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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 say you're missing them.
Desserts are all about whimsy, delight, beauty, sweetness, and fun—no matter how big or how small—and ordering them online has never been easier. This curated list has choices from the quick and easy to the extremes of elegance. Spring is coming, and we all deserve a great dessert this Easter to celebrate that!
From Easter cakes and cookies to cupcakes, candy, and pastries, here are the best Easter desserts you can order online this year.
Best Cheesecake: Harry & David Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake
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 2-day shipping is included (only standard shipping rates apply). Orders placed after 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Wednesday will ship on Monday of the following week.
Best Decorating Kit: DecoCookies Paint Your Own Cookie Easter Decoration Kit
This DIY kit from DecoCookies is fun for both kids and grownups! Everything is ready to go for this activity: a bucket filled with eight cookies glazed in white royal icing with a pattern to paint, a paintbrush, and a palette of food-grade colorful paints. The cookies are baked fresh daily with fresh butter and are individually packaged for freshness and safety. They're also processed in a peanut-free and nut tree-free facility.
Best Babka: Green's Home Style Kosher Chocolate Babka
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-free and dairy-free kitchen, and great for gifting.
Best Panetonne: Bauducco Panettone Original Specialty Cake
Panetonne 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 is 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, using the same original recipe since 1952. It comes ready to eat right out of the package.
Best Splurge: Cake Bake Shop Red Velvet Cake
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, fresh cream cheese frosting between its three layers, and Madagascar vanilla bean buttercream on top. It really is a true extravagance, and entirely luxurious. It makes quite the presentation. Wrapped up in the bakery's signature pink box and pink satin ribbon, it’s shipped frozen.
Shipping Note: Allow 2-7 business days for processing and delivery.
Best Artisan Cookies: Cravory Cookies Ube Cookies, 2 Dozen
These cookies are definitely out of the ordinary. Though not specified as only an Easter dessert, they nevertheless 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 trending this year, with good reason—it’s a new taste that’s well-suited to blending with traditional Western pastries. Native to the Philippines, you can find it in various Asian cuisines. Made by Cravory, these cookies are filled with ube jam and vanilla chips. The cookies 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 weighing 2 ounces each.
Shipping Note: Cravory ships Monday-Friday each week.
Best for Easter Baskets: Annie's Neapolitan Bunny Grahams
Great for wrapping up in an Easter basket or 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 are 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.
The Lemon Strawberry Cheesecake (view at Harry & David) is traditional but elegant and makes a perfect treat for you or someone else this Easter. For the non-traditionalist or for anyone ready to try something new and interesting, Green’s Bakery Chocolate Babka (view at Amazon) is a clear-cut winner! If you’ve got kids in the house for Easter, the DecoCookies Paint Your Own Easter Cookie Kit (view at Amazon) adds a fun activity to the holiday, in addition to providing a delicious treat.
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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.