Lemons are so bright and cheerful; they just scream summer! And they’re certainly the star in every one of these lemon curd desserts.
A jar of this zesty spread is a dessert pantry staple, if you ask me. It can be enjoyed on anything, from topping cookie sandwiches to filling muffins and warmed over vanilla ice cream. But if it's taking up room in your fridge, I've got a recipe to help you use up all that curd.
Below are the best lemon curd dessert recipes on the internet, including some recipes for lemon curd itself. These sweets range from tiny lemon curd tartlets to cakes, cookies, ice cream, and everything in between, starting off with a handful of easy lemon curd recipes.
🍋 Lemon Curd Recipes
Small-Batch Lemon Curd Recipe
Welcome to the zesty world of lemon, where puckering up to perfection is not just an option—it's a way of life! And when life gives you lemons, it’s a sign to make lemon curd.
This small-batch lemon curd recipe is ideal for two. This from-scratch recipe is ready in 10 minutes and requires only 5 simple ingredients. It tastes far superior to store-bought versions. And I guarantee, you won’t find a more tasty and simpler recipe than this one!
Vegan Lemon Curd Recipe
We can't have a lemon curd round up without a lemon curd recipe. This is going to be your go-to vegan lemon curd recipe if you're staying away from eggs and dairy.
It's super delicious, plus super easy to make with just 5 ingredients. It qualifies as a lemon curd dessert all by its lonesome. You can spoon it over ice cream or your favorite cakes, or bake it into a recipe on its own!
Keto Lemon Curd
With an incredibly luxurious texture, this keto lemon curd is the perfect addition to your favorite keto desserts. It’s your basic lemon curd recipe but made keto.
Prepared with just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes total work time, this easy breezy recipe will be your new dessert workhorse. You won't believe this incredibly light and refreshing lemon curd recipe has just 0.5 grams net carbohydrates per serving and is sugar free.
Full of zesty goodness with the right amount of sweetness, this recipe is tops.
🍦 Frozen Lemon Curd Desserts
Lemon Curd Ice Cream
If you love easy ice cream recipes as much as I do, you’ll want to make this amazing frozen lemon curd dessert recipe. This lemon curd ice cream is the perfect summer cooler.
A no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe gets a zesty upgrade with swirls of homemade lemon curd folded in. The creamy vanilla base and the tangy lemon curd come together for a refreshing, easy-to-make dessert. It's the frozen summer treat that fulfills your sunshiny lemony dreams.
Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
Lemon meringue ice cream is the ideal sweet-tart treat for hot days. It's a citrus dream, with just enough lemon curd spiraling through to balance out the sweetness. This is the ideal no-waste egg recipe: the yolks go into the ice cream, while the whites go into the meringues!
You'll make more meringues than you need for the ice cream with this recipe, but I'm sure you can find a use for them! The meringue pieces soften slightly when blended with the ice cream, but they provide a wonderful texture so it’s a must make.
There is no need to thaw this lemon curd dessert before scooping; it is ready to eat right away.
Ultra Creamy Lemon Ice Cream
Chill out with a refreshing scoop of lemon curd-infused ice cream, delivering the perfect balance of creamy richness and zesty brightness. This super creamy lemon ice cream is made with homemade lemon curd that's lying around in your fridge.
Creamy, tart and refreshing, this ice cream is always a summer favorite!
Skinny Lemon Curd and Raspberry Popsicles
Cool down on a hot day with this icy treat, where rich zesty lemon curd takes on a new form. This healthy frozen treat tastes just like lemon ice cream, but is made with Greek yogurt, fresh or frozen raspberries and sugar-free homemade lemon curd!
These skinny lemon curd raspberry popsicles are a refreshing palate cleanser that's as delightful as they are cooling.
Lemon Curd Ice Cream Pie
This lemon curd ice cream pie is out of this world. Make it and you'll receive compliments nonstop.
