For many, Easter means getting together with loved ones for dinner, complete with treats and desserts. On such an occasion, find ideas for tasty and simple confections that are fun to serve but that don't take tons of time to prepare. When you find recipes and ideas that the whole family can get involved in, preparing Easter treats allows you to spend time together.
Spring Flower Cake
Put together an Easter cake that's all about spring with ideas from DisneyFamily.com. Begin with a baked 13-by-9-inch cake and frost it with white icing. Add a few cupcakes and mini-cupcakes, also frosted with white icing, to the top of the cake, settling them into the icing. These will be flowers, so arrange them so you can add stems and leaves. Decorate the cupcake flowers with colored candies to create flower petals and designs. With green gel icing, create stems and grass under the flowers. For a final touch, use green icing to add leaves to the stems.
Easter Bunny Cupcakes
Both kids and adults will enjoy making and decorating Easter bunny cupcakes suggested on EasyCupcakes.com. Start with white frosted cupcakes. Make bunny ears for each cupcake by cutting a large marshmallow in half. Sprinkle the cut side of the marshmallows with pink sugar and stick the marshmallows into the frosting at the top of the cupcake, so they look like ears. Use two chocolate chips for eyes. Position a small marshmallow cut in half (or two small dollops of white frosting) in the middle of the cupcake for bunny cheeks. Add a pink jelly bean for a nose and two white Tic Tacs for bunny teeth.
Rainbow Egg Easter Cookies
Create a pretty Easter cookie idea adapted from a recipe at BettyCrocker.com. Mix a batch of sugar cookie dough and divide it into three parts. Use a few drops of a food coloring on each part--make one part yellow, one blue and one green. Use any color you like but only use a few drops to achieve a pastel color. Mix each portion of dough well so the color is thoroughly distributed. Form colored pieces of dough into ropes about 5 inches long and 1 inch thick. Place one rope of each color side by side on a floured surface and roll them flat to about 1/4-inch thick, so the ropes touch. Cut out cookies with an egg-shaped cutter. The resulting cookie will have many colors. Repeat until all the dough has been used. Bake the cookies according to directions. If you like, frost the underside of one cookie with pastel-colored icing and place another cookie on top to make a sandwich.