The 15 Best Easter Desserts to Order Online in 2022

Treats for a sweet Easter Sunday celebration

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Whatever your Easter celebration looks like this year, delicious desserts are the perfect accompaniment. As temperatures warm up and we welcome the first signs of spring, you may not want to spend hours in the kitchen baking away. Or perhaps you can't see family members you're accustomed to being with, and you want to send something sweet to show you're missing them.

From cakes and cookies to cupcakes, candy, and pastries, here are the best Easter desserts you can order online this year.

Best Cake: Williams Sonoma We Take the Cake Peter Rabbit Cake

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This Easter cake looks like a fairy tale. Peter Rabbit is eating a carrot, surrounded by his bird and butterfly friends on this absolutely gorgeous four-layer spiced carrot cake with cream cheese filling and vanilla buttercream frosting. The artwork is so realistic, just as if Beatrix Potter illustrated it herself. Made by a small, family-owned Florida cake boutique and exclusive to Williams Sonoma, this unforgettable dessert is shipped frozen, so you can defrost and serve whenever you like. It's made using freshly grated carrots, crushed pineapple, and crunchy walnuts for homemade flavor in every bite.

Shipping Note: Ships frozen; allow two to seven business days for processing and delivery. Perishable items are not eligible for rush shipping.

Best Cupcakes: Harry & David Easter Cupcakes

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Harry & David offers a dozen buttercream-filled white chocolate-covered cupcakes, sweetly decorated as Easter eggs, chicks, and bunnies that are sure to delight adults and children alike. Half are vanilla cupcakes, and the other half are chocolate cupcakes. These perfectly adorable cupcakes carry the promise of a wonderful Easter holiday in every bite.

Shipping Note: Express two-day shipping is included (you pay for standard shipping and processing charges). Orders placed after 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Wednesday will ship on Monday of the following week.

Best Cheesecake: Harry & David Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake

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What could be better than cheesecake made with a sweet graham cracker crust, topped with strawberry filling, covered with a lemon cheesecake filling, dotted with real lemon bits, that’s then baked and drizzled with a lemony white ganache and edged to finish with a strawberry-flavored coating? Not much, really. This New York-style lemon strawberry cheesecake could definitely become an Easter tradition. It would make a beautiful addition to an Easter brunch or dinner, and it's great for gifting to friends and family.

Shipping Note: Express two-day shipping is included (only standard shipping rates apply). Orders placed after 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m ET on Wednesday will ship on Monday of the following week

Best Decorating Kit: Daniel Boulud Kitchen Bake at Home Easter Sugar Cookie Kit

Daniel Boulud Kitchen Bake at Home Easter Sugar Cookie Kit

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Spending quality time in the kitchen is a great way to make family memories. This Easter-themed cookie decorating kit from renowned chef Daniel Boulud is a great way to do just that. The kit comes with absolutely everything you’ll need to create tasty and colorful treats, including brown sugar sablé cookie dough that is super easy to bake. In terms of decoration, the kit has bunny- and egg-shaped cookie cutters and royal icing in pastel colors. 

Shipping Note: Daniel Boulud Kitchen ships on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week.

Best Babka: Green's Home Style Kosher Chocolate Babka

Green's Home Style Kosher Chocolate Babka

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Traditional babka is a pastry served year-round, but especially at Easter in many traditional cuisines. This version isn’t exactly traditional, but it’s super delicious and could very well start a new tradition in your Easter celebrations. It’s definitely a pastry that’s all about inclusion, as chocolate babka is most well-known as a Jewish pastry. What exactly is it? In this version, buttery yeast dough is wrapped around a chocolate filling and baked into a loaf. Warm it up, cut it into slices, and watch as it casts its spell. It's also kosher, baked in a nut- and dairy-free kitchen, and great for gifting.

Shipping Note: Shipped fresh; can be frozen until use. Shipping methods include five different options from Next Day Air to UPS Ground at a range of different prices for shipment.

Best Splurge: Cake Bake Shop Red Velvet Cake

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This tall and glamorous red velvet cake with its pale pink buttercream flowers is a total show-stopper. Created by the award-winning bakery Cake Bake Shop for Williams Sonoma, it’s made with only the finest of ingredients: Callebaut and Valrhona chocolate sponge cake, fresh cream cheese frosting between three layers, and Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream on top. It really is a true extravagance and entirely luxurious. It makes quite the presentation. It's shipped frozen, wrapped up in the bakery's signature pink box and pink satin ribbon.

Shipping Note: Allow two to seven business days for processing and delivery.

Best Panettone: Bauducco Panettone Original Specialty Cake

Bauducco Panettone Original Specialty Cake

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Panettone is a delicious traditional treat enjoyed at Italian Easter celebrations (as well as at Christmas). This lightly sweet, tall yeast cake is dotted with candied fruit and light enough to be eaten at any time of the day, but it's especially great in the afternoon as a snack. This well-known version is made by the Bauducco family, who has used the same original recipe since 1952. It comes ready to eat right out of the package.

