15 Fresh & Bright Desserts for Spring

Recipes from The Kitchn

Spring is definitely in the air, and it's right about now that the idea of entertaining starts to have appeal again. After all, we need to remind each other what we look like without scarves covering our faces. The first get-together of spring needs a special dessert to mark the occasion, don't you think? A fluffy cake or a parfait with billowy whipped cream, something with crunchy nuts and topped with a drizzle of honey. Here are 15 recipes that we think will do the job admirably.

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Blood Orange Parfait

Light and fresh is the name of the game when it comes to perfect springtime desserts. Citrus is still bountiful, making us crave desserts like Lemon Yogurt Icebox Cake and a simple Blood Orange Crostata. And it doesn't get much better than crunchy meringue pavlovas topped with a citrus fruit salad or early summer strawberries. This said, a slice of good old-fashioned carrot cake sure does sound good! The recipe below is one of our favorites. 

The hint of green in the trees and longer daylight hours are enough reason to think about throwing a party right now, but we also have Passover starting tonight and Easter coming up next weekend. Whatever your reason for celebrating, there's sure to be a recipe or two in this bunch that will have your guests begging for seconds.

Sticky Orange Cake with Marmalade Glaze

 Big Pink Rhubarb Cake

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