Boasting of a nutty crust with a sweet and lemony filling, the creamy ice cream layer, topped with fluffy meringue, there are just so many good parts to this pie. The recipe uses store-bought ice cream for easier prep (but make sure to choose quality ice cream), because the pie is made in stages and needs freezing between each stage.
🍪 Lemon Curd Cookie Recipes
Lavender Lemon Curd Cookies
Indulge in the delightful flavor of lavender lemon curd cookies, perfect for dessert, Korean tea time, or coffee snacks.
These bite-sized wonders are gorgeous as they are tasty. You only need a few ingredients to create them, and you can use store-bought or homemade lemon curd.
Make these simply divine lemon lavender cookies for lemon lovers to enjoy. With fresh lemon zest, culinary lavender buds, and luscious lemon curd, these cookies are guaranteed to please any crowd.
Lemon Curd Biscuits
Transform classic British cookies into a luxurious affair with these lemon jammy dodgers. These lemon curd biscuits each hide a surprise center of tangy lemon curd, creating a decadent start to the day.
Melt-in-your-mouth cookies packed with buttercream and lemon curd are an excellent way to enjoy something sweet and tangy. Perfect for a tiny dessert after dinner or as a mid-morning coffee companion!
30-Minute Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
These lemon curd thumbprint cookies combine soft shortbread with vibrant lemon curd, creating a simple, tasty treat. Make these cookies in under 30 minutes and with just 6 ingredients.
They’re easy and super delicious lemon curd cookies with a tender base and a burst of lemon flavor. A perfect tiny bite when you’re craving lemon and great for bake sales too!
Crumbl Copycat Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
Take a break from the ordinary with these delightful thick, chewy and jam-packed lemon curd cookies. No need to stalk Crumbl shops for whenever these cookies are in season, you can make them at home today!
Infused with the crunch and deliciousness of poppy seeds and the bright flavors of the smoothest lemon curd filling, this cookie recipe is perfect for any occasion.
🥧 Luscious Lemon Curd Pies and Tarts
Luscious Lemon Tart with Raspberries
This gluten-free lemon tart recipe features exquisite lemon curd in a flaky, buttery crust. It's a great way to use up an abundance of lemons available.
The lemon curd filling is extremely delicious. It's sweet, tangy, and absolutely luscious (and tough not to eat right out of the bowl). When poured into the crisp, buttery tart shell, it will make your heart and mouth merry. Plus, it's gluten-free!
Lemon Curd Tarts
These sumptuous lemon curd puff pastry tarts are an impressive dessert that is quite simple to make. All you need are just 5 ingredients and a pre-made puff pastry to create this incredibly delicious treat.
A delicate dance between a buttery tart shell and luscious lemon curd, these bite-sized wonders redefine elegance with every mouthful. Swoon!
Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie
If you adore lemon meringue pie, this is the best vegan lemon meringue pie you could ever make. Plus the aqua faba is the perfect egg substitute making sure it's vegan!
Featuring a delicious homemade flaky buttery pie crust, tart punchy, and smooth lemon curd filling, and clouds of fluffy toasted meringue topping. This vegan lemon meringue pie aims to please - all while being completely dairy-free and eggless.
Meyer Lemon Curd Tartlets with Toasted Almond Crust
This smooth and creamy baked Meyer lemon curd tartlets features a buttery toasted almond crust and a sweet whipped cream topping. Zesty and buttery at the same time, this lemon curd recipe will end your search for the most lemony of all desserts.
Creamy, fruity Meyer lemon curd is combined with a nutty sweet crust for an amazingly tasty dessert. If Meyer lemons are not available, substitute regular lemons for equally delicious results.
Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
While this is another lemon meringue recipe, don't scroll past this, because the article's got tons of tips to get that lemon meringue pie recipe down pat.
This homemade lemon meringue pie boasts a crispy all-butter pie crust, creamy lemon curd filling, and a fluffy French meringue topping is easy to make if you follow this recipe carefully. Never ever be intimidated again with meringue pies with this lemon curd dessert recipe.
