Shall we all let out one collective hooray! that Spring has (semi-officially) sprung? I’ve been driving around town with a big silly grin on my face; the site of blooming trees and sprouting daffodils makes me almost giddy. The only thing I love as much as warmer weather is warm-weather recipes—and this round-up of light and fresh Easter desserts are a perfect starting point for the Easter menu… or Mother’s Day, or an outdoor family dinner just to celebrate al fresco season on a Tuesday evening.
Few things are indicative of the season quite like a beautiful pavlova or panna cotta, and these easy Easter desserts are as delicious as they are gorgeous. Be prepared to catch a severe case of spring fever.
This little parfait is delightfully refreshing thanks to the addition of ginger and a hint of basil. Have you ever seen anything sweeter? We won’t tell if you sprinkle in some granola and have it for breakfast too.
White Chocolate, Raspberry, and Pistachio Cookies, Hummingbird High
Elevate your everyday chocolate chip cookie with this spring-y take. The combination of white chocolate, raspberry, and pistachio puts an unexpected spin on this Easter dessert.
How decadent is this pavlova? Luckily, it only looks complicated to create, because this elegant dessert is as simple as it is an absolute showstopper. The seasonal berries add a burst of tartness and mint ties it all together for a truly luxurious dessert.
Earl Grey Panna Cotta, Hummingbird High
One bite of this panna cotta and you’ll feel your stress levels plummet thanks to the infusion of Earl Grey in this traditional Italian dessert. It’s a comforting and familiar flavor that can easily be substituted with your tea of choice, like delicate jasmine or rich matcha.
Strawberry Charlotte, Pastry Affair
You’ll need quite the allotment of both strawberries and ladyfingers for this gorgeous cake, which just might be the loveliest embodiment of spring yet. And the best part is that there will be leftover strawberry mousse to enjoy after assembling!
It doesn’t get much easier than this one-bowl cake—it doesn’t even require a stand mixer. The cakey texture is a departure from the traditional Italian recipe that Nonna made, instantly updating this delicious classic dessert.
Coconut Raspberry Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream, Love Comma Cake
Can’t you practically smell that perfect coconut raspberry scent wafting from the oven? These cupcakes are topped with homemade buttercream that also happens to be the prettiest shade of pastel pink this side of winter, ideal for matching your Easter eggs.
Lavender Vanilla Bean Cake, Pastry Affair
Lavender-infused milk gives this cake a delicate floral tone that isn’t overwhelmingly perfumed. It’s a subtly delicious way to combine these gorgeous flavors.
Can’t get enough lavender in your life? Hard same. Step up your everyday madeleine game with chopped pistachios, a sprinkle of lavender, and a lemon glaze. It’s guaranteed to be a winning combination. If you ever needed the motivation to buy a madeleine pan, this is it.
There’s something so homey and comforting about a rustic tart. And if you’re the kind of person who is intimidated by the thought of making pastry, then the inclusion of puff pastry in this dessert means you won’t have to go to the trouble of whipping up it up yourself on the fly.
Decadent, creamy, and ridiculously easy.
This vibrant dessert is as cheerful as it gets and lends itself to fun substitutions so you can get those creative dessert juices flowing. The addition of a liqueur makes these little trifles extra decadent and grown-up.
Use those blood oranges until there isn’t a single one left in the grocery store. An upside-down cake is a simple way to make an impressive-looking dessert that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser, even if these days the crowd only includes your immediate family.
Strawberry Tiramisu, Bakers Royale
Put a spin on your next tiramisu with this strawberry confection. Have you ever seen anything so intrinsically lovely? This recipe calls for making ladyfingers from scratch, which makes it a true baking feat that isn’t as challenging as it might sound.
Hummingbird Cake, Brown Eyed Baker
Layer cakes are one of the most festive dessert options around, and this hummingbird cake is absolutely phenomenal. It brings the tropics right to your kitchen table with flavors like pineapple, pecans, and a truly decadent cream cheese frosting.
Take a look at this elegant upgrade for your everyday olive oil cake. It’s sweet, light, airy, and absolutely delicious.
This post was originally published on March 18, 2016, and has since been updated.