Tart, bright, delicious, versatile — you can describe lemons in so many ways. If you search my recipes, you’ll often find lemon as the star or in a supporting role. It’s a favorite ingredient for its ability to stand out and deliver wonderful flavor, but also it’s subtleness in brightening up desserts that need just a little tart kick. If you are looking for perfect lemon desserts for a party, or just to satisfy a citrus craving, these recipes will deliver on big, bold lemon flavor.
This bright and dreamy cake has layers of tartness from luxurious lemon curd, lemon zest, and pieces of baked lemon that nestle perfectly into the buttery rich batter. A light and easy drizzle of lemon syrup, made from baked lemon slices, makes a simple bite feel like the warm, sunny promise of a new day.
These Lemon, Ricotta & Thyme Cakes from Benjamina Ebuehi’s book The New Way to Cake are the ultimate summer dessert. There is nothing more beautiful and fragrant than fresh herbs. I used both thyme and lemon thyme and the combination is perfect in these lemony, rich cakes.
Tart layers of lemon sponge cake and lemon curd, balanced with the sweet meringue icing. The meringue roses remind me of fine porcelain china, dainty and ultra feminine. Perfect on an occasion that requires something spectacular, even a bit over-the-top.
This lemon Bundt cake is perfect. It is the most delicate texture and rich flavor. I had rather small lemons and wanted it to be an intense flavor, so I added more zest. I also had a chunk of ginger on hand, so I added it to the lemon soaking syrup, but otherwise the recipe is all Sarabeth.
These lemon meringue bars have everything you'd want from lemon meringue pie, but in single servings. The tart lemon and fluffy meringue make for a simple and tasty way to serve a dessert favorite to a crowd.
This crepe cake is from Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin. I had a batch of my crepes on hand and it is a bit different from Marie's. They will both be awesome in the cake, so try both! Below is my crepe recipe and the full recipe for the cake and fillings can be found at completelydelicious.com.
A little pudding and a little cake in one recipe. The creamy pudding topping and fluffy cake base make for a wonderful combination, and the lemon flavor adds tartness and flavor to this fun and delicious treat.
For this recipe I used the vanilla cheesecake base from my Craftsy class. The lemon curd is a lovely addition to the creamy cheesecake and gives it a wonderful look. It is pretty enough to serve as is, but you could also add one of the fruit sauces we make in the class as well.