22 Sensational Strawberry Desserts
Celebrate the arrival of spring with these gorgeous strawberry desserts, from traditional shortcakes to ombré cakes, or in the form of strawberry ice cream, semifreddo, and strawberry-rhubarb crisp.
When strawberries arrive at the market, it's time to celebrate. Head to the kitchen and make one of these beautiful and delicious strawberry desserts. They're suitable for any occasion, from an intimate birthday celebration to a weeknight treat.
There's more than one way to dish up the classic dessert that is strawberry shortcake. Maybe you want to start with a traditional Strawberry Shortcake, or perhaps you prefer something like the glorious, large format Strawberry Biscuit Sheet Cake that's shown here? It's just right for any occasion, and we like that it transports well. Another fun take is the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes, rich vanilla cupcakes have a filling of chopped strawberries and are topped with whipped cream.
If frozen treats are more your style, you'll be pleased to know we have some real winners for you. You can't top Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream. It may sound basic, but there's a surprise: Some of the strawberries are soaked in vodka or tequila before being churned into the ice cream. If you don't have an ice cream machine, try making our Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo, which is frozen in a loaf pan—no churning required. It's elegant enough for special occasion meals but delicious enough that you'll want to enjoy it any night of the week. If you prefer to go dairy-free, try the Strawberry Aperol Sorbet.
There are some beautiful baked goods with strawberries, too. For a simple crisp, try this crisp which adds rhubarb to the mix . It would be perfect with a scoop of ice cream or whipped cream. Serve any leftovers for breakfast with a spoonful of plain yogurt instead. Are you a cake baker? Ombré Strawberry Cake is a stunner. And for any national holiday, our Star Tart is just the thing for dessert.
Before you get baking, be sure to pay attention to the berries at the market before you buy. Start by taking a look. The strawberries should be plump and shiny. And don't forget to give them a sniff. If they don't smell deeply of strawberries, pass them by. When you find good strawberries, bring them home and and make a few of these delicious strawberry dessert recipes.
Strawberry-Swirl Bundt Cake
A bundt cake is a classic for a reason. This recipe is a riff on traditional strawberry shortcake and is made with freeze-dried strawberries.
This delicious strawberry-filled dessert gets a welcome tang from apricots. The crust is a classic pâte brisée while the inside is full of frangipane and fruit.
Double the berry, double the delicious. Juicy strawberries and raspberries are combined with vanilla pastry cream, which sits atop a buttery, flaky crust for a delicious dessert.
A labor of love, this strawberry-cream-pie cake is a showstopping dessert. It features pâte brisée and loads of strawberries and cream, as its name suggests.
Few things are as delicious as a fresh strawberry cobbler during the summertime. No one will guess that this dessert only requires 20 minutes of prep.
Citrus Cornmeal Cake with Wine Roasted Strawberries
Rather than make individual shortcakes, try this tempting cake which gets added texture from the addition of cornmeal, and flavor from both orange and tangerine zest. And the strawberries? Their flavor is intensified by roasting.
Filled Fourth of July Strawberries
Individual strawberries are stuffed with sweetened cream cheese and topped with blueberries. Look for large strawberries for the most impactful presentation.
Strawberry Crepes Flambé
When strawberries are in season, it's time to skip the oranges in this classic French dessert and go with everyones favorite berry. Rum fills in for the traditional brandy—be sure to step back when you light it on fire!
Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream
In Martha's decadent strawberry ice cream recipe, half of the strawberries are puréed into the ice cream base while the other half get macerated in vodka or silver tequila. The soaked strawberries are added to the ice cream when it's just about churning for a sweet surprise.
Strawberry Gelée with Rose Granita
Once you make your own gelatin made with fresh strawberries, you will never go back to the stuff in a box. Topped with a granita that's also made with strawberries (and rosé) and with sliced fresh strawberries, this is dessert is a triple strawberry hit.
Sometimes nothing beats a classic. Here, perfect biscuits are filled with lemon-scented strawberries and whipped cream.
Strawberries and rhubarb are a match made in heaven. Top with the crispy oat topping, pop in the oven, and dessert is on the table in about an hour.
Strawberry Oat Bars
When it's too hot to turn on the oven (or you need a dessert in just about 15 minutes), try these no-bake bars. They would also be great for breakfast.
Strawberry Aperol Sorbet
Ombré Strawberry Cake
This is a cake decorator's dream cake and a strawberry lovers delight. It's made of several layers—all colored with deepening shades of pink, and decorated with Swiss Meringue frosting.
Almond Custard Tart with Strawberries
Strawberries finish this dairy-free dessert that has a creamy custard filling and a crust that gets a little added crunch from old-fashioned oats. Be sure to check the label on the almond milk to make sure it's unsweetened.
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
These vanilla cupcakes have a fun surprise inside. Scoop out a bit of the center of each baked cupcake, fill with jam-coated chopped strawberries, and top with whipped cream.
Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo
If you love frozen treats but don't have an ice cream machine, this elegant dessert is for you. The ingredients are the same, but all you need to do is let these layers of strawberry and pistachio whipped cream freeze for about 12 hours; no special equipment needed.
What could be easier or more delightful than this three-ingredient dessert? Ripe strawberries, semisweet chocolate, and chopped pistachios make a tempting treat in just over 30 minutes (most of that time is waiting for the chocolate to set!).