55+ Strawberry Desserts to Make This Spring
Take advantage of the season with these delectable strawberry desserts. From classic cakes and pies (like this sweet Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting and this Strawberry-Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie) to more adventurous recipes (have you tried our Nutella and Red Berry Dessert Tacos?!), our best strawberry dessert recipes will make a splash in your kitchen this spring.
Strawberry Cake with Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
This vibrant pink layer cake is pure strawberry-on-strawberry goodness, with fresh strawberries going into the cake batter and frosting. One thing to note about the buttercream frosting—it is absolutely bursting with berry flavor, but is easily over-mixed. If you find you've broken your emulsion when whipping this frosting up, no worries. You can simply mix in a little more powdered sugar to restore it.
Strawberry-Basil Ice Cream
Herby, fresh, and sweet, this ice cream is the perfect warm weather treat.
Strawberry Poke Pound Cake with Strawberry Glaze
Poke cake meets pound cake in this must-make spring dessert. A perfectly moist, dense vanilla pound cake (with a delightful hint of almond) is filled with a fresh strawberry filling—adding to the cake's tender crumb and providing the perfect fruity sweet-tart flavor balance.
Strawberries and Milk Shaved Ice (Raspado)
To make the shaved ice, just whirl ice cubes in a food processor, 2 cups at a time, until the ice no longer makes a racket and looks like snow, with no lumps.
Nutella and Red Berry Dessert Tacos
Your favorite crepe fillings just crashed taco night. Sweet, juicy strawberries and raspberries team up with rich chocolate-hazelnut goodness to make a most decadent and delightful filing for our crispy Dessert Taco Shells.
Strawberry Shortcake Deep-Dish Skillet Cookie
Everyone's favorite summer berry dessert gets transformed into a giant deep-dish skillet cookie. White chocolate chips, bits of pound cake and sliced strawberries join forces to create this fruity indulgence.
Strawberry and Cornmeal Crostatas
A rustic, exceptionally buttery, slightly crunchy pastry sets off sweet, jammy summer fruit in this recipe by Karen Hatfield, chef-owner of Odys + Penelope and Sycamore Kitchen restaurants in Los Angeles. You'll need twelve 4-in. flan molds or tart pans.
Strawberries and Rosé Cake
This impressive blush-tone cake is inspired by two of our favorite summer treats: rosé wine and fresh strawberries.
By stuffing hollowed out strawberries with a scrumptious mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and amaretto, you end up with a delectable treat that's bound to disappear off of summer plates. For an easy July 4th treat, cap each stuffed strawberry with a blueberry to achieve a red, white, and blue bite!
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 Upside-Down Cake
This perfectly light summer cake comes out beautifully, either way you flip it.
Rum Cake with Strawberry Salad
This strawberry-topped, rum soaked cake is one that you won't be able to put down until it's all gone. Similar to a crème brûlée, lightly torch until caramelized. Serve immediately with whipped crème fraîche and Strawberry Salad.
Fresh 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
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 Cheesecake Tartlets
Delicious things come in small packages. Serve Strawberry Cheesecake Tartlets at your next brunch or luncheon for an impressive, bite-sized dessert your guests will rave over for days.
Strawberry Cream Pie
A dark-chocolate crust and jewel-bright berries brushed with jelly turn this down-home pie into a company-worthy fare.
Strawberry Panna Cotta with Cookie Crumble
Serve a strawberry version of this traditional Italian dessert.
Coconut-and-Pecan Strawberry Shortcakes
For a creative, updated take on shortcake, we added coconut and pecans to the dough.
Strawberry Tart with Quinoa-Almond Crust
Chef Khalil Hymore introduced us to the idea of a crunchy quinoa crust with a savory tart he developed for us; we take the notion to a sweet place here. The tart holds well overnight, so make it the day before, and serve chilled right from the refrigerator.
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.
Strawberry Dream Cake
This impressive cake is a strawberry-lover's dream. With beautiful layers and a pop of color and flavor from the fresh strawberries, this cake is a stunning addition to the dessert table.
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
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
What's cuter than a strawberry pie? A mini strawebrry pie heaped with vanilla cream.
This show-stopping, layered strawberry dessert will be a hit at your next luncheon or shower.
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.
In Bordeaux, where châteaus and vineyards abound, a typical dessert is fresh strawberries sliced into a red wine glass and then topped with a great Bordeaux. Here, that regional tradition is adapted to make it more dessert-like. If you're pressed for time, do as the Bordelais do--quick and easy.
Streaks of berries throughout and more spooned on top make this classic Italian ice cream dessert a great finish to a spring or summer dinner. For the most velvety texture, serve it half-frozen, just as the name suggests (semifreddo means half-cold).
Strawberries with Whipped Sour Cream
This easy dessert is a great way to enjoy the fresh strawberries of the season.
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
Salty-sweet describes the homemade ice cream that stars in this luscious Strawberry-Pretzel Ice-Cream Pie.
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
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
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
Dazzle your guests with this grown-up gelatin dessert. Sparkling wine enhances the sweetness of the fresh summer fruit.
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.
Sweet Summer Strawberry Tart
A tart "topped with a silky smooth kirsch pastry cream and crowned with perfectly glazed, ripe red strawberries."
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
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.
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.
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.
