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What to Bake for Easter? (Sweet or Savoury)

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Are you still deciding what to bake for Easter this year? Here are some of our favorite Easter bakes, either sweet or savory. From traditional Easter cakes to buns and pies, just have a pick!

collage of four pictures for different baking ideas for easter.

Sweet or Savory Easter baking recipes

Easter is a few days away. And with it, spring is coming as well. A time for lighter dishes, for a lot of green stuff in your food, for fresh seasonal ingredients like rhubarb, asparagus, or strawberries.

But before we get there, we still have to get over the Easter festivities. A lot of food again: appetizers, soups, lamb, stews, lots and lots of different dishes, many of them traditional food cooked only for Easter.

I love baking, so I thought about creating a list containing some of our favorite Easter baking recipes. Sweet or savory, I bake at least 2 or 3 of these recipes every year. My family loves them all; I hope you will find something you like as well.

Bakes using mini eggs

Let’s start with some delicious and pretty Easter-themed bakes made with pastel-colored mini eggs or similar products. My kids adore anything made with mini eggs, so I must try at least one new recipe every year.

  1. Mini Egg Cheesecake

This decadent, silky-smooth cheesecake is the perfect treat for Easter: creamy and sweet yet refreshing and light. And the best part? You can whip it up in only 30 minutes, place it in the refrigerator overnight and have it ready for the celebrations.

no bake cheesecake with cadbury eggs on rosa cloth.

Mini Egg Cheesecake
Beautiful mini egg cheesecake for Easter. Creamy, luxurious, and packed with crunchy Cadbury mini eggs. Super easy to make as well.
Check out this recipe

2. Easter Mini Egg Cookie Bars

Another quick and delicious treat. These bars are sweet and full of chocolate, making a wonderful gift. They also keep well so that you can munch on them for days.

close up of cookie bars studed with mini eggs and chocolate chips.

Easter Mini Egg Cookie Bars
Chunky mini egg cookie bars packed with Cadbury mini eggs and chocolate chips; these are the best and most decadent Easter treat!
Check out this recipe

3. Mini Egg Cookies

Probably my favorite dessert made with mini eggs. These cookies are crispy on the edges, softer in the middle, oozing with white and dark chocolate, and crunchy thanks to those pastel Cadbury eggs.

cadbury mini egg cookies close up.

Mini Egg Cookies
Rich mini egg cookies made with Cadbury mini eggs and lots of chocolate. They are the perfect, indulgent Easter treat!
Check out this recipe

Bakes using carrots (or spinach)

Carrot cakes are perfect for Easter. But not only. There are so many amazing sweet carrot recipes out there; I keep trying new ones every few months or so.

4. Easy Carrot Cake Traybake

This easy traybake is one of our newest discoveries. It’s moist and spicy, packed with walnuts, and covered with a luxurious cream cheese frosting. You should make it in advance; it tastes even better the next day.

many squares of frosted cake decorated with marzipan carrots.

Easy Carrot Cake Traybake
Our favorite carrot cake traybake with cream cheese frosting, spices, and walnuts, this simple cake is genuinely addictive.
Check out this recipe

5. The Best Carrot Coconut Cake

I am not kidding! This is the best carrot cake! I’ve been baking this recipe regularly for over 15 years now; I’ve been making it for the kids or guests, bringing it to parties, etc. Despite its simplicity, it is a hit every single time; I can’t even recall how many times I had to scribble down the recipe.

carrot coconut cake

The Best Carrot Coconut Cake
This is the best carrot loaf cake ever! Super moist and tender carrot coconut cake with lemon frosting.
Check out this recipe

6. Carrot Almond Cake

A festive-looking cake perfect for the celebrations. The moist carrot cake and almond base is filled with a wonderfully aromatic orange filling made with freshly squeezed orange juice, orange zest, and whipped heavy cream.

carrot almond cake filled with orange cream filling

Carrot Almond Cake
Moist carrot almond cake with a fruity and delicious orange juice and whipped cream filling, the perfect Easter cake.
Check out this recipe

