Lemon meringue pie

Best ever easy lemon desserts and puddings

Lemon meringue pie, our legendary lemon self-saucing pudding and polenta cake with limoncello syrup, we have pulled together our ten favourite sweet lemon recipes. Pies, tarts, puds and other sweet, zesty treats.

Lemon desserts are really popular to finish your meal with a refreshing citrus hit. Try the perfect lemon pie recipe or one of our sweet lemon tart ideas. We also have plenty of lemon cake recipes, including a classic lemon drizzle cake, an almond and Amalfi lemon cake and a lemon polenta cake. As well as plenty of sweet treats such as lemon and blueberry tray bake, our lemon desserts and puddings make an extra treat for the family at the weekend or to serve at your next dinner party.

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Lemon self-saucing pudding (Lemon surprise pudding)

Lemon self-saucing pudding, also known as lemon surprise pudding, is easy to whip up and can be ready in an hour. Make one simple mixture and as it cooks it separates into a light sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath. This is our most popular dessert recipe ever, so see what all of the fuss is about. You could also try our indulgent chocolate self-saucing pudding or our exotic coconut and lime self-saucing pudding.


Almond and Amalfi lemon drizzle cake

Give our Italian almond and Amalfi lemon cake a go. The Amalfi lemons have a strong intense lemony aroma, and are slightly sweeter. This light summery cake is seriously moreish, a real crowd pleaser.

Almond and Amalfi lemon cake

Lemon drizzle cake

A classic afternoon tea lemon drizzle cake that sounds as good as it tastes. If you fancy some enjoyable baking, with a great reward at the end, then this recipe is for you. Why not make this one for a birthday cake and decorate your own way?


Lemon and blueberry bars

These simple lemon and blueberry bars are seriously moorish, gooey on the inside and crunchy on the out, the ideal summertime picnic treat.

Lemon and blueberry slice

Lemon drizzle crumpets

We’ve taken these crumpets and given them a zingy makeover. Drenched in lemon and sugar they are great with your afternoon tea. Try our favourite afternoon tea recipes here.

Lemon drizzle crumpets

Lemon and raspberry flapjacks

A lemon sweet treat for after-school or a mid-afternoon treat, our lemon and raspberry flapjacks are easy and fun to make. With plenty of lemon zest and a delicious layer of raspberries these oat bars are sure to be a hit with friends and family. Here are more traybake recipe ideas to try.


Lemon meringue pie

A classic, impressive lemon meringue pie with crisp pastry, tart curd and fluffy meringue that’s easy to make. What more could you want? Try our step-by-step guide to create the perfect lemon meringue pie. Here’s how to make the perfect meringues (with an expert video guide).

Lemon meringue pie

Lemon polenta cake with limoncello syrup

Our lemon polenta cake is a dense, rich cake with a boozy limoncello syrup. A great way to zest up and afternoon tea, or the perfect after-dinner centrepiece to serve with coffee (or limoncello!). We even have an easy limoncello recipe from our drinks expert.


Lemon tart

Try our perfect lemon tart, decorated with candied lemon. Serve at your next dinner part with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cut through the tartness.


Lemon fairy cakes with frosting

These cute little lemon cupcakes would work equally well for a kids party, baby shower or just a treat to serve with afternoon tea. If you are short of time make the sponges ahead and store in an airtight box then ice on the day. Extra cupcake cases to use? Try our easy cupcake recipes here.


Lemon and lime puds

These zesty little sponge puddings are packed with flavours of lemon and lime. Bake them in individual ramekins then serve up for a dinner party with pouring cream.


Lemon and vanilla cheesecake with candied lemon peel

A baked cheesecake is a great skill to master and much easier to make than you think. This lemon and vanilla cheesecake is finished with a candied lemon peel syrup which makes it smart enough to serve for a dinner party.


Lemon and almond tarts

If you like Bakewell tart you’ll love this lemon version. A crisp shortcrust shell is filled with lemon curd and a rich egg and ground almond sponge. Serve warm straight from the tin or at room temperature with a nice cup of tea.


Limoncello meringue pie

This is a great way to make use of lemons. Italian meringue is made with hot sugar syrup rather than regular sugar. This starts to cook and stabilise the egg white, so it needs no further cooking in the oven. You’ll need a sugar thermometer to get the right consistency for the syrup.


Lemon and redcurrant bundt cake

Need a stunning lemon cake recipe? This beautiful cake is made in a Heritage bundt tin, which is made by Nordic Ware, an American company. It isn’t cheap but will last forever and works like a dream – the cakes release perfectly every time. Find more triple-tested show-stopping cake recipes here.

Lemon and redcurrant bundt cake

Easy lemon curd

Add a lemony zest to your cakes and desserts with our easy lemon curd recipe. Spoon onto warm crumpets, stir through greek yogurt, or use to sandwich meringues together.

Lemon curd recipe

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