Vegan Bunny Tartlets
How cute are these lemon tartlets? This super versatile lemon curd recipe can be make large tarts, mini tartlets, or lemon bars, depending on your mood.
Make these super kawaii bunny tartlets with a sweet tangy lemon curd and buttery crust. Best of all, this recipe's vegan!
Mini Lemon Tarts with Raspberries
These bite-sized lemon tarts redefine elegance with every mouthful. Featuring deliciously short buttery crusts, creamy vegan lemon curd, and bright, juicy raspberries, these adorable vegan lemon tartlets are as tasty as they are easy to make.
A delicate dance between a buttery tart shell and luscious lemon curd. Make these easy 10-ingredient mini lemon tarts for your next social affair!
🍰 Sinful Lemon Curd Cakes
Lemon Curd Cake
A delicious and beautiful cake with wonderful citrus flavor and moist texture, this lemon curd cake will be your show-stopping piece for that Sunday social.
This cake is easy to make and calls for very simple ingredients. Boasting of fluffy, ultra moist sponge layers, luscious whipped cream frosting and silky citrusy lemon curd.
The layers and the lemon curd can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen (see the recipe notes ahead). If you love lemon desserts, you must make this easy recipe ASAP!
Belgian Lemon Tea Cake (Gluten-Free Option)
This Belgian lemon tea cake also known as lemon curd cake is a must-have in your dessert repertoire. It's a simple dish that can be made gluten-free to suit everyone's tastes.
The cake is filled with creamy lemon curd and has a crumbly topping. It has a sweet, crispy crust that perfectly contrasts, yet complements, the luscious richness of the creamy lemon curd filling.
This will undoubtedly become one of your favorites. You won't be able to resist the combination of flavor and textures!
Lemon Meringue Cake
If you enjoy lemon meringue pie, you should try this lemon meringue cake! This heavenly lemon curd dessert boasts of three layers of lemon cake filled with lemon curd, with toasted fluffy Swiss meringue frosting on top.
Immerse yourself in layers of moist cake intertwined with generous dollops of sweet-tart lemon curd, and fluffy meringue creating a symphony of sweet and citrusy sensations. The flavors and textures of this cake are simply out of this world.
Gluten-Free Lemon Cake
Rise to the occasion with this show stopping cake, where the bold flavor of lemon curd takes center stage, creating a dessert that's as impressive as it is delicious.
This deliciously moist gluten-free lemon cake is filled with lemon curd and piped with simple cream cheese frosting. It's sweet and tangy with the perfect amount of lemon!
Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream
Calling all lemon lovers! Layers of lemon cake with lemon curd filling and lemon buttercream come together in a trifecta of indulgence.
Featuring a smooth and silky lemon curd residing in between the layers of this soft lemony cake frosted with lemon buttercream. It's a dessert spectacle that's as visually stunning as it is delicious.
Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Here's another lemon curd sweet treat for your arsenal - lemon buttercream frosting. It's naturally flavored and perfect for any cake, cupcake, quickbread or bread.
Not too sweet, not too strong, just the right amount of lemon in a frosting! This is the ultimate lusciously lemon buttercream frosting for lemon lovers.
Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake
Escape to a tropical paradise with this coconut lemon bundt cake, where coconut and lemon curd join forces to create a sweet treat that's refreshing and delightful.
Featuring the popular flavor combination of tart lemon and sweet coconut, this pretty bundt cake is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. When sliced, a brilliant yellow lemon curd center is revealed, providing a lovely contrast to the snow-white coconut-coated cake.
Lemon Meringue Cake with Summer Berries
If you’re looking for a light and refreshing dessert to use up your lemon curd stash, a lemon meringue roll cake is a perfect choice. A classic dessert that consists of a light and fluffy sponge cake filled with a creamy, tangy lemon filling, then rolled into a beautiful swirl.
Both beautiful and delicious, this lemon curd dessert recipe is the ultimate summer dessert to serve. This lemon swiss roll is filled with tangy lemon curd, topped summer berries, chunks of meringue and homemade whipped cream. It’s bound to be a hit.
