Yellow desserts are visually pleasing and are typically associated with sentiments of warmth, sunshine, and happiness. Many delectable sweets have a yellow hue, which is commonly accomplished by using ingredients such as citrus fruits, mango, pineapple, saffron, turmeric, and yellow food coloring.
Overall, yellow-colored desserts add a sense of brightness and cheerfulness to the table, making them an ideal choice for special events or simply to brighten up any day.
Unique Desserts That Are Yellow
Lemon Custard Pudding
Lemon custard pudding is a fuss-free, sweet and tangy yellowish dessert. It's one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make, too; I kid you not.
With just three ingredients and ten minutes of your time, you're all set for a delicious and decadent yellow-tinged dessert sensation. Best of all it’s sugar-free, egg-free, keto-friendly, and low carb.
Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding
Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding is quick and easy to make from scratch. With a rich and creamy vanilla pudding, combined with layers of crunchy vanilla wafers and perfectly ripe bananas, you’ll wonder why you hadn't made a dessert like this sooner.
Easy to assemble and packed with flavor, this is sure to be a favorite at any gathering, potluck, picnic, or holiday!
Homemade Lemon Pudding
These lemon pudding mini desserts offer a delicious combination of zesty citrus flavor and creamy texture with a hint of elegance when you serve them in these individual glass cups.
It's the perfect homemade yellow dessert to make when you are in a hurry. Made with just three ingredients in a blender (no cooking necessary), you'll have a refreshing dessert in no time.
Two-Ingredient Lemon Bars
When you need a quick dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth, these two-ingredient lemon bars are the dessert for you! Featuring lemon pie filling and cake mix, it doesn't get easier than this.
No need to break out the hand mixer or stand mixer, these airy lemon bars are mixed by hand and then baked yielding a texture comparable to yellow cake that's lighter than air! Dust them with powdered sugar for a show stopping dessert.
This yellow-colored dessert is a classic Spanish treat. A baked custard dessert topped with caramel, it's easy to make with just a few ingredients.
Creamy with the right amount of sweetness makes this a decadent dessert. The combination of vanilla flavoring and a simple sweet caramel sauce is irresistible.
Saffron Poached Pears
How about delicious poached pears without wine for those who don’t like or can't stand alcohol? These saffron poached pears are a delicious, decadent, alcohol-free alternative to red wine poached pears.
Spiced with cardamom, orange juice, orange peel, vanilla and sweetened with honey, these yellow-tinted desserts look super impressive. They are just as easy to make for a fancy dinner for two or holiday entertaining.
Coconut Lemon Energy Balls
These coconut lemon energy balls have a big lemon flavor for the lemon lovers in your life! These vegan-friendly coconut lemon balls are made with raw cashews, coconut, and lemon juice and zest.
They're brightly flavored and a delicious pick-me-up, healthy snack recipe. With a zippy delicious lemon flavor thanks to lots of lemon juice and zest, this is the zesty yellow dessert recipe you've been looking for.
Hong Kong Egg Tarts
These Chinese-style egg tarts are a popular pastry in the East, particularly in Hong Kong and Macau. They’re handheld pastries that can typically be eaten in one or two bites.
So skip the queues at those Cantonese egg tart stands and make these yourself at home. With the promise of a sweet salty flaky pastry crust and creamy and decadent custard filling, you’ll surely be making these more than once.
Mango Bango (Mango Milk with Tapioca Pearls)
Another Filipino dessert that makes it to our roundup is this mango bango dessert. The Philippines is known for having the sweetest mangoes in the world - the Guimaras variety - and the island nation is quite known for their love of all things sweet.
Made with mangoes, nata de coco, tapioca pearls, and sweetened condensed milk, this is a super easy, creamy, tropical delight that’s indulgent and refreshing.
Vegan Vanilla Slice
This vegan vanilla slice (or custard slice) tastes exactly like the traditional bakery delicacy but contains no dairy or eggs! It includes a thick layer of creamy custard between two layers of puff pastry with an optional homemade frosting on top.
The custard is simple to make and only requires a little mixing. No accompaniments are required for this classic dessert.
Banana Pudding Parfaits
This banana pudding parfait is for all the banana lovers out there. Think banana cream cake with a decadent twist.
Layered rum-laced bananas with French pastry cream, rum-soaked soft sponge cake, and an exquisite chantilly cream. And don’t these light yellow desserts look so elegant when served in individual glasses?
Mango Kesari Halwa
This melt-in mouth mango kesari halwa is an Indian traditional delicacy that is flavored with fresh mango, ghee, saffron and cardamom. Mangoes are truly the star in this popular Indian yellow sweet treat.
