11 Stupendous Citrus Desserts To Usher In Spring (Recipes)
Spring is here in full force, and we are loving it!
We can't think of a better way to celebrate a lovely spring weekend than by enjoying a nice, indulgent dessert, can you?
Usher in the season by whipping your favorite creamy treats and adding bright, zippy citrus flavors to them. You and your guests (if they are so lucky that you feel like sharing) will adore how much these desserts taste of spring.
1. Easy Lemon Cake with Marshmallow Frosting + Toasted Coconut
Usually cakes are a lot of work, but this fluffy, creamy, refreshing version is actually so simple that you can mix up the batter with a bowl and spoon, bake it, and then plop your marshmallow frosting on top. By the way, if you want to keep it extra simple, just replace the frosting with marshmallow fluff and you're good to go.
2. Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
If you're addicted to Arnold Palmers -- or at least refreshing, never-too-sweet tea and crisp, zippy lemonade, you absolutely must combine them into the best dessert ever. You can even substitute a couple of tablespoons of vodka or bourbon for the lemon juice in the frosting, if you're feeling a little wild.
3. Easy Glazed Orange Bundt Cake
The soft yet pungent orange flavor is the perfect way to cut through the perfectly sweet, dense cake.
4. Lemon Curd Stuffed Cupcakes + Lemon Buttercream
Lemon on lemon! We are so down. Shortcuts: Use a box of yellow cake mix (add a half teaspoon of vanilla extract, if you'd like) and a store-bought jar of lemon curd. Nobody has to know!
5. Lemon Ginger Cheesecake
This elegantly spiced dessert is a touch lighter and easier to make than your average cheesecake, thanks to the ingenious addition of Cool Whip.
6. Dark Chocolate Orange Brownies
Orange and chocolate really are a perfect combination, but the pairing often flies under the radar, and we forget to make use of it. If you want to make brownies with an extra spring zing, a generous punch of orange zest and orange extract is the way to go.
7. Warm Lemon Pudding Cake
This dessert is great year round, but it's especially perfect to get you through those unexpectedly cold, rainy spring nights that pop up so often in April.
8. Raspberry Key Lime Pie
We absolutely adore the strong flavors and smooth textures of sweet and sour key lime pie. Take it to the next level by swirling in a couple spoonfuls of luscious raspberry jam for a perfectly bright dessert.
9. Lemon Lava Cake
The cake is amazing on its own -- it is soft and fluffy, and it melts in your mouth. Add in the gooey, creamy molten white-chocolate lemon center, and you'll be transported to another dimension of delicious.
10. Orange Creamsicle Fudge
Your favorite childhood popsicle is now a bite-sized fudgy treat. Talk about a blast from the past!
11. Dark Chocolate & Orange Scones
The chocolate/orange combo lends an unexpected yet elegant profile to these perfectly tender, fluffy and never dry breakfast indulgences.