Spring Dessert Recipes
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
Using frozen puff pastry makes these individual fruit tarts both easy and delicious. They're a real taste of spring.
Rhubarb Custard Pie
Made with tart rhubarb and a smooth, delicate, creamy custard, this pie is a perfect spring dessert.
Potted Chocolate-Mint Puddings
Mini pudding cups sprout to life, thanks to a mint "seedling" and some ground-cookie "dirt."
Lemon Tartlets with Meringue Caps
Delicate ruffled tuille cups are filled with vibrant lemon curd and topped with a meringue curlicue for a party-worthy treat.
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.
Make this out-of-the-ordinary dessert with frozen waffles to save time, but make your own creamy pudding. The rich flavor and silky texture are worth the extra effort.
Lemon-Ginger Cookies with Mint
Crystallized ginger, lemon zest, and fresh mint put a spring in the step of classic sugar cookies.
Pavlova with Rhubarb and Pistachios
This dessert is a lovely study in contrasts: the delicate, crisp exterior; the ephemeral interior; and here, soft, sweet-tart rhubarb and crunchy pistachios.
One or two sugared rose petals make an elegant finish for cupcakes. Rose water flavors the tinted pink glaze, which sets to a very smooth sheen atop these gingery cakes.
Poached Rhubarb with Elderflower Sabayon
The secret to this dessert? Elderflower liqueur, which you can buy at most wine and spirit shops. It adds a delicate floral flavor and aroma to the sabayon, a frothy, warm topping.
A border of rich, toasty pistachios rings a puff pastry crust supporting a bright display of fresh strawberries in this surprisingly easy spring dessert.
Orange-Poppy Seed Cupcakes with Buttercream Poppies
Orange zest in the batter and a glaze of fresh orange juice on top give these cupcakes bright citrus flavor. Decorate with buttercream poppies and sprinkle poppy seeds in the center of each for a delightfully realistic finish.
Almond-Cornmeal Strawberry Shortcakes
Cornmeal and ground almonds add richness and a gentle crunch to buttery shortcakes. Bake the shortcakes in muffin tins and serve with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
Lemon Curd-Pistachio Sundaes
Spoon lemon curd, whipped cream, and candied pistachios over homemade vanilla bean ice cream to construct these sophisticated sundaes. All of the elements can be prepared in advance, so this is a great party dessert.
Rhubarb-Strawberry Lattice Pie
Strawberries mellow out the sharp edges of rhubarb in this springtime classic.
Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake
This cake has a crumb "topping" that ends up on the bottom, adding a delightfully crunchy texture to every bite.
Strawberry Shortcake Jellies
All the familiar flavors of shortcake come together in this fanciful form. Chill a thin layer of berry gelatin in the bottom of teacups, pour on a layer of panna cotta, and finish with a round of buttery pound cake.
Glazed Lemon Pound Cake
Lemon zest and juice add brightness to every bite of this buttery pound cake.
Mini Eclairs with Strawberries and Cream
These ethereal spring eclairs are simple to make, thanks to choux (cream-puff) pastry, which can be mixed, piped, frozen ahead, and baked the day of your party.
It takes only 10 minutes to create a colorful ice cream topping that makes the most of a beloved springtime combo.