Jelly and custard trifle tart topped with meringues

Summer dessert recipes

68 Recipes

Make one of these tempting puds to round off a summer menu. Try a fruity trifle, pavlova, cheesecake or lemon tart – there's plenty of dessert inspiration here.

Jelly & custard trifle squares

5

(1 rating)

Create this retro jelly and custard trifle using cheat’s ingredients. It’s a completely make-ahead dessert, so ideal for a stress-free get together...
  • 30 mins
  • Easy

Gregg's tangy lemon tart

4.609195

(87 ratings)

Gregg Wallace fell in love with Michel Roux Snr's lemon tart at first bite. This is his version of the classic recipe...
  • 2 hours
  • More effort

Strawberry Pavlova

4.842105

(95 ratings)

When you find a punnet of perfectly ripe strawberries, showcase them in this irresistible summer dessert
  • 1 hour and 25 mins
  • More effort

Tropical tiramisu

3.666665

(3 ratings)

Put a Caribbean twist on a tiramisu by swapping the usual coffee for sponge soaked with mango and lime juices. The addition of rum makes it extra decadent
  • 35 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & elderflower trifle

4.666665

(3 ratings)

The plumpest, ripest strawberries make up this classic summer trifle with ginger jelly and a lemon drizzle cake base
  • 45 mins
  • A challenge

Strawberry shortbread ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Sandwich spoonfuls of strawberry cheesecake ice cream between two Viennese whirls to make this easy yet indulgent dessert. A perfect summertime sweet treat
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Gin & tonic cheesecake

4

(9 ratings)

Combine your favourite cocktail and dessert with this fabulously zingy gin and tonic cheesecake. It makes a perfect sweet treat for a grown-up dinner party
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Raspberry, pistachio & lemon curd trifles

0

(0 ratings)

Enjoy these individual raspberry, pistachio & lemon trifles as part of a summer menu. They're easy to assemble and you can easily pack them up in tubs for picnics...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry & elderflower gateau

4.916665

(12 ratings)

Make this stunning strawberry and elderflower gateau in just 30 minutes. As well as looking amazing, it tastes as good as anything from a top-end patisserie
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Raspberry sorbet

5

(3 ratings)

Make your own raspberry sorbet with just three ingredients. Perfect for hot summer days, or pairing with chocolate puds – and it's vegan too...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy

Strawberry, feta & thyme tart

5

(4 ratings)

Pair sweet and juicy strawberries with salty feta and crumbly puff pastry for a divine summer lunch. Serve with a rocket salad and a chilled glass of rosé
  • 40 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Coffee ice cream terrine

0

(0 ratings)

Try this twist on a favourite childhood ice-cream dessert with coffee and chocolate layers. Made with just five ingredients, it's a great make-ahead pud...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Summer pudding

4.85294

(34 ratings)

This quintessentially British pud, packed with juicy summer berries, is so much easier than it looks, perfect for beginners
  • 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Choc hazelnut ice cream sandwich

0

(0 ratings)

Squish chocolate and salted caramel ice cream between two chocolate cookies to make this irresistible frozen dessert. Devour immediately or pop in the freezer
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Rum ‘n’ raisin ice cream sandwich

5

(1 rating)

Mix plump raisins and dark rum with creamy vanilla ice cream then sandwich between two oat and raisin cookies to make this decadent grown-up dessert
  • 10 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon & verbena tart with raspberries

2.5

(2 ratings)

Impress your guests with an easy, delicious baked lemon tart. The magical sherbet flavour of lemon verbena leaves will take this classic dessert to new heights
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Lemon sponge cake

4.2

(5 ratings)

Top this citrussy sponge with lemon icing and candied peel. Greek yogurt creates a cake that's extra moist and tangy, for an irresistible teatime treat...
  • 1 hour and 20 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Caramel & coffee ice cream sandwich

5

(1 rating)

Keep cool this summer with a simple yet indulgent frozen dessert. Who says ice cream sandwiches are for kids? Chocolate-coated coffee beans say otherwise...
  • 5 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Blueberry & lemon croissant bake

4.666665

(3 ratings)

Croissants, custard, lemon curd and blueberries combine to make this irresistible yet easy bake that's perfect for dessert or brunch with friends...
  • 52 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Espresso martini cocktail fancies

4

(1 rating)

Bake our boozy, coffee-infused take on fondant fancies for a grown-up party. Check out our piña colada and strawberry daiquiri versions as well
  • 1 hour and 30 mins
  • More effort
  • Vegetarian

Summer fruit & mascarpone tart

5

(4 ratings)

Think of this summer fruit tart with whipped mascarpone as an oversized millefeuille. It’s very easy to make, but impressive enough for a special gathering...
  • 1 hour
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Strawberry shortcake slice

3.5

(4 ratings)

Layer biscuits with strawberries and cream and they'll soften to create an indulgent no-bake dessert. Super easy and delicious, it's a fabulous summer treat...
  • 25 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Apricot & pistachio frangipane blondies

4.666665

(6 ratings)

Make the most of summer's sweet, golden apricots with these moreish apricot and pistachio frangipane blondies. They make a perfect treat for afternoon tea...
  • 50 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

Orange & passion fruit traybake

4

(3 ratings)

Try this fresh and fruity orange and passion fruit cake with creamy mascarpone topping - a lovely dessert for a weekend family meal
  • 45 mins
  • Easy
  • Vegetarian

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