7. Eggless Carrot Cake (Vegan)

A vegan version of carrot cake, moist, sweet, and super easy to make. This soft and comforting cake is packed with coconut and topped with jam; a simple delight ready in less than one hour.

vegan carrot cake cubes on a wooden board

Eggless Carrot Cake (Vegan)
Soft eggless carrot cake with coconut, topped with jam, and more coconut. A delicious vegan carrot time suitable for the fasting time.
Check out this recipe

8. Nigella’s Carrot Cake Muffins

This is our favorite recipe for carrot cake cupcakes. Moist and tasty and, when eaten without the icing, not overly sweet. The walnuts add a wonderful crunch, and the topping makes them creamy and luxurious.

seven carrot cupcakes topped with frosting and walnuts on a vintage platter.

Nigella’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes or Muffins
Nigella'samazing carrot cake cupcakes or muffins with cream cheese frostingand walnuts.
Check out this recipe

9. Carrot Muffins with Blueberry Frosting

These cinnamon-spiced carrot muffins with a soft and creamy buttercream blueberry frosting are some of our favorite muffins. They were described as “Megageil,” which you could approximately translate as mega-awesome, mega sexy, mega attractive, or, better, a mixture of these words.

carrot blueberry muffin on a plate

Carrot Muffins with Blueberry Frosting
Carrot muffins with cinnamon, topped with a creamy blueberry frosting.
Check out this recipe

10. Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

These carrot cookies with orange icing are everything a cookie should be: sweet, flavorful, and completely comforting.

cookies with carrots and icing on a small plate

Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing
Carrot cookies with orange icing, spiced with cinnamon and allspice, and topped with tangy-sweet icing and walnuts.
Check out this recipe

11. Spinach Cake (with White Chocolate Frosting)

There are no carrots this time, but spinach instead; this green cake is perfect for Easter. A unique cake that celebrates spring!

cut spinach cake frosted with cream cheese on a platter.

Spinach Cake (with White Chocolate Frosting)
The best spinach cake recipe there is!!! A beautiful green cake layered with luxurious cream cheese and white chocolate frosting.
Check out this recipe

Traditional Easter Bakes

I grew up in Romania, but I’ve been living in Germany for the past decades, so I am an expert in Easter celebrations in both of these countries. Here are some of our favorite traditional bakes or typical cakes to bake for Easter.

12. Cozonac Recipe

There is probably no other Romanian recipe that people bake (or buy) more often during Easter or Christmas time. My grandma never baked anything except cozonac, twice a year, and not just for the two of us, but for the rest of the family as well; she was the expert!

slice of romanian sweet bread with filling

Romanian Sweet Bread with Walnuts – Cozonac
Cozonac – this delicious sweet bread with walnut or dried fruit filling is the most popular sweet thing to eat at Easter and Christmas in Romania.
Check out this recipe

13. Beigli – Traditional Hungarian Nut Roll

And here is the Hungarian version of a sweet bread filled with nuts. Maybe the Hungarian beigli was the inspiration for the Romanian cozonac, I cannot say, but they are both really delicious! You will find similar pastry rolls filled with poppy seeds or walnuts all over Eastern Europe, so I think it would be tough to determine where exactly they originate from.

beigli or hungarian nut roll sliced on a the table

Beigli – Traditional Hungarian Nut Rolls
Beigli – a traditional Hungarian pastry roll filled with walnuts, a real treat for Christmas!
Check out this recipe

14. Polish Poppy Seed Roll – Makowiec Recipe

This excellent roll is another version (Polish) of the typical sweet bread baked all over Eastern Europe for Easter or Christmas. Filled with poppy seeds, nuts, and dried fruit, this roll is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.

sliced loaf of polish makowiec on a wire rack.

