Ignore the Calendar and Make These Fresh Summer Desserts Now

Summer starts now!

Food Network Kitchen’s Baked Hawaii.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

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If you’re one of the many people impatiently counting down the days until the official start of summer (it’s June 21st in case you're wondering), we’ve got good news for you! Now is an acceptable time to start taste testing all those sweets you can’t wait until June to make.

Though popsicles are a refreshing summer treat, this season we’re embracing our creative sides and taking ingredients to the next level. Because let’s face it, everything tastes better when it’s a bit unexpected.

Baked Hawaii (pictured above)

This show-stopping creation takes everything you know and love about a classic baked Alaska and transforms it into a towering spectacle. Roasted pineapple pieces add texture to the surprise inner layer of ice cream while honey and egg whites combine to make the fluffy outer coating of airy meringue.

Froscato Sunrise

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

Quench your thirst all summer long with this frosty cocktail. To make the beautiful ombre layers, you’ll combine, freeze and blend Grenadine, pink lemonade, Moscato and orange juice. It’s super easy and so delicious that it may cause your guests to say, “Frose, who?”

Pink Lemonade Tart

Photo by: Teri Lyn Fisher

Teri Lyn Fisher

If you love sipping on a frothy glass of lemonade every summer, this fun and colorful tart is for you! To give it its pinky-orange hue, you'll mix fragrant lemon curd with syrupy strawberry puree. Make one for your summer picnic or pool party and watch as guests crown you the master of all desserts!

It just isn’t summer without ice cream and this frozen-take on classic pineapple upside-down cake is filled with it...and so much more! To make the glistening top, you'll lay sliced pineapple rings and maraschino cherries in warmed caramel.

Food Network Kitchen’s Raspberry-Lemon White Chocolate Domes.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Luscious raspberry pudding and buttery lemon cake are housed in hardened white chocolate to make these impressive and delicious domes. To add some eyecatching decoration, melt pink and red candy wafers and quickly pipe across each dome to create a beautiful crosshatch pattern.

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