Summer dessert recipes that are the perfect end to your barbecue or meal, full of seasonal berries and fruits that are a real delight to eat!
Summer dessert recipes are all about the berries: the raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, as well as light, fluffy meringues and indulgent cream. Peaches, apricots and rhubarb are also in season, so we've got plenty of really delicate, delightful recipes to finish off a great meal - and they're best enjoyed outside, if the weather permits of course!
In season between April and October, strawberries enjoyed with cream are so quintessentially British, and once British strawberries start appearing in the supermarket, we know that summer is finally upon us. We've got plenty of classic strawberry dessert recipes for you to try, from a traditional pavlova or Victoria sponge, to a slightly more adventurous stunning dairy-free and gluten-free strawberry mousse tart, or really elegant strawberry Charlotte.
Blackberry season goes from June through to November, as does raspberry season and blueberries thrive in the UK for a shorter time, from June until September. Rhubarb is also a big summer flavour and we have a lovely rhubarb tart recipe that is great for after dinner or with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
Tropical flavours are also great as a summer dessert and we have some really exotic sorbet recipes that you can try, as well as a tropical fruit salad recipe if you want to opt for a slightly lighter pud. This simple coconut sorbet recipe is so simple to make from just 3 ingredients - and you can keep it in the freezer and pull it out when you're ready!
Whatever you fancy, we've got plenty of really simple dessert recipes for you to try this summer that really bring out the flavours of the season.
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Strawberry Cheesecake With Strawberry Sauce recipe
This easy strawberry cheesecake ticks a lot of boxes for summer, as it's no bake and topped with a pop of fresh fruit. See the strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sauce recipe.
Raspberry Macaron Trifle
A wow trifle that's got summer written all over it. Make this to share at a BBQ or garden party. See the raspberry macaron trifle recipe.
Claire Clark's Austrian Coffee Cake
Bake Off: Creme de la Creme judge Claire Clark shares her recipe for a seriously impressive Austrian coffee cake that you can decorate with any fruit that's in season. See Claire Clark's Austrian coffee cake recipe.
Victoria Sandwich Loaf
A slight step away from the classic Victoria sponge, this Victoria sandwich loaf is just as delicious and will intrigue guests.
There are few cakes as impressive as this strawberry charlotte. Ideal for when you've got guests round.
Summer Berry Pavlova
Our summer berry pavlova recipe brings together seasonal berries and a delightful meringue that is both crunch on the outside and gooey in the middle for a lovely summer dessert.
Rhubarb Custard Tart
Creamy custard and tart rhubarb come together beautifully in this rhubarb custard tart. It couldn't be simpler to make so give it a go this weekend.
Chilled Raspberry Souffle
Why not try our elegant chilled raspberry soufflé recipe - it's so simple and is a no-bake soufflé which means it's a lot easier to make than you'd think. Friends and family will be delighted by it and it's the ideal dessert to finish off a dinner party with. It's even great to serve at a barbecue as it's fully of summery flavours that are great enjoyed outdoors.
Strawberry and Lemon Triple Layer Cake
Don't be daunted by the number of layers in this strawberry and lemon triple layer cake, it's surprisingly easy to make and sometimes the simplest of recipes are the best.
Raspberry and Pink Champagne Jelly
For a really light but delightful dessert, try this raspberry and pink champagne jelly. It's the perfect end to a dinner party.
Raspberry Ripple White Chocolate Slab
The raspberry in this raspberry ripple white chocolate slab really gives it a tart edge which is perfectly balanced out by the sweet white chocolate.
Summer Berry and Sloe Gin Jelly
This very grown-up summer berry and sloe gin jelly recipe is moreish and a perfect barbecue dessert recipe.
Lemon, Almond and Amaretto Cake
The almonds in our lemon, almond and amaretto cake recipe make it moist, heavy and utterly delicious.
Rhubarb and Lemon Tart
We love this rhubarb and lemon tart - it's the perfect combination of sweet and sharp - a real taste sensation!
Peach and Frangipane Tart
Stuck for peach ideas? Try this peach and frangipane tart - it's a real classic dessert, but so charming and tasty you'll make it again and again.
Summer Berry Tiramisu Cake
This no-cook summer berry tiramisu cake recipe is served just frozen, so it's almost like an ice cream.
Blackcurrant, Mint and Cassis Sorbet
This is a delicious blackcurrant, mint and cassis sorbet recipe for a summer barbecue. Make sure you use seasonal blackcurrants to make the most of their intense flavour.
Elderflower Syllabub with Raspberries and Crushed Meringues
The sweet elderflower works so well with the tang of the berries and the rich cream in this yummy elderflower syllabub with raspberries and crushed meringues recipe.
Mango with Lime Syrup and Sorbet
Mango with lime syrup and sorbet recipe is a refreshing dessert recipe - perfect for summer.
Blackberry Fool with Homemade Shortbread
This yummy blackberry fool with homemade shortbread recipe is full of summer's flavours and colours.
Lemon and Lime Drizzle Cake
This lemon and lime drizzle cake is a summertime favourite and it couldn't be simpler to make.
Strawberry Mousse Tart
This dairy-free, gluten-free strawberry mousse tart is a real treat if you can't tolerate dairy or gluten, or if you just fancy a change.
Peach and Passion Fruit Meringue Trifle
Use the fruits of the season to make this peach and passion fruit meringue trifle. Such an easy pud and so delicious too.
Peach and Marzipan Cake
This peach and marzipan cake puts a twist on the classic upside down cake.
Summer Dessert Recipes
Refreshing and light, Elizabeth David's syllabub recipe has been around since King Henry VIII ruled! It's quite boozy, so it's definitely one for the grown ups!
Quick Peach Cheesecake
We love this quick peach cheesecake recipe - it's simple yet delicious!
Friands with gooseberry and hazelnut
These friands with gooseberry and hazelnut make the most of the fruit's short season
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Make the most of the summer nights by spending them outside rather than in the kitchen with this easy one-pot chicken ratatouille
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Semifreddo with grilled peach, pistachio and amaretto
Semifreddo is a classic Italian dessert. We've given it a warm, boozy kick that goes perfectly with an after-dinner coffee.
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Princess Mako of Japan renounces title for love—other royals who chose love over royalty, including one you won't believe
Princess Mako of Japan chose to marry her 'commoner' partner despite losing her title in the process, but she's not the first
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Great British Bake Off fans fume over spoiler slip-up that gives away who's knocked out each week
Some Great British Bake Off viewers are being plagued by spoilers that are rather hard to avoid
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The Queen's 'sensitive' gesture to 'trembling' guest revealed in Joanna Lumley's new book
Joanna Lumley has praised the Queen's tactful treatment of a traumatized lunch guest in 2014
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