Lemon Raspberry Cake with Lemon Curd
This lemon raspberry cake is soft, light, airy, yet deliciously moist! And it features a thick layer of tangy lemon curd in the middle so it's full of refreshing lemon flavor!
You can’t get a more perfect summery dessert in my opinion: fluffy raspberry cream, tangy lemon curd and ultra-moist cake – absolutely delicious!
Lemon Curd Cheesecake
Experience the marriage of creamy cheesecake and silky lemon curd, where the velvety richness of the cheesecake is perfectly complemented by the citrusy brightness, creating a dessert masterpiece.
You'll surely love the zesty twist in this creamy and dreamy classic. Perfect for lemon lovers!
Lemon Curd Marbled Cheesecake
Delightfully lemony and super creamy, this baked lemon curd cheesecake will make your day. Smooth and creamy cheesecake with a sweet tart lemon curd swirled into every bite.
Use homemade or store bought lemon curd whatever floats your boat but be sure to try this recipe out when the lemon curd dessert craving hits. Take note that the recipe is a mini version, so double up if you want a whole cake to share.
Keto Lemon Curd Cheesecake
This lemon curd cheesecake is smooth and creamy, with a zesty lemon curd that balances sweetness and tartness wonderfully. It's a zesty, creamy, and oh-so good cheesecake recipe that no one will believe it’s sugar-free, gluten-free, and keto-friendly.
Make this keto lemon curd cheesecake at home with just a few simple ingredients. It's just a straightforward easy to make delicious low-carb recipe to use up lemon curd.
🥐 Scrumptious Lemon Curd Pastries
Lemon Curd Yogurt Cheesecake Bars
A loaf of sunshine, these lemon curd yogurt cheesecake bars are a delightful blend of convenience and flavor, perfect for those moments when you need a lemony pick-me-up.
With a buttery digestive base, a wonderfully rich yogurt cheesecake filling and a topping of zingy, mouthwatering lemony freshness - you're going to want to make this lemon curd dessert over and over again!
Classic Lemon Shortbread Bars
Elevate afternoon tea time with these elegant classic lemon shortbread bars, where the buttery crust harmonizes flawlessly with the tangy lemon curd, creating a symphony of sophistication in each square.
Dive straight into the goodness of these lemon bars made with a simple 4-ingredient crust. The crisp buttery shortbread crust lays the foundation for a rich, tangy lemon topping, making every bite a perfect balance of flavors.
Lemon Curd Sweet Rolls
Make these lemon curd sweet rolls to brighten up your day. They're a sweet and tangy variation of classic sweet rolls.
The result is a batch of soft, pillowy rolls with a lusciously tangy lemon filling, and milky sweet glaze. These delicious lemon curd sweet rolls are a sweet way to start your day or as a treat any time of the day!
Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
If you create more lemon curd than you can use, these light, lemony cupcakes are a delightful way to use it up. These cupcakes, filled with luscious lemon curd and topped with a lovely raspberry buttercream frosting, are both delicious and simple to whip up.
They’re light and lemony and also the perfect edible vessels for holding delectable globs of the enticing nectar known as lemon curd. The frosting is raspberry-flavored, but it would also make the ideal buttercream consistency. These will undoubtedly wow guests, friends, and family.
Lemon Curd Puff Pastries
Ready for a yummy and easy summer treat? Then you’re going to love these lemon curd puff pastries! Using ready made puff pastry dough, these crispy, flaky tangy handheld pastries are absolutely delightful.
The zesty lemon curd is topped with a light, sweet meringue and wrapped in a buttery shell. Best of all, these puff pastry cups can be made a day in advance, making them perfect for busy days.
Sugar-Free Meringue Lemon Curd Cupcakes
I’ve been spiraling down a lemon curd rabbit hole searching for any and all excuses to eat it. So enter these sugar-free meringue lemon curd cupcakes.
