When it comes to summer sweets, keep it simple and cool. And, the less cooking required, the better. Good Food has got your next summer party covered with our easy no-cook cheesecakes, tarts, trifles and boozy ice pops.


For more no-cook summer content, see our round-up of ice cream sandwiches, ice lollies and no-bake cheesecakes.

We also have no-cook savoury recipes – see our no-cook family meals, no-cook healthy recipes and no-cook dinner party ideas for inspiration.

1. No-cook strawberry cheesecake sundaes

Two no-cook strawberry cheesecake sundaes

Don’t have time to make a traditional cheesecake for dessert? These no-cook sundaes are a great way to enjoy all those flavours without the effort. This dessert layers crushed shortbread with a cheesecake-like mixture, strawberry slices, strawberry sauce and ice cream. Garnish with a couple of strawberry slices each and serve with long spoons for an unforgettable summer pud.

Find more inspiration in our collection of best ever ice cream sundae recipes.

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2. Club Tropicana ice cream cake

A dessert plate serving Club Tropicana ice cream cake

Everyone loves ice cream and everyone loves cake, so why not combine the two. This fabulously fruity club Tropicana ice cream cake goes all out with a vibrant multicoloured layered display featuring mango and raspberry sorbet, sponge, whipped cream and dark chocolate.

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3. Triple-layered berry cheesecake

Cheesecake topped with strawberries

If you're feeling creative, then fashion this striking triple-layered berry cheesecake for an al fresco gathering. Start with a deep pink raspberry base layer, then top with progressively lighter strawberry and vanilla layers to create a stunning sunset effect, finished off with a generous helping of berries and citrussy white chocolate drizzle.

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4. Jelly & custard trifle squares

Jelly & custard trifle cut into squares in baking tin

Go retro with our super easy raspberry jelly, cream and custard trifle. It's the perfect stress-free pudding which you can make ahead and is impressively finished with a top layer of fruit suspended in jelly.

Check out more of our favourite summer trifle desserts.

5. Quick & easy tiramisu

Quick & easy tiramisu in two clear dessert pots

These quick and easy tiramisu pots take a grand total of 15 minutes to make and use storecupboard ingredients — great for when you're pushed for time and catering for a crowd.

Discover more ideas in our round-up of tiramisu recipes.

6. Chocolate orange tart

chocolate tart on a plate with orange zest on top

This delicate chocolate orange tart is naturally sweetened using dates and honey, with a ground almond and coconut crust. Simply mix, chill, slice and serve.

Find more recipes in our chocolate tart collection.

7. Banana-tahini Eton mess

Banana-tahini Eton mess

The perfect no-cook pudding for summer, we've combined meringue, cream, tahini, bananas and salted caramel for a novel twist on eton mess. It's a speedy pud to assemble too, ready in just 20 minutes.

If you're more of a purist when it comes to eton mess, see our best ever recipes.

8. White chocolate berry cheesecake

White chocolate berry cheesecake with one slice cut out

Cheesecakes are the perfect no-stress dessert that you can whip up in advance and leave in the fridge until you're ready to serve. Want something sweet with the tang of summer berries? Try our white chocolate berry cheesecake, a true summer showstopper that's great for entertaining. Amaretti biscuits add a nice crunch and almondy flavour.

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9. Chocolate hazelnut ice cream cheesecake

Chocolate hazelnut cheesecake with a slice taken out

If you're a confirmed chocolate addict, this chocolate hazelnut ice cream cheesecake is the one for you. With just four ingredients and 15 minutes to prep, it is the ultimate no-fuss dessert. Learn how to make it with our easy-to-follow video tutorial.

Find more chocolate-forward puds in our top 10 chocolate desserts.

10. Watermelon lollies

Watermelon ice lollies

Or for lollies which both look and taste like watermelons, follow our simple recipe, combining blitzed watermelon and kiwis.

Check out more lolly links in our best-ever lolly recipes.


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