Shipping Note: Available through overnight Amazon Prime, Walmart, or Instacart delivery options

Best Artisan Cookies: Cravory Cookies Ube Cookies, 2 Dozen

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These cookies are definitely out of the ordinary. Though not specified as an Easter dessert exclusively, they fit into the category well. The bright lavender color is gorgeous, breaking through the center of the cookies to show between the white powdered-sugar surface, creating a marbleized look. Ube (which is a purple yam) is becoming more popular, and with good reason: It’s a taste that’s well-suited to blending with traditional Western pastries. Native to the Philippines, you can find it in various Asian cuisines.

These cookies made by Cravory are filled with ube jam and vanilla chips. They come wrapped up in a special gift box and will definitely create excitement at your Easter table. Included are 24 cookies, with each cookie measuring 3 inches round and 2 ounces.

Shipping Note: Cravory ships Monday through Friday each week.

Best Budget: Rich's Bakery Celebration Cake with Buttercream Icing

Rich's Bakery Celebration Cake

If you’re looking for something simple, elegant, yet amazingly affordable, this cake’s for you! It’s a classic yellow double-layer cake with vanilla buttercream icing decorated with rosettes of icing and colorful sprinkles that evoke the spring colors of Easter. It arrives frozen, so you can order it ahead and defrost it when you’re ready. For a more personalized look, just add some jelly beans as a decoration, or try some of the truly fabulous and easy ways to decorate a cake.

Shipping Note: Available through Amazon Fresh; free two-hour delivery with minimum order

Best for Truffle Lovers: Williams Sonoma Easter Cake Pops

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These individual "truffle-like" Easter Cake Pops (which look like yellow chicks, white bunnies, and pastel eggs) offer the best of all worlds: They’re celebratory, beautiful, and created as cake pops. This set of eight vanilla and chocolate cake pops includes two chicks, two bunnies, and four Easter eggs. Handmade by a Los Angeles confectioner and exclusive to Williams Sonoma, the truffle-like cake pops are covered in pastel-colored white chocolate. They're almost too pretty to eat.

Shipping Note: Allow two to nine business days for processing and delivery.

Best for Easter Baskets: Annie's Neapolitan Bunny Grahams

Annie's Neapolitan Bunny Grahams

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Great for wrapping up in an Easter basket, arranging around a pudding, or even used as a topping for yogurt, these organic bunny-shaped cookies from Annie’s are pink, ivory, and cocoa-colored and made with certified organic strawberry, cocoa, and vanilla. Though all ages will love these cookies, children will find them irresistible. They're also a budget-friendly way to add a little sweetness to your Easter celebration.

Shipping Note: Available through free Amazon Prime delivery or Instacart options

Best for Parties: Harry & David Easter Cake Pops

Harry & David Easter Cake Pops

These richly flavored cake pops from Harry & David are the Easter Bunny’s dream! They’re sure to be loved by all. They’re easy to eat, delicious, and totally adorable. This set of 10 chocolate cake pops are covered in real Belgian white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate, then decorated to make them even more celebratory. The white chocolate-covered pops are even tinted pastel pink, yellow, and green and then decorated to look like Easter eggs, chicks, and bunnies! Just put them on a plate and let your guests help themselves—it’s so easy for parties or small gatherings. 

Shipping Note: Express two-day shipping is included (you pay for standard shipping and processing charges). Orders placed after 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Wednesday will ship on Monday of the following week.

Best Rise Krispies: Treat House Choose Your Own Rice Krispie Treats 12 Pack

Treat House Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies Treats are taken to a whole new level in this collection by Treat House, which includes a dozen perfectly decorated treats, each one a 1.5-inch square. Treat House, based in New York City, was founded by a family whose two kids wanted to take something special to a charity bake sale. Their reimagined treats are designed to invoke the nostalgia of childhood with all kinds of delicious flavors that are perfect for both kids and adults. You can choose your own flavors from a list that includes: Birthday Cake, Caramel Sea Salt, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Pretzel Monster, S’Mores, M&Ms, Emoji Treat, Hot Cocoa, Bubble Gum, Cotton Candy Gummy Bear, and Touchdown. Each one feels like a special gift!

Another reason to support Treat House? They have always had a charitable component to their business from that very first bake sale. They currently have a partnership with the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.

Best Colomba: Ferrara Bakery Traditional Colomba

Ferrara Bakery Traditional Colomba

Many Italian-American Easter celebrations are not considered complete without the inclusion of traditional Colomba, and the well-known Ferrara Bakery—open since 1892 in NYC’s Little Italy—is ready to send one right to your door. A Colomba is similar to panettone but is often shaped like a dove and is topped off with a traditional slightly crunchy sugar topping. It’s great as a light dessert, sometimes with fruit and whipped cream, and is also fantastic for all-day snacking!

