Celebrate summer anytime with these bright and citrusy lemon desserts. From pies to tarts, cookies to cakes, these easy lemon dessert ideas are sure to tickle your taste buds!

When life gives you lemons, make dessert! Whether you love cookies, cakes, pies or tarts, these easy lemon dessert recipes make a sweet, citrusy finale to your summer meals.

1. Lemon Bars

Why mess with a classic? For lemon lovers of all kinds, these classic lemon bars are a must-have. Just the right amount of sweet and tart combine on a flaky crust for a scrumptious zesty sweet.

mini lemon tarts

2. Mini Lemon Tarts

Sweeten up your celebration with these mini lemon tartlets. Made using store-bought pie crusts and curd, this is one dessert you can whip up in no time.

3. Lemon Meringue Tart

Next time you’re craving lemon meringue pie, try topping your pie with actual meringue cookies! A bright and colorful dessert with plenty of texture, this lemon tart is a fun twist on the recipe we all know and love.

lemon meringue cookie tart
lemon raspberry tarts

4. Lemon Raspberry Tarts

These bright and flavorful lemon tarts make a wonderful dessert for any special occasion. Top your tarts with fresh raspberries, blueberries, whipped cream or lemon curls for added color and texture.

5. Golden Lemon Cheesecake

Create an indulgent and amazing dessert for your family with this golden yellow cheesecake. This creamy cheesecake features a sweet, crumbly crust, and can be topped with whatever fresh berries you’d like (we suggest blueberries or raspberries).

lemon cheesecake topped with blueberries and lemons
Vanilla custard cupcakes

6. Lemon Cheesecake with Fresh Raspberries

This lemon cheesecake, wrapped in a tasty cookie crust, features fresh raspberries and lemon zest for a delicious punch of lemon flavor.

7. Lemon Lush Cake

A cool and refreshing dessert for summer family BBQs, this lemon lush cake features a coconut and macadamia nut crust, a layer of sweet cream cheese filling and a layer of tangy lemon pudding.

lemon lush cake with macadmia nut crust
white buttercream frosted cake with lemon filling

8. Lemon Cake Filling

Give your white, yellow or strawberry cake a little flavor zip with a layer of this lemon cake filling. Made using fresh lemons, this creamy delicious filling can also be used to add a surprise to the center of your cupcakes. Try it with our Lemon Poppy Seed Cake for the ultimate summer treat!

9. Lemon Meltaway Cookies

A favorite treat for kids and adults alike, these sweet and tart cookies melt in your mouth. Buttery and bright, these little bite-sized cookies are best served alongside a cup of hot tea.

lemon cookies
lemon blueberry poppy seed cake in a jar

10. Lemon Blueberry Jar Cake

Lemon and blueberry are a match made in heaven, and this lemon blueberry jar cake celebrates both flavors. Save time by using a store-bought lemon curd, or serve in wine cups or bowls if you can’t find jars.

11. Sweet Meyer Lemon Pound Cake

Made with flavorful Meyer lemons, this lemon pound cake makes a wonderful treat morning, noon or night! Top you cake with a bright lemon glaze and serve alongside a handful of fresh berries or whipped cream for a tasty dessert.

sliced lemon pound cake
Mudslide cupcakes

12. Easy Lemon Cake

This sweet and zesty lemon cake is a wonderful treat for any occasion. Topped with a sweet lemony icing, this cake would be delicious served with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

13. Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Treat the family to these adorable mini lemon muffins. Easy enough for a weekend breakfast or brunch, these little muffins are near impossible to resist!

mini iced lemon poppy seed muffins
mini glazed lemon loaf

14. Mini Glazed Lemon Loaf

These mini lemon cakes pack a lot of flavor into one small loaf. Drizzled with an icing sugar glaze, these mini loaves are an indulgent treat to share with a loved one (or enjoy yourself!).

15. Lemon Poppyseed Cake with Lemon Buttercream

Whenever you need a little taste of summer, try this simple lemon poppy seed cake. Topped with a zesty buttercream frosting, this cake features easy decorating techniques for a simple, yet stunning, dessert.

lemon poppy seed cake frosted with lemon buttercream frosting
tiered lemon basil cake

16. Lemon Basil Cake

This lemon basil cake gets better with every layer! Basil-infused cakes are sandwiched between layers of lemon cream cheese frosting for a bright and citrusy dessert everyone will love.

