Celebrate the sunny summer months with decadent desserts filled with seasonal berries. We love using strawberries in a variety of desserts as they add bright, sweet flavour, and are versatile enough for all kinds of dishes. See how we use strawberries in everything from pavlova, to cheesecake and even ice cream.
Strawberries don’t just have to be used in sweet dishes – see how to use them in salads, drinks and more with our ultimate strawberry recipe collection.
For even more berry inspiration, see 10 ways to eat strawberries, the top 5 health benefits of strawberries and even learn how to grow your own strawberries. Discover more tempting sweet treats with our top 10 easy cheesecakes and the best fakeaway desserts.
1) Strawberry pavlova
Showcase strawberries in this impressive summer dessert. A pavlova is the perfect way to use up your summer harvest. Make the meringue from whisked egg whites and bake for an hour to ensure a crunchy texture around the outside. Fill the centre with whipped cream, then top with chopped strawberries and redcurrants and drizzle over strawberry purée.
For more ideas, including flavours like chocolate and peanut butter, see our pavlova recipes.
2) Triple-layered berry cheesecake
Make this showstopping layered cheesecake for an impressive summer dessert. To get the ombre effect, separate the filling into three bowls and add different amounts of food colouring. Top with strawberries or a mix of fresh berries, plus a drizzle of chocolate for extra decadence.
See more desserts, like millionaire’s cheesecake and eton mess cheesecake, in our cheesecake recipe collection.
3) Strawberry ice cream
Homemade ice cream is even better than shop-bought. What better way to use up a glut of strawberries than rich ice cream? Whizz your strawberries in a food processor, then make thick vanilla custard on the hob. Combine the purée with the custard and add extra vanilla and lemon juice for additional flavour. Then, either pop in an ice cream maker or whisk every 4 hours while freezing to break up any ice crystals.
Cool down with even more sweet treats in our ice cream recipe collection.
4) Victoria sponge loaf cake
Turn a loaf cake into a celebratory dessert with a bit of fresh cream and some strawberries. All the flavours of a traditional Victoria sponge are combined in this next level cake. Bake your loaf cake, then cut into two layers. Add a layer of strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream, then top with strawberry slices and a generous drizzle of icing.
See more ways to use your loaf tin with our loaf cake recipes.
5) Strawberry & pistachio olive oil cake
Looking for a dessert that’s not too sweet? Try our gluten-free strawberry & pistachio cake made with olive oil and polenta or cornmeal. Blitz pistachios in a food processor and combine with chopped strawberries and the rest of the ingredients. Bake for 50 minutes, then serve with extra strawberries and a generous dollop of crème fraîche.
Discover more free-from cakes with our gluten-free cake recipes.
6) Strawberry cupcakes
Bake a batch of cupcakes to share with family or friends. These gorgeous strawberry cupcakes are topped with pastel pink icing and fresh strawberries for an eye-catching result. Add some Greek yogurt to your cake batter to ensure it’s perfectly moist.
See more sweet treats with our cupcake recipes.
7) Chocolate-dipped strawberries
Strawberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven. Dip fresh strawberries in silky dark chocolate and drizzle with extra milk or white chocolate for a striking finish. Simply melt chocolate in the microwave, dip your strawberries and leave to cool until fully hardened. They’re the easiest way to dress up a stable summer fruit.
See our chocolate recipes for everything from drinks to chocolate mousse.
8) Strawberry & elderflower gateau
Looking for a stunning cake to celebrate a special occasion? Try this elaborate gateau, which is surprisingly easy to make. Use ready-made flan cases and top with jam, strawberries and an elderflower whipped cream. Finish with a thick raspberry icing and pistachio slices for extra detail.
Bake more impressive centrepieces with our showstopping cake recipes.
9) Strawberry jellies with elderflower ice cream
Nothing is more refreshing on a sunny summer afternoon than a jelly and ice cream dessert. Make your own strawberry jelly with rosé wine and strawberry slices. After it sets, top with homemade ice cream infused with elderflower cordial and lime juice.
Find more jelly-filled desserts in our summer dessert recipe collection.
10) Strawberry cake
Make the most of seasonal berries with a simple strawberry cake filled with chopped strawberry pieces. Bake a light sponge with natural yogurt to keep it moist and fluffy. Divide it into layers and cover with a soft cheese frosting. Pipe extra details on top and finish with extra strawberry slices.
For more bakes, see our complete strawberry cake recipe collection.
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