Polish Poppy Seed Roll – Makowiec Recipe
The Polish poppy seed roll or Makowiec is a traditional Easter or Christmas treat in Polish homes. Filled with poppy seeds, nuts, and dried fruit, this roll is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee.
Check out this recipe

15. Pasca – Romanian Easter Bread

Pasca is a traditional Romanian Easter cheesecake or Easter bread. The sweet yeast dough is filled with a smooth cheese and raisins filling. Pasca, cozonac,  lamb, and eggs are the most important culinary components of the Orthodox Easter celebrations.

romanian cheesecake for Easter sliced on a platter

Pasca – Romanian Easter Cheesecake
Pasca is a traditional Romanian Easter cheesecake or Easter bread. A sweet yeast dough filled with a smooth cheese and raisins filling.
Check out this recipe

16. German Cheesecake

The famous German cheesecake or Käsekuchen. This traditional quark cheesecake can be served with or without the meringue topping. I prefer it with the topping; it makes everything complete.

slice of german cheesecake with meringue topping

German Cheesecake
German cheesecake or Käsekuchen recipe: light, creamy quark cheesecake topped with pearled meringue.
Check out this recipe

17. Crustless Cheesecake

Another German-style cheesecake, this time baked without a crust, which makes it even easier and lighter. You will only need 15 minutes to stir it! The result: the most delicious baked cheesecake you could make.

slice of creamy cake topped with whipped cream and sprinkled with sugar.

Quick Crustless Cheesecake
You will only need 15 minutes to stir this crustless cheesecake! The result: the most delicious baked cheesecake you could possibly make.
Check out this recipe

18. Blitzkuchen – German Coffee Cake

This Blitzkuchen or lightning cake is a delicious, soft German coffee cake with almond sugar topping, ready in less than 30 minutes.

pieces of blitzkuchen cake on the table

Blitzkuchen Recipe
German Blitzkuchen or lightning cake, a delicious, soft coffee cake with almond sugar topping. Ready in less than 30 minutes.
Check out this recipe

19. German Black Forest Cake

THE German cake, the most famous of them all! Try this authentic recipe for Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte; you will love it!

black forest gateau on a platter decorated with cherries.

German Black Forest Cake
Authentic German Black Forest Cake or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte. This is the best-known German gateau there is. Three layers of chocolate sponge filled with cherries, Kirsch, and whipped cream, and garnished with chocolate shavings. Amazing!
Check out this recipe

20. Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake

This is not a specific German Easter bake, but it’s an example of the typical cake we love in Germany; we bake this kind of cheesecake topped with berries or fruit all the time, for any type of festivity or just on a Sunday to have with a cup of coffee.

strawberry yogurt cheesecake on a cake platter

Strawberry Yogurt Cheesecake
This strawberry yogurt cheesecake is one of the best cheesecakes ever! A soft cake filled with cream cheese, yogurt and cream, and topped with fresh strawberries.
Check out this recipe

There are so many other amazing cakes, pies, or muffins that you could bake for Easter that it’s impossible to list them all here. For more inspiration, check the Sweet Recipes category.

Savory Easter Bakes

Now that we’ve seen some of my family’s favorite sweet bakes for Easter, let’s get to the “Savory” part.

21. Feta and Spinach Triangles

Let’s start with something super simple and ready in no time. These delicious little puff pastry bites are filled with spinach, feta, and herbs.

overhead view of several spinach feta spanakopita triangles on a silver plate.

Feta and Spinach Triangles
Crispy feta and spinach triangles, Greek-style, these little parcels are made with puff pastry and are filled with a delicious cheese, spinach, and herb mixture.
Check out this recipe

22. Puff Pastry Spanakopita

This simplified recipe for Greek spanakopita is made with puff pastry instead of phyllo. A fantastic treat, perfect for the Easter brunch.

overhead view of greek spinach pie with feta in a baking dish.

Easy Puff Pastry Spanakopita
Puff pastry spanakopita, a delicious recipe for Greek spinach and feta pie made easy by using puff pastry instead of phyllo.
Check out this recipe

23. Green Bread with Spinach

Green bread with spinach and pepitas, a fluffy, savory bread perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

sliced green bread with jam on a wooden board.

Green Bread with Spinach
Green bread with spinach and pepitas, a fluffy, savory bread perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Check out this recipe

24. Green Onion Quiche (with Cheese)

This quiche is quick to make, yet it makes an impression most of the time. It’s an excellent choice for a brunch or light dinner, and I love to bake it around Easter time.

quiche with a slice missing on a vintage platter with blue flowers.

