The best lemon dessert recipes

We love nothing more than a zesty lemon dessert. These pudding, cake and cookie recipes make the most of this light, citrus flavour in simple sweet treats.

Our best ever lemon dessert recipes

A grating of lemon zest or a swirl of lemon curd can instantly lift any dessert and take it from bland to brilliantly fresh in a second. Don't overlook that bag of lemons in your fridge or fruit bowl, make them into something special and satisfy your citrus cravings. 

Classic lemon drizzle

Classic lemon drizzle
The queen of cakes, this traditional bake is as simple as mixing your storecupboard basics and pouring a crunchy drizzle onto a warm sponge. Our five-star lemon drizzle recipe has just five key ingredients and is so easy, anyone can whip up a couple of loaves. 
 

Lemon meringue pie

Lemon meringue pie
Our ultimate lemon meringue pie has it all: golden pastry, a crisp outer shell and a soft and fluffy lemon filling. Swirl the meringue into impressive peaks and let them crisp and colour in the oven for a slice of pure indulgence.
 

Lemon cheesecake

Lemon cheesecake
This light lemon baked cheesecake topped with fresh raspberries is a simple but effective dinner party pudding. Try adding crushed ginger biscuits to the base to complement the touch of lemon in the filling. Not too heavy, this cheesecake is a steadfast sweet favourite. 
 

Lemon syllabub

Lemon syllabub
Lemon syllabub can be as indulgent or light as you like by using either Greek yogurt or double cream. Just mix the basic ingredients and serve in individual pots.
 

Lemon sorbet

Lemon sorbet
Our refreshing lemon sorbet recipe requires just four ingredients and can be served as a palate-cleanser between courses or a light dessert. If you need a helping hand, watch our handy video guide to making sorbet.
 

Lemon bars

Lemon bars
It's hard to resist a crisp shortbread base and delicate lemon topping – dare we say these easy lemon bars are even better than a brownie? The recipe is great for bake sales, an after-meal dessert or a sweet weekend pick-me-up. 
 

Lemon pudding

Lemon pudding
This tangy sponge pudding is a super-quick dessert you can make in less than 10 minutes. A light sponge with a slathering of lemon curd really hits the spot after a simple midweek meal. Have a spoonful of ice cream at the ready... 
 

Lemon tart

Lemon tart
The perfect citrussy dessert to finish off a rich meal – classic lemon tart. If you're ready to invest some time and technique into making this pastry-based beauty, you won't regret it. We fell in love at first bite. 
 

Lemon biscuits

Lemon kisses
These lemon kiss biscuits sandwiched with curd are dainty and delicious. Try them on an afternoon tea spread or as a homemade gift for someone with a sweet citrus tooth.
 

Lemon fridge cake

Lemon fridge cake
Finally, an impressive meringue cake that requires zero effort. Construct this biscuity, crunchy, creamy dessert and keep chilled until you need to wow your guests. Most of the ingredients are ready-made so you can forget the stress and spend more time schmoozing.  

For more classic zesty bakes, check out our lemon cake collection.

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