Desserts For Spring Entertaining
Make these desserts with seasonal fruits and fresh flavors for any springtime celebration from Easter through Mother's Day and beyond.
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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake
Fresh, sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham-cracker crust no baking required!
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This lighter version of a favorite Indian ice cream is studded with mango juice, fresh mango and toasted pistachios.
Get the Recipe: Indian Ice Cream: Mango Kulfi
Coffee Angel Food Cake
Coffee lovers will find it hard to resist this angel food cake with shots of espresso in the batter and the sweet, dripping glaze. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt for a look that is reminiscent of a frothy cappuccino.
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Top light lemon cupcakes with a sweet-tart lemon butter icing for a refreshing, tangy dessert.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Cupcakes
Serve individual trifles of amaretto-soaked pound cake, whipped cream and balsamic-tossed strawberries for the perfect finish to any meal.
Get the Recipe: Individual Strawberry Trifles
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake With Hawaiian Sea Salt
This classic dessert recipe celebrates the beginning of pineapple season with its beautiful exposed-fruit topping. Pink Hawaiian sea salt adds a unique, briny touch when sprinkled over the finished cake.
Get the Recipe: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake with Hawaiian Sea Salt
Spring Flower Cupcakes
What's better than a bouquet for someone you love? A bouquet of beautiful flower-topped cupcakes, with both style and (delicious) substance.
Get the Recipe: Cupcakes with Piped Flowers
Walnut Cake With American Frosting
Sandwich vanilla buttercream between layers of walnut cake, and then top with a frothy meringue-like frosting. This is the perfect cake for any celebratory occasion.
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Rhubarb and Strawberry Pie
Baking (or at least eating) this classic pie is practically a quintessential rite of spring. Make yours special with a crisp almond-crumb topping.
Tiny Lemon Angel Cakes with Lemon Confit
Top mini lemon-infused angel food cakes with a sweet-tart glaze and garnish with candied lemon rinds. Use whipped egg whites for an airy texture and low fat content.
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Orange cream cheese frosting gives this dessert citrus fragrance, but it's the moist, rich, raisin- and walnut-studded carrot cake that counts.
Get the Recipe: Carrot Cake
Chocolate Marshmallow Madness Cupcakes
A fluffy marshmallow topping turns these hot chocolate cupcakes into a light spring treat. Garnish with miniature marshmallows and semisweet chips for additional sweetness and texture.
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Tres Leche Cake
This popular Latin American sponge cake contains three different kinds of milk condensed, evaporated and heavy cream which provide moisture without making the cake soggy.
Get the Recipe: Tres Leche Cake
Look forward to late-spring rhubarb: Its tart stalks cook down into a thick compote that begs to be covered in sweet whipped cream.
Get the Recipe: Rhubarb Parfait
Lemon Meringue Pie
Alton keeps it simple with his fresh, zesty lemon-curd filling and three-ingredient meringue. The flaky, buttery short crust is perfect for bringing these flavors together.
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Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries
Transition from winter to spring with sweet, refreshing strawberries and dense pound cake scented with orange zest and amaretto.
Get the Recipe: Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries
Red Velvet Cake
This perennial favorite is considered festive thanks to its lively red color and the tantalizing combination of cocoa-tinted cake with cream cheese frosting.
Get the Recipe: Red Velvet Cake
Apple Bundt Cake
Bundt cakes are the simplest of celebratory cakes their decorative shape makes them guest-ready but they require little prep work or adornment. This cake is filled with cinnamon-dusted Golden Delicious apples.
Get the Recipe: Apple Cake
Yogurt Panna Cotta With Fresh Fruit
With a little forethought, panna cotta is one of the simplest desserts for a dinner party. Make it up to a couple of days ahead, then unmold right before dessert and serve with in-season fruit. This lighter version uses nonfat yogurt in place of the traditional cream.
Get the Recipe: Yogurt Panna Cotta with Rose-Scented Raspberries
Olive Oil Coffee Cake
Extra-virgin olive oil makes this coffee cake moist and gives it unique, complex flavor. Crowned with a buttery streusel of marcona almonds and dark brown sugar, the cake makes a great companion to your morning coffee or finale at a casual spring party.
Get the Recipe: Olive Oil Coffee Cake
Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes With Strawberry Glaze
Creamy mascarpone cheese keeps Giada's crowd-friendly, bite-sized cupcakes moist and fluffy, and it serves as a perfect complement to her sweet strawberry-glaze topping.
Get the Recipe: Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Cake
Like a giant after-dinner mint, this rich chocolate cake is studded with bits of peppermint pattie candies. Serve with mint syrup and cocoa fudge sauce to further enhance the flavors.
Get the Recipe: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Cake
Strawberry Rhubarb Slump
This slump or stewed fruit topped with dumpling dough is made with seasonal strawberries and rhubarb for a sweet celebration of the spring season.
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Mother’s Day Cake
Baker extraordinaire Zoe Francois conceived this stunning lemon sponge cake with raspberry preserves to celebrate the women who raised and nurtured us. Show the same level of care when piping beautiful meringue flowers, which gain definition and flavor when gently blowtorched.
Get the Recipe: Mother's Day Cake
Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Pie
Emeril's light-as-air dessert is part pie and part cheesecake, but with chocolate ganache, peanut butter mousse and a cookie crust, it's 100 percent delicious.
Kelsey's Strawberry Shortcake
Celebrate strawberry season with a classic dessert starring these red gems. Kelsey keeps hers simple, with a buttermilk biscuit base and vanilla whipped cream.
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These tiny, delicate cakes layered with apricot jelly and marzipan underneath smooth, sugary icing look like they belong in a French patisserie.
Get the Recipe: Petits Fours
This beehive-shaped cake pays tribute to honeybees and their sweet offerings. Under the flying marzipan bees, you’ll find a moist banana cake with a walnut and honey buttercream frosting.
Get the Recipe: Beehive Cake
Lemon Pound Cake
This rich and tangy pound cake makes for a refreshing dessert on an ordinary weeknight or, when placed on a pretty pedestal stand, a perfect holiday dessert.
Get the Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake
Simple Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting
Simple white cake is made even more tender with the addition of sour cream to the batter. Semisweet chunks of chocolate and pillowy soft marshmallow frosting remind us how playful cakes can be perfect for a joyous birthday celebration.
Get the Recipe: Simple Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting