30 Spring Dessert Recipes Featuring Rhubarb, Berries, Lemon, and More
Ready to celebrate the season and make the most of spring's most delicious fruits? These sweet treats will help you do just that.
As soon as we hear the first robin chirping or see flower buds start to bloom, we know that spring is here. And that means it's time to start indulging in a variety of different seasonal produce, such as rhubarb and lemon, as well as our favorite spring treats, including carrot cake, fruit crumbles and crisps, and frosted sugar cookies.
As far as spring dessert recipes go, we love to prepare sweets that include in-season fruits. One perfect combination? Strawberries and rhubarb, as in the Rhubarb-Strawberry Tart that's pictured here. Not only is it absolutely gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves), but it's also easy to make. You can prepare the tart dough in advance and store it in the refrigerator overnight. Then all you need to do is stir together fresh rhubarb and strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, and lemon juice in a large bowl and fill the tart shell. Once it's baked, you will fall head over heels for the jammy, bright pink filling and fresh flavor. If you're baking it for a family gathering or to give to a friend, know that they won't be able to resist the vibrant dessert either.
Another classic spring dessert that everyone loves is carrot cake. We have several varieties of this seasonal star including carrot cake cookies that are the perfect individual dessert to serve at a COVID-safe gathering. Not only do carrots add a vibrant orange color to these desserts, but they also build fantastic moistness, thanks to their natural juices. Go for a classic layer cake or mix it up with our carrot cake cookie and parfait recipes.
In this individual dessert recipe, carrot cake is layered with a cream cheese frosting (of course!) and apricot jam for a bright spring bite.
Lemon-Rhubarb Olive-Oil Bundt Cake
Lemon-Meringue Sheet Cake
Hummingbird Carrot Cake
Two of our favorite types of cake—a carrot cake and Hummingbird cake—meet to create one incredible spring dessert. It gets even more sweetness from canned pineapple, moistness from the shredded carrots, and just the right amount of texture from shredded coconut.
Rhubarb Crumb Cake
Thin slices of fresh rhubarb top this crumbly, buttery, and super moist cake that's the ultimate spring dessert.
Martha's Easter Sugar Cookies
Lemon-Olive Oil Cake
Lemon and olive oil often appear side by side in cooking, but not so much in desserts. This spring dessert recipe changes that by marrying the two for a super moist cake. Serve each slice with fresh berries and cream.
Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting
Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake
Carrot-Cake Thumbprint Cookies
Have a spring fling with this fabulous treat that combines two beloved desserts—carrot cake and thumbprint cookies—into one.
Pistachio-Rhubarb Yogurt Cake
Meyer-Lemon and Coconut Layer Cake
Coconut and lemon is always a winning combination—and this cake is extra special because we used Meyer lemons, which are more fragrant and less acidic than regular Euerka lemons. We've also maximized the sweet pairing by filling the moist coconut cake with coconut lemon curd and topping it with coconut buttercream.
Lemon Custard Tarts
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Chiffon Cake with Strawberries and Cream
Similar in texture to an angel food cake but richer, thanks to the addition of egg yolks, this cake is airy and delicate. The filling is simply whipped cream and macerated strawberries.
Mini Strawberry-Rhubarb Galettes
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings
Mini pudding cups sprout to life, thanks to a mint "seedling" and some ground-cookie "dirt."
This dessert belongs in everyone's "outdoor entertaining" file. The cake squares, embellished with moist fruit and a crunchy topping, are meant to be eaten out of hand.
Lemon-Ginger Cookies with Mint
Pavlova with Rhubarb and Pistachios
This dessert is a lovely study in contrast—the delicate, crisp exterior, the ephemeral interior, and the soft, sweet-tart rhubarb and crunchy pistachios.