Beyond Jelly Beans: 15 Dazzling Easter Desserts for a Sweet Celebration

Easter is a time of joyous celebration for families around the world – and we’ve got more than 50,000 restaurants worldwide that are pulling out all the stops to help you and your loved ones honor the day. Savory menus abound with over-the-top brunch creations and memorable entrees, but the fun doesn’t end there. Pastry chefs are creating sweet treats that go beyond the basic for this special meal. Check out these 15 Easter desserts for a taste of what awaits. Not near any of these spots? OpenTable can help you find a restaurant near you.

Et Voila, Washington, D.C.
This opulent opera cake will make you burst into song. Pastry chef Alex Malaise crafts the circular sweet with coffee buttercream, coffee-chocolate ganache, Kahlua-soaked vanilla biscuits, and blond chocolate. To give it a springtime sensibility, he complements it with a crunchy nest of kataifi drizzled with chocolate, as well as a puff of maple-sherry vinegar foam. Make a reservation at Et Voila.

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Little Goat, Chicago, Illinois
No matter what the season, we love us some cookies. Case in point are these spring-themed shortbreads. If some bunny loved us, they’d hop over and buy us some (hint, hint). Make a reservation at Little Goat.

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Nobu Fifty Seven, New York, New York
These limited-edition Easter bonbons are only being served on Sunday. Painted like pastel Pollocks, the cheery confections conceal miso hazelnut crunch, hazelnut sponge, and vanilla gelato. Don’t forget to take a picture before you take a bite (#doitforthegram). Make a reservation at Nobu Fifty Seven.

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The NoMad Restaurant, Los Angeles, California
Start your Easter on a sweet note with these custom croissants. Executive pastry sous chef Henry Molina forges the pink pastries with fresh strawberries from the farmers market. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Make a reservation at The NoMad Restaurant.

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Central Michel Richard, Washington, D.C.
Lemon meringue pie aficionados will fall hard for this playful take on the classic. The Lemon Eggsceptional features a trio of “eggs”: hazelnut chocolate shells, meringue whites, and lemon curd yolks. They’re complemented by passion fruit sauce, graham cracker-pistachio crumble, and coconut sorbet. Make a reservation at Central Michel Richard.

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Honey Salt, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
You’ve never had a carrot cake quite like this. These darling cake bites spring out of chocolate soil. They give a whole new meaning to the phrase “garden to table.” Make a reservation at Honey Salt.

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The Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 
This tart was built for Instagram. A rainbow of fruit circles, spheres, and swirls create a tapestry-like topping. Underneath, a vanilla crust cradles ricotta lemon cream. Make a reservation at The Dearborn.

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Santina, New York, New York
When you’re in the mood for something light and bright, order this dessert. A hollowed out grapefruit is filled with grapefruit sorbet pocked with frozen grapefruit segments. It’s topped with slender squiggles of candied grapefruit rind and fresh mint. Make a reservation at Santina.

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Stubborn Seed, Miami Beach, Florida
Sour and sweet find balance in this springy sweet. Executive pastry chef Dallas Wynne’s Meyer lemon bar is coronated with small spires of coriander meringue. A vibrant quenelle of strawberry elderflower sorbet sits on the side. Make a reservation at Stubborn Seed.

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Benny’s Chop House, Chicago, Illinois
The Backstreet Boys would love this carrot cake because it’s larger than life. The hefty wedge is dotted with roasted walnuts and slathered with cream cheese frosting. Quit playing games with our heart (and our belly) and send over a slice, pronto! Make a reservation at Benny’s Chop House.

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Founding Farmers, Reston, Virginia
We love celebrating any holiday with doughnuts. These eye-catching rounds feature a classic white glaze spangled with pastel confetti sprinkles. Complement this sugar rush with a nitro iced coffee for the most exhilarating results. Make a reservation at Founding Farmers.

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Le Diplomate, Washington, D.C.
Pastry chef-chocolatier Fabrice Bendano has crafted a next level Easter basket. Half a dozen chocolate eggs are filled with salted butter caramel and hand painted in springtime hues. They’re paired with two darling chocolate bunnies. Make a reservation at Le Diplomate.

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Eden, Chicago, Illinois
Break the bunny! As you’re debating whether you should eat its ears or tail first, you can enjoy the treats hiding inside. Goodies might include jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and egg-shaped Crunch bars. Make a reservation at Eden.

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Beauty & Essex, New York, New York
This nest is the best! A cinnamon-laced phyllo base comes filled with light lemon cream and egg-shaped white chocolate and strawberry truffles. Hashtag it #BestNest when you post your pic of it on Instagram. Make a reservation at Beauty & Essex.

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Centrolina, Washington, D.C.
Executive pastry chef Caitlin Dysart went all out for Easter this year. She’s making egg-cellent sugar cookies, traditional Italian pane di pasqua (a citrus- and anise-laced sweet bread braided around eggs), and carrot cake bunnies. As if that wasn’t enough, she’s also cranking out chocolate espresso scones, pistachio bomboloni, strawberry tiramisu, and pesto morning buns. Make a reservation at Centrolina.

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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.

Photo credits: Jay Snap (Et Voila); Misty Nguyen (Benny’s Chophouse); Leila Register (Little Goat Diner); Noah Fecks (Santina); Danielle Adams (The Nomad LA); Grove Bay Hospitality (Stubborn Seed).