mix cookies that’s lightened up a bit to make them less of a splurge, but still a delicious treat.

How to cut a cake for a crowd

Have you ever had a large group of people over and only had one layer cake to serve?

If you’ve got enough warning, you could make cupcakes instead.  Or bake two cakes.

But I prefer this tip instead.

My dad was raised in a family with 10 kids, so they  always needed a way to make food stretch.  In order to get plenty of slices, they used this method of cake cutting.

And if anyone in that family is reading this post, you’re wondering why I didn’t make banana cake and if that is coffee icing on the cake in the photos.  My grandma’s homemade banana cake is a pain in the patootie to make, so I tend to make this sheet cake with coffee icing instead.

The cake and frosting in these photos is from The Cake Mix Doctor (Mom’s Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting – it’s one of my favorites).  [Read more…]

Hot Fudge and Caramel Chocolate Poke Cake

This is one of those recipes that you’ve probably seen before.  It goes by different names – Holy Cow Cake, Butterfinger Cake etc.  Most of the recipes I’ve seen use sweetened condensed milk.

I like to bump up the yum, by using a jar of hot fudge and a jar of caramel topping.

I made this for my 14 year old son’s birthday a few weeks ago.  He likes to ask for labor-intensive cakes, but had somehow weasled two birthday cakes out of me this year.  So, instead of making the Cannoli Cake he asked for, I made this.

He was happy, because how can you not be happy with chocolate cake infused with caramel and hot fudge?  And I was happy because it’s super simple to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

27 Things to Do With Cake Mix

When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook, but I did know how to follow directions on a cake mix.   I’d fix a lousy dinner with a 9×13 cake for dessert.

Jim and I would still be hungry after the pitiful dinner, so we’d eat half the cake.  No kidding.  It wasn’t healthy, but it was cheap.  It worked for us then, since we were college students.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love a cake mix.  It’s a fast way to make all kinds of cookies, bars, cakes of all types…  The possibilities are endless.

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Cake Mix Cookies and Bars

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Pina Colada Cookies

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Lemon Pineapple Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

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Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

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Spiced Chai Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

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Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

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Strawberry Lemonade Cookies with Pink Lemonade Frosting

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Gooey Turtle Bars

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

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Tuxedo Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Cakes

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Streusel Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Cherry Limeade Cake - maraschino cherry cake with limeade frosting

 

Cherry Limeade Cake

Apple Cider Cake

Cherry Coffee Cake

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Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Coconut Cake

Pudding Cake

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Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker 

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake with Strawberry Icing

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Apricot Pound Cake

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Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Frosting

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Pound Cake from a Mix and 10 Ways to Top It

How do you like to fix up a cake mix?

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27 Things to do with Cake Mix

Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

You may have noticed over the last few days that my site has been slooooooow.  I couldn’t even get it to load for me in order to write a post or approve a comment.  So frustrating.  But I’ve switched hosting companies (switch should be complete sometime today) and hopefully, the site will work fantastically from now on.  Thanks for your patience while we were having problems!

Now for the cake.  This is a peach variation on the Apple Spice Cake.  It starts with a cake mix and a can of peach pie filling.  The result is a moist cake studded with peaches and drizzled with a sweet, peachy glaze.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Banana Cake with Coffee (Mocha) Icing

One of my Grandma’s signature desserts was Banana Cake with Coffee Icing.  She made it from scratch as a layer cake.  I’ve made her recipe before and it uses every bowl in the house.  No kidding.  It requires whipping egg whites and stirring dry ingredients and mashing bananas and boiling water and beating egg yolks…  A delicious, time-consuming mess!

I’ve simplified things a lot with this recipe.  It’s still made from scratch.  I use a sheet cake pan instead of doing a layer cake.  But I kept the Coffee Icing recipe the same.  It’s really mocha, but we didn’t use the word “mocha” back then.  Mocha is a new-fangled word.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]