Jelly and custard trifle tart topped with meringues

Summer dessert recipes

71 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.

3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star 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
111 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

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

2 hrs
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135 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

When you find a punnet of perfectly ripe strawberries, showcase them in this irresistible summer dessert

1 hr and 25 mins
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Bake your own homemade sponge make this trifle extra special. With gooseberry purée and elderflower cordial, it's full of summer flavours

1 hr and 10 mins
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Vegetarian
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Get a taste of summer with strawberry jelly made with rosé wine and served with elderflower ice cream. It takes a little effort but it's a divine dessert

50 mins
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Gluten-free
9 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

Wow family and friends with a stunning strawberry tart. A lovely centrepiece dessert for summer dining, it's made with homemade pastry and crème pâtissière

1 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
5 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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
3 ratings 4.7 out of 5 star rating

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

45 mins
A challenge
3 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

Make this easy sorbet while elderflowers are in season. It's a fat-free, refreshing dessert for summer, or serve as an aperitif with a shot of gin poured over

30 mins
Easy
Vegan
Gluten-free
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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
13 ratings 4.3 out of 5 star rating

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
1 rating 4.0 out of 5 star rating

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
15 ratings 4.8 out of 5 star rating

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
3 ratings 4.4 out of 5 star rating

Transform your desserts with a drizzle of golden nectar. Top this honeyed cheesecake with honey-roasted apricots or swap with any soft fruit or rhubarb

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
12 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
Vegan
Gluten-free
5 ratings 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star rating

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
37 ratings 4.9 out of 5 star rating

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

30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 3.0 out of 5 star rating

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
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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
3 ratings 3.4 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 30 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
24 ratings 4.2 out of 5 star rating

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 hr and 20 mins
Easy
Vegetarian
1 rating 5.0 out of 5 star 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
6 ratings 4.5 out of 5 star rating

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
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