Light Easter Desserts: Perfect Endings for Your Feast

light easter desserts

Enjoy our tasty collection of light Easter desserts. They’re easy to make and perfect for a guilt-free spring celebration. Our top picks include delicious Spiced Carrot Cake, creamy Grand Marnier Soufflé, and sunny Strawberry Tiramisu.

Key Takeaways:

  • Enjoy guilt-free and delicious light Easter desserts.
  • Try recipes like Spiced Carrot Cake, Grand Marnier Soufflé, and Strawberry Tiramisu.
  • Make your spring celebration memorable with these easy-to-make desserts.
  • Keep your feast healthy with low-calorie easter desserts.
  • Create a delightful ending to your Easter celebration with these light desserts.

Maria Cookie Icebox Cake

Make your Easter dessert easy with this no-bake Maria Cookie Icebox Cake. Pastry chef Paola Velez uses toasty Maria cookies, layers them with sweet spiced cream, and tops it off with dulce de leche. It’s also decorated with strawberries and flowers. You can use any thin, crunchy cookies for this delicious treat.

This cake is the perfect simple yet stunning dessert. As it chills, the cookies become soft, creating a cake-like texture. The creamy filling and dulce de leche add a delicious flavor mix.

It is quick and lets you get creative. Use your favorite cookies to change the flavor. You could try chocolate, vanilla, or coconut. The possibilities are endless.

Here are the steps to make this cake:

  1. Start by putting a single layer of Maria cookies at the bottom of a dish.
  2. Mix the cream filling ingredients in a bowl. This includes whipped cream, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  3. Add a layer of this cream over the cookies. Make sure to spread it evenly.
  4. Keep adding layers of cookies and cream until the cake is as tall as you like.
  5. Top the cake with dulce de leche. Then add strawberries and edible flowers for color.
  6. Refrigerate the cake for a few hours or overnight. This makes the cookies soft and flavors blend.

This dessert is light and perfect for Easter. The mix of crunchy cookies, creamy filling, and dulce de leche is irresistible. It will leave everyone asking for more.

“The Maria Cookie Icebox Cake is a no-fuss dessert that will impress your guests. The layers of cookies, cream filling, and dulce de leche create a heavenly combination that is both delicious and visually stunning.” – Pastry chef Paola Velez

Looking for a simple yet tasty Easter dessert? Try the Maria Cookie Icebox Cake. It’s easy to make and sure to delight your family and friends.

Ingredients Instructions
  • Thin, crunchy cookies (e.g., Maria cookies)
  • Whipped cream
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Dulce de leche
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Edible flowers
  1. Arrange a layer of Maria cookies in a single layer at the bottom of a rectangular dish.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the spiced cream filling ingredients, such as whipped cream, vanilla extract, and a hint of cinnamon.
  3. Spoon a layer of the cream filling over the cookies and spread it out evenly.
  4. Repeat the process, alternating layers of cookies and cream filling, until you reach the desired height.
  5. Finish off the cake by drizzling dulce de leche over the top and garnishing it with fresh strawberries and edible flowers for a burst of color.
  6. Chill the cake in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld together and the cookies to soften.

Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake

This Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake keeps it bright and joyful. It’s moist and full of citrus, making it great for dessert after Easter brunch. You can also make it ahead of time, and it has a tender texture.

The cake has a strong orange flavor that’s both inviting and fresh. It’s a great choice for Easter. This easy-to-make cake is both pretty and tasty.

The cake is moist and soft because it uses fresh orange juice and zest. These ingredients make every slice bright. The recipe is simple, so you can enjoy making this yummy dessert without hassle.

Enjoy this cake at the end of your Easter meal or with tea. The zesty citrus taste is amazing with whipped cream or powdered sugar on top.

Make this cake a day before to have a worry-free Easter. Keep it in a container that seals tight. It tastes even better the next day as the flavors blend together.

