27 Lemon Desserts as Lovely as They Are Sweet
Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake Loaf
Pound cakes are a Southern staple. This Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake Loaf is the quintessential dessert – it combines the bright, fruity flavors of tangy lemon and nutty coconut into a soft, moist loaf. This dessert is a twist on the classic sour cream pound cake recipe, which has been so popular with our readers that we actually featured it on our June 2006 cover with a handful of fresh Southern peaches. Adding in a few other layers of flavor jazzes up your everyday pound cake loaf, and you won't regret a thick slice of this loaf, topped in a vibrant and tangy Lemon Glaze. If the fresh citrus flavor isn't enough to persuade you, this Lemon-Coconut Pound Cake also has the looks. It's an elegant centerpiece for a party or brunch gathering, with the sweet icing and gorgeous lemon zest twists. You can also garnish this delicious pound cake with flaked coconut or, for a dressier look, curly shavings of coconut. Join Test Kitchen Professional Ivy Odom as she walks through this crowd-pleasing pound cake.
You can add a sweet tangle of fresh coconut shavings to any cake that could use an elegant, tropical note – but they're especially beautiful atop this pound cake. Want to know the trick behind coconut curls? Pierce 2 coconut eyes with an ice pick and hammer, and then drain the liquid from the coconut. Place coconut in a 9-inch cake pan, and then bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until shell begins to crack. Cool the coconut for about 10 minutes. Break open the outer shell with a hammer, and split the coconut into several large pieces. Separate coconut meat from the shell using a sturdy, blunt-ended knife, and rinse in cold water. Cut thin strips from the meat using a vegetable peeler. Use immediately, or layer between damp paper towels in an airtight container, and chill up to 2 days.
Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cheesecake
Two of our favorite things (lemon + cheesecake) come together in one amazing cake. You’re going to want to grab your springform pan immediately.
Lemon-Yogurt Crumb Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Yogurt Crumb Cake
Skip the curd if you’re not into it. Our Lemon-Yogurt Crumb Cake can be enjoyed as dessert or as a sweet breakfast treat.
Lemon Crumble Bars
Recipe: Lemon Crumble Bars
Lemon bars are upgraded with a sweet oat crumble.
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
The Arnold Palmer is remade in cake form. We don’t object. Make this cake tipsy by substituting 2 tablespoons vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting.
Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Pound cakes are easy by nature, but this Lemon-Lime Pound Cake takes minimal effort with an absolutely delicious result.
Citrus Pull-Apart Bread
Recipe: Citrus Pull-Apart Bread
We can’t get enough of this sweet bread. The recipes makes two loaves—you can keep one and share the other, if you’re feeling generous.
Shaker Lemon Pie
Recipe: Shaker Lemon Pie
This old-fashioned pie is made with thinly sliced whole lemons—peels and all.
Lemon-Orange Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Pound CakeGarnish with lemon slices, if desired.
Luscious Lemon Cake
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Cake
Frosting just the top and between the layers is a time-saver.
Lemon Bar Cake
Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake
Lining your slow cooker with aluminum foil will make cleanup a breeze.
Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Recipe: Lemon-Coconut Chess Bars
Coconut milk adds a hint of tropical flavor to these tangy bars.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Recipe: Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
The lemon curd up to two weeks in advance, just store it in the refrigerator.
Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
The bright taste of lemon juice gives a touch of spring to this flavorful dessert.
Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Lime Meringue Pie
The meringue topping balances out the tartness of the filling.
Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
Recipe: Lemon-and-Chocolate Doberge Cake
This multi-flavored cake is truly a labor of love, but the end result is worth it.
Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
This impressive cake will come together much easier than you think.
Luscious Lemon Bars
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Bars
You can make this recipe up to one month ahead and freeze.
Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe: Lemon Thumbprint Cookies
This big-batch recipe combines the tangy taste of lemon and sweet flavor of raspberry together for the perfect treat.
Lemon Yogurt Cake
Recipe: Lemon Yogurt Cake
Sour lemon and cooling yogurt combine in this extra-moist cake.
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake
Lemon and raspberries? Well that's simply a match made in heaven.
7UP Bundt Cake
Recipe: 7UP Bundt Cake
With this classic recipe, your favorite soft drink transforms into an extra-elegant Bundt cake.
Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie
Recipe: Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie
What makes this Lemon Meringue Pie the best ever, you ask? The mile-high meringue, of course.
Lemon Blueberry Cake
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Cake
This regal-looking Lemon Blueberry Cake will be the shining centerpiece of any dessert spread.
Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Crunch Bars
A crispy crumble topping is the cherry on top of these delectable, packable bars.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
What better way to toast to the springtime than with this Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake?
Lemon Bundt Cake
Recipe: Lemon Bundt Cake
Shake up Mama's traditional Bundt recipe with a nice hit of tart lemon.