Wondering what to do with strawberries? Want a summer dessert or cocktail to enjoy in the sun? Check out our favourite strawberry desserts, cakes, condiments and more below.


We have some great ideas using strawberries and cream, meringues, cakes, smoothies, cheesecakes and more. For more seasonal fruit ideas, check out our raspberry recipes, peach recipes and cherry recipes.

From afternoon tea treats to easy summer desserts, we have the strawberry recipe for you...

Want expert advice for growing your own crop? Learn how to grow your own strawberries from our friends at Gardeners’ World.

Why we love strawberries

Strawberries are well-loved all round the world for their vibrant red colour and sweet, juicy flavour. Actually a member of the rose family, there are more than 10 species – all differ in flavour, size and texture. However, they all have the same characteristic shape and seeded flesh. When they're in season, we eat strawberries at every opportunity – blitzed into breakfast smoothies, blended into cocktails and baked into cakes.

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Health benefits of strawberries

Strawberries are sweet but low in calories, making them a good healthy choice. They're packed with anthocyanidins, colourful pigments which are thought to prevent inflammatory conditions and heart disease. They also include heart-friendly nutrients potassium, folate and vitamin C. Eating strawberries appears to slow down our digestion of glucose, especially when eaten with carbohydrates. About seven fresh berries count as one of your five-a-day.

How to freeze strawberries

  1. Wash the strawberries in cold water and pat dry with kitchen roll.
  2. Cut and discard the stems, then freeze whole or cut to a smaller size if you wish.
  3. Spread out the strawberries on a tray and place in the freezer until solid.
  4. Once frozen, transfer them to a labelled resealable freezer bag, making sure to remove any excess air.
  5. Frozen strawberries are best consumed within six months. You can defrost them by transferring to the fridge so that they thaw slower.

When are strawberries in season

British strawberry season runs from June to September, so plenty of time to make the most of them.

Easy strawberry recipes

Strawberries and cream cheesecake

Combine two classic summer desserts in this no-bake cheesecake topped with a sweet strawberry sauce, ideal for al fresco entertaining.

Next, give our baked raspberry cheesecake a go.

A white cheesecake topped with red strawberries and whole strawberries on a white plate

Strawberry shortcake

Split a crumbly, lemon-infused shortcake in two, then sandwich together with cream, strawberries and jam. A British take on an American classic.

We think you'll love blueberry shortcakes, too.

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry tart

This seasonal strawberry tart recipe comes from Noble Rot in Bloomsbury, London. It's easy to make but looks really impressive – great for entertaining.

Many more tart recipes here.

Top down view of a macerated strawberry custard tart

Strawberry pavlova

We know you love this classic olive magazine recipe – it's been one of our most popular recipes for years! Make our delicious, light strawberry pavlova the day before and then whip the cream and prepare the fruit at the last minute for everyone to enjoy, hassle free.

Alternatively, give our Baileys chocolate pavlova a go.

Strawberry Pavlova Recipe

Eton mess traybake

A simple yet classic sponge cake topped with all the best bits of a traditional British dessert including fresh strawberries – perfect for a summery treat.

Check out the rest of our sweet traybake recipes.

Eton Mess Tray Bake Recipe

Strawberry and white chocolate eton mess

A sophisticated take on a classic, this summery dessert is a riot of berry-red colour, crisp meringue, white chocolate bark and elderflower cream.

For another seasonal treat, try our fudgey white chocolate and raspberry blondies.

Strawberry and white chocolate eton mess in a large bowl

Frozen strawberry daiquiri

It's party time! Grab the strawberries, rum, lime juice and ice, then blitz it all together for quick-as-you-like homemade cocktails.

Keep it cool this summer with our top frozen cocktails.

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

Strawberry and banana smoothie

Check out our quick and easy smoothie with fresh strawberries, bananas and tofu – ready in 5 minutes. Using silken tofu may sound strange for a sweet recipe but will give a creamy texture to the smoothie.

Enjoy our banana smoothie, mango smoothie, frozen berry smoothie and blueberry smoothie.

Vegan Strawberry and Banana Smoothie Recipe

White chocolate and raspberry cake

Impress with a three-tiered cake, piled high with white chocolate icing and tangy raspberries. It's quick to make and assemble – but just as quick to demolish!

We have lots more showstopping cake recipes, including triple chocolate caramel cake, chocolate gateau, peanut butter layer cake.

Layered sponge cake with white chocolate and raspberries

Strawberry and Pimm’s boozy jam

Try our quick and easy boozy jam recipe with juicy strawberries and Pimm's for a summery addition to your afternoon tea spread.

Next, try our plum jam.

Strawberry Jam with Pimm’s

Strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches

These strawberry shortcake ice cream sandwiches are an easy but impressive summer treat. If you're planning on making these a day or so ahead, just dunk the sides of the sandwiches into the freeze-dried strawberries before serving.

For pure indulgence, try our toffee ice cream sandwiches dipped in chocolate.

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches Recipe

Strawberry neapolitan trifle

Make the most of strawberries in this easy trifle. Inspired by those childhood blocks of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream, this trifle is a technicolour trip back in time.

