Bright and Lovely Lemon Desserts
Down South, we’re big fans of citrus. We love cooking with oranges, limes, and grapefruit, but there’s something about lemon that holds a sweet spot in our heart. These bright and delicious lemon desserts will be the hit of any gathering you bring them to, and we're sure everyone will ask you for the recipe.
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 Meringue Ice Cream
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
Cool off with this creamy, citrusy treat. Sandwich Lemon Meringue Ice Cream between two peanut butter cookies for the most delicious ice cream sandwich you’ve ever tasted.
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.
Lemony Sandwich Cookies
Recipe: Lemony Sandwich Cookies
These soft cookies are sweet as can be thanks to creamy lemon filling.
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.
Recipe: Lemony Snow
If you’re entertaining, make a grown-up version by drizzling with rum, gin, vodka, or—our favorite pick—limoncello.
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.
Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary Coffee Cake
You don’t need to relegate this coffee cake to the breakfast table. We think it makes a rustic dessert after dinner too.
Lemon Curd Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon Curd Pound Cake
We kicked up your favorite pound cake with a combination of fresh lemon, lemon extract, and lemon curd.
Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
This recipe couldn’t be easier, but it does take some patience. It will have to sit in the freezer for 8 hours.
Lemon-Lavender Ice Cream
Recipe: Lemon-Lavender Ice Cream
Lemon and lavender will soon be your new favorite flavor combination once you take a bite of this chilly treat.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
These cupcakes are perfect for birthdays, bridal showers, baby showers, and bake sales.
The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
Recipe: The Lemon Cheese Layer Cake
If you’re looking for a show-stopping cake to serve at your next spring get-together, this is it.
Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream
Recipe: Lemon Icebox Pie Ice Cream
This homemade ice cream comes together with just four simple ingredients and in only 20 minutes.
Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake is an elegant and decadent choice for your next bridal or baby shower. The edible flowers will be a hit.
Ginger Shortbread Cookies with Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting
Top Ginger Shortbread Cookies with our homemade Lemon-Cream Cheese Frosting and minced crystallized ginger.
Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream
Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Zest Ice Cream
Lemon zest brings a bit of zing to sweet blueberry ice cream.
Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie
Recipe: Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie
A tart and creamy filling is made even more delicious with Lemon-Blueberry Topping, but you can always leave it off and top with whipped cream instead.
Strawberry-Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie with Baked Gingersnap Crust
A gingersnap crust gives even more zing to our citrusy pie. The sweet strawberry topping is not to be missed.
Mango-Lemon-Buttermilk Icebox Pie with Baked Saltine Cracker Crust
This tropical pie is just the ticket for your summer menu. Top with our Sweetened Whipped Cream and chopped fresh mango.
Lemon Cupcakes with Lavender Frosting
Skip the frosting and top these cupcakes with sweetened whipped cream instead.
Recipes: Lemon Meltaways
These pretty little treats are too cute to hide—keep them front and center and display on a glass domed cake stand.
Recipe: Lemon-Almond Bars
We hate scrubbing pans—and bet you do too! Make easy work of it by lining the bottom and sides of the pan with foil before adding the dough.
Recipe: Lemon Tiramisu
We love serving these in individual-sized portions, but you can make a large trifle if you prefer.
Lemon-Mascarpone Icebox Tarts
Recipe: Lemon-Mascarpone Icebox Tarts
This might be the ultimate summer dessert. Top each individual tart with fresh berries, sliced peaches or plums, fresh mint or thyme sprigs.
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
Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
Luscious Lemon Cake
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Cake
Frosting just the top and between the layers is a time-saver.
Zesty Lemon Pie
Recipe: Zesty Lemon Pie
You can prepare this reicpe up to two days in advance, just wait to add the whipped cream until right before serving.
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
Recipe: 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
Recipe: Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
This impressive cake will come together much easier than you think.
Lemon Tea Bread
Recipe: Lemon Tea Bread
Lemon-tea bread is reminiscent of pound cake with a tangy twist.
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.