We’ve always loved pastel colors in all facets of our lives, so it only makes sense to those around us that we’re living our best lives now that those very soft hues we’re so fond of are trending so hard in fashion, decor, and even food! In fact, food might be where we’re actually the most intrigued by the color right now. That’s why we’ve had our eyes peeled for amazing pastel recipes lately!
Just in case you love the idea of making lovely looking pastel snacks and baked goods in your own kitchen just as much as we did, if not more, here are 15 of the very best recipes that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Kawaii pastel cheesecake
Cheesecake is, of course, a classic dessert that always tastes good, no matter what kind or flavour you’ve made. We find, however, that that most cheesecakes tend to look the same. Imagine just how excited we were, then, when we came across this recipe from Tastemade that uses pastel colours to make the cake look just as wonderful as it tastes!
2. Spring Oreo truffles
Perhaps part of your obsession with pastel colours has actually been spurred by the fact that springtime has finally come and the colours outside are blooming too? In that case, especially if you’re already a fan of this particular kind of treat, we have a feeling you’re going to love this recipe from My Suburban Kitchen that shows you how to make wonderfully pastel coloured spring Oreo truffles.
3. Pastel cotton candy popcorn
Just in case you’re the kind of person who adores sweet and salty flavours in one place, just like us, here’s a recipe that gives you all kinds of colour and flavour! Check out the tutorial on Bitz n’ Giggles to learn how this fantastic tasting and super fun looking cotton candy popcorn was made. It’s the perfect party snack!
4. Pretty pastel cotton candy mousse
If you’re going to put in the time and effort it takes to make your very own pastel dessert from scratch for a party, are you intent on making something so incredibly lovely looking on top of tasting great that your guests won’t be able to help taking pictures of it? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Make, Bake, Celebrate made this wonderfully smooth looking and perfectly pastel cotton candy mousse.
5. Spring pastel meringue cookies
Are you feeling very inspired indeed by the idea of making spring influence pastel desserts specifically because you’re really feeling the spirit of the new, warm season? Well, particularly if you like a little more crunch in your dessert, then we definitely think you should take a look at the way The Kitchen Is My Playground made these lovely spring pastel coloured meringue cookies.
6. Pastel rainbow macarons
If you’re going to keep up with trends in the food and dessert world in terms of colour, would you love to make a kind of treat that’s really popular right now as well, just for the fun of it? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Claire Justine carefully made these lovely rainbow pastel macarons from scratch! They’re sweet but not too sweet and they smell just as lovely as they look.
7. Pastel Rice Krispy treat Easter egg pops
Easter might have just passed where we live, but just in case you celebrate a little later like some countries do, here’s another lovely spring idea that’s a twist on a more classic treat! We love the way Mama Maggie’s Kitchen outlines the steps for making not just perfectly gooey Rice Krispie treats, but ones that are served on kebab sticks, shaped like eggs, and decorated in pastel colouring just like an actual dyed Easter egg.
8. Marshmallow candy swirl cake
Have pastel colours always reminded you of candy and sprinkles, so you can’t help wondering whether you might be able to roll with that theme and make something that has all kinds of your favourite colourful pastel candies in one place? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this lovely marshmallow candy swirl cake from Sprinkle Bakes a try! Depending on which candies you put with your marshmallows, this cake is also a cool experience in contrasted food textures.
9. Pastel Easter egg pancakes
We’re kind of in love with this next idea from Kids Recipe Box because you can make it holiday themed and seasonal or you can just use the basic technique to make your family a super fun breakfast any time you please! Take a better look at their recipe and tutorial to see how these wonderfully cheerful looking pastel coloured pancakes were made in a surprisingly simple way.
10. Pastel snowball cupcakes
Have we really piqued your attention in our talk about wonderfully coloured and deliciously sweet treats that also have some kind of super interesting texture experience involved? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at the way Baking A Moment made these wonderful pastel snowball cupcakes that are topped with whipped marshmallow fluff and shredded coconut.
11. Rainbow unicorn sweet potato sushi
Believe it or not, sweet treats and desserts aren’t the only kind of pastel coloured food you can make! there are also some fantastically savoury and more meal based dishes that you can make over with a little bit of pastel creativity as well. That’s why we were so excited to stumble across this pastel rainbow sushi recipe outlined step by step on One Green Planet!
12. Natural pastel coloured ravioli
Just in case you’re looking for a recipe that’s a little heavier and more filling than the desserts or meals we’ve shown you so far on our list, here’s a pastel recipe that’s all natural and will make a great full dinner! We’re completely in love with the way Steve’s Kitchen outlines the step by step process for making colourful pasta that takes on a pastel hue when it’s cooked thanks to the all natural ingredients that go into it.
13. Pastel meringue nests
Did we really catch your attention with the idea of making meringue based treats because you love the crunch and sweetness of it, but you’d rather make something with a little bit of theme or character to it than just a cookie shaped like a dollop of meringue, then we’re pretty sure Sweetapolita has the perfect idea for you! Take a better look at their recipe to see how these pastel meringue nests with sugared feather toppings are made.
14. Pastel devilled eggs for Easter
Of course, nothing that simply follows a trendy colour theme has to be reserved for a particular holiday or time of year, but we’ll fully admit that these wonderfully soft coloured devilled eggs absolutely remind us of Easter! Check out how simply they were made on Just A Pinch. They’re a very easy but delicious and cheerful way to brighten up any potluck!
15. Whimsical pastel cotton candy apples
If you’re going to make something that puts such magical colours in the spotlight, would you rather it be a treat that’s so unique and whimsical your kids, friends, or guests can hardly believe how fantastic it both looks and tastes? In that case, we think you simply must take a look at the way Sweetapolita made these beautifully pastel marbled cotton candy apples that practically look like a piece of art.