17. Lemon Sour Cream Pound Cake

Take pound cake to the next level with this lemon pound cake recipe. Buttery and moist, this cake is topped with a tart lemon glaze and can be served for breakfast, brunch or dessert.

glazed lemon sour cream pound cake
Almond cupcakes topped with frosting and coconut shavings

18. Raspberry Lemon Chiffon Cake

Nothing says summer elegance like a lemon raspberry chiffon cake. A delicious dessert for summer birthdays or dinner parties with friends, this 3-layer cake is filled with a tangy homemade lemon filling and fresh raspberries for the perfect combination of sweet and tart.

19. Healthier Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Just because you’re looking to eat better doesn’t mean you have to give up on the things you love! Packed full of wheat germ, agave nectar, low-fat buttermilk and tasty blueberries, these Healthier Lemon Blueberry Muffins offer a better-for-you option for a quick breakfast on the go.

Cupcakes with copper colored sprinkles and a copper colored rose on top
Jewel-tone buttercream swirled cupcakes

20. Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake

Celebrate summer with this delicious Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake. Made by poking holes in the cake and then covering the cake with a sweet gelatin mixture, this cake is light and refreshing, and looks beautiful when cut open!

21. Vanilla Custard and Lemon Cupcakes

Are you celebrating a birthday or shower this season? If so, these Vanilla Custard and Lemon Cupcakes are perfect! A light lemon cake sits below a delicious vanilla custard Candy Melts candy icing, making this cupcake ideal for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any spring or summer celebration.

Pink and purple cupcakes topped with pink and purple fondant ribbon roses
Red Velvet Cupcakes

22. Blueberry Cookies with Lemon Rosemary Glaze

Light and zesty with the seasonal flavors of blueberries and lemon, these cookies make a lovely addition to a summer brunch or wedding shower.

23. Lemon Raspberry Streusel Jumbo Muffins

Perfect for a Sunday brunch, these Lemon Raspberry Streusel Jumbo Muffins are a sure-fire way to start your morning off right! Topped with a sweet buttery streusel, these muffins are bound to disappear quickly!

Butter Cupcakes
Strawberry Chardonnay cupcakes

24. Lemon and Chocolate Tarts

Whether you’re hosting a brunch, a shower or a classy birthday party, these Lemon and Chocolate Tarts are a quick and easy way to create a dessert that everyone will love. Use pre-made lemon curd and store-bought dough to save time and effort in the kitchen!

25. Lemon Blueberry Nut Bread

This soft and delicious blueberry nut bread is great for both breakfast and dessert. Topped with a sweet sugar glaze, this Lemon Blueberry Nut Bread is sure to become a family favorite.

Valentine's Day cupcakes with pink and white ruffles and topped with a mini candy heart

26. Easy Lemon Meringue Pie

It’s sweet, it’s tart, and it tastes like summer! Celebrate any holiday or celebration with this refreshing lemon meringue pie. Great for picnics and summer gatherings, this light and airy pie is a summer staple for a reason!

27. Lemon Blueberry Mini Fluted Cakes

Enjoy a sweet start to your morning with these Lemon Blueberry Mini Fluted Cakes. These little cakes are made with lemon cake mix and instant pudding, so they are packed with lemon flavor. Add a sprinkle of lemon zest before serving for a light and delicious sweet treat.

Elegant Champagne Cupcakes

28. Lemon Thyme Cake with Grapes

Perk up your pound cake by adding a pop of savory flavor. This buttery lemon pound cake features the subtle undertones of thyme for a sweet and sophisticated dessert that’s sure to please.

29. Lemon Angel Food Cake

Looking for a quick and easy dessert you can make any night of the week? Look no further than this Lemon Angel Food Cake. Airy and sweet, this heavenly treat is made even better with a warm lemon glaze. Serve with fresh raspberries for a pop of flavor and color.

cupcakes decorated with floral blooms

What is your favorite lemon dessert? Let us know in the comments below, or share a photo of your lemon cake, tart cookie or dessert on social media and tag us @wiltoncakes.

17 Easy Lemon Dessert Recipes

Celebrate summer anytime with these bright and citrusy lemon desserts. From pies to tarts, cookies to cakes, these easy lemon dessert ideas are sure to tickle your taste buds!
Be the First to Review!
Course Dessert
Tried this recipe?Take a picture and tag us @WiltonCakes on Instagram