17 Sensational Strawberry Desserts
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 a birthday party to a weeknight treat.
There's more than one way to dish up that classic, the strawberry shortcake. Maybe you want to start with the 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 your jam, we've got some real winners for you. Start with Martha's Strawberry Ice Cream. It sounds classic, 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, no worries. Strawberry Pistachio Semifreddo is frozen in a loaf pan—no churning required—plus, it's elegant enough for a dinner party and oh so delicious. And 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, this 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.
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!).