Lemon Cream: the delicious dessert recipe to enjoy in summer

Total time: 5 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 2 people
By Cookist

Lemon Cream is the ideal dessert for summer. While it’s sweet and creamy, the lemon cuts through the richness, adding a tangy flavor. To make it, you only need whipping cream, a lemon, lemon yogurt, and limoncello (optional). You simply beat the whipping cream, then mix in the lemon zest and lemon yogurt. It’s that easy!

Serve with a few crunchy cookies, or use it as a topping on pancakes, waffles, or shortcakes. It’s refreshing, while still rich enough to be indulgent. It's great for making ahead of time and this is the perfect dessert for entertaining a large crowd.

What is Lemon Cream

A Lemon Cream dessert is very similar to a lemon pudding inspired by the traditional ‘posset’ which was popular in the Middle Ages. A posset is defined as “a drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and typically flavored with spices, drunk as a delicacy or as a remedy for colds”. These days it’s made with thickened cream flavored with lemon and a type of sweetener.

Lemon Cream Ingredients

Cream – use full-fat cream for the best results (this is a dessert after all!)

Lemons – use fresh lemons

Lemon yogurt – use full fat, if you prefer use vanilla, but it will yield a slightly milder lemon flavor

Limoncello – an Italian lemon liqueur (optional)


Don’t use bottled lemon juice for this recipe, as the flavor will be off. Use the freshest lemons you can find. And make sure to wash them before using.

Substitute orange juice and zest for the lemon juice, and vanilla yogurt for lemon yogurt if you prefer an orange flavor.

You can also use mint leaves as a garnish. Not only will it look pretty, but the mint will complement the lemon flavor wonderfully! Alternatively, top with orange wedges, cranberries, or nuts.

To double the dessert, you can simply double the ingredients. It’s as easy as that!

Can I Make It Ahead of Time?

Yes, this Lemon Cream dessert is perfect for making ahead of time. It can be chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Just make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from absorbing other flavors in the fridge.

What To Serve With Lemon Cream

As a dessert: serve the Lemon Cream with crunchy cookies or shortbread biscuits.

As a topping: use as a topping on pancakes, waffles, or shortcakes

As a filling: use as a filling for a vanilla layer cake

For breakfast: serve with pancakes for breakfast, or with blueberries and syrup over waffles.

How to Store Lemon Cream

The Lemon Cream desserts can be covered and stored in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Whipped cream
220 ml
lemon yogurt
250 g
lemon (juice and zest)


Use a hand mixer to beat the cream until stiff peaks form.

Add the lemon zest, lemon yogurt, and limoncello (if using) and stir through.

Spoon the lemon cream into glasses.

Garnish with lemon zest and a slice of lemon and serve.

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