Spring is in the air and with the warmer weather comes all sorts of delicious produce. From the first crop of apricots to grapefruits, kiwis, lemon, strawberries, rhubarb, and more, it's a great excuse to take out your mixing bowls and make some light, refreshing desserts. Are you ready to get baking? Here are some of the best spring dessert recipes to make.
One of the most traditional springtime desserts has to be strawberry rhubarb pie. These seasonal fruits are a match made in heaven, with the juicy sweetness of the berries mellowing out the sharp bite of the rhubarb. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a generous helping of whipped cream for the ultimate experience.
Lemon makes light, zesty desserts, which are perfect for spring. Lemon cream tart is a stunning dessert, packed with a heady lemon aroma and a rich creamy filling – even richer than the classic lemon tart. This tasty filling is layered over sweet, buttery shortcrust pastry, and each bite offers an explosion of delicious lemon flavor. It's a must-try for anyone who loves lemon.
Spring is carrot season, and with their naturally sweet flavor, these colorful root vegetables are perfect for a homemade carrot cake. With a decadent cream cheese frosting to top it all off, carrot cake is a great teatime treat if you're in the mood for something sweet.
Lemon adds so much character to a creamy cheesecake filling, which is why this no-bake lemon cheesecake is a timeless springtime dessert. A lemon curd topping sits over the lemon cheesecake filling, giving this treat a double dose of gorgeous lemony flavor. Sweet and creamy yet wonderfully refreshing and light, this is one cheesecake you'll make again and again.
Apricot cake is a popular dessert that's one of the best ways to make use of fresh in-season apricots. Apricots begin to crop up towards the tail end of spring and continue through summer, making apricot cake a tasty dessert you can enjoy throughout the warmer months. This moist, tender cake is a must for teatime and picnics!
Buttery, soft, and moist, lemon pound cake is an ultra-fluffy, light cake to make when you're in the mood for a lighter dessert that you can also enjoy as a snack. This version adds lemon juice and zest to the classic pound cake recipe and if you want to impress guests, be sure to drizzle a lemon glaze over the top of your pound cake.
Cherries start coming into season in the late part of spring, and it's an ideal opportunity to bake a cherry pie. With a buttery, flaky pastry and heavenly cherry filling, this mouthwatering treat is a fantastic light dessert to enjoy during the spring. Of course, when not in season, you can always use frozen or canned cherries, but fresh is always best!
While there are many beautiful desserts you can make on Easter Sunday, an Easter log cake will truly impress. It's similar to a traditional Yule log but decorated with pretty white chocolate flowers that are as tasty as they are lovely to look at. Serve it with fresh in-season berries for a truly amazing Easter treat.
Lovely, refreshing lemon bars make a delightful snack with afternoon tea, or as a light dessert you can pop into your kids' lunchboxes or bring on picnics. The light buttery crust is the perfect foil to the sweet-tart lemon topping. This recipe is great for beginner bakers and the results are sure to put a smile on everyone's faces. Here's a tip: sprinkle plenty of powdered sugar over your lemon bars for a professional bakery look.
Tart, crunchy rhubarb screams spring, and one way we love to use it is in a rhubarb custard pie. Custardy, creamy, sweet, with just the right amount of tartness, rhubarb custard pie takes just 15 minutes to assemble, plus half an hour in the oven. It's a beautiful dessert you can make quickly. Bake one for a picnic or as a light seasonal dessert you can enjoy with your family.
Are you looking for a gorgeous no-bake dessert you can have ready in less than 30 minutes? Then try making a no-bake chocolate strawberry tart. You can prep it in a matter of minutes, then simply leave it in the fridge to set. Featuring loads of ripe, fresh strawberries, this tasty tart is a fast favorite with anyone who tries it. The secret to this amazing tart is the Oreo crumb crust and decadent homemade ganache. You won't be able to have just one slice!
For an ultra-fresh, lighter-than-air dessert, you should try making raspberry mousse cups. The creamy raspberry mousse sits over a layer of ladyfinger cookies and plenty of fresh raspberries. These make great single-serve desserts for when you're entertaining guests.
Everyone loves a good cobbler and this strawberry cobbler is the perfect way to make the most of strawberry season. This easy Southern dessert is perfect for baking newbies and boasts a sweet, thick strawberry layer topped with an almost cake-like topping. It's ideal for serving after dinner or at your first springtime barbecues once the weather begins to heat up.
Fans of both cheesecake and carrot cake will find themselves in absolute bliss when they take the first bite of this carrot cake cheesecake. Creamy, rich, and perfectly sweet, there's a hint of baking spice to add some extra depth to this delicious dessert. The base and topping are made from carrot cake mix, which brings a fantastic, unique flavor to this wonderful dessert.
For a simple treat that's on the lighter side of the dessert spectrum, you'll love strawberry cookies. These eye-catching cookies are bright and colorful and taste similar to strawberry shortcakes. They're great for a quick snack after lunch or as a portable dessert you can bring on picnics.
This beautiful no-bake coffee cake recipe is a phenomenal afternoon pick-me-up with coffee or tea. It's easy to prepare. Simply combine the ingredients, assemble the cake, and refrigerate to allow it to set. That's it! No need to use the oven. This gorgeous cake will become a favorite of any coffee lovers in your circle.
For a next-level tart that will be a surefire hit, make a fresh strawberry tart. Fresh whole strawberries top a delicious, buttery shortcrust base and sweet creamy filling. Each bite is heavenly. Serve this amazing tart at brunch or bring it on picnics.
Sometimes you don't want to make an entire cake for dessert. The solution? Make cupcakes! Lemon cheesecake cupcakes are excellent for spring thanks to their incredible light, zesty flavor. Lemon curd is layered over a rich cheesecake filling and tender, buttery base to make individual cheesecakes that will go beautifully with your afternoon tea or as a snack when the temperatures begin to rise.
Another teatime treat that your friends and family are sure to love is raspberry lemon blondies. The amazing combination of raspberry and lemon is mouthwateringly delicious, while the blondies have a wonderfully moist texture. They're topped off with a refreshing lemon glaze. Raspberry lemon blondies are easy to make – just mix the ingredients, bake, and glaze. They're great for putting together as a last-minute dessert.
Ricotta pudding is a light, easy-to-make dessert, that tastes a little like cheesecake but with a much lighter texture and flavor. You only need a few ingredients for it: ricotta, sugar, almonds, eggs, and lemon, but you can add fruits, chocolate, vanilla, or other ingredients to it as well. It's a perfect light dessert for spring.