Lemon Desserts

Lemon Curd Cheesecake Recipe | ZoëBakes | Photo by Zoë François
Lemon Curd Cheesecake

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.

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Lemon-Curd Pound Cake

Lemon-Curd Pound Cake

Every bite of this bright and dreamy lemon-curd pound cake has all the enthusiasm of a spring morning. There are layers of tartness from the 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.

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Halva Diva Cake

This halva diva cake with tahini buttercream, chocolate ganache and crushed pistachios is a perfect cake for passover.

There was always a brick of halva in my mom’s refrigerator, right on the door, where the butter was supposed to be. I have no idea where it came from, because Vermont wasn’t known for its Jewish markets and yet, it was always there. I suspect she bought it when we would visit her family in Brighton Beach and it just lasted the year between visits.

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Rhubarb Desserts

A bunch of rhubarb | ZoeBakes by Zoë François

One of the first signs of summer in Minnesota is rhubarb season. Most of our produce isn’t ready until later in the summer, but those big, leafy rhubarb plants are often ready to harvest by May. I love rhubarb because it adds a great texture and sour flavor to baked goods. You need a lot of sweet fruit (like strawberries) and sugar to balance out the natural bitterness, but when you get the right combination of sour and sweet, the result is truly marvelous.

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Honey Cake with Honey Buttercream

Honey Cake with Honey Buttercream and Sunflowers

We’ve seen the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine and I’ve decided to do a class in an effort to raise money. Please join me for a LIVE baking demonstration of this Ukrainian Honey Cake with Buttercream Sunflowers. Proceeds from this event will benefit World Central Kitchen, a non-profit organization dedicated to feeding people in the wake of humanitarian, climate, and community crises. They are on the ground feeding the refugees in Ukraine right now.

Update: We raised over $30,000 for World Central Kitchen! If you missed the class, you still have an opportunity to purchase the recording or donate. Here’s where to do it.

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