11 Simple Strawberry Desserts That Say Spring

Cyd Converse

Depending on where you live, there's nothing quite as synonymous with spring and early summer as a bounty of fresh local strawberries.

My favorite kinds of desserts are simple strawberry desserts, especially a classic strawberry champagne cake. It's my favorite cake of all time!

Visiting the u-pick strawberry fields and coming home with baskets overflowing is always one of my happiest memories each year.

After months of sub-par produce here in the northeast, nothing makes me more excited than finally getting my hands on fresh strawberries.

In anticipation of strawberry season, here I'm sharing my favorite strawberry dessert recipes - bookmark them for later!

1. Strawberry Limeade Cake Recipe

This strawberry limeade cake is slightly dense and moist, full of zippy lime flavor and pretty green color. The strawberry frosting has a bit of cream cheese in it, just to give it a tangy creaminess. It's the perfect contrast to the lime and a great flavor combination! Use fresh strawberries to make the frosting for loads of bright, spring-like flavor.

2. Funfetti Strawberry Poke Cake Recipe

This is one of those semi-homemade dessert recipes that everybody loves. It's super simple to make and it comes together easily every time. A simple sheet cake recipe topped with whipped cream frosting and loads of fresh strawberries, this is one of those simple desserts your friends and family will beg you to make for every family gathering.

3. Strawberry Pie Bars Recipe

A crisp, buttery shortbread base, sweet strawberry pie filling, and a creamy whipped cream finish make these strawberry pie bars festive and delicious! Because what's better than making a homemade pie from scratch? Making pie bars that are much easier to make with none of the worry about how your pie crust will turn out.

4. Strawberry Frosting Recipe

There is nothing better than a creamy strawberry frosting. I especially love it top a simple vanilla cake or cupcakes. This frosting recipe is anything but your typical buttercream and will convert even the most adamant frosting haters. (I haven't figured out how anyone hates frosting, if I'm honest, but they won't be able to resist this one!)

5. Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

These sweet and creamy strawberry ice cream sandwiches are a no-bake dessert everyone loves. The simple homemade strawberry ice cream is packed with fresh strawberries and then sandwiched between chocolate graham crackers make for the perfect warm weather dessert at your next picnic or backyard party.

6. Gluten Free Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes Recipe

Are these strawberry cheesecake pancakes breakfast or dessert? Both? I'll let you be the judge of that, so long as you promise to give them a try. Soft and slightly sweet pancakes are rolled around a sweetened cream cheese filling studded with chopped fresh strawberries. A little dusting of powdered sugar and more strawberries on top and you've got a real winning combination.

7. Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

These quick and easy strawberry watermelon smoothies make for a simple dessert during the hotter months, or even a refreshing breakfast! The addition of lime juice along with the fresh watermelon and strawberries makes them extra delicious. Toss some of your leftover fresh strawberries in the freezer for smoothies on the go anytime.

8. Paleo Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Do not be daunted by making your own ice cream - this paleo and vegan strawberry ice cream recipe is so simple to make! Use fresh strawberries for maximum berry flavor. Combined with the coconut milk base, the result is a plant-based ice cream recipe that is creamy and delicious. You won't be able to tell it's vegan!

9. Strawberry Lime Yogurt Bark Recipe

There are few desserts you can make as easy as yogurt bark. This version is sweet and tangy with a Greek yogurt base and the addition of lime juice, lime zest and thin slices of strawberry yogurt. Maple syrup adds sweetness to the Greek yogurt, creating a sweet treat your family will want all spring and summer long.

10. Chocolate Strawberry Milkshakes Recipe

Everyone knows that chocolate and strawberries are a match made in culinary heaven. These chocolate strawberry milkshakes are no exception. A simple, delicious dessert you can make in under five minutes with no baking required? That's the name of my game when it comes to a simple, easy dessert recipe.

11. Homemade Strawberry Cordials Recipe

Let's get one thing out of the way - cordials are not just for Valentine's Day, ok? These homemade strawberry cordials are shockingly good, especially when made with fresh strawberries you've picked up at your favorite local farm stand. Make a big batch for Mother's Day or your next backyard picnic and prepare to make everyone's day very very happy.

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