30 Praiseworthy Spring Dessert Recipes

No-Bake Strawberry Cake
Samantha Merritt

With new leaves filling out the trees and the arrival of fresh blossoms, spring is a time of reawakening. The crisp air invigorates us after a long, cold winter, and we're ready to enjoy the warmth and sunshine. What better way to celebrate than with mouthwatering seasonal desserts. Think fresh spring fruits, pastels, and gorgeous presentations. 

Add one or more of these sweet and refreshing desserts to a special occasion menu or bake one just for fun!

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    Deconstructed Strawberry Shortcakes

    strawberry shortcake deconstructed with strawberry coulis and vanilla biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    Delight your guests with a deconstructed strawberry shortcake. It's even better than the classic version!

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    Angel Food Cake

    angel food cake
    Leah Maroney

    A light and delicate angel food cake is a fabulous dessert. Frost the cake with a fluffy frosting or top slices with lemon curd or fresh berries. It's an excellent foundation for a springtime dessert.

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    Hummingbird Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    hummingbird cake
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    What better way to celebrate the return of the hummingbirds than with this amazing hummingbird cake! This cake has long been a favorite celebration cake. Pineapple, bananas, and pecans are among the ingredients.

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    No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake

    strawberry icebox cake
    Samantha Merritt

    This fabulous icebox cake tastes as good as it looks! It's hard to believe this scrumptious cake isn't baked.

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    Classic Victoria Sponge Cake

    Victoria sponge cake
    Elaine Lemm

    If you watch the Great British Baking Show (or Bake-Off), you've no doubt seen this elegant cake. Broaden your baking horizons with this authentic Victoria sponge cake recipe.

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    Lemon Crème Brulée

    lemon creme brulee
    Diana Rattray

    This lemon creme brulee is an excellent choice for a party or special dinner. Creme brulee can be prepared a day in advance, an advantage if you're planning a big dinner party. Sprinkle the desserts with sugar and torch them just before serving.

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    Cheesecake Baklava

    Cheesecake Baklava
    Anita Schecter

    This creative dessert is a combination cheesecake and baklava. The pistachio cheesecake filling is wrapped in honey syrup-drenched phyllo. If you're looking for an impressive dessert, you can't go wrong with this one.

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    Easy Strawberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Strawberry Cake and Cream Cheese Frosting
    Diana Rattray

    Strawberries are one of America's favorite spring fruits. This cake is a spectacular cake mix creation made with fresh strawberries and a homemade strawberry and cream cheese frosting.

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    Hot Cross Buns

    homemade hot cross buns
    Leah Maroney

    Orange zest and raisins add sunny flavor to these traditional homemade hot cross buns.

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    Pineapple Pound Cake

    pineapple cake
    Diana Rattray

    Crushed pineapple goes into the cake and the topping of this magnificent pound cake. The list of ingredients is not long, and the cake will earn you rave reviews! 

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake
    Diana Rattray

    Bake this delectable cake with fresh spring strawberries and rhubarb. Serve it as a coffee cake for brunch or breakfast, as a dessert cake, or take it along to a potluck. The buttery crumble topping finishes the cake beautifully.

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    Meringue Torte

    meringue torte
    Barbara Rolek

    This glorious dessert is made with layered meringues filled with sweet whipped cream. Top the torte off with your choice of chocolate shavings, berries, or sliced fruit.

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    Lemon Pound Cake

    Lemon Pound Cake

    The Spruce

    Show off your baking skills with this stunning lemon pound cake. The finished cake is infused with sweet and tart lemon syrup. It doesn't need frosting, but feel free to serve it with a drizzle of lemon sauce or lemon curd.

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    Lemon Cupcakes With Lemon Frosting

    Lemon Cupcakes With Lemon Frosting
    Diana Rattray

    Fresh lemon juice and zest make these yummy cupcakes the perfect dessert for a spring event. Garnish the cupcakes with shredded or grated lemon zest for a beautiful presentation.

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    Blueberry Buckle

    blueberry buckle
    Diana Rattray

    Bake this blueberry buckle with fresh, early season blueberries. It's an excellent everyday snack cake perfect for a coffee get-together or breakfast.

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    Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool Dessert

    Quick and Easy Strawberry Rhubarb Fool
    Diana Rattray

    You don't have to be a professional baker to make an eye-catching dessert, but you might just fool your friends and family with this strawberry-rhubarb "fool." It's a ridiculously easy dessert made with fresh spring strawberries and rhubarb.

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    Lemon Fudge

    lemon fudge
    Elizabeth LaBau

    This recipe for lemon and sour cream fudge combines white chocolate with the bright and vibrant flavor of fresh lemon zest. This melt-in-your-mouth candy is a must for any spring fling.

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    Lemon Cream Cheese Bars

    Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
    Diana Rattray

    These pretty pastel lemon bars are sure to impress your friends and family. A delicious shortbread crust made with brown sugar and pecans provides a crunchy base for these bright, cheerful bars.

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    Classic Lemon Chess Pie

    Southern Lemon Chess Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This chess pie features blissful lemon flavor and bright, sunny color. And it's a surprisingly easy preparation. Bake it in a homemade crust or cut corners with refrigerated pastry sheets. Serve the pie with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and make sure to save some fresh lemon zest for garnish!

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    Strawberry Cupcakes

    strawberry cupcakes
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    Fresh strawberry puree and chopped strawberries are featured in these moist and colorful cupcakes.

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    Classic Rhubarb Custard Pie

    Classic Rhubarb Custard Pie
    Diana Rattray

    This old-fashioned rhubarb pie features a creamy rhubarb filling. Use homemade pie pastry or a frozen crust.

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    Homestyle Banana Pudding

    banana pudding
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    Celebrate spring with this classic Southern favorite: homemade banana pudding.

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    Key Lime Pie With Meringue Topping

    Key Lime Pie
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    This homemade key lime pie is a delicious departure from the typical sweetened condensed milk and graham cracker crust pie.

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    The Ultimate Lemon Drizzle Cake

    lemon drizzle cake
    Elaine Lemm

    A fabulous lemon syrup flavors this lovely lemon loaf cake. Make it with or without ground almonds.

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    Classic Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

    Lemon Meringue Pie
    Diana Rattray

    No spring dessert list would be complete without a heavenly lemon meringue pie. The tart fresh lemon filling is topped off with a fluffy sweet meringue.

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    Raspberry and Blueberry Bundt Cake

    Raspberry and Blueberry Cake (Red, White, and Blue Cake)
    Diana Rattray

    Bake this cake with the combination of blueberries and raspberries or use strawberries instead of raspberries. 

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    Pavlova

    pavlova
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    This fluffy, elegant meringue dessert gets its name from the ballerina Anna Pavlova. It's one of New Zealand's national dessert. Fill the center of the meringue with freshly whipped cream and fresh spring berries.

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    Tres Leches Cake

    tres leches cake
    Leah Maroney

    This scrumptious cake is a dessert with Latin American roots. The cake gets its name from the three kinds of milk used: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, and cream.

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    Easy Strawberry Shortcut Cake

    Strawberry Shortcut Cake Recipe
    Diana Rattray

    This pretty cake is basically an all-in-one strawberry shortcake. A cake mix makes it a snap to prepare. Mashed fresh strawberries make it a fabulous cake for a spring celebration. Garnish the cake with extra strawberries and a few mint leaves.

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    Strawberry April Fool

    strawberry fool
    Kristina Vanni

    Add this easy dessert to your spring party menu. Whipping cream and pureed strawberries team up in the dessert while Greek yogurt lightens the mixture and balances the flavors.