This rich, silky mousse brightened with tangy lemons makes an elegant end to a meal. Todd Coleman
A little bit of tartness does wonders to brighten the flavor of a sugary treat—it’s no wonder so many beloved desserts feature lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits. From orange-scented olive oil cake to creamy key lime pie, here are our favorite desserts featuring citrus.
Candied Orange Peels
Bitter citrus rinds are transformed into a candy-sweet, chocolate-dipped confection.
Chef Jair Tellez of Laja restaurant made us this sorbet with charentais melons grown at Mogor-Badan.
The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake
Lemon extract, juice, and zest permeate a rich and moist loaf to create what really is is the best damn lemon cake we’ve ever had.
Key Lime Pie
Tart, refreshing key lime pie topped with a layer of chilled whipped cream is a summer classic.
A back-of-the-box recipe for lemon icebox pie gets a gourmet upgrade with real whipped cream, lemon simple syrup, vanilla shortbread, and homemade candied lemon peel scattered over the top—it’s a lovely dessert for a special occasion.
Sweet Orange Buns
Home cook Linda Worsley gave us the recipe for these luscious buns filled with fragrant orange-flavored butter.
Lemon Layer Cake
Lemon infuses this layered masterpiece in three ways: zested into the batter, in a tart syrup that get drizzled over the cakes, and in a thick lemon curd frosting.
Corsican Lemon Mousse
This rich, silky mousse brightened with tangy lemons makes an elegant end to a meal.
A light dusting of confectioners’ sugar tempers the intense lime pucker of these creamy bars.