Make single-serve desserts for your spring gathering. They're easy to eat and enjoy while balancing a drink in the other hand.
Strawberry-Lime Panna Cottas
These mini panna cotta desserts are the perfect personal-sized party desserts.
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
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
Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries colorfully adorn the top of No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake with Mixed Berries.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
Strawberries add brightness to this fun take on banana pudding. Instead of the usual vanilla wafers, use graham crackers, which make neater slices. An instant hit with your family and guests, this recipe makes delicious use of the fresh strawberries you pick up at the local farmers’ market.
Tamarind Strawberry Popsicles
These vibrant popsicles are fruity and refreshing, but deliver an unexpected depth thanks to the tamarind paste (which can be found at supermarkets such as Whole Foods and online). The tart character of tamarind fruit adds dynamic flavor complexity that nicely balances the simple comfort of fresh, peak-season strawberries. P.S.—If you happen to stir a little bit of the strawberry-tamarind puree into a glass of iced tea or lemonade, you won’t regret it.
Strawberry-Lemon Crêpe Cake
If you’ve ever enjoyed a glass of strawberry lemonade, you know this is a refreshing combination. And this company-worthy crepe cake will make everyone swoon with its ethereal layers and rich lemon filling. Be sure to save the liquid after macerating the strawberries–it’s delicious drizzled over each serving.
Coconut Rice Pudding with Strawberry-Nectarine Compote
Strawberry-Apricot Hand Pies
Apricots bring out the tangy side of strawberries in the jammy filling for these flaky hand pies. Can’t find fresh apricots? Our Test Kitchen also used dried apricots with delicious results. Why bother with expensive store-bought tartlets when these delicious homemade treats are so easy to make? This recipe, which uses one cup of chopped strawberries, is a fun and innovative way to use the fresh berries you bought at the farmers’ market.
This simple take on a classic British dessert requires only a handful of ingredients and can be thrown together at a moment’s notice—in short, it’s one of our favorite kinds of desserts. Best of all, it doesn’t even require perfect strawberries in the fruit puree. Overripe or even bruised berries can be put to good use in this recipe. Reserve your best-looking berries for the sliced topping. And feel free to swap out the crushed butter cookies for ginger snaps, graham crackers, or chocolate wafer cookies. You’d be a fool not to try this one.
Easy Strawberry Cobbler
Just because it’s easy doesn’t mean this biscuit-topped strawberry cobbler won’t impress. In fact, bursting with vibrant berry flavor (regardless of how perfectly ripe your strawberries may or may not be), we can just about guarantee that it will. We keep this stunning berry dessert stunningly simple by using Bisquick baking mix for the topping. The bottoms of each fluffy biscuit soaks up luscious juices from the berries while the tops bake up golden-crisp. And sprinkling the cobbler’s Bisquick topping with a bit of turibinado sugar is a pro’s touch for adding visual and textural interest. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for the full cobbler experience.
Double the berries, double the deliciousness. These tender cupcakes can be made ahead and frozen; frost them before serving. Use smaller blueberries for better distribution in the batter. In a pinch? Use thawed, frozen blueberries. Cupcakes are a welcome treat at any occasion. This recipe makes 24, but go ahead and make two batches and freeze some for a future date. Both the cupcake recipe and the frosting recipe make delicious use of fresh, seasonal produce. The cupcakes, loaded with sweet blueberries, are good enough to eat unfrosted, and can stand in for a delicious breakfast or mid-morning treat. The frosting oozes with fresh strawberries. You may want to keep a bowl close by in the fridge; it makes a great dip for fruit and cookies.
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Some would say you haven’t truly embraced spring until you’ve made our Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp, and we’d be inclined to agree. It’s a simple dessert that relies on the inherent synergy of its ingredients: rhubarb’s bright tang matched with jammy strawberry sweetness, accented by a delicate touch of cardamom, ginger, and orange zest—all topped off with a forever-crunchy, addictively toasty oat and almond crumble. While 1/2 cup of cornstarch might be more than you’re used to seeing for a fruit crisp recipe, note that rhubarb releases a substantial amount of liquid during the baking process. Thus, you need a bit more of the thickening agent in order to yield a lush, syrupy filling rather than one that’s too loosey-juicy. Warm from the oven, this Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp wants nothing more than a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This simple dessert earned high marks from our Test Kitchen for its gorgeous colors and bright flavors. Creamy mango sorbet is a delightful match for strawberry ice cream. Make this beauty up to 5 days before serving. Semifreddo, an Italian word meaning “half cold,” refers to any of the various chilled or partially frozen deserts, including cakes, ice creams, and custards. A little dressier than a plain bowl of ice cream and bursting with the flavors of the season, this Strawberry-Mango Semifreddo will be an instant hit when you serve it at baby showers, bridal teas, or Sunday suppers with the family. Since you can make it in advance and keep chilled until serving, your party preparations become much easier.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Pretzel Pie
Remember that strawberry-pretzel salad that showed up at every church supper? We’ve turned it into your new favorite pie with a salty-sweet pretzel crust and added zip from rhubarb. We all love our classic desserts, but sometimes it is fun to change them up a bit and create something new. The frozen strawberries used in the traditional recipe are fine if it is the middle of winter but, since plump, fresh berries available at the Farmers’ Market, we thought they would make a delicious change to this pie.