10 Traditional Easter Desserts for Your Post-Church Lunch
As you plan for your family's Easter Sunday lunch, consider these great Easter desserts for your celebration. These recipes hold up well in the time between when you make them (likely the night before) and you eat them. With these cakes, cookies, and pies, the Easter Bunny's gifts won't be the only thing everyone looks forward to on this celebratory Sunday.
Almond Macaroon Nests
Macaroon nests are as darling as they are delicious. These great cookies can be made the day before your Easter lunch. Let them cool completely before storing in a plastic or glass storage container. Place parchment paper between layers to keep candies from sticking to the cookies above. Watch this video to see how they're made.
Strawberry Pie II
Just as Easter hops up on the calendar, spring's best strawberries start popping up in farmers' markets and grocery stores. Take advantage of those juicy, sweet berries by making strawberry pie for Easter lunch. Make the pie a day early, and keep it cool. Just before serving, top with fresh whipped cream.
Cheesecake in a Jar
These portable pre-portioned desserts can be made up to three days before Easter lunch. They travel well, too, in case your Easter lunch is at someone else's house this year. For a whimsical presentation, tie ribbon in Easter egg colors around each jar, or tape personalized name tags on each jar and use them as name cards at each place setting. See them come together in this how-to video.
Cupcakes are a wonderful Easter dessert, and these cheery lemon cupcakes are ideal for the celebratory holiday. To keep the cakes from drying out and the frosting firm before lunchtime, store them in air-tight containers in the refrigerator.
Best Carrot Cake Ever
It's called the "Best Ever" for good reason: "This carrot cake is the absolute best that I have ever made," write Allrecipes community member DESSERTMAKER2. "I had many compliments on this." This light and fluffy carrot cake needs to cool completely before you frost it, so it's smart to make this in advance. Just store it in a cake carrier to prevent air making the frosting hard or the cake dry.
Whipping Cream Pound Cake
Pound cakes are naturally dense and moist, which makes them great make-ahead desserts for Easter. Leave the pound cake wrapped tightly in plastic wrap until just before lunch. Then, slice the cake and arrange on a platter with fresh fruit. Sprinkle the whole arrangement with powdered sugar before setting it on the buffet.
Mixed Berry Trifle
No time to bake a pound cake from scratch? Pre-made pound cake does the job here. If you can spare 30 minutes for prep time, you can whip up this simple dessert before you head off to your Easter service. It needs to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Homemade Banana Pudding Pie
Homemade banana pudding and a fluffy meringue topping take a classic dessert to the next level. You can refrigerate this pie for up to two days. Just insert wooden toothpicks into the topping halfway between the edge of the pie and its center. Loosely cover the toothpicks with clear plastic wrap.
Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake
In-season rhubarb adds a subtle tartness to sweet coffee cake. You can bake this cake up to a few days before Easter. Once it cools, wrap the uncut cake with clear plastic wrap so that it's tight enough to cover the entire cake. Store it on the counter till you're ready to serve it on Sunday.
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