The best lemon dessert recipes


The queen of cakes, this traditional bake is as simple as mixing your storecupboard basics and pouring a crunchy drizzle onto a warm sponge. Our five-star lemon drizzle recipe has just five key ingredients and is so easy, anyone can whip up a couple of loaves. For another fruity slice, try our lemon curd and blueberry loaf cake.

We’ve got even more lemon drizzle-inspired recipes for you to try, from cupcakes and traybakes to scones and crêpes.

2. Lemon meringue pie

Slice of lemon meringue pie

Our ultimate lemon meringue pie has it all: golden pastry, a crisp outer shell and a soft and fluffy lemon filling. Swirl the meringue into impressive peaks and let them crisp and colour in the oven for a slice of pure indulgence.


Following a plant-based diet? We’ve got the ultimate vegan lemon meringue pie for you to try.

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3. Lemon baked cheesecake

Baked lemon cheesecake topped with raspberries

This light lemon baked cheesecake topped with fresh raspberries is a simple but effective dinner party pudding. Try adding crushed ginger biscuits to the base to complement the touch of lemon in the filling. Not too heavy, this cheesecake is a steadfast sweet favourite.

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4. Lemon sorbet

Lemon sorbet scoops in two tall glasses

Our refreshing lemon sorbet requires just four ingredients and can be served as a palate-cleanser between courses or a light dessert. If you need a helping hand, watch our handy video guide to making sorbet.

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5. No-bake lemon cheesecake

Lemon cheesecake on a stand, with a lemon on the side

Looking for an speedy, no-fuss pudding? This zingy lemon cheesecake can be whipped up in under 30 minutes, using just a few store cupboard ingredients. Simply pop in the fridge to set for a couple of hours to set and it’s ready to slice!

6. Speedy lemon pudding

Steamed lemon pudding on a plate with ice cream

This tangy microwave sponge pudding is a super-quick dessert you can make in less than 10 minutes. A light sponge with a slathering of lemon curd really hits the spot after a simple midweek meal. Have a spoonful of ice cream at the ready…

Indulge in more of our comforting lemon pudding recipes.

7. Lemon tart

Lemon tart with slice taken out

The perfect citrussy dessert to finish off a rich meal –Gregg Wallace’s classic lemon tart. If you’re ready to invest some time and technique into making this pastry-based beauty, you won’t regret it. We fell in love at first bite.

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8. Almond & lemon meringue roulade

Almond and lemon swiss meringue roulade topped with raspberry

Serve this elegant lemon roulade for an impressive summer dinner party dessert. This heavenly light pud combines a tangy lemon curd and whipped cream centre within a chewy almond swiss meringue shell. Complete your showstopper with a topping of strawberries, cream and flaked almonds

Almond & lemon meringue roulade

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9. Lemon drizzle sponge pudding

Lemon drizzle sponge in a serving dish and bowl

We’ve taken a classic lemon drizzle cake and turned it into a gooey self-saucing pudding. Pouring sweetened lemon juice over the batter before it bakes allows it to puddle at the bottom of the sponge to create a beautifully zingy sauce. Served with a dollop of cream or custard, it’s the ultimate comfort pudding.

10. Lemon syllabub

Two glasses of lemon syllabub

Lemon syllabub can be as indulgent or light as you like by using either Greek yogurt or double cream. Just mix the basic ingredients and serve in individual pots.

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11. Lemon curd, mascarpone and passion fruit tart

Rectangular tart with passionfruit, lemon and mascarpone topping

Get a taste of the tropics with this summery lemon curd, mascarpone and passion fruit tart. It couldn’t be easier to make, using a base of shopbought puff pastry and just a handful of toppings. Add an extra touch of luxury with a scattering of chopped pistachio nuts.

Whip up more speedy tarts and pies with our puff pastry recipes.

12. Lemon meringue fridge cake

Layered lemon fridge cake topped with meringues and lemons

Finally, an impressive meringue cake that requires zero effort. Construct this biscuity, crunchy, creamy dessert and keep chilled until you need to wow your guests. Most of the ingredients are ready-made so you can forget the stress and spend more time schmoozing.

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What’s your favourite lemon dessert? Let us know in the comments below…

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