Looking for an easy and delicious summer dessert to impress your friends and family? Here are my top 10 summer dessert recipes for 2023 that are real crowd pleasers! Bring these treats to your next summertime party, picnic, or backyard BBQ, or summer cookout to be the dessert hero of the day!
1. Cookies and Cream Dessert Cups
Cookies and cream dessert cups are perfect treats for Oreo cookie lovers. They are made with a chocolate cookie crust, cookies and cream cheesecake filling, and a mini Oreo cookie. This is an easy, no bake recipe that is unbelievably delicious. Bring these to your next party and serve them right out of a cooler. Perfect for kids and adults!
This recipe is the most popular dessert cup recipe on the blog, and has been viewed millions of times on Instagram and TikTok!
2. S’mores Bars
These s’mores bars are one of my new favorites! The bars are made with a chewy cookie dough made with graham crackers, smothered in marshmallow cream, sprinkles with a ton of milk chocolate, and baked to perfection. All the flavor of s’mores without the campfire.
I love bringing these bars camping and to picnics, for an easy, casual but delicious dessert!
3. Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes
The first recipe I ever posted on the blog, these lemon blueberry cupcakes are a personal favorite. The cupcakes are made with moist and fluffy lemon cake studded with fresh blueberries and frosted with a sweet and tangy lemon cream cheese frosting.
They have the perfect balance of sweet and tart and I think we can all agree that they are pretty adorable!
4. Mini Key Lime Pie Cheesecakes
If you love key lime pie, these mini key lime pie cheesecakes are your dream come true! Made with a graham cracker crust, creamy no bake key lime cheesecake filling, and a bit of fresh whipped cream, these mini key lime cheesecakes are the perfect summer dessert – no oven required!
These cheesecakes are the perfect little bite if you need a little something sweet, but don’t want a rich or filling dessert.
5. Strawberry Cake
This strawberry cake is perfect for strawberry lovers! Moist, tender strawberry cake layers flavored with real strawberries and frosted with a shortcut strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream frosting. This cake is the perfect treat for strawberry lovers and completely made from scratch!
Flavor the cake and frosting with strawberry reduction made from real strawberries for intense strawberry flavor. And she is just so pretty in pink! You know you want a slice!
6. Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Cups
Let’s take strawberry shortcake, but make it portable! These strawberry shortcake dessert cups have all the flavor of strawberry shortcake packed into a mini cup. The cups contain moist vanilla cake topped with sweet strawberry sauce and cream cheese whipped cream for the perfect bite.
Bring these to your next BBQ and serve them out of a cooler to make lots of new friends!
7. Raspberry Lemon Bars
Looking for a refreshing, fruity dessert? These raspberry lemon bars have a buttery shortbread crust, tart raspberry lemon filling and a dusting of powdered sugar. If you are looking for a dessert with bright, fresh fruit flavor, this is definitely the one to try!
If you love lemon bars, this is a tasty twist on the classic dessert!
8. Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes
These strawberries and cream cupcakes are moist and fluffy vanilla cupcakes, homemade strawberry filling, stabilized whipped cream frosting, and fresh strawberries. These cupcakes are light, fresh, and taste like strawberry shortcake!
If buttercream frosting isn’t your thing, this is a great recipe to try for the light and fluffy whipped cream! Just be sure to keep these cupcakes chilled and serve cold.
9. Lemon Cake
This homemade lemon cake is loaded with real lemon flavor. Moist and tender lemon cake layers flavored with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, iced with lemon cream cheese frosting! If you love lemon desserts, this is a must try cake recipe!
10. S’mores Cookies
S’mores cookies have all the flavor of a classic s’mores without the campfire! A chewy and slightly crisp graham cracker cookie packed with chocolate chips and the secret ingredient, dehydrated marshmallows! The dehydrated marshmallows melt and become chewy and gooey without completely disappearing in the cookie.
Bring these s’mores cookies camping, boating, to cookouts or your next picnic, or make them to munch on for yourself!
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I hope you enjoy these delicious summer treats! If you make any of these recipes, please post pictures on Instagram and use #cakemehometonight or tag @cake_me_home_tonight so I can see your beautiful creations!