Sensational Fresh Strawberry Desserts

Take advantage of the season with these delectable strawberry desserts.

  • Fresh Strawberry Meringue Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck and Caroline Cunningham

    Strawberry Meringue Cake

    This strawberry meringue cake features layers of sweet cream and fresh strawberries sandwiched between thin rounds of homemade meringue. Serve this dessert in the springtime when strawberries are at their peak.
  • Strawberry Mousse Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck and Caroline Cunningham

    Strawberry Mousse Cake

    Strawberry-sweetened frosting surrounds the outside of the cake while creamy strawberry mousse divides the layers. This beautiful cake is ideal for brunch, baby showers, or any springtime celebration.
  • Strawberry Cream Pie
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck and Caroline Cunningham

    Strawberry Cream Pie

    A dark-chocolate crust and jewel-bright berries brushed with jelly turn this down-home pie into a company-worthy fare.
  • <p>Deep-Dish Strawberry Ice Dream Pie</p>

    Deep-Dish Strawberry Ice Dream Pie

    The filling for our killer pie is somewhere between ice cream and mousse--a creamy concoction that's ridiculously easy to make.

  • Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake

    Trust us: This simple and swoon-worthy sheet cake will be a keeper in your recipe box. File it under "Springtime Crowd-pleaser."

  • Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Strawberry-Lemonade Layer Cake

    You can assemble this glorious cake up to two days ahead; store at room temp. Also, you can freeze cooled layers up to a month in plastic wrap and aluminum foil.

  • Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Mile-High Mini Strawberry Pies

    What's cuter than a strawberry pie? A mini strawebrry pie heaped with vanilla cream.
  • Strawberries with Crunchy Almond Topping
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Strawberries with Crunchy Almond Topping

    Only five ingredients required for this simple make-ahead dessert. If you can't find amaretti cookies, sprinkle with granola.
  • Fresh Strawberry Shortcakes with Yogurt Cream
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr  

    Fresh Strawberry Shortcakes with Yogurt Cream

    If you have a minute to spare, swap the vanilla extract for a vanilla bean. Split the bean lengthwise, scrape half of the seeds into the shortcake recipe, and whip the remaining half into the yogurt cream. It will add an extra level of flavor-packed intensity to the recipe.

  • Strawberry Pionono
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Strawberry Pionono

    It's not a direct translation, but think of pionono as Spanish for jelly-roll cake. This spongy berry version, which our reader inherited from a close family friend, creates a big ta-da at the table for very little effort.

  • Strawberry-Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Stylist: Buffy Hargett

    Strawberry-Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie

    Salty-sweet describes the homemade ice cream that stars in this luscious Strawberry-Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie.

  • Strawberries and Cream Cake
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Strawberries and Cream Cake

    We used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.

  • Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle Tart
    Photo: Christopher Baker; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle Tart

    A shortbread cookie crust serves as the base of this luscious Strawberry-Chocolate Truffle Tart where the bright red gems crown the top of a chocolaty layer.

  • Red Berry Pavlova Tower
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Red Berry Pavlova Tower

    Layer and fill this meringue turret up to one hour before serving for the best contrast of crunchy, chewy, and creamy textures.

  • Sparkling Fruit Gelées
    Tina Cornett

    Sparkling Fruit Gelées

    Dazzle your guests with this grown-up gelatin dessert. Sparkling wine enhances the sweetness of the fresh summer fruit.
  • Strawberry Shortcake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Strawberry Shortcake

    Round out a Southern-style supper with these individual confections. Sweetened biscuits, juicy berries, and whipped topping combine for an out-of-this world presentation.
  • Vanilla Crème with Fresh Berry Jam

    Vanilla Crème with Fresh Berry Jam

    Prepare ahead this cool vanilla custard and sweet strawberry jam. The combination is the perfect complement to the end of a hot summer day.
  • Fresh Strawberry Pie
    Randy Mayor

    Fresh Strawberry Pie

    Find a you-pick farm and gather your own strawberries or stock-up at your local farmer's market. This pie requires eight cups of berries so you'll need to have plenty on-hand.
  • Strawberry Parfaits
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Mary Catherine Muir

    Strawberry Parfaits

    Serve this irresistible parfait in clear glass to showcase the layers of sweetened sliced strawberries, a rich cream cheese mixture, and crushed cookies. Top with whipped cream and almonds for an eye-pleasing presentation.
  • Strawberry Granita
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Strawberry Granita

    Loaded with strawberry flavor, this refreshing granita is a cinch to prepare. The hardest part is waiting for it to freeze before you can eat it.
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham  

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Tartlets

    Make single-serve desserts for your spring gathering. They're easy to eat and enjoy while balancing a drink in the other hand.
  • Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze

    Look for whole-wheat pastry flour in the baking aisle at major supermarkets. Garnish with additional strawberries and fresh mint leaves.

  • Very Berry Summer Pudding
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Very Berry Summer Pudding

    Serve this juicy showstopper with sweetened whipped cream, or dollop on extra tiramisù flavor by folding together equal parts sweetened whipped cream and mascarpone cheese.

  • No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake

    Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries colorfully adorn the top of No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries.

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