Shipping Note: Shipping is included. Ferrara Bakery ships Monday-Thursday of each week. No deliveries Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.

Best Macarons: Harry & David Artisan Macarons

Harry & David macarons

Though macarons have been gaining popularity over the past few years throughout the United States, they’re often considered a special treat—something not for every day. They’re actually perfect as an Easter dessert because they pair well with breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and work easily as a gift to take to someone or a fun snack to leave out at a party. They're light yet sweet and sure to make a statement in this collection by Harry & David, which includes 24 gorgeous spring-colored macarons in an astonishing assortment of 12 different flavors: Almond, Birthday Cake, Black and White, Chocolate, Earl Grey, Fresh Strawberry, Espresso Coffee, Mango, Pistachio, Raspberry, Salted Caramel. They're so easy to enjoy and, as a bonus, easy to clean up after!

Shipping Note: Express two-day shipping is included (you pay for standard shipping and processing charges). Orders placed after 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on Wednesday will ship on Monday of the following week.

Final Verdict

If you need an Easter cake, Williams Sonoma's We Take the Cake Peter Rabbit Cake makes a seriously delicious addition to any brunch, lunch, or dinner. More of a cheesecake fan? Try Harry & David's Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake, which is traditional but elegant and makes a perfect treat for you or someone else.

What to Look for in an Easter Dessert

Ingredients

With any prepared food, it's a good idea to look at the ingredient list, so you know what's in it. This is especially important if anyone has food allergies or eats a kosher, vegan, or other special diets. Companies will typically make a special effort to note if their food is prepared in a nut-, dairy-, or gluten-free facility.

Delivery Speed

Time is of the essence when it comes to prepared desserts. When ordering online, be sure to research the company's shipping information. This will tell you how often they ship baked goods, how they're packaged, and if you'll incur any extra charges. Be sure to plan ahead. Ordering right before the holiday is not a great idea because the standard shipping time may be an entire week. Also, with frozen or chilled desserts, paying extra for express delivery may ensure your prepared goodies arrive on time and in excellent condition.

Freshness

Freshness isn’t just about turnaround time, of course. When was your dessert baked? The day before shipping? The same day that it shipped? For peak freshness, try to look for same-day or overnight deliveries.

Preparation

When planning your Easter menu or sending someone an edible gift, look into any extra preparation that might be needed. Is the cake frozen and needs to sit out overnight to thaw? Do you have to bake cookies or bars, or are they ready to eat right out of the package? You can prevent last-minute surprises by knowing the details before ordering.

FAQs

What are popular Easter desserts?

Easter desserts are often light and filled with bright flavors perfect for spring, but they can also be rather decadent. Popular American options include carrot cake, lemon bars, mixed berry tarts, strawberry cheesecake, and hot cross buns. International Easter desserts are just as delicious. Try tarte tatin, makowiec, maamouls, Polish babka, kulich, or koulourakia to explore treats from around the globe.

How are desserts shipped when ordered online?

Companies that ship freshly baked goods tend to go to great lengths to ensure it arrives safely. You may even have to pay a little extra for the packaging. A cake or cheesecake, for instance, might be shipped in insulated boxes or with ice packs to ensure they stay cold. Expect your package to include plenty of padding inside that protects the goodies from the jostles and bangs boxes are often subjected to during delivery.

Can you send an Easter basket to someone?

Easter baskets are a traditional gift and fun surprise to send to someone you care about during the holiday. You can ship a basket of goodies as long as it fits inside a box. Baskets with long handles may not be a good choice, so choose one with a shorter profile and handles on the side. There are also many places online that will put together and ship a custom Easter basket for you.

When should I order my Easter desserts?

There are two major time-sensitive things to consider when ordering desserts online: the delivery date and freshness. Order sooner rather than later to ensure your dessert arrives on time. Many retailers will have preorders available, so you can buy your dessert and ship it at a later date. It may take a bit of research, but it’s well worth the effort when you dig into a tasty treat on Easter Sunday.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Karen Resta is a writer specializing in food culture and history, cooking, pastries, and restaurants. She's also a former pastry chef and has traveled to Budapest, Kyiv, and Paris during their Fashion Weeks as a photographer and writer, always finding the best authentic pastries along the way. She now spends a lot of her free time baking at home and recommends quality within your given budget—whether you're ordering online or baking yourself. She curated this list with that in mind.

Allison Wignall, who updated this article, is a writer who focuses on food and travel. During her globetrotting, she has tasted some of the sweetest confections–from macarons in Paris to fresh gourmet chocolates in Ecuador. Her work has been featured in publications such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.

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