When I think of what marks the start of summer, sweet juicy strawberries are at the top of my list. I love experimenting with all sorts of strawberry recipes that make use of the fruit’s prime flavor. Growing up, my family would make an annual drive to Florida, and without fail, we’d stop in New Orleans to pick up some Ponchatoula strawberries for the trip. And if you’ve never experienced a Ponchatoula strawberry, be sure to add it to the top of your “must-try” list! While plenty delicious when sliced up and eaten on their own, strawberries are a staple when it comes to summer sweets. Click through to see our 15 favorite strawberry dessert recipes that will put you in a summer state of mind!
Growing up, Angel Food Cake was just a smoothie flavor at Smoothie King, but this recipe gives the name a whole new meaning. Super simple and quick to make, this cake is the perfect summer dessert or birthday cake for a summer baby.
These strawberry popsicles will be your go-to cool-down dessert this summer. Chia seeds are also rich in nutrients, so your body will love these, too!
Chocolate-covered strawberries are the quickest and easiest way to my heart. With this guide to the perfect chocolate strawberry, you’ll feel the same way. I love setting up a fondue bar at summer parties and letting my guests choose their toppings, as well. It takes the stress off the host and gives the guests something fun to do!
There is nothing like a macaron to transform you to summer in Paris. And while I can’t be there right now, making these Strawberry Passion Fruit Macarons sure makes it feel close.
Comprised of crispy, golden layers of phyllo dough, and layered with bright vanilla bean and lemon zest-speckled whipped cream, this dessert is incredibly airy with just the right amount of sweetness and crunch. Sliced strawberries add an element of freshness, highlighting summer’s star ingredients.
This cake is the perfect summery celebratory dessert. It’s made up of three layers of champagne-spiked cake, layered with almond-scented whipped mascarpone and strawberry compote, and then smeared with a healthy layer of strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream.
This easy and customizable dessert is perfect for summer gatherings. I’m picturing an ice cream sundae bar setup with limitless toppings.
These easy-baked doughnuts avoid all the traditional mess of deep-frying but are just as delicious. Glistening with strawberry glaze, these doughnuts will delight you and your guests. Serve for breakfast or dessert!
Okay, how cute are these mason jar strawberry shortcakes? The presentation really takes this dessert to a new level. I also love the use of greek yogurt instead of creme, as it keeps the dessert light and healthy.
The combination of sweet strawberries, tangy lime, and fresh basil makes these shortcakes the ultimate summer dessert. This recipe uses all of summer’s star ingredients and is simultaneously light and satisfying.
These are truly the perfect dinner party dessert since they’re completely finished before guests arrive—you can even prep the custard the night before and top with almonds and strawberries just before serving. The result is a dessert that’s so much greater than the sum of its parts.
Good, gluten-free desserts are hard to come by, but you won’t even miss gluten with these gluten-free tarts. The addition of hibiscus to the strawberry curd adds a perfect floral accent to the flavor and a beautiful pink to the color.
This torte is a gorgeous recipe to serve at any kind of come-and-go gatherings this summer. The cream cheese balances out the sweetness of the strawberries to create the perfect light dish for grazing.
For all the strawberry ice cream lovers out there, this is the dessert for you. The graham cracker crust adds the perfect crunch to the pie and the mint adds so much freshness.
Easy to make, good for you, and tastes like a strawberry milkshake? Yes, please! My favorite part of this dessert is the chocolate drizzle and the oat/almond crust (pro tip: add some maple syrup to the crust for extra sweetness).
This recipe is the summer version of your morning oatmeal, with a crunchy, chocolate-y topping. It is protein and nutrient-packed, so you can have it for breakfast, a snack, or a dessert, and I love feeling like I’m eating dessert at any time of the day.
These popsicles seriously bring me back to my childhood. My sisters and I had a popsicle mold and we would throw every imaginable combo into them to try to create the perfect popsicle. If only we had this recipe back then. I love how the almond milk and optional vanilla protein powder add extra nutrition, as well.
Although I’ma die-hard chocolate lover at heart, in the heat of the summer I tend to crave lighter desserts and this cake is it. I could honestly eat this for breakfast and plan on serving it at all of my summer brunches.
These cupcakes are as cute as they are delicious. The strawberry filling in the gluten-free cupcake is a dream combo in my opinion. Plus, the hard chocolate shell reminds me of summer days getting Dipped Cones at Dairy Queen.
If you’ve been looking for the perfect dairy-free sorbet, this is it. It’s so simple to make and has great texture and flavor (although it tastes best on the day of). The cold sorbet and the warm strawberry sauce make this the ultimate summer dessert.
This post was originally published on May 15, 2015, and has since been updated.