Tips for Success

  • Use freshly squeezed orange juice and zest for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to grease and flour the bundt pan thoroughly to prevent the cake from sticking.
  • Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan before attempting to remove it.
  • Dust the cake with powdered sugar or drizzle with a simple glaze for an elegant finishing touch.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate large bowl, cream together the softened butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Mix in the Greek yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan, spreading it evenly.
  8. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

This cake is simple but stunning, offering a burst of citrusy taste. It’s perfect for spring and adds a refreshing touch to your dessert table.

Rhubarb Skillet Cake

Enjoy the tangy sweetness of rhubarb in our Rhubarb Skillet Cake. It’s perfect for spring celebrations. It offers a refreshing taste, yet it’s light and simple for your Easter meal.

This cake has tender rhubarb and a sweet brown sugar topping. Vanilla and orange add a lovely aroma. It’s simply irresistible.

The cake is uniquely baked in a cast-iron skillet. This method gives it a rustic look. It also makes the rhubarb caramelize, enriching the cake’s flavor.

Here’s how to make this tasty dessert:

  1. Heat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 10-inch skillet.
  2. Mix rhubarb, sugar, orange zest, and vanilla. Let it sit to blend flavors.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy in a large bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  5. Add dry ingredients and milk to butter. Stir until just mixed.
  6. Fold in the rhubarb mix gently.
  7. Put the batter in the skillet and smooth the top.
  8. Spread brown sugar over it.
  9. Bake for 40-45 minutes until done.
  10. Let the cake cool a bit before serving. Enjoy it warm or at room temperature.

This Rhubarb Skillet Cake can stand alone or be served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Its bright colors and flavors will dazzle at your Easter dinner.

“The Rhubarb Skillet Cake mixes tangy rhubarb and sweet brown sugar, all baked in a cast-iron skillet. It’s an easy yet sophisticated dessert that will wow your guests.”

This Rhubarb Skillet Cake is the epitome of a springtime dessert. It’s light, simple, and full of flavor. A great choice for a guilt-free Easter treat.

Prep Time Cook Time Total Time Servings
15 minutes 45 minutes 1 hour 8-10

Bunet (Italian Almond Pudding)

Discover the creamy joy of Bunet, a classic treat from the Piedmont region. It’s a dream come true for those who love creamy, comforting desserts. Known also as bonet, it’s a top pick for Easter dessert choices.

This dessert centers around a custard that’s silky and rich. It gets its special flavor from amaretto liqueur and cocoa powder. These add a light almond touch and a chocolatey depth, making it irresistible.

Bunet stands out with its amaretti cookies. They boost the almond flavor and add crunch. These cookies are mixed into the custard, offering a delightful texture contrast.

To make Bunet, mix eggs, sugar, milk, and cream in a saucepan. Heat it until it thickens but don’t let it boil. Then, mix in the cocoa powder and amaretto liqueur.

Next, crush amaretti cookies into crumbs. Mix these crumbs into the custard. Make sure they’re well-blended. Pour this into ramekins or a dish and refrigerate.

When it’s chilled, Bunet is ready to enjoy. Serve it plain or with whipped cream and cocoa on top. The creamy pudding mixed with crunchy cookies is a hit.

Bunet isn’t just for Easter. It’s a hit all year round. Its smoothness and subtle flavors will wow anyone who tries it.

Lemon Kumquat Cake

Are you searching for a vibrant dessert for Easter? Our Lemon Kumquat Cake is perfect. It has a mix of lemon and kumquat, offering a taste of spring.

This cake’s base is mochiko flour, making it super moist and soft. The lemon’s tangy taste and kumquats’ sweetness blend well. It’s a flavor celebration.

We’ve topped it with a creamy buttercream frosting. This frosting is so fluffy and soft, it elevates the cake’s richness.

To make it look amazing, we add candied kumquat slices on top. They’re sticky, sweet, and colorful. The bee pollen gives a crunchy finish, making it visually appealing.

Planning a spring event or craving something sweet? Our Lemon Kumquat Cake is a great pick. It’s easy to make and tastes light and refreshing.

