38 Spring Dessert Recipes That Are Perfect for Entertaining

From lemon-infused cakes to berry-topped tarts, these sweet treats are perfect for any springtime party.

March 14, 2023

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Our Best and Brightest

The start of spring always makes us feel recharged, ready to host friends and family—and start baking from scratch again. Inspired by the cheerful array of in-season produce (we’re looking at you, strawberries and rhubarb!) our desserts tend to lean in a brighter, sunnier direction. Whether we’re whipping up a few special fruit desserts for a tea party or putting all our decorating skills into a showstopper for a spring dinner party, we’re always looking to make these sweet treats fresh, flavorful and full of color. If you can relate, you’ll love the recipes in this roundup—starting with this gorgeous tart. It uses a press-in crust so it’s easy for bakers of every skill level (no rolling required!). Filled with a sweet-and-tangy Meyer lemon curd, every bite is like a little burst of sunshine.

Get the Recipe: Meyer Lemon Curd Tart with Candied Lemon Peels

Ina's Lemon Yogurt Cake

The Barefoot Contessa's easy loaf cake will usher in springtime brightness with the vibrant flavor of lemon.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Cake

Spring Pastel Eclairs

Dress eclairs for a party with bright, colorful glazes that are tinted naturally with a variety of fruit juices.

Get the Recipe: Spring Pastel Eclairs

Carrot Cake Jelly Roll

Each slice of this spiced, jelly roll-inspired cake comes with a creamy spiral of cream cheese frosting. Topped with cute frosting carrots, it's an extra-special dessert for Easter or any springtime celebration.

Get the Recipe: Carrot Cake Jelly Roll

The Most-Lemony Lemon Bar of All Time

This bar is lemon city! We put lemon zest in the crust, upped the pucker in the filling and put lemon candy on top. It's the bar for the ultimate lemon lover.

Get the Recipe: The Most-Lemony Lemon Bar of All Time

Mixed Fruit Tart

Impress your guests with this stunning fruit tart. The secret to it’s glossy shine? Valerie warms apricot preserves with a splash of water to create a glaze that she brushes over the fresh fruit.

Get the Recipe: Mixed Fruit Tart

Fresh Lemon Mousse

Ina’s lemon mousse is rich yet fluffy, served in a souffle dish for presentation.

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Strawberry Cake

This rustic cake is the perfect addition to any spring party. It’s easy to bake — and all it needs for a decoration is a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Cake

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

In these pretty pink bars, the tartness of lemon is accentuated by freeze-dried strawberries, adding a dose of springtime flavor and a rosy hue.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Ricotta Citrus Cheesecake

Lemon, lime and orange zest perk up this ricotta-based cheesecake. A graham cracker crust provides crunch while a dusting of confectioners' sugar adds a pretty finish. Perfect with any spring fruit you have on-hand.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Citrus Cheesecake

Strawberry Cobbler

Baked with a golden biscuit topping, this springtime dessert makes the most of sweet strawberries. To ensure that the filling sets correctly, be sure to let the cobbler cool completely before serving.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Cobbler

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Strawberry Frosting

A light chiffon cake is flavored with fresh lemon zest and juice. Pureed strawberries naturally color the marshmallow cream frosting.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Chiffon Cake with Strawberry Frosting

Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Host friends and family with as much elegance and ease as Ina. Her bright, lemony cheesecake bars are as sunny as a spring afternoon, making them the perfect dessert for any get-together.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello Ricotta Cheesecake

Pink Lemonade Tart

Combining homemade lemon curd with a fresh strawberry puree gives this tart its beautiful pinky-orange hue and delicious flavor.

Get the Recipe: Pink Lemonade Tart

Lemon Meringues

All you need is a little lemon extract to brighten up these sweet and airy cookies. They’re the perfect treat for any tea or garden party.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Meringues

Rhubarb Crisp

Take advantage of fresh rhubarb by baking this simple dessert for your next get-together.

Get the Recipe: Rhubarb Crisp

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Macerated strawberries and a sweet cream cheese frosting are layered with a simple homemade cake for this strawberry shortcake-inspired dessert. It's a fantastic dessert when you're hosting but Ree admits that this cake is so delicious that she sometimes eats it for breakfast too!

