61 Berry Desserts to Bake Before Summer’s Up
When we hit the summer farmers market, we only have one thing on our mind: berries. Sweet strawberries, plump blueberries, juicy blackberries and tart raspberries are our favorite spoils of the season, and it just so happens that they all lend themselves beautifully to sweets. From a gorgeous galette to Insta-worthy whoopie pies, here are 61 berry desserts to make while they’re at peak deliciousness.
1. Blackberry Plum Upside-Down Cake
Two summer stars in one stunning treat. A bit of whole-wheat flour offers the cake just a touch of earthy, nutty flavor.
5. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust
Food coloring? We don’t know her. Instead, the crust gets its vibrant pink hue from freeze-dried strawberries.
9. Blackberry Panna Cotta Tartlets
Panna cotta is a much simpler filling for these shortbread tarts than pastry cream since it doesn’t require you to bust out the stand mixer.
12. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés
Leave it to baker extraordinaire Erin McDowell to create a foolproof soufflé recipe. The key is not overmixing and being gentle with them from start to finish, so they don’t deflate.
15. Raspberry Choux Puffs
Get in, we’re going to Paris. These light-as-air puff pastries are not only stuffed with vanilla crème pâtissière, but they’re also bursting with fresh passionfruit pulp and raspberries.
18. Berry Galette
Ah, the galette, or as we like to call it, the lazy baker’s pie. You won’t have to fuss over the freeform crust: Just pile the fruit in the center, fold the edges over and bake until bubbly.
20. Bite-Size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes
All these cuties require is a whisk, mixing bowl and a handful of pantry staples. Good luck stopping after just one.
24. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote
Graham cracker crust and silky cream cheese filling don’t need any tweaking to be delicious. But once you try cheesecake crowned with a zingy raspberry topping, you might never look back.
27. Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Raspberry Meringue
This pie looks like it was plucked straight out of a fairytale. Chalk the blush-colored meringue whisps up to blitzed freeze-dried raspberries.
32. Gluten-Free Lemon-Raspberry Pavlova
Isn’t she lovely? Sink your teeth into two layers of fluffy meringue, sandwiched together with whipped cream that’s infused with lemon curd and raspberry jam.
33. Strawberry Sponge Cake
You won’t believe how mind-blowingly easy the pink icing is to make. (We’re talking mashed strawberries and confectioners’ sugar.)
34. Raspberry Crepe Cake
Despite its Insta-worthy looks, this crepe cake couldn’t be easier to assemble. Add flecks of crushed freeze-dried raspberries to the crepe batter to make them even fruitier.
35. Lemon-Blueberry Poke Cake
The store-bought lemon cake mix won’t know what hit it once it’s being filled with homemade blueberry syrup.
39. Strawberry Galette with Whipped Cream
Three surprising ingredients take this stunner over the top: minced rosemary in the crust, balsamic vinegar in the fruit and sour cream in the whipped topping.
40. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
Any dessert topped with a layer of lilac meringue that tall is one after our own heart. Be sure to boil the filling for a full 30 seconds after adding the cornstarch, so all its flavor cooks out and the pie sets properly.
44. 3-Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream Shell
One bite and boom: You’re a kid who’s wrist-deep in a sundae all over again. This calls for all the rainbow sprinkles.
45. Angel Food Cake with Fresh Berries
Proof that simplicity can be delicious (even without frosting). All this fruit-topped dish needs is a hefty scoop of fresh whipped cream.
49. Paleo Almond Butter Blender Muffins
If you aren’t familiar with blender muffins, we’re about to change your life. Instead of whisking (and whisking) the batter, all you do is dump the ingredients in a blender and whirl them until combined.
50. Blackberry Jam Pie Crust Straws
For those days when your heart screams “pie” but your brain says “takeout.” You’re only 35 minutes away from flaky, jammy bliss.
53. Blackberry Cream Cheese Crumb Cake
A layer of smooth, tangy cream cheese filling is just the foil for the sugary crumb topping and sour blackberries.
54. Double Strawberry Pretzel Pie
Strawberry jam-infused cream cheese filling? Check. Sweet-and-salty pretzel crust? Check. St-Germain-kissed fruit? You bet.
57. Blackberry Lavender Cobbler
Cream cheese. Honey. Biscuits. That is all.
61. Baked Blueberry Donuts
Is it cool if we drink the blueberry glaze straight from the saucepan? Top each donut with a flourish of sprinkles, dried blueberries or edible flower petals.
For even more great recipes, check out our first cookbook, Only the Good Stuff.