18 Delicious Strawberry Desserts to Make This Summer

These recipes make the most of fresh summer berries

Fresh strawberry cake recipe

The Spruce / Cara Cormack

Fresh, flavorful and naturally sweet, strawberries make the perfect addition to dessert. Satisfy your sweet tooth and earn a reputation as a great baker, with these delicious strawberry dessert recipes, including strawberry cupcakes, pies, cakes, parfaits, frozen treats and more. Strawberries are easily transformed into enticing dessert recipes you'll be proud to serve to family and friends, in our dessert recipe round-up featuring one of our favorite fruits.

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    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

    Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars

    The Spruce / Nyssa Tanner

    A copycat recipe of a popular summertime treat, strawberry shortcake ice cream bars are always a family favorite. You can make this recipe with store-bought strawberry ice cream or use homemade. The cookie and butter crumb coating give it the flavors and texture of shortcake with no baking required.

  • 02 of 18

    Strawberry Cheesecake

    strawberry cheesecake sliced on a plate

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    Everybody loves cheesecake and this extraordinary, rich-tasting strawberry cheesecake is a must-have dessert recipe for your collection. This traditional baked cheesecake recipe is finished with a layer of sweet, saucy strawberry glaze and nestled in a crunchy graham cracker pie crust, for the perfect balance of textures and flavors.

  • 03 of 18

    Strawberry Pretzel Dessert

    Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    The Spruce / Yana Karin

    This cheesecake-inspired strawberry pretzel dessert recipe is filled with fresh, juicy strawberries and decadent whipped cream. It's all packed into a salty, crunchy pretzel crust that's so delicious, you'll want to use the crust recipe again and again in your other desserts. You'll earn plenty of compliments when you serve this unique, yummy combination of flavors and textures to friends and family.

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    Fresh Strawberry Cake and Frosting

    Fresh strawberry cake recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    This one-layer strawberry cake is topped with a delicious strawberry cream cheese frosting for a fabulous spring or summertime dessert. The cake is super easy to make from scratch and it's the perfect size for most families and gatherings. Plus, a one-layer sheet cake requires less assembly and calls for less frosting and decorating than a two-layer cake.

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    Strawberry Parfait

    Strawberry Parfait

    The Spruce / Elaine Lemm

    Strawberries, cream, and summer: these three belong together. It's so easy to put strawberries into a bowl and simply pour over a little cream for a quick summertime treat. But by spending a few quick minutes whipping the cream with vanilla and layering the fruit with amaretto-soaked amaretti biscuits, you have an elegant strawberry parfait.

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake

    Strawberry rhubarb cake recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    This delicious strawberry rhubarb crumb cake is a fresh take on the traditional sour cream coffee cake that's a welcome dessert at any brunch or potluck. Moist sour cream cake packed with juicy, fresh fruit is accentuated with vanilla and sugar, then topped with a crunchy, sweet streusel mixture that combines pecans, butter, sugar, and spices.

  • 07 of 18

    Strawberry Smoothie

    Strawberry breakfast smoothie

    The Spruce

    For a refreshing fruity snack or breakfast that even picky eaters will love, make a strawberry smoothie. It's nutritious, with vitamins and nutrients from the fruit as well as protein from yogurt, but it's also fun and sweet enough to serve as a frosty dessert. Swap out your next milkshake for this smoothie, and you won't be disappointed.

  • 08 of 18

    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

    ​The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Strawberry angel food cake is as irresistible as it sounds. The light sponge cake is baked in a tube pan, cut in half, then layered with sweet cream cheese frosting and fresh berries. It looks stunning and is surprisingly easy to make.

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  • 09 of 18

    Strawberry Champagne Popsicles

    Strawberry champagne popsicles
    Marilyn Conway

    Popsicles aren't just for kids anymore. This strawberry champagne ice treat recipe uses a little bit of bubbly to add an extra pop to an ordinary strawberry popsicle recipe. It’s a fun, frozen way to celebrate great ingredients and a great use for leftover champagne that's lost some of its fizz.

  • 10 of 18

    Strawberry Cupcakes

    Strawberry cupcakes recipe

    ​The Spruce 

    We challenge you to eat just one of these moist, tender, homemade strawberry cupcakes that are bursting with fresh fruit flavor. Your friends and family will go crazy for the buttercream frosting, dotted with fresh strawberries, that you'll want to re-use for your other cupcake recipes. 

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    Strawberry and Vanilla Charlotte

    strawberry charlotte
    French Strawberry Charlotte. Dorling Kindersley - Getty Images

    When you want a showstopping, delicious dessert recipe that's not too complicated to make, this simplified French strawberry Charlotte recipe will do the job perfectly. You'll wow brunch or dinner guests with this stunning dessert that oozes fresh strawberries and is filled with sweet, creamy vanilla custard and lined with ladyfinger biscuits, for an impressive presentation. 

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    Fresh Strawberry Sauce

    strawberry sauce in a bowl

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    What does it take to turn fresh strawberries into a delicious strawberry sauce perfect for spooning onto cake or drizzling over ice cream? Just a bit of time and a few simple ingredients. It's that simple to create a sweet, yummy sauce that makes a great topping for cheesecakes and pound cakes, or for dressing up pancakes and waffles.

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    Fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Pie

    Strawberry pie

    Silvia Maurer/EyeEm

    Easy, make-ahead strawberry pie combines the goodness of fresh fruit with the rich smoothness of cream cheese, for a strawberry and cream flavor that's out of this world. Vanilla and lemon accentuate the brightness of the strawberries in this cheesecake-inspired dessert recipe that's sure to earn you compliments as a great baker.

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    Strawberry Pecan Cake

    Strawberry pecan cake

    Your family and friends will be tickled pink when you serve them this colorful, delicious strawberry pecan layer cake. Featuring a flavorful cake batter that blends the sweetness of strawberries with nutty coconut and crunchy pecans, for extra texture and taste. A delectable strawberry cream cheese frosting delivers the ultimate wow factor. This is a great dessert recipe for brunches, potluck parties, and bridal shower luncheons.

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    Strawberry Trifle

    Strawberry Trifle in glass


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    Easy to make and fancy enough to serve at holidays and other occasions, this simplified English trifle recipe uses store-bought mixes to cut down your preparation time. This classic English trifle dessert features scrumptious layers of fresh strawberries, moist cake pieces and creamy custard, all topped with gooey whipped topping and decorated with slivered almonds.

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    Strawberry Basil Sorbet

    Strawberry sorbet

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    This garden-fresh strawberry basil sorbet offers a delicious, grown-up twist on classic, sweet strawberry sorbet. Frozen strawberry sorbet infused with easy, homemade basil syrup, lemon juice, and vodka is equally welcome as a warm afternoon treat or a fancy after-dinner dessert recipe at any time of year.

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    Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

    Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

     Leah Maroney

    When you are craving this quintessential summer berry dessert, this shortcake recipe is perfect when you don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Bisquick mix makes preparing the biscuits a cinch, and you still get that traditional flaky base to top with juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

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    Easy Strawberry Cake

    Strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting
    Diana Rattray

    Simple, delicious strawberry cake makes a perfect weekend dessert. This easy, pretty strawberry dessert recipe starts with a white cake mix and a box of strawberry gelatin. Fresh or frozen strawberries are used to add sweetness and flavor to both the cake and the creamy frosting.