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Pineapple Upside-Down Doughnuts

A cute twist on a classic, these doughnuts are an easy treat to make and share. Their rich and buttery caramelized pineapple tops sit nicely on light, single-serving cakes.

Get the Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Doughnuts

Classic Lemon Tart with Coconut-Almond Crust

Calling all lemon-lovers! You’ll adore Valerie’s elegant tart, which is bursting with bright, zingy citrus flavor.

Get the Recipe: Classic Lemon Tart with Coconut-Almond Crust

Upside-Down Citrus Cake

Fresh grapefruit and orange add beautiful pops of color (and flavor!) to Valerie’s upside-down cake.

Get the Recipe: Upside-Down Citrus Cake

Strawberry Lime Mousse

Strawberries, lime and sweetened condensed milk combine into a beautiful, silky-smooth dessert that’s ready in just 10 minutes. Don’t forget the cookies for serving!

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Lime Mousse

Chocolate Tart with Cocoa Whipped Cream

This creamy, pudding-filled chocolate tart is topped with a fluffy cocoa whipped cream, making it feel light and airy enough for any spring party.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Tart with Cocoa Whipped Cream

Strawberry-Pretzel Trifles

Layer a pretzel-based crumble between cream cheese filling and sweet strawberries for an individual treat.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry-Pretzel Trifles

Dulce de Leche Crepe Cake

Homemade crepes are layered with dulce de leche filling for a gooey, decadent dessert.

Get the Recipe: Dulce de Leche Crepe Cake

Almond Tuiles

Mold these crisp, buttery cookies into cylinders while still warm, then serve alongside sorbet or ice cream for a sophisticated take on the sundae.

Get the Recipe: Almond Tuiles

Easy Blueberry Pie

No need to thaw your frozen blueberries when making this pie. The sweet, thick filling comes together in just a few minutes. The flaky double crust is just as quick thanks to store-bought pie dough. Be sure to let the pie cool entirely before slicing -- the filling will with thicken up to make for neater cuts.

Get the Recipe: Easy Blueberry Pie

Easy Citrus Tart

This 5-ingredient recipe is ready in less than an hour thanks to a simple homemade curd.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil adds savory, complex notes to boxed cake mix, making for a more grown-up, yet simple spring dessert.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Olive Oil Cake

Glazed Lavender Sugar Cookies

For a beautiful dessert that screams “spring,” whip up a batch of Molly’s pastel sugar cookies. She uses just a pinch of lavender for delicate, flaky cookies that are just the right amount of sweet.

Get the Recipe: Glazed Lavender Sugar Cookies

Nonna's Lemon Ricotta Biscuits

Giada's ricotta muffins are sprinkled with sugar and slivered almonds for a cute, fancy treat.

Get the Recipe: Nonna's Lemon Ricotta Biscuits

Lavender Ice Cream Pie

Fill graham cracker crust with homemade lavendar ice cream. Purple sugar adds a pop of color and alludes to the floral flavor.

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Jam Shortbread

You'll only need five ingredients and 20 minutes' prep time for this easy shortbread.

Get the Recipe: Jam Shortbread

Lemon Love Cake

Use store-bought lemon cake mix as the base and a lemon pudding mix as the frosting for this super easy, lemony cake.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Love Cake

Lemon Thyme Pudding

Layer crushed graham cracker with Ree’s lemon pudding for an elegant dessert that’s sure to please.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Thyme Pudding

Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Crust

The addition of lemon curd and a shortbread crust take this cheesecake to the next level.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Cheesecake with Lemon-Rosemary Shortbread Crust

Swirly Temples

Top pound cake rounds with strawberry preserves and dollop with a mixture of homemade whipped cream that's sweetened by in-season rhubarb.

Get the Recipe: Swirly Temples

Strawberry Shortcake Bites

This dessert wraps all the flavors of a traditional strawberry shortcake into one bite-size treat. Fresh strawberries, shortbread cookie crumbles and whipped cream come together in these delectable morsels.

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Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Strawberries sing on top of Kardea’s crowd-pleasing cheesecake bars. The dessert needs to sit for at least four hours before serving, so feel free to prepare the night before you plan to serve.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Lemon Cheesecake Bars