Fresh strawberries take center stage in these easy but show-stopping desserts.

Fresh strawberries deserve all the love. Their vivid color and natural sweet juiciness make even the simplest desserts that much more special. We've rounded up five of our favorite ways to make fresh strawberry desserts, from a classic tart to a crowd-pleasing shortcake. Read on to get recipes and inspiration to use up the best of the season's most gorgeous fruit.

Fresh Strawberry Tart side angle with glazed, glossy strawberries
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1 Fresh Strawberry Tart

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Impress anyone, anytime with this free-form, fresh strawberry tart. The best part: you don’t need to buy a fancy pan to make a rustic crust like this. After baking it to a golden brown, you'll make the cream cheese filling, let cool, and cover with strawberries and glaze it with coat of warm apricot. Simple, elegant, and easy. 

strawberry upside down cake with a slice missing
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2 How to Make Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

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This perfectly light summer cake from MyRecipes comes out beautifully, either way you flip it. It's sure to stay tender and fresh with jammy strawberry juices seeping throughout. 

entire strawberry shortcake dessert Strawberry Shortcake for a Crowd
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3 Strawberry Shortcake for a Crowd

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This giant biscuit-cake from Food & Wine is split and stuffed with a pile of fresh strawberries and fluffy whipped cream; kind of like a rustic version of British Victoria sponge, only much more tender and delightfully messy.

This Strawberry-Pretzel Salad Is A Southern Classic side angle of a slice
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4 This Strawberry-Pretzel Salad Is A Southern Classic

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Need a strawberry dessert to share? Southern Living has you covered with this strawberry gelatin, cream cheese, whipped topping, and pretzel salad, bringing back memories of church potlucks and summer family reunions.

Easy Strawberry Cobbler with whipped cream
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5 Easy Strawberry Cobbler

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This MyRecipes masterpiece is a sure crowd-pleaser: a cobbler bursting with flavor from the berries, and a sweet-and-salty Bisquick topping for added texture and dimension. To get the full experience, serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.