The base is moist, light, and extra soft and fully low carb with a zesty lemon curd inside. The taste and texture screams of a pure vanilla cupcake recipe with delicious lemon flare but, keto-friendly.
Lemon Curd Blondies
Chewy and dense, these blondies are studded with swirls of lemon curd, creating a dessert that's a delightful divergence from the traditional brownie.
These lemon curd blondies are soft, gooey, and bursting with lemony goodness. It's a great dessert for all seasons.
🍮 Unique Lemon Curd Desserts
This lemon tiramisu recipe is the lemony twist on the classic Italian dessert that we all need right now. With layers of ladyfingers soaked in limoncello, alternating with creamy mascarpone and zesty lemon curd, this tiramisu is the ultimate indulgent deviation from the norm.
This lemon tiramisu is ultra creamy, tangy, and packed full of lemon curd! Lemon lovers will rejoice once they get a taste of this lemon curd dessert.
Lemon Mousse with Blackberries
Indulge in a velvety lemon curd mousse that floats on the taste buds like a citrus-infused cloud. This simple dessert recipe uses lemon curd and heavy cream to make an elegant layered dessert that’s more than the sum of its parts!
Each spoonful is a delicate balance of creamy richness and refreshing tang. It’s an excellent make-ahead option and looks beautiful topped with fresh berries!
Lemon Curd Mascarpone Earl Grey Amaretto Tiramisu Trifle
For a dessert fit for a celebration, try this lemon curd mascarpone tiramisu trifle recipe. This bright layered tiramisu trifle dessert featuring lemon curd and mascarpone is absolutely showstopping!
This dessert looks super fancy but it's so easy to assemble. Layers of lady fingers dipped in earl grey tea and amaretto liquid, mascarpone cheese, and lemon curd come together in a trifecta of indulgence.
It's finally topped with candied almond slivers forming a dessert spectacle in a trifle bowl that's as visually stunning as it is delicious.
Zesty Lemon Curd Crepe Cakes
For a fancy dessert that will astound you, try this zesty lemon curd crepe cake. This delectable lemon curd dessert combines layers of delicate vanilla crepes with a luscious lemon curd topping, creating a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more.
Layers of delicate crêpes alternate with velvety lemon curd, creating a cake that's both visually stunning and a celebration of the perfect marriage between French elegance and citrusy delight.
Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd
Lavender lemon panna cotta with lemon curd is an easy to make, refreshingly, delicious, light dessert, perfect for the summer. This fancy dessert is just bursting with delicate lavender and bright lemon aromas, and making it is easy as pie.
Silky smooth panna cotta meets the bright embrace of lemon curd and floral notes of lavender, creating a lemon curd dessert that's both sophisticated and irresistible.
Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Curd and Crushed Pistachios
This lemon curd pavlova is topped with a bright and tangy homemade lemon curd. Whipped meringue forms the base of this dessert, creating a delicate pavlova that cradles a luscious lemon curd filling and topped with crushed pistachios, resulting in a dessert that's both airy and indulgent.
You can make lots of mini pavlovas and serve them individually, or make one large pavlova as an elegant dessert. Either way, this pavlova dessert is sure to impress!
🥞 Dessert For Breakfast Lemon Curd Recipes
Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats
These creamy lemon cheesecake overnight oats are packed with protein, healthy fats and fiber. It’s going to be your new fave quick and easy breakfast for dessert!
It’s super tangy, sweet, luscious and tastes like a slice of lemony cheesecake but with no baking or turning on the oven involved. This super creamy pseudo lemon cheesecake with the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Lemon Streusel Muffins
Lemon streusel muffins are a great way to kickstart your day. These muffins are soft and moist, delightfully aromatic with a shortbread like streusel on top with a tangy lemon glaze.
Sunshine-infused muffins that boast a burst of citrus in every bite will surely make your mornings exponentially brighter.
Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Curd
Amp up your brunch game with these golden blueberry waffles that boast a lemony twist, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary with each crispy bite. Fresh blueberries take this homemade waffle batter to another level and the lemon curd topping takes it off the charts.
