We’ll take any excuse to make dessert. Wednesday? Cupcakes. Only hit snooze once? Cookies, coming right up. Thawing out from winter’s permafrost and saying hello to spring? Now that’s an occasion worth celebrating with sweets. In honor of a new season (and the return of our farmers market favorites), here are 63 spring desserts to make from now until June.

RELATED: 70 Spring Dinner Ideas to Celebrate the Season

1. Easy Lemon-Hibiscus Layer Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
By easy, we mean it’s ready in about an hour. If you want to be extra festive, decorate it with edible flowers.

Get the recipe

2. Pineapple and Ginger Upside-Down Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
It seems summery, but pineapple is actually in season in the spring. It gets caramelized and ultra-sweet in this recipe, which has a little bit of fresh ginger for a kick.

Get the recipe

3. Mini Strawberry Ice-Cream Pies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
Roasting the strawberries brings out their sweetness, even if you can’t get the best pint at the farmers market. Plus, this dessert takes no time to make.

Get the recipe

4. Cheater’s Mini Rhubarb Galettes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
Psst: The crust is made from store-bought puff pastry, but you don’t have to tell anyone.

Get the recipe

5. Lemon Meringue Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, under 500 calories
The trick to maximum citrusy flavor involves rubbing the lemon zest and sugar together before making the dough. (Genius.)

Get the recipe

6. Coconut Rice Pudding with Rhubarb Compote

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, ready in <30 minutes
On its own, rhubarb is pretty tart. A creamy, sweet coconut rice pudding is the ideal foil.

Get the recipe

7. Botanical Shortbread Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser
They’re almost too pretty to eat. (The keyword there is “almost.”) We like to get edible flowers online from Gourmet Sweet Botanicals, FYI.

Get the recipe

8. Grapefruit Meringue Stacks

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, gluten free
This is like a cross between a meringue pie and a pavlova, and while it looks totally impressive, it’s foolproof to put together.

Get the recipe

9. Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
Two desserts in one? Don’t mind if we do.

Get the recipe

10. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
This is the baking project you’ve been searching for. The meringue topping gets its soft purple tint from freeze-dried blueberries, which add color and flavor.

Get the recipe

11. Glazed Blueberry Cake

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
Permission to eat the leftovers for breakfast granted.

Get the recipe

12. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
Meyer lemons are technically in season in winter, but you can substitute regular lemons in the spring. It’ll taste a little tart, but we like that.

Get the recipe

13. Strawberry Pie with Strawberry Crust

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
Get this: The crust is colored with strawberries instead of food dye, so this pie is strawberries squared.

Get the recipe

14. Sheet-Pan Strawberry Shortcake with Black Pepper, Whipped Honey Ricotta and Togarashi

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sheet pan recipe, beginner-friendly
It all comes together on one sheet pan, which means more time eating and less time worrying about the dishes.

Get the recipe

15. Orange Flower Olive Oil Cake

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy
When you think cake, you probably don’t think “less than an hour” or “doesn’t require special equipment,” but this recipe will change your mind.

Get the recipe

16. Jammy Shortbread Bars

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, make ahead
These cuties are made with raspberry jam, but you could use any flavor you prefer.

Get the recipe

17. Bite-Size Almond Raspberry Spoon Cakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser
Lightly sweet and bursting with almond flavor, these cake bites can be made by hand using just a whisk and a single bowl. We’re smitten.

Get the recipe

18. Lemon-Raspberry Whoopie Pies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Whether you consider it a cookie, pie or cake is a moot point—it’s delicious any way you spin it.

Get the recipe

19. Lemon-Berry Sheet-Pan Trifle

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Sheet pan recipe, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, gluten free
Trifles only sound stuffy and old-school. This modernized version is served right on the baking sheet, making it easy for everyone to dig in at once.

Get the recipe

20. Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry Soufflés

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients
Mastering the fine art of the soufflé is officially NBD, thanks to this foolproof recipe.

Get the recipe

21. Strawberry Sponge Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser
Everyone will think you’re running a fancy French bakery out of your kitchen. (Not a bad idea, if you ask us.)

Get the recipe

22. Strawberry, Cardamom and Pistachio Pavlova Bites

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, gluten free, special occasion–worthy
They’re small and light as air. Go ahead and have more than one.

Get the recipe

23. Raspberry Choux Puffs

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser
Making the moving parts is slightly involved, but the end result—creamy, dreamy éclair-like pastry—is so worth it.

Get the recipe

24. 3-Ingredient Japanese Cheesecake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, gluten free
The texture is light and fluffy, but the taste is just like New York-style cheesecake. You might even have the ingredients in your kitchen already.

Get the recipe

25. Angel Food Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories
When three layers and homemade buttercream aren’t in the cards, make this “less is more” cake and let the fresh fruit garnish do the hard work.

Get the recipe

26. Muffin-Tin Lemon Meringue Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
Sugar cookie crust, creamy lemon custard and soft meringue all baked up in a muffin tin—what’s not to love?

Get the recipe

27. Angel Food Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, under 500 calories
These cupcakes take 30 minutes to make from start to finish. Need we say more?

Get the recipe

28. Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Whipped Cream

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser
On the first 60-degree day, we’re firing up the grill and making these sweet skewers.

Get the recipe

29. Carrot Cake Doughnuts with Cream Cheese Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, under 500 calories
Carrots for spring? Not so groundbreaking. Carrot doughnuts, on the other hand…

Get the recipe

30. Peanut Butter Cream Pie with Raspberry Meringue

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
It’s the raspberry meringue for us.

