Easter is a time for indulging, so why not celebrate the bank holiday with one of these spectacular sweets? Whether you're looking for a rich chocolate cheesecake, comforting hot cross bun pudding, or light, zingy lemon tart, we've got a range of dazzling desserts to please everyone.
What better way to round off an Easter feast than this showstopping chocolate cheesecake on a buttery cookie dough base? This rich, creamy dessert is topped with a layer of silky chocolate ganache, then decorated with all manner of chocolate mini eggs, white chocolate buttons, mini cookies and chocolate nests. Kids will love piling on as many toppings as they can! You can find more tips for making your own edible decorations in our cookie dough cheesecake recipe.
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Fancy something a bit lighter to balance all the chocolate? This zesty lemon and passion fruit tart is simply bursting with fresh, tropical flavours and takes just 15 minutes to prepare. Make the most of a jar of lemon curd by combining it with creamy mascarpone and passion fruit to form the main filling. Spread this over a crispy puff pastry base, then top with fresh passion fruit and crunchy pistachios for a simple yet satisfying spring dessert.
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Spend a fun afternoon in the kitchen with the kids baking up these gooey Easter egg brownies. We know that 'leftover chocolate' may sound like a ridiculous thing, but if you do just happen to have the odd packet of chocolate mini eggs floating around, why not scatter them over your finished bake to make a cute and colourful topping? We've also added fondant-filled chocolate eggs and fluffy chenille Easter chicks, but anything goes!
Calling all banoffee fans! We've taken this comfort food favourite up a notch with a salted caramel filling, muscovado whipped cream and crunchy hazelnut praline topping. Despite these extra flourishes, it's no more extra work thanks to a few cheat’s ingredients, like dulce de leche for the filling and chocolate oat biscuits for the base. This impressive salted caramel & banoffee pie is ready in under an hour and perfect for making ahead.
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Bake our fruity Simnel cake for a traditional Easter treat. The moist sponge is packed with citrussy flavours, dried fruit, and gentle, warming spices. Top with a smooth layer of marzipan and 11 rolled balls, which are said to represent the 11 disciples of Jesus. For an extra wow-factor, we've popped this under the grill for a couple of minutes to create a caramelised effect. Do take care if you do this, though, as the marzipan will burn easily.
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Looking for a simple yet impressive dessert? Our fudgy baked dark chocolate tart oozes luxury, but is super-easy to make. It's ready in under an hour, but you can also prepare it a day ahead. A rich, dark chocolate ganache filling is speckled with glinting golden chocolate eggs, which also add a delightful caramel crunch with every mouthful. Serve with cooling crème fraîche and top with a dusting of cocoa powder, if you wish.
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Celebrate seasonal rhubarb by incorporating it into a luxurious crème brûlée. The harmonious combination of these punchy pink stems with zingy stem ginger and rich, creamy custard is irresistible. It wouldn't be a proper crème brûlée without that signature caramelised topping – if you don’t have a blowtorch, pop it under a hot grill, but keep a close eye, it may go runny.
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When faced with the difficult decision of choosing between two desserts, we think it's only right to combine the best of both. A case in point is this marvellous tiramisu and meringue roulade. The coffee ganache and silky mascarpone cream centre contrast beautifully with the crisp meringue exterior. A final dusting of cocoa provides a hint of bitterness to balance out the dessert's sweet notes.
There's little more comforting than a warm, self-saucing pudding. Our contemporary take on this retro classic is flavoured with the dream team in toast toppings – peanut butter and jam. Think soft, nutty sponge with a slight saltiness and jammy, sweet berries below. Serve this peanut butter & jam pudding with a dollop of vanilla ice cream or warm custard.
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Sweet, sticky and chocolatey – our special twist on bread and butter pudding is everything an Easter dessert should be. Crispy waffles are baked in a rich, chocolatey custard with a hidden puddle of salted caramel below. It can be prepared up to a day before baking, and benefits from at least one hour resting before going into the oven, as this gives the waffles a chance to soak up all the lovely custard.
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Finish off your Easter feast on a light and fruity note with a classic dessert with a twist. Syrupy baked rhubarb is stacked with layers of fluffy sponge and vanilla custard, then topped with a dollop of creamy mascarpone laced with almond liqueur. Complete this towering rhubarb trifle by sprinkling over a crunchy oat and almond crumble, and you have a proper grown-up dessert.
It wouldn't be a proper foodie ode to Easter without a massive triple-layered chocolate cake. This spectacular bake features layers of moist chocolate sponge sandwiched with a salty-sweet peanut butter frosting. We've gone all out for the toppings, with a decadent dark chocolate ganache drip, crunchy pretzel bark, chocolate eggs, and shimmering gold lustre dust. The result is truly mesmerising, as well as being mouth-watering!
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There's little more as satisfying as an oozing self-saucing pudding. We've given the classic lemon drizzle cake a special retro twist by turning it into a sensational sponge pudding, complete with gooey citrus sauce. This budget-friendly dessert features a speedy homemade lemon curd that will magically pool at the bottom of the cake batter while baking to form a sweet syrup. Best eaten straightaway with cream or custard, this lemon drizzle sponge pudding makes a light and refreshing round-off to a rich Easter lunch.
Give blondies a fun Easter twist with the addition of chocolate mini eggs. Deliciously squidgy and easy to make, this tasty Easter egg traybake is great for making with the children over the holidays. Enjoy them for a post-Easter lunch snack, or wrap them up and give as a gift to friends and family.
Although we wouldn't normally advocate bread for dessert, this sweet and sticky bake is a worthy exception. We've given the classic American monkey bread an Easter makeover with warming carrot cake spices, crunchy walnuts, marzipan balls, and a zesty orange icing. Our unctuous carrot cake monkey bread is best served warm and designed to be pulled apart – it's sure to be a hit with a kids!
Bananas are such a versatile fruit when it comes to puddings. We love them in everything from banoffee pie to banana ice cream sandwiches. This brilliantly boozy dessert takes the fruit to the next level by baking them in rum or whisky and maple syrup, then grilling until beautifully golden and caramelised. Served with ice cream and toasted pecans for a simple, sophisticated end to the meal.
If you've somehow ended up with a surplus of hot cross buns and want to jazz them up, we've got a sweet solution. Combine this Easter baking staple with a classic British pudding, and you have the ultimate comfort food. Our hot cross bread & lemon pudding is sumptuously rich and stodgy, but gets a refreshing, tangy lift from lemon curd. It's perfect served with a dollop of vanilla ice cream.
See our collection of hot cross bun recipes for sweet and savoury variations on this fruity Easter bread.
These Easter chocolate pots are delightfully decadent, low on effort and require very little preparation time. Whip them up in just 15 minutes using fresh shop-bought custard, dark chocolate and crème fraîche. After chilling, serve the individual chocolate pots with a colourful spread of crushed chocolate mini eggs, chopped toasted hazelnuts, and sprinkles, so everyone can dig in and help themselves.
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Take the best of two of our favourite puddings – the golden, crunchy topping of a crumble and the buttery base of a pie – fill it with fruit and voilà! You have a warming dessert that slices neatly and delivers a trio of textures. We’ve made our crumble pie with apples, but you can fill it with your favourite fruits of the season.
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This eye-catching Easter tiffin will not only brighten up the room, but also makes a great activity for kids to get involved with. The 'nest' is based on a simple fridge cake, which can be customised with tasty additions like pretzels, peanuts, shredded wheat and raisins. Fill generously with a colourful assortment of chocolate eggs, then let your little helpers dig in to their chocolatey creation.
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