Colorful Macarons

Add a festive touch to your Easter dessert with these colorful macarons. Pastry chef Paola Velez makes them shine with various edible shimmering colors. You can fill them with homemade dark chocolate ganache or something simple like jam or caramel sauce.

Macarons are French pastries perfect for any celebration, including Easter. They are light, with a crisp shell and chewy inside. These colorful treats make your Easter table pop and taste amazing.

It’s crucial to stick to the recipe when making macarons. The shells are a mix of almond flour, powdered sugar, and egg whites. You pipe the batter into circles and let them rest before baking, which creates their distinctive texture.

Fill the cooled shells with your favorite flavors to make them unique. Choose from decadent dark chocolate ganache, fresh fruity jams, warm apple butter, or rich caramel sauce. Each filling brings a special taste to your macarons.

For an impressive display, arrange your macarons in an eye-catching pattern. Mixing colors and flavors can transform them into a beautiful dessert spectacle. This artistic touch will make your treats the highlight of the party.

Macarons Recipe

Here’s a simple recipe to start your macaron adventure:

  1. Ingredients:
  • 125g almond flour
  • 200g powdered sugar
  • 100g egg whites (aged for 24-48 hours)
  • 30g granulated sugar
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Choice of filling (e.g. dark chocolate ganache, jam, apple butter, caramel sauce)
  • Instructions:
    1. Mix the almond flour and powdered sugar in a food processor until smooth.
    2. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until foamy, then gradually add granulated sugar. Whisk until you get stiff peaks.
    3. Fold the almond mixture into the egg whites carefully to avoid overmixing.
    4. If you want, divide the batter and color each part with a few food coloring drops. Mix softly.
    5. Put the batter in a piping bag with a round tip. Pipe small circles on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
    6. Tap the sheet to release air bubbles. Let it rest until a skin forms on the macarons, about 30 minutes to an hour.
    7. Heat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Bake the macarons for 15-18 minutes, until they’re set and have “feet.”
    8. Let the macarons cool on the sheet before removing them.
    9. Match macaron shells by size and add filling to one shell. Top it with another shell.
    10. Keep the filled macarons in a closed container in the fridge for 24 hours to blend the flavors.

    After getting the hang of the basic recipe, try different flavors and decorations. Make your macarons stand out at your Easter event by being creative with fillings and looks.

    These colorful macarons will surely be a hit at your Easter party. Whether as a dessert or a gift, these elegant sweets are a festive way to celebrate.

    Bananas Foster Cheesecake

    Experience the sweet mix of creamy bananas and spiced rum-brown sugar caramel with our Bananas Foster Cheesecake. This dessert will amaze your guests, making it perfect for Easter celebrations.

    The cheesecake has a cinnamon crust that brings a nutty taste. It pairs well with the creamy texture. Adding sour cream and vanilla makes it even richer.

    Our recipe is simple to follow, saving you any kitchen stress. It’s ideal for anyone seeking tasty, easy Easter desserts.

    To whip up this Bananas Foster Cheesecake, just follow these steps:

    1. Mix crushed cinnamon cookies with melted butter. Press it into a springform pan.
    2. Beat cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Blend in mashed bananas.
    3. Spread the cheesecake mix over the crust.
    4. Melt butter, brown sugar, and spiced rum in a pan until it becomes caramel-like.
    5. Drizzle the caramel over the batter in swirls.
    6. Bake until it’s firm. Then, cool it in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
    7. Once it’s set, slice and serve the cheesecake.

    This Bananas Foster Cheesecake will be the star of your Easter. The mix of caramelized bananas, creamy cheesecake, and spiced rum is unforgettable.

    Don’t hesitate to make this for Easter. It promises to be the sweetest finale to your holiday meal!

    Orange Poppy Seed Layer Cake

    Surprise your guests with this Orange Poppy Seed Layer Cake. It’s light, refreshing, and perfect for spring. The mix of orange zest and poppy seeds creates a moist, fluffy cake. And it looks as good as it tastes, with its bright orange color and poppy seed specks.