Get the recipe

31. Tie-Dye Sugar Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
Swap the heart cookie cutters for flowers, the pink food coloring for yellow, orange and green, and you’re in business.

Get the recipe

32. 10-Minute Strawberry Cobbler for One

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: One bowl, ready in <15 minutes, <10 ingredients
This one is for those nights when you don’t want to share.

Get the recipe

33. 4-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Beginner-friendly, ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients
You had us at four ingredients (and again at ready in 15 minutes).

Get the recipe

34. Cheater’s Brioche Buns with Fruity Glaze

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, under 500 calories
Homemade bread? You’ve got this.

Get the recipe

35. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, make ahead, <10 ingredients
This unfussy, elegant dish can be refrigerated for two weeks and frozen even longer. Make-ahead dessert has a nice ring to it.

Get the recipe

36. Lemon Ginger No-Churn Ice Cream

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, under 500 calories, gluten free
Would you like a cup of sunshine, or a cone?

Get the recipe

37. No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: No cook, special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients
No oven, no problem. The simple topping can be made with any type of berry; just adjust the sugar to taste.

Get the recipe

38. Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: One pan, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
Swap the cherries for strawberries to make it spring-ready.

Get the recipe

39. Pineapple Sheet Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, make ahead
The cake itself is just five ingredients. That means there’s no excuse to skip the luscious cream cheese frosting.

Get the recipe

40. Birthday Cake Petit Fours

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser
You don’t need a birthday to make these adorable bites. Just saying.

Get the recipe

41. Pistachio Drop Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: One bowl, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
The green color practically screams spring, and the brown butter glaze means you’ll have to eat at least two. We don’t make the rules.

Get the recipe

42. Rhubarb Cobbler with Mint

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients
Imagine a biscuit-based shortcake, only with all the flavor of a fruit pie. The fresh mint is the cherry on top.

Get the recipe

43. Strawberry-Glazed Old-Fashioned Doughnuts

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: Under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Just look at the color of that strawberry glaze and try to resist. We know you can’t.

Get the recipe

44. Rhubarb-Almond Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, make ahead
Is it breakfast, or is it dessert? We say both!

Get the recipe

45. Neapolitan Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients
They’re matcha, vanilla and strawberry all in one. We like to save our favorite bite (strawberry) for last.

Get the recipe

46. Roasted Strawberry Shortcake Shakes

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly
The secret ingredient is white balsamic vinegar, which gives the berries a little oomph while they roast in the oven.

Get the recipe

47. Lemon Crumb Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly
Hidden beneath the lemon crumb (!) are swoops and swirls of gorgeous homemade lemon curd.

Get the recipe

48. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
If this flavor combination doesn’t scream “warmer weather,” we don’t know what does.

Get the recipe

49. Blackberry Lemon Bars

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
The magenta-colored filling is tangy, fruity and too pretty to pass up.

Get the recipe

50. Mini Carrot Cakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
Everything can be prepared a day or two ahead, making assembling—and devouring—these tiny treats even sweeter.

Get the recipe

51. Lucky Charms Treats

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly
If we’re being honest, there’s nothing particularly “spring” about Lucky Charms. But we feel compelled to make a batch of these sticky-sweet treats for St. Patrick’s Day, so we couldn’t skip ’em.

Get the recipe

52. Passionfruit Pie with a Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
This tastes like a vacation in the best way possible.

Get the recipe

53. Mini Coconut-Lime Tarts with Sugar-Soaked Strawberries

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
Coconut is rich and creamy; lime is tart and zippy. They’re the perfect pair.

Get the recipe

54. Pistachio Cupcakes with Strawberry Frosting

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours
  • Why We Love It: Special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser
These cupcakes are softer and fluffier than a marshmallow, thanks to cake flour, egg whites and sour cream in the batter.

Get the recipe

55. Banana Pudding Pie

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly
The most difficult part is waiting for it to chill before you can dig in with a spoon.

Get the recipe

56. Cheater’s Mini Strawberry-Vanilla Galettes

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy
It’s not often you can say you made a pie in less than an hour. Here, you can make eight of them.

Get the recipe

57. Upside-Down Mini Lemon Meringue Pies

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, make ahead
Every element in these cute cups can be made ahead. How’s that for effortless?

Get the recipe

58. Berries and Cream Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly
We used a mix of freeze-dried strawberries and raspberries (got ’em at Trader Joe’s), but you can use any variety you like.

Get the recipe

59. Little Jam Flower Cookies

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Kid-friendly, make ahead, beginner-friendly
A cookie is a beautiful thing, whether it’s intricately decorated with icing or spilling over with melted chocolate chips. However, these spring-ready bites are some of the cutest we’ve seen.

Get the recipe

60. Strawberry Galette with Whipped Cream

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
There are surprise ingredients in every element of this classic dessert, from the rosemary-laced crust to the tangy, balsamic strawberries.

Get the recipe

61. Vegan Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: Vegan, make ahead, gluten free
No dairy, no problem. These shortcake cups get their richness from plant-based ingredients like coconut oil and almond milk instead of butter and cream. (Bonus: They’re also gluten free.)

Get the recipe

62. Hummingbird Cupcakes with Pineapple ‘Flowers’

  • Time Commitment: 4 hours
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy
This is even better than a bouquet of fresh flowers.

Get the recipe

63. Strawberries and Crème

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Ready in <30 minutes, no cook, beginner-friendly
The beauty of cooking with in-season produce is that usually, less is more.

Get the recipe

RELATED: 67 Fun Things to Bake When You’re Bored and Craving Something Sweet

From Around The Web