Lemon Desserts

Mini Lemon Meringue Tart from Breads Bakery

Mini Lemon Meringue Tart from Breads Bakery

It’s a shame “lemon” can also refer to a failure or flop when lemon desserts can be so wonderful and anything but failures.

Is lemon a very popular flavor for desserts?  The best answer is “It depends.”

King Arthur Flour, a leading supplier of flour, ingredients, baking mixes, and bakeware, conducted an informal Facebook survey a few years ago.  This survey revealed that lemon was the third most popular flavor for baking, behind vanilla and chocolate, which were tied for first place.  But around the same time, King Arthur Flour commissioned another study, and lemon had fallen off the list of the top 10 baking flavors.

Lemon Dessert Bars Mix from King Arthur Flour

Lemon Dessert Bars Mix from King Arthur Flour

A dessert with a pleasantly strong lemon flavor is the Lemon Cupcake from Buttercup Bake Shop.  Both the cake and the rich frosting are lemon.  According to Buttercup, while the Lemon Cupcake is a good seller, it doesn’t make the list of the top five cupcakes.  But it’s more popular in the summer.

Buttercup Bake Shop's Lemon Cupcake

Buttercup Bake Shop’s Lemon Cupcake

Lemon Cookie Ice Cream (lemon ice cream with vanilla sandwich crème cookies), from Three Twins Ice Cream, is a very popular flavor.  In fact, it’s the flavor that’s the most Tweeted about and according to company founder, Neal Gottlieb, it’s the flavor most likely to inspire “hissy fights” when it’s sold out.  

Lemon Cookie Ice Cream from Three Twins Ice Cream

Lemon Cookie Ice Cream from Three Twins Ice Cream

Sometimes lemon takes on a more supporting role and lets other flavors shine.  With its raspberry jam center, the Lemon Raspberry Shortbread Cookie from Broadway Baker (also see the Broadway Baker posting) is more about the raspberry than the lemon.

Broadway Baker's Lemon Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

Broadway Baker’s Lemon Raspberry Shortbread Cookies

Let’s hear it for lemon in desserts!

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