Simple yet elegant, you’ll love this tried and tested recipe, eaisly made with readily available ingredients.
Pineapple Zarda Sweet Rice
If you’re looking to impress guests with a unique dessert, bring this pineapple zarda sweet rice to your next themed gathering. The preparation is quite easy to make and guaranteed to be delicious, despite how uncommon rice is for dessert in some culture.
A rich dessert preparation made with rice, sugar and saffron is made in the Instant Pot and topped with pineapple pieces. With it’s delightful tropical and exotic flair, you’ll want to keep this recipe in your arsenal for all future festive occasions.
Coconut Mango Custard with Candied Pepitas
If eggs are an essential in your diet, then you must make this beautiful yellow-tinted dessert. Coconut mango custard with candied pepitas is a lovely tropical egg custard with a twist – crunchy cinnamon and chipotle candied pepitas and toasted coconut.
The eggs in this custard recipe make this so luxurious, and the mango and coconut amp up the flavor. It’s so amazing, you’ll want to keep making this recipe again and again.
Yellow Cakes, Pies And Tarts
Glazed Orange Cardamom Cake
This glazed orange cardamom cake is a delightfully simple yellow-hued dessert filled with citrus and spice. The cake is simple yet rich in texture, fragrance, and flavor. Its essence centers around the main ingredient - cardamom.
Its moist, hearty texture and sticky glaze complement a cup of tea well.
Lemon Texas Sheet Cakes
Lemon Texas sheet cake is ideal for serving a delectable dessert to a large group. Lemony citrus flavor abounds in this wonderful sheet cake, with an extra kick if you zest those fresh lemons.
The batter is made in a saucepan just like most other Texas sheet cakes. It's quite simple to make, vibrant and flavorful making it ideal for serving to a crowd.
Pina Colada Poke Cake
This luscious and delectable pina colada poke cake is bursting with sweet tangy tropical flavors reminiscent of a welcome summer's day. The coconut buttercream frosting jazzes up the bright and fresh-tasting cake.
And the toasted coconut on top adds a wonderfully tasty finishing touch, so don't skip it! This simple, yellow cake recipe will surely be a big hit at your next gathering.
Coconut Meringue Pie
A timeless classic, coconut meringue pie has been around for generations, and it seems it will never ever go out of style. Its combination of rich, tropical coconut with the ethereal lightness of meringue creates something really special.
With a buttery crust, sweet coconut filling, and fluffy meringue, it makes for a perfectly sweet and creamy dessert to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Chocolate Mango Tart
This mango tart is a cool, refreshing sweet treat perfect for any occasion. Featuring a chocolate pastry crust filled with chilled mango curd and topped with freshly whipped cream and cocoa nibs, this yellow dessert is pure decadence.
Oh, and the pretty chocolate leaves garnish can be hand picked from your garden and double coated with melted chocolate to add the same touch shown in the recipe image.
Classic Lemon Tart
We all need a classic lemon tart in any yellow dessert roundup and this recipe is it. Creamy and delectable, with a strong lemon flavor that strikes the ideal combination of sweet and sour.
With the crunch of the sweet pastry shell, a tart lemon curd, fresh whipped cream, and fresh berries as garnish, this dessert is wonderful for any occasion.
This tiramisu cake is a rich yellowish dessert inspired by the iconic Italian dessert. For a delightful tiramisu flavor infusion, soak yellow cake layers in coffee-flavored syrup and cover with coffee cream cheese icing and chopped up dark chocolate.
This recipe uses the “reverse creaming” method for tender yellow cake layers that are super easy to make. You get all the flavor of tiramisu without raw eggs.
Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
This sourdough lemon bundt cake is full of lemon flavor in both the cake and icing! The cake uses a reverse creaming method to make a soft and tender cake with the slight tangy twist of sourdough starter added to the batter.
Then the lemon glaze oozes down the sides of the bundt cake, creating a lovely frosting that encases the cake in lemony sweetness.
When you cut into the tender and moist cake, you'll find exquisite pieces of yellow cake speckled with tiny poppy seeds. This is a stunning yellow bundt cake to show off at any get-together.
Yema Cake with Stable Yema Frosting
If you've never tried yema cake, it's a sweet treat based around the thick and sweet Filipino custard confection. Even if you've never made it before, this yema cake recipe has everything tips and tricks to make this popular Filipino dessert.
Soft and airy chiffon cake, rich and thick yema spread, and even a yema frosting that’s stable and so easy to decorate with.
If you’ve never seen or heard of a mimosa cake, it’s a unique and delicate yellow-ish cake that mimics the clusters of flowers of the mimosa tree. It’s fast becoming a popular cake for Women’s day that’s typically celebrated in Italy and the U.S.