These blueberry waffles with lemon curd topping are the perfect meal to make for breakfast or brunch this weekend.
Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon Curd Drizzle
Flip your breakfast treat routine upside down with these golden delights, as each pancake layer oozes with a citrusy surprise, turning an ordinary morning into a lemon-infused fiesta.
These creamy lemon ricotta pancakes are a hybrid of a fluffy classic pancake and a delicate crepe. They are absolutely excellent when drizzled with lemon curd. Ideal for breakfast, brunch, and even dessert - try making these with my 3 ingredient pancakes!
🙋 Frequently Asked Questions
Lemon curd can be spread on toast, scones, or muffins, used it as a filling for tarts, cakes, crepes, or cupcakes, swired into yogurt or ice cream for flavor, or even used as a topping for pancakes or waffles and and many more.
Lemon curd is not a type of custard. While both lemon curd and custard are creamy and often used in desserts, they are different in both ingredients and preparation. Custard is typically made with milk or cream, egg yolks, sugar, and flavorings such as vanilla, whereas lemon curd is made with lemon juice, sugar, eggs, and butter, creating a distinct consistency and flavor from custard.
Lemon curd can typically last for about 7 to 10 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It's important to ensure that the container is sealed properly to maintain the freshness of the lemon curd. Always check for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell or discoloration, before eating or using it.
If lemon curd is overcooked, it can become overly thick, the eggs can scramble, or the flavor can become bitter. Overcooking can even cause the lemon curd to become grainy or curdled. Additionally, the flavor may become overly intense due to prolonged exposure to heat, so it's important to closely monitor the curd when cooking and remove it from the heat as soon as it reaches the desired consistency.
47+ Lemon Curd Desserts to Make at Home
- Mixing Bowl
- Electric Mixer
- Small-Batch Lemon Curd Recipe
- Vegan Lemon Curd Recipe
- Keto Lemon Curd Recipe
- Lemon Curd Ice Cream
- Lemon Meringue Ice Cream
- Ultra Creamy Lemon Ice Cream
- Skinny Lemon Curd and Raspberry Popsicles
- Lemon Curd Ice Cream Pie
- Lavender Lemon Curd Cookies
- Lemon Curd Biscuits
- 30-Minute Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
- Crumbl Copycat Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies
- Luscious Lemon Tart with Raspberries
- Lemon Curd Tarts
- Vegan Lemon Meringue Pie
- Meyer Lemon Curd Tartlets with Toasted Almond Crust
- Best-Ever Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
- Vegan Bunny Tartlets
- Mini Lemon Tarts with Raspberries
- Lemon Curd Cake
- Belgian Lemon Tea Cake (Gluten-Free Option)
- Lemon Meringue Cake
- Gluten-Free Lemon Cake
- Lemon Cake with Lemon Curd and Lemon Buttercream
- Lemon Buttercream Frosting
- Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake
- Lemon Meringue Cake with Summer Berries
- Lemon Raspberry Cake with Lemon Curd
- Lemon Curd Cheesecake
- Lemon Curd Marbled Cheesecake
- Keto Lemon Curd Cheesecake
- Lemon Curd Yogurt Cheesecake Bars
- Classic Lemon Shortbread Bars
- Lemon Curd Sweet Rolls
- Lemon Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream
- Lemon Curd Puff Pastries
- Sugar-Free Meringue Lemon Curd Cupcakes
- Lemon Curd Blondies
- Lemon Tiramisu
- Lemon Mousse with Blackberries
- Lemon Curd Mascarpone Earl Grey Amaretto Tiramisu Trifle
- Zesty Lemon Curd Crepe Cakes
- Lavender Lemon Panna Cotta with Lemon Curd
- Mini Pavlovas with Lemon Curd and Crushed Pistachios
- Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats
- Lemon Streusel Muffins
- Blueberry Waffles with Lemon Curd
- Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon Curd Drizzle
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!