Luscious Spring Dessert Recipes
Kansas Sunflower Cupcakes
The Sunflower State's wheat crops and native state flower inspired our cupcakes. Frosting piped like petals turns the individual Kansas Sunflower Cupcakes into pretty treats. Wheat germ adds a hearty touch to the buttermilk-vanilla cakes.
Gingered Cantaloupe and Blackberry Shortcakes
Shortcake is a scrumptious showcase for fruit. This recipe calls for melon and berries coated with honey-ginger syrup on top of ginger-flavored cakes.
Peach Upside-Down Cake
The family behind Illinois' Rendleman Orchards has amassed some great peach recipes in 135 years of growing peaches. This cake is no exception. Peach slices and brown sugar form a moist base for the tender, square cake--and when flipped over, that base becomes the topping.
Key Lime Coconut Cake with Meringue Frosting
Billowy Meringue Frosting tops a moisty and buttery lime-flecked cake whose subtle coconut flavor comes from canned cream of coconut.
Lemon-Cream Dessert Cake
Start with a cake mix to make this light and citrusy creation layered with lemony cream cheese frosting. The recipe comes from an Ashtabula, Ohio, reader.
Candied Citrus Peel
If you can resist munching on all these chewy, sweet citrus bits, you'll find plenty of ways to use them in your kitchen. We like stirring chopped peel into granola or cookie batter, sprinkling it over vanilla ice cream, or dipping the pieces in chocolate. Keep in mind that lime peel does not taste particularly good when candied.
Lemon-Cream Cheese Pie
This creamy lemon pie is a signature dessert at Al's Oasis, a family restaurant along the east bank of the Missouri River in Chamberlain, South Dakota (135 miles east of Rapid City).
Berry Easy Cobbler
This crunch-topped cobbler calls for 3 cups of blueberries, but if you'd like a double-fruit version, reduce the blueberries to 2 cups and add 2 cups fresh or frozen tart cherries.
Mistress Suzanne's Bananas Foster
This cinnamon-spiced New Orleans classic is a popular dessert at Rider's Inn in Painesville, Ohio. Mistress Suzanne's Dining Room at the inn is named for the third wife of the original owner, Joseph Rider.
Orange Batons and Macadamia Tea Cookies
Pavlova, an egg meringue dessert named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, gets a chocolate makeover in this recipe from Chicago Pastry Chef Gale Gand. Top the pavlova with whipped cream and sliced fresh fruit.
Raspberry Cream Tart
Fresh berries work best in this elegant dessert (frozen berries get too watery). Keep fruit refrigerated and dry, and plan to use it within a couple of days of purchase.
Kansas-Style Lime Pie
Finely shredded lime peel and lime juice combine in this light, airy and easy-to-make dessert from Petersen's Pantry in Emporia, Kansas. The recipe gives instructions for an orange variation, too.
Cheesecake-Sauced Fruit Parfaits
Amazing Creme Caramel
Here's our version of a sweet, soothing Latin dessert specialty known as flan. We steeped citrus peel and cinnamon with the milk to add flavor. Caramelized sugar on the bottom becomes into a caramelly sauce. Serve the creme caramel with raspberry or chocolate sauce, or all by itself.
Rise and Shine Cranberry-Apple Crisp
Spiced coconut streusel adds crunch to healthy aples and berries.
To Each His Own Baked Alaska
This classic dessert goes together easily, but looks so impressive. Find the meringue powder in your supermarket's baking section or at stores carrying cake-decorating supplies.
Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Hopkins, Minnesota, calls itself America's Raspberry Capital and hosts an annual Raspberry Festival -- including a cooking contest. One entry was this recipe for Raspberry Cheesecake Bars, which combines layers of cheesecake and raspberry filling in an almond crust.
Tinted Angel Cake
The many colors of Kool-Aid, a Nebraska invention, give an array of choices for this angel food cake that starts with a mix. Pink lemonade Kool-Aid adds pastel prettiness and a delicate flavor to Tinted Angel Cake. The tropical punch version gives the cake flavor that's as intense as its color.
Anyone who loves lemon chess pie will enjoy these sweet-and-tart bars. The recipe comes from Palmer's Deli and Market in Urbandale, Iowa. Top the moist bars with powdered sugar.
One-More-Bite Bread Pudding
Creamy pudding surrounds a layer of raspberry jam or preserves, all topped with Whiskey River Sauce. This rich dessert comes from Hubbell House in Mantorville, Minnesota.
Honey-Berry Yogurt Frozen Yogurt Sundaes
Fresh raspberries, blackberries, strawberries or blueberries star in our Honey-Berry Frozen Yogurt Sundaes, which take only 15 minutes to make from start to finish.
Similar to an apple brown betty or fruit crisp, this rustic dessert has a cinnamon topping that blends graham cracker crumbs and pecans with sugar, butter and bread crumbs.
Lime Meringues with Red Raspberries
These light-as-air sweet meringues dolloped with lime filling come from a Rockford, Illinois, reader who likes to share this dessert with her neighbors.
Old-Fashioned Sour Cream/Raisin Pie
A stately meringue tops this creamy pie from the Downing Cafe in Downing, Wisconsin.
Oatmeal Cherry Cookies
Dried cherries make oatmeal cookies even more memorable in this recipe from American Spoon Foods, which has locations in the Traverse City, Michigan, area. We like the cookies' crisp edges and chewy centers.
Raspberry Upside-Down Cake
Whipped cream and raspberries crown easy Raspberry Upside-Down Cake, from a Hopkins, Minnesota, reader.
Mother Knows Best Carrot Cookies
These cookies are almost like a miniature carrot cake. Top them with orange frosting and finely shredded orange peel for a cookie that's as beautiful as it is delicious. The recipe comes from a Centertown, Missouri, reader who remembers her mother making these cookies.
Lemony Prairie Cake
Mix just six ingredients, including lemon-lime carbonated beverage, to make this lovely, citrusy cake from an Alta Vista, Kansas, reader.
Surprise Nut Torte
Crushed, rich round crackers add a salty touch to the chewy, nutty meringue crust of this dessert from Schreiner's Restaurant in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. For a fudgy change, try the chocolate-cracker version.
Blueberry Custard Pie
An Elkhart, Indiana, reader helped create this tempting layered pie. Known as a fruit-growing region, northern Indiana supplied a banner blueberry crop one year. That inspired the reader to create this colorful, meringue-crowned pie.
Grilled Banana Split Sundae
If you've never had dessert off the grill, this recipe from grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel of Chicago is a great place to start. Grilling softens the sweet bananas, which are absolutely irresistible when topped with hot fudge sauce. Cook the bananas on the grill over low coals left after making the main dish.