It's even simpler than it looks, as it starts with baking two layers of sponge cake. The first is divided into two or three layers, while the second is either sliced into tiny cubes or entirely disintegrated.
A light pastry cream is then poured between the cake layers (which have been soaked in a liqueur-laced syrup) and all over the top and edges. The sponge cake cubes or crumbs are then plastered to the outside of the cake until it is completely coated, leaving you with the perfect treat.
Butterscotch Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
This cake may not be yellow on the outside but it’s definitely yellow on the inside. If you're a fan of yellow cakes, this is a delicious way to dress it up.
This simple butterscotch cake recipe starts with store-bought butterscotch chips (also known as butterscotch morsels) to create a luscious, rich cake that's packed with flavor. The handmade cake is then topped with a simple butterscotch and chocolate icing. It’s guaranteed to impress!
Gluten-Free Yellow Cake From Scratch
Yet another yellow cake recipe hiding behind a decadent frosting. What’s unique about this recipe, though, is that there’s no box mix in it. Yup, it’s a from-scratch yellow cake recipe that also happens to be gluten-free!
It’s moist (thanks to the dessert's buttermilk) with an amazing buttery flavor just the way homemade yellow cake should be. It’s also nice and light thanks to the meringue - trust me, this’ll be the last homemade yellow cake recipe you’ll ever try.
For a delicious and healthy treat, indulge yourself with this limoncello infused tiramisu. This yellowish dessert is easy-to-make and vegan.
With layers of liqueur-soaked ladyfingers, lemon curd-flavored dairy-free mascarpone, whipped cream, and fresh lemon zest, it's a spin on a classic Italian dessert that will delight and surprise you.
This passion fruit tart is what tropical dreams are made of. Creamy passionfruit filling, in the most perfect shortcrust pastry tart crust.
The passion fruit tart has a crisp and slightly sweet tart shell and a easy passionfruit curd custard turned creamy custard filling. It tastes as good as it sounds. Sweet, tangy, tart and all kinds of tropical dessert bliss.
A lemon tart is a sweet and tart dessert with an incredibly creamy, custard-like citrus filling on a buttery, homemade pie crust. This yellow-hued dessert recipe makes the most incredibly delicious lemon tart that isn't overly sweet or too tangy.
This easy recipe is sure to be a family favorite plus you'll love making it because it doesn;t take much time. Garnish it with mint leaves, berries, edible flowers, or lemon slices for a show-stopping dessert.
Coconut Mango Crepe Cake
Mango crepe cake is an easy, no-oven cake made with thin French crepes, mango coulis filling, and coconut whipped cream. It's a yellow-colored dessert that is perfect for the summer season, or when mangoes are in season!
With a fool-proof crepe recipe, homemade mango puree, and creamy coconut whipped cream, this sweet and fruity mango cake will satisfy any mango lovers craving.
Lemon Olive Oil Cake
These individual lemon olive oil cakes are light, fluffy, and tasty that has everything you're looking for in a great cake recipe. The cake is moist, tangy, and lemony thanks to the use of lemon olive oil.
Olive oil gives the cake a light, and distinct flavor with fruity overtones complementing the cake. They’re light and delicate without becoming greasy or mushy. Plus, they remain moist and delicious for days after baking and taste just as nice as the day they were baked.
Pistachio Cake with Apricot Frosting
This elegant pistachio cake with apricot frosting is meant to be the star of your next soiree. It’s a cake like no other with an irresistible combination of nutty earthy pistachio and bright and zesty lemon layers with two kinds of apricot icing.
Between the tang and the lightness of the cake sponge it’s one of the best celebration cakes ever.
GF French Butter Cookies
French butter cookies, known as “Sables Breton” in France, get their flavor from vanilla and salted - yes, salted - butter. So, it’s important to use the highest quality (European) butter with a higher butterfat content and good vanilla in this recipe.
You'll yield a richer cookie flavor. Don’t skip the chilling process or egg-washing the tops. These yellow sweet treats are simply fabulous.
Corn Flour Cookies
For the ultimate yellow-colored sweets, here’s a recipe to try: corn flour cookies. These corn flour cookies are subtly sweet, soft, and chewy. They taste like cornbread in cookie form!
The main ingredient is as stated - corn flour. That gives its base flavor with the sweetness from the addition of maple syrup.These delicious cookies are vegan, gluten free, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup.
Yellow Cake Mix Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Have you ever tried making cookies with cake mix and chocolate chips? It’s so easy! With a box of cake mix, you've got the easiest cookies that taste simply amazing!
