30 Reasons You'd Be Foolish to Skip Dessert in Spring
Any reason to eat more dessert, right? Well, with spring in full swing, there’s no better time than now to break out the sweets—and all the fruit for that matter. Shortcakes, bars, puddings, cupcakes, and cookies, oh my! Now that winter has come and gone, taking with it our need for warm, rich, and decadent confections, you may be in desperate need of brightening your palate and your plate. In this delicious and stunning collection of desserts, we pulled out all the stops to ensure your festive occasions are a sweet success this spring. From seasonal fillings and no-bake treats to springtime favorites like rhubarb and strawberry, everything is much fresher and lighter for you to enjoy on Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and holidays to come. We’re not quite sure what else we can do to convince you to try these 30 delicacies, except ask you to scroll down. You’d be crazy not to! Trust us, it only gets better and more tempting from here.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
There are very few combinations more delightful in spring than strawberry and rhubarb, especially when the fruity fillings are baked in a mini tart.
Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake
Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Carrot Cake
The fresh addition of pineapples make this Southern classic even more moist and yummy.
Zesty Lemon Pie
Recipe: Zesty Lemon Pie
When spring gives you excess lemons, make a pie, of course!
Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes
We can't help but throw strawberries (and coconut) into desserts, including these short stacks.
Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Perfect for feeding a crowd at your next spring brunch.
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
The fusion of a lemon bar and creamy cheesecake bring the wow, while the sweet and tangy flavors bring the pow!
Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake
Recipe: Strawberry Semifreddo Shortcake
Layers of strawberry ice cream, sorbet, and soft ladyfingers make up this tasty and refreshing treat.
Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake
Recipe: Grapefruit-Pecan Sheet Cake
We love citrus fruits, especially when they come in the form of a simple sheet cake.
Recipe: Coconut-Banana Pudding
The proof of this recipe's deliciousness is really in the pudding—literally.
Lemon Bar Cake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake
When you can't bear turning on the oven this spring, watch this lemony treat come together in the slow cooker.
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
Easy, breezy just like springtime. Oh, and it tastes like it, too.
Lemon Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake
This tropical-inspired pound cake is even better with a thick layer of lemon glaze drizzled on top. Dress it up with flaked coconut.
Strawberry-Blueberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches
No-bake, no problem! Keep this frozen recipe on hand to serve at your Fourth of July bash.
Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemon Sheet Cake
A no-fuss crowd pleaser highlighting the very best of spring's bounty. Watch it disappear at parties.
Ginger Shortbread Cookies with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
It'll be hard eating just one of these melt-in-your-mouth shortbread cookies that are topped with a swirl of Lemon-Cream Cheese frosting.
Orange Sherbet Cupcakes
Strawberry Swirl Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Swirls of lusciousness and strawberries.
Coconut Meringues with Elderflower Strawberries
Coconut, strawberries, and mascarpone cream—these are a few of our favorite things (when it comes to dessert, that is).
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Icebox Cake
While it slices like traditional layers, this icebox cake is so much easier and fancier than your average Key lime cake.
Mini Strawberry Tarts
Recipe: Mini Strawberry Tarts
Special occasions call for special desserts, such as these adorable pastries packed with strawberries.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Almost too pretty to eat! But who are we kidding? You won't be able to resist cutting into those moist layers and Fluffy Coconut Frosting.
Praline Key Lime Pie
Recipe: Praline Key Lime Pie
Is there anything better on a warm spring day than enjoying a slice of sweet and tart Key lime pie? We'll wait.
Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
Recipe: Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
We made sure to pile on the strawberries and whipped cream topping here.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
If banana pudding and cheesecake are your favorites, try combining the two together to create one creamy, dreamy treat.
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
We don't call this strawberry delight the cake of our dreams for nothing.
Recipe: Coconut-Almond Roulade
The best log you've ever tasted. Just roll, slice, and serve!
Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
Layer upon layers of an edible masterpiece.
Bite-Size Sour Cream-Pound Cake Cupcakes
Sour Cream-Pound Cake as a petite cupcake? Sure, why not!
The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Spring just wouldn't be complete without this classic.
Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake
You already love these flavors in a refreshing beverage. Now just imagine how much more delicious strawberry-lemonade tastes as a cake.