By Collier Curran
Though not everyone celebrates Easter, I am always excited when the holiday approaches. Usually taking place in those tedious weeks between midterms and finals, Easter offers a one-day reprieve from ruminating about papers and exams. Also, since I love all things food, Easter provides an opportunity to repeat that big meal usually reserved for Thanksgiving and winter holidays.
I would like to say that my family has Easter traditions, but in reality, each year we usually brainstorm our Easter plans about a month before the holiday. When I was younger Easter always involved pastel dresses and egg hunts, but the only traditions that have withstood the test of time have been church and my hometown’s old car parade. Similarly, not being ham people, my family always switches up what we serve for the big meal. This year, I am debuting a new take on a classic dessert, so I figured I would provide some suggestions for great desserts for any Easter (or springtime) party.
- Coconut Cake
This year I am making King Arthur Flour’s coconut cake for Easter, and I could not be more excited. My love affair with coconut began around a year ago, and has remained intense ever since. I specifically love this recipe from KAF partially because I love everything from KAF but also because it includes unique ingredients such as powdered coconut milk to enhance the coconut flavor. I always thought of coconut recipes as reserved either for the winter (like snowballs) or the summer (when combined with pineapple), but my mother has assured me that she has enjoyed Easter coconut cakes in the past. No matter the season, coconut is never the wrong answer and that is my official opinion.
2. Carrot Cupcakes
While coconut cake is less typical, carrot cake is arguably the traditional Easter dessert. The combination of carrots, cream cheese, walnuts (in my carrot cakes at least), and cinnamon automatically reminds me of spring. However, if you are attending a party or hosting groups of kids, cake can become messy and inconvenient. Therefore, I highly recommend making carrot cupcakes (or even mini cupcakes, using mini muffin pans!); nothing is wasted because guests can take exactly as much as they want and there is no fuss involved with cutting or serving. Additionally, making cupcakes also invites the opportunity for adorable themed cupcake liners! In terms of a recipe, I again recommend King Arthur Flour because they have a separate recipe specifically for carrot cupcakes, meaning that the proportions of ingredients will be perfect for individual cakes.
3. Rice Krispie Treats with Pastel M&Ms
This is a rather simply recipe, but some people like to keep it simple, so I don’t judge! For any group containing kids, rice krispie treats are always a hit, with their combination of marshmallow, butter, crunchy cereal, and in this case, holiday-themed candy. Adding pastel M&Ms both within and on top of the treats adds not only great flavor and texture, but also color to any Easter dessert display. They are also great to bring to a party because they can be cut into any size and easily transported.
4. Italian Easter Cookies
I know I keep plugging King Arthur Flour, but they really are worth checking out! I discovered them last year at my first college since their headquarters is located about ten minutes from campus, and they have a small bakery in one of the school libraries. They have a recipe on their website for Italian Easter cookies, and I am dying to try them! As a Long Island native, I have been to many Italian bakeries in my time, so I can confirm that these subtly sweet, colorful iced cookies are always the perfect complement to any cup of coffee or cappuccino. Reviews on this recipe have noted the cookies’ resemblance to true Italian cookies, and some bakers have even recommended added orange zest for some extra flavor.
While I am, unfortunately, due back on campus by 10:00 the next morning, I am determined to enjoy another great Easter Sunday with my family and friends. If you celebrate, I hope you have a beautiful holiday with as little stress as possible, and if you don’t, I wish you a great day and weekend filled with spring sunshine!