40 Lemon Desserts as Lovely as They Are Sweet
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. Especially when combined with other fresh fruit flavors, like blueberry or raspberry, lemon brings a brightness and tartness to desserts to make them dynamic. 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. Our fan-favorite Lemon Bar Cheesecake combines your two go-to desserts—lemon bars and cheesecake—in one. A Lemon Bundt Cake drizzled with glaze and crowned with thin strips of lemon peel will be the star of any spring party; Blueberry Lemon Crumble Bars are the ideal pack-and-go picnic snack. From melt-in-your-mouth bars to elegant layer cakes, these lemon desserts are consistent crowd-pleasers. Get ready to pucker up for these beautiful bakes.
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.
Lemon Loaf Cake
Recipe: Lemon Loaf Cake
Tender and moist, this cake is a beautiful complement to a cup of coffee.
Lemon Drop Meringues
Recipe: Lemon Drop Meringues
Drop a little sunshine on your plate with these gorgeous citrus meringues.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cupcakes
Transform a box of cake mix into these bright cupcakes that taste totally homemade.
Recipe: Lemon Tiramisu
This heavenly spin on tiramisu is ideal for spring.
Cakey Lemon Brownies
Recipe: Cakey Lemon Brownies
Chewy brownie consistency with the bright flavor of lemon bars? We’ve met our new favorite dessert!
Lemon Meringue Cookies
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Cookies
These melt-in-your-mouth cookies look gorgeous on your favorite cake plate.
Recipe: Raspberry-Lemon Cheesecake
This dreamy cheesecake is a gorgeous blend of tart and sweet flavors.
No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie
Recipe: No-Bake Lemon Icebox Pie
This cool and creamy dessert was made for hot Southern days.
Lemon Meringue Roulade
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Roulade
We made lemon meringue pie into a decadent roulade that’s made for spring parties.
Lemon Pudding Cake
Recipe: Lemon Pudding Cake
These fluffy, custardy cakes are ideal for serving personal portions to family members.
Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
Recipe: Lemon Cream Cheese Bars
These aren’t your mama’s lemon bars. Prepare to fall in love with the incredible texture of this dessert.
Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake
This stunning pound cake combines fresh blueberries with the sweet tang of lemon.
Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
You don’t need expert decorating skills to make these adorable cupcakes picture-perfect. Simply top each one with a lemon slice and raspberry.
Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake
Recipe: Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake
This easy loaf cake was made for weekend brunch.