Looking for trifle recipes? Check out our showstopping ideas.

Fruit Trifle Recipe

Strawberry jam

Make your own juicy jam with this super simple recipe, requiring only three ingredients. Enjoy spread over toast or give a jar as a gift.

Or use it to make our dainty jam tarts.

Three jars of strawberry jam

Strawberry milkshake

A real treat of a milkshake, made with fresh, juicy strawberries and vanilla ice cream. Macerating the strawberries really intensifies the flavour, so don’t skip this step.

Enjoy our banana milkshake.

Strawberry milkshake

Strawberry and cream doughnuts

We've taken the classic British combination, strawberries and cream and transformed it into a donut. These donuts are not only incredibly moreish and easy to make, they're a perfect summertime treat.

If doughnuts are your thing, try our jam donuts, baked donuts and mini donuts.

Small doughnuts topped with white chocolate and freeze-fried stawberries

Strawberry cupcakes

Strawberries are the star ingredient in these dainty pink cupcakes, featuring in both the icing and the sponge.

We have plenty of fabulous cupcake recipes to add to your baking repertoire.

Cupcakes topped with frosting and sliced strawberries

Strawberry trifles

The easiest, quickest strawberry trifle recipe. Made with Madeira cake, and topped with custard and cream, these individual pots make a good weekend pudding.

We also have a delightfully summery lemon trifle.

Individual Trifle Recipes with Strawberries

Strawberry and earl grey roulade

A clever update for the classic Swiss roll. This easy strawberry roulade recipe is flavoured with earl grey and filled with fresh strawberries and cream. A smart dinner-party dessert that's sure to impress.

Bake our earl grey and yogurt madeleines.

Strawberry Meringue Roulade Recipe with Earl Grey

Strawberry jaffa cakes

We've taken a great British classic and given it our own twist with this recipe for strawberry jaffa cakes. They're a little more effort to make but everyone will love them. Plenty more easy cake recipes here.

Strawberry Jaffa Cakes Recipe

White chocolate and strawberry ice cream cake

Our favourite strawberry cake recipe for the freezer. White chocolate, strawberry ice cream, cake: three things we love the most in our puddings. Try this easy layer cake for the perfect dinner-party dessert.

More fun ice cream desserts to make here.

Layered strawberry and white chocolate ice cream cake, with buttercream frosting

Coconut pancakes with strawberries and lime syrup

Our recipe for coconut pancakes with strawberries and lime syrup is a healthy yet delicious way to start to the day.

Try our easy pancakes ideas here.

Coconut Milk Pancakes For Dairy Free Pancakes

Eton mess cheesecake

We've combined two classic British summertime favourites into one seriously indulgent dessert. This fresh and creamy eton mess cheesecake is the perfect pudding to impress your friends and family with this weekend.

Our love for cheesecake knows no bounds. Give our vanilla, raspberry and lime cheesecake recipes a try.

Eton Mess Cheesecake

Strawberry and cream choux buns

Bite-sized rosewater cream buns, packed with strawberries and cream, and designed to impress. A new way to use choux pastry, these crumble-topped treats are a doddle once you've mastered the choux.

Be adventurous with our choux pastry recipes.

Rose and Almond Choux Buns Recipe

Filo pastry with strawberries, rosewater and cardamom cream

This recipe for filo pastry with strawberries, rosewater and cardamom cream comes from Morito in Hackney, and makes a showstopping dessert.

Add the fragrant flavour of cardamom to citrussy self-saucing pudding and rice pudding.

filo pastry with strawberries

Strawberry cruffins

Impress friends with these easy cruffins packed with strawberries. Plus, watch our video to master this sweet hybrid of a croissant and muffin. Try swapping the custard for Nutella, pistachio paste or orange curd.

We think you'll love our blackberry muffins.

Cruffins Recipe with Strawberries

Strawberry margarita slushies

Stay cool this summer with these refreshing strawberry margarita slushies. These fruity drinks are super quick and easy to make, a perfect crowd-pleaser.

Sip on our frozen margaritas, spicy margaritas and classic margaritas.

Strawberry Margarita Slushie Recipe | Strawberry Granita Recipe

Strawberry cake with pistachio

A lovely summer strawberry cake with pistachios that’s worth the extra effort. When strawberries smell good, they should be at optimum ripeness and have flavour – perfect for this cake.

Next, give our lemon and pistachio bakewell tart a try.

Traybake sponge topped with strawberries and pistachios

Strawberry éclairs

Our light and airy strawberry éclairs are a fantastic summery twist on the classic chocolate. They take a little effort to make, but look stunning – a hit with adults and kids alike.

Make our classic chocolate éclairs next.

Strawberry eclairs recipe

Strawberry dream cake

Make our strawberry layer cake for an impressive summer dessert, featuring a fluffy vanilla sponge, strawberry mascarpone cream filling and Italian meringue frosting.

Check out our best Italian dessert recipes.

Strawberry dream

Roasted strawberries

Roast strawberries in a red wine vinegar syrup, then serve with fresh mint and whipped cream for an imaginative twist on the classic British dessert.

We also love roasted peaches.