    This cake features tangy, creamy orange buttercream frosting. The frosting’s citrus flavor pairs well with the cake’s sweetness. It’s a hit for Easter brunch or dinner, wowing everyone who sees it.

    You can bake the cake a few days before and frost it later. This ensures it’s moist and tasty when you serve it.

    Tips for Making the Perfect Orange Poppy Seed Layer Cake

    • Use fresh orange zest: The zest gives a strong orange flavor, so pick fresh, aromatic oranges.
    • Don’t skip the poppy seeds: They add texture and boost the cake’s flavor.
    • Cream the butter and sugar properly: This step makes the cake tender and moist.
    • Chill the frosting: Cooling the orange buttercream frosting for about 30 minutes helps it spread smoothly.

    This Orange Poppy Seed Layer Cake is a stunning Easter dessert. Its citrus flavor and elegant look make it popular. Guests will definitely want more.

    Lemon Ricotta Mousse

    Looking for a quick, delicious Easter dessert? This Lemon Ricotta Mousse is the perfect pick. It’s made with smooth ricotta cheese, honey, and vanilla. This makes the mousse both rich and light. Plus, it’s quick to make, so you have more time with your loved ones.

    Begin by mixing ricotta cheese, honey, and vanilla in a bowl. Whisk until smooth. Next, whip cream in another bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold the whipped cream into the ricotta mix carefully.

    Ready to add more color and taste? Top with fresh berries like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries. The berries add a fresh burst and make it look great.

    Enjoy the creamy taste of this Lemon Ricotta Mousse. Its zesty flavor takes you to a sunny spring day. Serve it in dessert glasses or a large bowl. Either way, it’s bound to impress and leave your guests wanting more.


    • 2 cups ricotta cheese
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • Fresh berries, for garnish


    1. In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese, honey, and vanilla. Whisk until creamy.
    2. Whip heavy cream in another bowl until stiff peaks form.
    3. Fold whipped cream into ricotta mix until well combined.
    4. Spoon mousse into glasses or a big bowl.
    5. Top with fresh berries.
    6. Chill for at least 2 hours so flavors blend.
    7. Serve chilled. Enjoy!

    This Lemon Ricotta Mousse blends ricotta cheese and citrus. It’s a light, refreshing end to your Easter meal.


    Enjoy our light Easter desserts without any guilt. Make your holiday even more special. Our desserts range from refreshing to creamy, perfect for any sweet tooth. They’re not only tasty but also simple to make. So, you can wow your guests without any hassle.

    Our light Easter desserts let you have fun without losing track of your health. Whether it’s a slice of Sicilian Orange Bundt Cake or Lemon Ricotta Mousse, you’re choosing wisely. Healthy and tasty can go hand in hand with these Easter treats.

    Light up your Easter feast with these delightful desserts. They’ll wow your guests with their flavors and textures. Plus, you’ll be happy serving healthy options. Enjoy these guilt-free treats this Easter and make wonderful memories with your family and friends.


    Are these light Easter desserts healthy?

    Yes, they’re made with lighter ingredients and have fewer calories. This makes them a healthier choice for Easter.

    Are these desserts easy to make?

    Absolutely! They’re simple and quick to make. Perfect for when you’re busy getting ready for Easter.

    Can I make these desserts ahead of time?

    Yes, you can prepare many of these desserts early. This will help you save time and reduce stress on Easter day.

    Are these desserts suitable for springtime?

    Yes, they use fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients. They’re perfect for celebrating Easter in spring.

    Are these desserts suitable for a wide range of guests?

    Absolutely! There’s a variety of flavors and textures. So, everyone can find something they enjoy, no matter their diet preferences.

    Can I find the ingredients for these desserts easily?

    Yes, the ingredients are easy to find in most grocery stores. This makes these recipes very convenient.

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