The Easter Bunny always brings treats, so we invariably think of delicious desserts at this time of year. Luckily, chefs are crafting basketfuls of bonbons to satiate our considerable desires. Here are 10 Easter desserts that make us hippity hoppity happy.
Golden Goose Egg at Trummer’s on Main, Clifton, Virginia
This dazzling dessert is a fairytale come to life. Pastry chef Meagan Tighe crafts egg whites from white chocolate and coconut mousse, a yolk from passion fruit and mango, and a shell from 24-karat gold leaf covered white chocolate. The oversized œuf rests on a layer of devil’s food cake inside a chocolate nest and comes dappled with herbs and flowers from the restaurant’s patio garden. Make a reservation at Trummer’s on Main.
Strawberry Meringue Tart at 5Church, Atlanta, Georgia
We will never turn down lemon meringue, but we do like to switch up our dessert routine. Chef Whitney Lewis crafts a fetching strawberry meringue tart with a speculoos cookie crust. Dappled with a petite bouquet of fresh flowers, it’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Make a reservation at 5Church.
Chocolate Cupcakes and Sugar Cookies at Sax Restaurant, Stone Harbor, New Jersey
For the inner child in everyone. Executive pastry chef Rebecca Strayer’s delightful dainties don’t shirk on the color – or the calories. Choose between chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla buttercream icing and egg-cellent sugar cookies. Make a reservation at Sax.
Dreamsicle Curd with Butterfinger at Annunciation, New Orleans, Louisiana
At the bottom of the ramekin sits a sweet curd made with satsumas, which are similar to mandarin oranges. Executive chef Jacob Cureton tops it with a scoop of vanilla gelato, freshly whipped cream, and crumbled Butterfingers. Simple and satisfying, it’s the perfect springtime sweet. Make a reservation at Annunciation.
Carrot Cake Sundae at Rye, Leawood, Kansas
Carrot cake, now in sundae form. Pastry chef Megan Garrelts fills an ice cream soda glass with an eye-catching assortment of elements: carrot cake (of course!), ice cream, honeyed walnuts, rum raisins, vanilla accented pineapple, caramel sauce, whipped cream, and orange soda. Get every component in a single spoonful to enjoy the most over the top carrot cake you’ve ever eaten – but beware of the brain freeze. Make a reservation at Rye.
Fluffy Strawberries and Cream Shake at Sugar Factory, Las Vegas, Nevada
Consider yourself warned: if you order your child one of these candy-crusted shakes, their bedtime may be delayed indefinitely. But what the heck, it’s Easter – special treats are practically required by law. Made with strawberry ice cream and toasted marshmallow syrup, the sugary sipper comes topped with whipped cream, mini marshmallows, Peeps, a candy necklace, and rainbow sour strips. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Carrot Cake at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails, Alpharetta, Georgia
Executive chef Derek Dollar’s gluten-free carrot cake has been a perennial favorite for a decade. He subs in chickpea and rice flours for wheat flour and adds pineapple to keep the cake moist and delicately sweet. Served warm, it never fails to please. Make a reservation at Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails.
Carrot Cake Whoopie Pie at Summer House, North Bethesda, Maryland
We will never be too old to enjoy whoopie pies. Carrot cookies spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger are soaked with luxuriant butterscotch sauce. In between these sweet bookends is a smooth cream cheese frosting accented with vanilla bean. Make a reservation at Summer House.
Buttermilk Panna Cotta at The Oval Room, Washington, D.C.
Panna cotta gets a spring makeover. An orb of the buttermilk-powered custard is accompanied by long pepper shortbread, strawberry marmalade, and candied rhubarb, and it’s garnished with sprigs of cinnamon basil, Thai basil, and violas. A sophisticated dessert for the discerning palate. Make a reservation at The Oval Room.
The Golden Egg at The Blvd, Beverly Hills, California
Crack open the 23-karat gold glazed egg to discover a peanut brittle vanilla mousse. At the core, there’s liquid chocolate, which languorously pools in the peanut butter nest. Your move, Reese’s. Make a reservation at the Blvd.
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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: Whitney Lewis (5Church); Daniel Erath (Annunciation); Heidi Geldhauser (Milton’s).