Our 8 Favorite Citrus Bakes to Usher in Spring

Feb 16, 2023

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The days are slowly getting longer which means that spring is right around the corner.

And sure, everyone’s favorite groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, might have declared “six more weeks of winter,” but we fully believe in manifesting our own destiny, especially if that means shaking off the winter chill a few weeks early.

Luckily citrus season is still in full swing, and these tart fruits are the perfect way to get an extra dose of sunshine as we look forward to the brighter months ahead. From sweet and tangy oranges to bright and zesty lemons, citrus truly brightens up any dish—especially desserts!

Check out 8 of our favorite citrusy bakes that’ll help usher in spring.


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Lemon Coconut Tart

Coconut and lemon are the perfect pair—and they instantly impart a tropical, sunny vibe to any dessert. This recipe has a creamy and sweet lemon curd layer topped with toasted coconut flakes, brought together with a shredded coconut pastry crust that’s set in a classic tart pan.

The candied lemons also add a beautiful garnish to finish it.

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Instant Pot Lemon Cheesecake

Did you know you can make a cake in a multicooker?

This cheesecake recipe uses an 8″ cake pan to create the shape. Plus, it boasts a vanilla wafer crust and a special ingredient, Fiori di Sicilia—a citrusy floral extract that translates to “Flower of Sicily”—to add another layer of dimension to the dish.

The rose water meringue elevates this dish one step further, adding a sweet crunch to every bite.

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Orange Almond Cake

We love a delicious cake recipe from scratch, and this Orange Almond Cake made in a classic

Top with whipped mascarpone, slivered almonds or candied cranberries to finish.

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Blood Orange and Hibiscus Curd Tart

This beautiful citrus tart recipe is just as delicious as it looks!

The blood orange, which is a little sweeter and less acidic than a normal orange, has a tart and floral flavor profile that goes well with the dried hibiscus. The color truly shines through in this dish, which is brought together with a flavorful gingersnap crust.

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Lime Macarons

Macarons are a light and refreshing French pastry made from ground almonds, sugar and egg whites. In this recipe, the pastry’s crispy exterior gives way to a soft, chewy center that is filled with a lime-flavored vanilla buttercream, striking the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

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Muffin Pan Lime Tarts

If you love key lime pie, you’ll love this easy, citrusy dessert recipe!

This simple lime dessert uses a muffin pan to create individual tartlets full of smooth, citrusy custard and a cream cheese dough as the base. Top with whipped cream, lime or lemon zest, candied limes or a dusting of powdered sugar to finish.

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Meyer Lemon Yogurt Cake

If you’re on the hunt for recipes that use lemon, look no further than this sweet dish!

Meyer lemons are just a little bit sweeter than regular lemons, with a less acidic flavor and a richer, almost egg yolk-colored skin. They also have a more fragrant rind, making them a great choice for zesting.

This recipe takes all the benefits of the Meyer lemon and puts it in cake form, with a bit of Meyer lemon juice, zest and slices for decoration. It also uses buttermilk and Greek yogurt, giving the lemon cake extra moisture to keep it soft and decadent.

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Little Lemon Cakes

This bite-sized lemon cake recipe gives everyone their own individual pastry to savor.

Filled with a light vanilla cream and topped with a shiny glaze, this lemon recipe adds a showstopping visual to any dessert table. Arrange them on a cake stand or serve on a tiered platter to showcase these elegant lemon cakes for guests—they’d be a perfect dessert for a baby or bridal shower—or simply as an after-lunch dessert.

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