Two white bowls filled with strawberries, cream and green herbs on a white table cloth

Easy strawberry mousse

Pudding doesn't always have to mean high-calorie. This strawberry mousse is quick, easy and under 200 calories, making it a lighter way to end your meal.

For something more indulgent, serve our millionare's shortbread mousse.

Strawberry mousse in three glass serving jars

Strawberry and cream lollies

Strawberries and cream frozen together make the best iced lollies. Roast the berries, mix with condensed milk and freeze. Make plenty, everyone will love them.

For the chocolate lovers, we have banana split lollies drizzled with dark chocolate.

Strawberry And Cream Lollies Recipe

Strawberry mojito

Add fresh strawberries to a classic lime-and-rum combo for a summery take on a mojito. Best served in the sunshine, with plenty of fresh mint.

Check out our classic mojito, virgin mojito and more easy cocktail recipes.

Two glasses of strawberry mojitos and fruit, hand pouring tonic water

Strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade

The best recipe for a sweet roulade is an easy one. This recipe, with strawberries and passion fruit. looks as good as it tastes. Serve to friends and family, they will love it.

For more ideas like this, try our classic meringues and baked alaska.

Strawberry and passion fruit meringue roulade

Eton mess

A classic English dessert that makes the most out of succulent, sweet British strawberries. Use ready-made meringues to make this dessert really simple.

We also have a vegan eton mess.

Eton Mess Recipe

Strawberry pancakes with amaretto syrup and sugared almonds

These American-style strawberry pancakes are ideal for brunch or pudding. The amaretto syrup and sugared almonds give them a nutty twist. Use a heavy pan for consistent heat while cooking.

Baked figs with amaretto makes a stunning dinner party dessert.

Strawberry Pancakes With Amaretto Syrup And Sugared Almonds

No-churn double strawberry ice cream

Strawberry ice cream is a family favourite but home-made tastes so much better. This recipe for no-churn double strawberry ice cream is super easy and makes delicious, creamy ice cream that everyone will love.

Our olive oil ice cream is a must-try.

Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe

Strawberry cordial

Serve this simple strawberry and cardamon cordial diluted with chilled sparkling or tonic water, or topped up with sparkling wine, for the perfect summer refresher.

Have a look at our cucumber and lime cordial, peach cordial, rhubarb cordial.

Strawberry Cordial Recipe

Strawberry sundae with strawberry sauce

Everyone loves an ice cream sundae and strawberry sauce makes it even better. This simple, throw-together pudding is perfect when strawberries are at their peak.

We've got all the sundae recipes you need, including the perfect knickerbocker glory.

Strawberry Sundae Recipe With Strawberry Sauce

Strawberries in rose syrup

Strawberries and rose are flavours that work really well together. This recipe for strawberries in rose syrup is just 112 calories on its own if you fancy something light but sweet, or it works really well served with waffles and yogurt for a more substantial dessert.

If you like these, we think you'll love our cream tea waffles with cherry-berry compote.

Strawberries in rose syrup

Strawberry zabaglione

Marsala, the key flavour in this, is a perfect match for strawberries in this fresh twist on the Italian dessert zabaglione. Don’t over-beat the cream, otherwise combining it with the zabaglione will be difficult. Whisk until it is barely in soft peaks and then gently fold together.

We also have a classic recipe for zabaglione ice cream.

Strawberry Zabaglione Recipe

Layer cakes with strawberry buttercream

These individual layer cakes with strawberry buttercream look fantastic and are the perfect summer treat for when strawberries are at their best. Use a kick of liqueur to make them even more special.

We've got some fantastic layer cakes made with Biscoff, chocolate and passionfruit, and peanut butter.

Layer cakes with strawberry buttercream

Hazelnut tartlets with white chocolate and strawberries

Our mini tartlets make an ideal small bite for entertaining when you want a little sweetness instead of a large pudding. The fresh strawberries cut through the rich and smooth hazelnut and white chocolate filling.

Enjoy our wonderful hazelnut recipes.

Hazelnut Tartlets Recipe with White Chocolate and Strawberries

Strawberry jellies

The sweetest pudding for fresh and ripe strawberries. Our strawberry jelly makes a light and refreshing summer dessert that's quick to make and best enjoyed when the fruit is in season.

Next, try our raspberry and mint jelly.

Strawberry jellies

Victoria sandwich with fresh strawberry jam

Make this crowd-pleasing victoria sandwich with fresh strawberry jam and cream in under an hour.

Browse our best afternoon tea recipes.

Victoria sandwich with fresh strawberry jam

Valentine Warner's strawberries in sauternes with lemon biscuits

This easy recipe from Valentine Warner makes for a great summer pudding. With a great balance of sweetness and zesty acidity, sauternes (a dessert wine from Bordeaux) works fantastically with strawberries.

Try our Viennese whirl-style lemon biscuits.

strawberries in Sauternes with lemon biscuits

Strawberries Romanoff

This classic dessert of strawberries, orange liqueur and cream is stylish enough for you to serve at a summer dinner party, but it is really easy to whip up last minute, taking the stress out of entertaining.


Got guests coming round? Browse our effortless summer dinner party ideas.

Strawberries Romanoff Recipe

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