Easter is one of the best times to get creative in the kitchen. With the kids off during the school holiday, the whole family can get their hands on some scrummy Easter desserts. Stuck for ideas? Cater for everyone this Easter, with our truly delicious Easter dessert recipes…
Carrots aren’t all bad, especially when they’re in a cake!
Simply mix butter, golden syrup, self-raising flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl. Add cinnamon, grated carrots and eggs, and keep mixing until it goes smooth. Then transfer the mixture into cupcake cases and bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
Once baked, set aside to cool before decorating with vanilla or cream cheese icing. If there’s any grated carrot left over, you can create some patterns and shapes in the icing!
Top Tip: A piping bag might come in particularly handy for putting your icing on your carrot cupcakes, especially if you want to get creative.
Easter Bunny Cake
You can go as big or small as you wish with this Easter dessert idea. Simply bake a set of sponge cakes and cut them into different shapes depending on the silhouette you’re going for. You can keep it to a bunny face, or maybe even a body too? You could even structure your Easter Bunny cake as a whole bunny with legs and feet if you wish.
Make sure there’s a layer of buttercream between the separate cakes to hold them together. Cover your Easter Bunny cake in icing or frosting, making sure to cover every part of the cake outline. For the ears, you could make oblong ginger biscuits that slot into the icing, and decorate these as you see fit. To give your Easter bunny cake the final finishing touch, use jelly beans, chocolate buttons, liquorice or marshmallows to create a friendly face.
Chocolate Bird Nest
For an Easter dessert that’s ready in less than half an hour, the chocolate bird nest is a great one to make in bulk with the kids. Simply melt a large bar of chocolate in pieces, and mix with golden syrup and butter until smooth.
Top Tip: Make sure you melt these ingredients in a bowl over a pan of simmering water, but don’t let the bowl touch the water!
Stir in a cereal of your choice – bird nests are usually best with All Bran or Cornflakes, but Rice Crispies are another good option. Then pour your mixture into paper cases and place them in the fridge them for approximately an hour to set. For an added extra, place some Mini Eggs on top of each nest.
Vegan Easter Desserts
If you have family or friends who are vegan, there’s plenty of Easter desserts that will tingle their taste buds too. With the current avocado craze, the Chocolate Avocado Easter Egg Pudding Halves is super easy and on-trend to make this Easter.
Just slice a couple avocados in half and scoop out the fruit, keeping the skins. Blend avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup and non-dairy milk until smooth. Spoon the pudding mixture into the avocado skins and refrigerate for 30 mins till set. For that extra pop of flavour, sprinkle some sea salt on top.
Gluten Free Easter Desserts
Sticking to a gluten-free diet? Or do you have family and friends who require food to be gluten-free? You can still make delicious Easter desserts for them to enjoy – for a sweet surprise, why not serve up some free-from cupcakes? All you need swap is the flour for gluten-free flour, and then you can get to work making a tasty batch of treats. Simply decorate with gluten-free chocolate bites for an Easter-themed finish!
You could even create a yummy vanilla cake using gluten-free self-raising flour and coconut milk as the key ingredients. Then, decorate to your heart’s content!
Are you ready to get busy creating super-tasty Easter desserts? Take a trip to your nearest SPAR store and grab everything you need to make this Easter sweeter than ever…