5 Luscious Lemon Desserts

When life gives you lemons, make one of these dreamy lemon desserts. From lemon bars to  lemon meringue pie, these tart-sweet treats will satisfy your sweet tooth and brighten your day!

1. Lemon Pound Cake

Lemon Pound Cake

This is the ultimate pound cake for lemon lovers. I add lemon zest and lemon juice to the batter, which lightly perfume the cake with lemon. Then, while the cake is still warm from the oven, I douse it with lemon syrup to further enhance the lemon flavor. Finally, I drizzle the cake with a tart lemon glaze, which adds a pop of intense lemon flavor to every bite.Get the recipe

2. Warm Lemon Pudding Cakes

lemon pudding cakes

If light lemon desserts are your jam, whip up these lemon pudding cakes. When you spoon into them, you’ll discover a delightful surprise: while baking, the batter magically separates into a fluffy cake on top of a luscious lemon pudding. Get the recipe

3. Lemon Bars

Lemon BarsWhen it comes to lemon desserts, it’s hard to top lemon bars. With a crisp and buttery shortbread crust, luscious lemon filling, and dusting of powdered sugar, these bars as pretty as they are delicious. Get the recipe

4. Lemon Meringue Pie

Unlike most lemon meringue pie recipes, which can be rife with issues — a soggy crust, a soupy filling, or a meringue that weeps — this recipe is foolproof and easy. The recipe comes my best friend’s mom, Myra Santoro. Get the recipe

5. Lemon Poppyseed Cake

A variation of my favorite lemon pound cake (see above), this lemon poppy seed cake is laced with fresh lemon zest, filled to the brim with nutty, crackly poppy seeds, and drizzled with a bright lemon glaze. The texture is just what you hope for in a homemade cake — moist and melt-in-your-mouth tender — and the cake keeps well for days. It’s the perfect company cake. Get the recipe