Some of these beauties don’t even need time in the oven.
1. Cakes in eggshells.
This gluten-free Domestic Sluttery recipe is a little dose of Easter magic. Just pour cake batter into hollowed-out eggshells, bake in the oven, then try to look modest as everyone around you shrieks about how fiddly this must have been. (Here’s a video showing a special BuzzFeed recipe, too.)
2. Totoro Cream Puffs.
End the bunny-based tyranny of Easter with these beautiful Studio Ghibli-inspired custard cream-filled baked creations.
3. Hot cross dough balls.
What’s the best way to eat a hot cross bun? Straight from the oven or toaster and heavily buttered, obviously. And what’s the best thing about a dough ball? It’s baked with the butter already inside.
4. Hot cross butter pudding
Alternatively, if you have a surplus of hot cross buns going stale, just soak them with some booze and condensed milk and stick them in the oven for a deliciously sweet and stodgy Bank Holiday dessert.
5. Cadbury’s Creme Egg brownies.
This is the Cadbury’s Creme Egg section of the article, so take a few deep breaths before continuing. Each slice of these deliciously messy brownies has half a Creme Egg sunk deep into it, releasing gooey chocolate and creamy fondant into the batter.
6. Cadbury’s Creme Egg and bacon rolls.
OK, let’s all calm down - this isn’t as unhealthy as it looks. Actually, who am I kidding? It’s exactly as unhealthy as it looks, perhaps more so. But, if you have a sweet tooth and a fondness for bacon, you probably won’t sleep well until you’ve tried it. The recipe involves just-roll pastry, bacon and a blatant disregard for common sense.
7. Cadbury’s Creme Egg surprise cupcakes.
Surprise! Creme Eggs! These chocolate fudge cupcakes are delicious but not over-sweet - which is just as well as they each have a mini Creme Egg hidden in the middle. Sneaky.
8. Cadbury’s Creme Egg cocktail.
Yes, really. Although that’s a mini Creme Egg, not a giant cocktail glass. It’s basically vodka with creme de cacao, Galiiano, ice cream and chocolate sauce. Want to make one yourself? Thus ends the Cadbury’s Creme Egg section of this list. I hope you feel as nauseous as I do.
9. Paleo coconut macaroons.
Easter can be a dreary time for anyone who doesn’t like chocolate or is eating gluten-free. Help them out with these light little paleo-friendly coconut macaroons. Although if they also don’t like coconuts or macaroons then they’re just being difficult.
10. Peanut butter Rice Krispie treats with Mini Eggs.
Throw your leftover Mini Eggs in a bowl with some cereal, peanut butter and marshmallows, and in a couple of hours you’ll have these delicious no-bake treats. Recipe via Peanut Buttered.
11. Malteaster tray bake.
Got a Malteaster Egg you can’t quite stuff down your gullet? Bash it up with some Digestives and throw it in a tray with a melted syrup and margarine, and refrigerate. Et voila - tray bake!
12. Chocolate buttermilk pancakes with salted caramel sauce.
You can also use broken-up leftover Easter eggs as chocolate chips in this contender for the world’s most decadent breakfast recipe.
13. Bramley apple soda bread.
If you’re sick of chocolate and sweet things altogether, this is a good gateway food back into the land of savouriness. It only has five ingredients, comes out at a frugal 20p per slice, and will go nicely with some cheese. Also you can make it vegan by using non-dairy milk (and avoiding the cheese, obviously).
14. Blueberry and pecan loaf with a maple syrup glaze.
If you’re not ready to go back on the salty stuff just yet, try this blueberry and pecan loaf. It’s easy to make (try not to launch into it as soon as you take it out of the oven - you need to let it cool before you add the glaze), AND the recipe is from Rachel Bright - Poppy from EastEnders!
15. And finally, just look at this. It’s a chocolate lasagna, for goodness’ sake.
This surprisingly simple creation is an orgy of chocolate pudding, cream cheese, butter, Cool Whip (although in the UK you could use Dream Topping mixed with whipped cream) and chocolate chips, with a crust of Oreos and butter.
Let’s just take a moment to let the reality of this set in.