Easter lunch or dinner would not be complete without a festive dessert. The possibilities for after-dinner sweets are endless, ranging from a semi-healthy treat to a classic coconut bunny cake.
If your family tends to eat lots of chocolate candy on Easter, dessert may seem redundant. However, If you still want to share a dessert at the table, consider a light treat like baked meringue with fresh fruit. Use a melon baller to make a multicolored fruit salad out of cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. Include seedless grapes and sliced bananas and strawberries. You can also make a berry compote with frozen strawberries, blueberries or raspberries and two teaspoons of sugar. Put the berries and sugar in a sealable plastic container and leave it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw into a syrup.
A traditional Easter dessert sure to delight kids and adults alike is a bunny cake. Bake your favorite sheet cake in two 9-inch round pans. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans, then use one cake for the bunny's face and cut two ear shapes out of the other one. If you have enough cake left over after cutting out the ears, you may choose to make the bunny a bow tie. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lay out the pieces in the arrangement you want them. Spread them completely, sides included, with white cake frosting. Sprinkle shredded coconut over the entire surface of the cake to give the bunny fur.
Mix a drop of red food coloring into a bit of white icing to create pink, and spread the pink inside the bunny's ears. Use black squeeze gel icing to paint on whiskers. Drop a black jellybean in the center of the whiskers for the nose, and use two more black jellybeans for eyes. Scatter multicolored jellybeans around the bow tie for polka dots.