3 Summer Dessert Recipes

Summer is the perfect time to indulge in light, refreshing, and delicious desserts. Whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue, enjoying a picnic in the park, or simply craving a sweet treat, these summer dessert recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds. At Lily and Lionel, we believe that just like fashion, food can bring joy and excitement to your summer days. Here are three delightful summer dessert recipes that are easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

1. Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake


  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package graham crackers
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)


  1. Prepare the Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. This will take about 3-4 minutes with an electric mixer on high speed.
  2. Layer the Cake: Spread a thin layer of whipped cream at the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place a layer of graham crackers over the whipped cream, breaking them as needed to fit the dish. Spread a third of the remaining whipped cream over the graham crackers, followed by a third of the lemon curd. Sprinkle a third of the blueberries on top.
  3. Repeat Layers: Repeat the layers two more times, finishing with a layer of whipped cream and a few blueberries on top for decoration. If using, sprinkle the lemon zest over the top layer.
  4. Chill and Serve: Cover the dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight if possible, to allow the flavors to meld and the graham crackers to soften. Serve chilled and enjoy this refreshing treat.

2. Mango Coconut Sorbet


  • 3 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Blend Ingredients: In a blender or food processor, combine the chopped mangoes, coconut milk, sugar, lime juice, and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Chill Mixture: Pour the mixture into a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to chill the mixture thoroughly.
  3. Churn Sorbet: Transfer the chilled mixture to an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer's instructions until it reaches a sorbet-like consistency. This typically takes about 20-25 minutes.
  4. Freeze and Serve: Transfer the sorbet to an airtight container and freeze for at least 2 hours before serving. Scoop into bowls or cones and enjoy this tropical delight.

3. Strawberry Basil Shortcakes

Ingredients for Shortcakes:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare Strawberries: In a medium bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, 1/4 cup sugar, and chopped basil. Toss to coat and let sit for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  2. Make Shortcakes: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the cold butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingers to blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the milk and beaten egg until just combined.
  3. Bake Shortcakes: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead gently a few times. Pat the dough into a 1-inch thick round and cut out shortcakes using a biscuit cutter or a glass. Place the shortcakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly on a wire rack.
  4. Prepare Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form.
  5. Assemble Shortcakes: Split each shortcake in half and layer with the strawberry basil mixture and a dollop of whipped cream. Top with the other half of the shortcake and add more strawberries and cream if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy this fresh and fragrant dessert.

Enjoying Summer Desserts

Summer desserts are all about fresh ingredients and vibrant flavors. These three recipes – Lemon Blueberry Icebox Cake, Mango Coconut Sorbet, and Strawberry Basil Shortcakes – are perfect for embracing the season. They are easy to prepare, require minimal baking, and highlight the best of summer produce.

At Lily and Lionel, we celebrate the joys of summer, from stylish fashion to delectable desserts. Try these recipes and add a touch of sweetness to your summer gatherings. Enjoy the warm weather and the delightful flavors of these refreshing desserts!