Green Onion Quiche (with Cheese)
A wonderful, easy quiche with cheese and green onions, perfect for brunch, a picnic, or another casual gathering with friends.
Check out this recipe

25. Chicken and Leek Pie

A great recipe for a light Easter lunch or dinner. If you don’t want to make lamb, go for this fantastic pie, everybody will love it!

chicken and leek pie on a platter

Chicken and Leek Pie
This chicken and leek pie is fantastic! Flaky crusty and a delicious filling, it's the perfect dish for serving to guests.
Check out this recipe

26. Spinach Borek – Turkish Spinach Pie

This spinach borek or Turkish spinach pie with feta and phyllo pastry is one of the most irresistible boreks. An excellent choice for a vegetarian Easter.

spinach borek sliced into pieces and sprinkled with nigella seeds

Spinach Borek – Turkish Spinach Pie
Spinach borek or Turkish spinach pie with feta and phyllo pastry, one of the most irresistible vegetarian boreks.
Check out this recipe

27. Overnight Yeast Rolls

Easy and quick to make overnight yeast rolls. Keep the dough refrigerated until the morning and bake before the breakfast or brunch starts.Only five ingredients.

overnight yeast rolls for breakfast with other breakfast food behind.

Overnight Yeast Rolls
Very easy and quick to make overnight, refrigerator rolls. Fluffy and crusty yeast rolls that your family will love.
Check out this recipe

28. Homemade Yeast Rolls

These are the softest, fluffiest yeast rolls I have ever made. An easy-to-make recipe for dinner rolls perfect for any occasion.

soft yeast rolls on a wire rack

Homemade Yeast Rolls
These are the softest, fluffiest yeast rolls I have ever made. An easy to make recipe for dinner rolls perfect for any occasion.
Check out this recipe

29. Breakfast Crescent Rolls (Romanian Cornuri Simple)

These typical Romanian rolls or cornuri simple are the fluffiest, best crescent rolls I’ve ever tasted! They are perfect for a festive breakfast.

yeast rolls for breakfast served with jam

Breakfast Crescent Rolls (Romanian cornuri simple)
These typical Romanian breakfast crescent rolls or cornuri simple are the fluffiest, best crescent rolls I've ever tasted!
Check out this recipe

30. Homemade Cheese Buns

These German-style cheese buns are soft and savory, packed with cheese, and rolled into more cheese. You will love every single bite.

three round cheese bread rolls on baking paper

Cheese Buns Recipe
Homemade cheese buns with cheddar cheese inside and outside, these are some of the best cheese bread buns I've ever had.
Check out this recipe

31. Romanian Pretzels – Covrigei

These Romanian pretzels or covrigei are one of the most famous Romanian snacks – cheesy, crunchy, and addictive pastry. My grandma used to make them every year for Easter.

romanian snacks or pretzel in a small bowl lined with linen

Romanian Pretzel – Covrigei
These Romanian pretzel or covrigei are one of the most popular Romanian snacks. Cheesy, crunchy, and addictive pastry.
Check out this recipe

32. Romanian Cheese Crackers – Saratele

Very cheesy, shortcrust homemade cheese crackers sprinkled with caraway seeds or salt or even sesame seeds, a perfect appetizer for any party – Romanian saratele.

many cheese sticks sprinkled with caraway seeds on the table.

Homemade Cheese Crackers with Caraway Seeds – Romanian Saratele
Very cheesy, short crust homemade cheese crackers sprinkled with caraway seeds or salt or even sesame seeds, a perfect appetizer for any party.
Check out this recipe

I hope you liked checking all these Easter baking recipes and that you found a few good ideas for this year’s celebrations. Happy Easter!

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Evi

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

So many beautiful recipes, those carrot cakes look especially amazing :) Happy Easter!

Sissi

Sunday 21st of April 2019

I haven't baked anything for this Easter, so it's nice to have a visual treat on your blog!

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop

Friday 19th of April 2019

This is a great collection perfect for Easter!

mjskitchen

Friday 19th of April 2019

I have no idea where to start. Every single one of this treats look amazing. Great list!