Food24’s ultimate collection of Easter desserts
What is Easter without hot cross bun flavours and lots and lots of chocolate?
Easter is the season of cinnamon, cloves, fruit peel and chocolate – all classic flavours that you should have in your baking cupboard. Fill the house with the smell of freshly baked hot cross buns, or get the kids to help you decorate some easy no-bake chocolate Easter desserts.
Jazz up your desserts with speckled Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, and amaze your family at this year’s Easter table.
Let’s start with some easy recipes you can make in a flash, and even get the kids to help with the stirring (or licking the bowl!).
This recipe puts a nice spin on the classic fridge tart recipe base. Choose decorations in your favourite colours to make a real impact!2. Hot cross bun and Amasi ice cream sandwiches
Use store-bought hot cross buns in this recipe, and then make them amazing with an overnight no-churn tangy and sweet Amasi ice cream. These are great desserts if you are hosting an Easter garden party.
If you don’t know what to do with all those leftover marshmallow eggs, this is the recipe for you. This easy fridge tart can be sliced into treat-sized bars for the kids.
These fun no-bake cake pops are festive and colourful, and they also make excellent decorations if you’re baking a larger Easter cake. Lollipop sticks can be found at a baking store or you can cut sosatie sticks into smaller lengths.
Milkshakes are a great dessert option or afternoon treat for the kids. Add a shot of your favourite liqueur to make a luscious Dom Pedro for the grown-ups.
These recipes are a little more involved and will require basic baking skills.
Decorate these cookies with your favourite Easter eggs or even Smarties.
This colourful Easter fudge makes the perfect gift for family and friends this season.
This pavlova wreath is easy to make the day before, and it makes a stunning dessert when decorated with Easter eggs, flowers and fresh berries.
If you don’t have the patience to make lots of little biscuits, why not bake one giant cookie? This is a fun dessert to share with the family, but be sure to use an oven-safe pan.
These individual cupcakes are decorated with toasted coconut flakes and tiny chocolate eggs. Use colourful cupcake papers for a pretty touch.
This is a bread-and-butter-style pudding, using hot cross buns, spices and mashed pumpkin for sweetness. Yum!
These Easter recipes are for the more advanced home baker or if you have a bit more time in the kitchen.
Simnel cake is a traditional fruit cake eaten at Easter and decorated with marzipan and almonds. The dense, rich cake is perfect for teatime.
Cruffins are a hybrid between a croissant and a muffin, and the results are flaky and delicious!
Perhaps this is the year you bake your own hot cross buns? Eating warm buns from the oven is unbeatable and you’ll be so glad you took the time to make these from scratch. 15. Chocolate Easter egg surprise cake
This beautiful cake requires some assembly, but the extra work pays off when your guests get a wonderful surprise!
Use an ice cream machine to achieve a rich and creamy texture.