Perfect for beginning cooks or baking for a crowd. The cookies come out super soft with a subtle flavor of yellow cake. Yum!
Lemon Curd Macaron
Got a batch of lemon curd lying around? No need to look further for a recipe. This lemon macaron recipe boasts of an easy to make macaron shell.
They're filled with lemon buttercream and lemon curd for double the lemony goodness in this lemon curd dessert. Make these sunny yellow lemon macarons are sure to brighten your day!
Cool Yellow-Colored Confections
Mango Coconut Popsicles
These refreshing mango coconut popsicles are a simple and easy recipe to make for the summer. The sweet and tangy taste of mangoes goes so perfectly with the creamy goodness of coconut milk in these homemade yellow popsicles.
Made with coconut milk, lime zest and maple syrup for extra yummy flavor, these fruity treats will take your taste buds on a tropical vacation!
Mango Nice Cream
Going gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to chocolate and vanilla flavors. With only 2 ingredients, this mango nice cream is a quick and easy treat.
All you need are a couple mangoes and some coconut oil and you’ve got yourself a delicious cold treat bursting with fruity flavors. One bite and it'll be enough to transport you to the tropics, I guarantee it.
Vegan Orange Creamsicle Pops
If you want something sweet, creamy and cold, this yellowish dessert will do the trick. Channel the orange creamsicle pops of your childhood with this recipe but vegan!
They're super creamy and bursting with citrusy flavor from fresh oranges. The tangy-sweet flavors together will keep you cool and hydrated all season long!
Creamy Mango Popsicles
These creamy mango popsicles are sweet & kid-friendly frozen fruit bars, made more nutrient-rich with the lack of added sugar and natural sweetness form mangoes. Plus they can be made with fresh or frozen fruit in just 5 minutes.
They're an easy vegan dessert that really hits the spot in hot weather, but can quickly be made year-round!
Creamy Popcorn Ice Cream
I love how innovative people are becoming with flavors, with this popcorn ice cream being my latest discovery. With a unique ice cream flavor inclusion, you’ll definitely be pleasantly surprised with this yellow-tinted dessert.
Imagine a thick, incredibly creamy texture coupled with a buttery, sweet salty flavor that would be right at home in a gourmet ice cream shop. It’s the popcorn you love to snack on but in the form of a cold confection. Delish!
Frequently Asked Questions
Some of the most popular yellow desserts include lemon bars, banana pudding, pineapple upside-down cake, mango sorbet, and lemon meringue pie.
You can make desserts yellow by using ingredients such as saffron, turmeric, mango, pineapple, lemon, and even just food coloring. These ingredients can add varying shades of yellow to various desserts, including cakes, custards, ice creams, and puddings.
Yellow cake is a type of plain cake that gets its name from its color, achieved by using egg yolks in the batter. It's a simple, moist, and slightly dense cake that is often flavored with vanilla. Yellow cake is also a versatile base for many different types of frosting, and can be enjoyed on its own or as a component in layered cakes.
41+ Yellow Desserts to Make at Home
- Mixing Bowl
- Electric Mixer
- Lemon Custard Pudding
- Old-Fashioned Homemade Banana Pudding
- Home-made Lemon Pudding
- Two-Ingredient Lemon Bars
- Spanish Flan
- Saffron Poached Pears
- Coconut Lemon Energy Balls
- Hong Kong Egg Tarts
- Mango Bango (Mango with Tapioca Pearls)
- Vegan Vanilla Slice
- Banana Pudding Parfaits
- Mango Kesari Halwa
- Pineapple Zarda Sweet Rice
- Coconut Mango Custard with Candied Pepitas
- Glazed Orange Cardamom Cake
- Lemon Texas Sheet Cake
- Pina Colada Poke Cake
- Coconut Meringue Pie
- Chocolate Mango Tart
- Classic Lemon Tart
- Tiramisu Cake
- Sourdough Lemon Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
- Yema Cake with Stable Yema Frosting
- Torta Mimosa
- Butterscotch Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
- Gluten-free Yellow Cake From Scratch
- Limoncello Tiramisu
- Passionfruit Tart
- Lemon Tart
- Coconut Mango Crepe Cake
- Lemon Olive Oil Cake
- Pistachio Cake with Apricot Frosting
- Gluten-Free French Butter Cookies
- Corn Flour Cookies
- Yellow Cake Mix Cookies with Chocolate Chips
- Lemon Curd Macaron
- Mango Coconut Popsicles
- Mango Nice Cream
- Vegan Orange Creamsicle Pops
- Creamy Mango Popsicles
- Creamy Popcorn Ice Cream
- Choose a recipe that appeals to you.
- Gather the ingredients.
- Follow the instructions, then enjoy!